Paschen Scholars Celebrated at 6th Annual Hard Hat Ceremony

On Thursday, May 27th, six Paschen Engineering Scholars celebrated their graduation from the program at the annual Hard Hat Ceremony.  It was the third group of CPS George Westinghouse College Prep students to graduate from the program. In addition to the senior class graduation, six freshmen from Westinghouse College Prep will be introduced as the latest class of Paschen Engineering Scholars.  

The Paschen Engineering Scholars Program curriculum includes hands-on activities to develop technical skills, building problem-solving abilities, and gaining real-world work experience to improve the scholars’ knowledge of and access to career opportunities in the STEM and construction fields. 

“We’re really excited to have the Scholars back this summer. We were unable to execute our typical programming due to the pandemic, we’re hoping to bring back most of what we did in the past,” said F.H. Paschen’s Chief Operating Officer, Chuck Freiheit. “It’s always tough to say goodbye to the Seniors, but we’re so excited to see where they are a year from now, and ten years from now. We expect to hear their names associated with great things in the future, and we can’t wait to get our next group of new Paschen scholars started in the program.” 

The six graduates were accepted into the schools of their choice and will begin their post-secondary education in the Fall. Additionally, the graduates will receive an $800 Amazon gift card for books and technology, $200 worth of college essentials, and a graduation tassel and charm. 

The Barkowski Family awarded senior, Shayla Reynolds-Turnbough first John Barkowski Memorial Scholarship to one of the graduates in memory of the former F.H. Paschen Vice President who passed away from colon cancer in 2017. John took great pride in his work and worked closely with the Paschen Engineering Scholars. He was always committed to training and educating the next generation of builders. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 and a big welcome to the Class of 2024! 

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