USCTI scholarship helps part-time student with a full-time engineering job

February 28, 2022 - 01:00pm
Kaylee Dudek, a full-time employee in the application engineering department at Allied Machine & Engineering

In an email to Cutting Tool Engineering, Kaylee Dudek, a full-time employee in the application engineering department at Allied Machine & Engineering, Dover, Ohio, describes the impact of winning a $5,000 scholarship from the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute.

"This scholarship means a lot to me as a part-time student [at the University of Akron] and full-time employee at Allied Machine & Engineering for the last 3 years. I got really lucky the summer after my sophomore year of college to intern at Allied and loved working in the application engineering department. After my internship ended I was able to continue part time for a few months before a position opened up in that department. I was interviewed and hired shortly after.

USCTI Scholarship Deadline March 1

USCTI, a trade association for manufacturers of cutting tools for the metalworking industry, awards a $5,000 scholarship to one lucky winner who plans to attend or is already enrolled in a college or vocational school program relevant to the manufacturing industry. This year's winner will be announced during the USCTI Spring Meeting, which is set for April 30 to May 2 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2022 USCTI Scholarship Program is  March 1.

"Once I got hired and was working full time during the school semester, I realized how difficult it was going to school full time and working full time. I ended up dropping a few hours from school so I could focus a little more on work, but still also finish my bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology."

"Being a part time student," she adds, however, "there are not many scholarships I can apply for as most if not all request full-time students. So I immediately applied for the USCTI scholarship as soon as I found out about it.

"This scholarship helped me in having to pay only a very minimal amount for these last two semesters of my schooling, and I am extremely grateful for that.

"I now only have one year left until I graduate, and am extremely excited to focus solely on work and bettering myself in my career as an Application Engineer at Allied Machine & Engineering."

Related Glossary Terms

  • metalworking


    Any manufacturing process in which metal is processed or machined such that the workpiece is given a new shape. Broadly defined, the term includes processes such as design and layout, heat-treating, material handling and inspection.



Dennis, who served as electronic media editor at Cutting Tool Engineering from January 2007 through May 2018, is now the owner and publisher of the magazine and CTE Publications Inc. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University, and has more than 40 years of media experience.