Ursula Wiegand Scholarship

WIKA USA established the Ursula Wiegand Scholarship Fund in 2002 to recognize the accomplishments of WIKA employees’ children. This award is given to high academic achievers and community leaders who are or will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate studies. In 2018, 26 exemplary students received the scholarship.

One of WIKA USA’s key values is professional development, training, and on-going education for its entire workforce. So it’s little surprise that this commitment to learning extends to employees’ families – through annual merit-based scholarships

The Ursula Wiegand Scholarship Fund, established in 2002 by former WIKA President Michael Gerster, supports employees’ children in their undergraduate studies. Recipients are chosen based on their academic record and community involvement, and supporting documentation includes a personal statement and teacher recommendations.

The Ursula Wiegand Scholarship: A History of Success

The scholarship is named after Ursula Wiegand, one of WIKA’s founders and the first woman to receive the Business Owner of the Year award in Germany (1984). In honor of Wiegand’s leadership and contribution to WIKA’s success, each year WIKA USA hands out a one-time award – ranging from $500 to $1,000 per person – to a group of high-achieving students.

Besides being children of WIKA USA employees, applicants must be enrolled – or plan to enroll – in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited two-year, four-year, or technical postsecondary institution. The application process begins in the spring, and winners are announced in the summer. The award is intended to help students with the cost of tuition, books, lab fees, or other educational expenses.

Since the program began 16 years ago, almost 300 students have received the Ursula Wiegand Scholarship. Employees’ children can apply each year of their studies, and several have received the honor more than once during their academic careers.

WIKA USA established the scholarship fund, but no company employees are involved in choosing the winners. Rather, all phases of the application and selection process are handled by the independent organization Scholarship Managers, a division of Career Opportunities Through Education, Inc.

Ursula Wiegand Scholarship winner

From left: Dave Wannamaker, WIKA USA President/ CEO; Abigal Blay, scholarship recipient; Flora Phiri-Perry, her mother

Recognizing the Leaders of Tomorrow

Almost 50 students applied this year, with 26 receiving the scholarship. The 2018 winners average a 3.49 GPA and represent 16 different universities and community colleges. Their 15 areas of study range from drafting and civil engineering to nursing and biology. In fact, this diversity of academic subjects is one of the purposes for giving out these awards.

“This scholarship is an investment in future leaders not only for our company, but for society as a whole,” said Brent Shadix, Executive Vice President Human Resources at WIKA USA. “Our goal is to support the workforce of tomorrow in all industries.”

Ursula Wiegand Scholarship

Scholarship recipient Tim Nguyen (left) and his father, Tri Nguyen

Another important reason for the Ursula Wiegand Scholarship is to recognize those WIKA employees who have raised such outstanding young people. During the August 15th award luncheon, Shadix noted that the road to educational success is long, arduous, and certainly not cheap. WIKA USA helps out with this scholarship, and this year’s award came with a bonus: a $75 gift card to buy the things students need for college. However, parents are key to helping their children find their way and stay the course.

“The Ursula Wiegand Scholarship is a great program that gives WIKA the ability to support our employees’ investment in their children’s futures – and to ensure a brighter future for us all,” Shadix said.

Winners of the 2018 Ursula Wiegand Scholarship 


Field of Study

Postsecondary Institution

Name of Parent

Abigal Blay


Emory University

Flora Phiri-Perry

Lucy Cao


University of Georgia

Da Thao Nguyen

Rita Cao

Communication Studies

University of Georgia

Da Thao Nguyen

Linda Chang


Gwinnett Technical College

Jim Chang

Kayla Chanthavisith

Media Studies

University of Georgia

Scotty Chanthavisith

James Crain

Civil Engineering

University of South Carolina

Gary Crain

Silma Custovic


Georgia State University

Amra Custovic

Diana Dang


Emory University

Anh Tuyet Dang

Stephanie Dang


University of Georgia

Anh Tuyet Dang

Claire Flores


Baylor University

Richard Flores

Martha Her

Liberal Arts

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Jim Chang

Jessie Hoang


University of Georgia

Thanh Hoang

Jeanne Le

Biomedical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Anh Minh Le

Hunter Morrison

Construction Management

Boise State University

Sean Morrison

Jonathan Moses


University of South Florida

Richard Moses

Jackie Moua

Fashion Merchandising

University of Georgia

Ying Chang

Emina Mujkanovic


Kennesaw State University

Amela Mujkanovic

Nathan Nguyen


Georgia Gwinnett College

Minh Nguyen

Tim Nguyen


Georgia Institute of Technology

Tri Nguyen

Evan Sbat

Mass Communication

Georgia College & State University

Mostafa Sbat

Kiera Stripling


Georgia Southern University

Keith Stripling

Vanja Susnjar


University of North Georgia

Miroslavka Susnjar

Corey Tran

Biological Sciences

Georgia State University

Amey Tran

Jayme Tuck

Health info Management

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

David Tuck

Brandon Williams

Managerial Accounting

Georgia State University

Justin Williams

Cassee Wood


Covenant College

Jeff Wood

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