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 2019, 26 exemplary students received the scholarship.

Ursula Wiegand Scholarship

Marliana Suarez, WIKA employee, with her son and scholarship winner, Marco Suarez Sanchez

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

Ursula Wiegand Scholarship

From left: Christopher Moore, shipping supervisor; Mildred Quartey, WIKA employee and mother of Asantewaa Berko, scholarship winner

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.

Ursula Wiegand Scholarship

From left: Jenna Larsen, scholarship winner; Brent Shadix; and Jonie Larsen, WIKA employee and Jenna’s mother

Since the program began 17 years ago, more than 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 career.

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 an independent organization.


Recognizing Tomorrow’ Leaders

Twenty-six students – representing 18 different technical schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities – received the scholarship this year. Their areas of study range from business and online marketing to cybersecurity and materials science engineering. Twelve of the winners, along with their family and several members of WIKA’s management team, attended the July 24 awards luncheon.

Ursula Wiegand Scholarship

From left: Brent Shadix, Monique Stripling, Kiera Stripling (scholarship winner), and Keith Stripling (WIKA employee and Kiera’s father)

The scholarship winners will be an asset to future employers, perhaps even WIKA! “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.”

Another important reason for the Ursula Wiegand Scholarship is to recognize those WIKA employees – at both the Lawrenceville (Georgia) and Pasadena (Texas) locations – who have raised such outstanding young people. During the ceremony, Shadix noted that the road to educational success is long, arduous, and certainly not cheap, and that WIKA USA is happy and honored to be part of that journey.

“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 2019 Ursula Wiegand Scholarship 


Field of Study

Postsecondary Institution

Name of Parent/Sponsor

Asantewaa Berko


Gwinnett Technical College

Mildred Quartey

Lucy Cao


University of Georgia

Da Thao Nguyen

Kayla Chanthavisith

Communication Studies

University of Georgia

Scotty Chanthavisith

James Crain

Civil Engineering

University of South Carolina

Gary Crain

Slima Custovic

Clinical Health Informatics

Georgia State University

Amra Custovic

Rakshit Dabhi

Materials Science Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Hetal Dabhi

Stephanie Dang

Public Health

University of Georgia

Anh Tuyet Dang

Martha Her

Dental Hygiene

Johnson County Community College

Jim Chang

Jessie Hoang


University of Georgia

Thanh Hoang

Jeongin Jang

Business Administration

Georgia Institute of Technology

Yun Kwon

William Jones

Engineering Physics

Piedmont College

Kevin Jones

Olivia Kent


Texas A&M University

Arron Kent

Jenn Larsen


University of North Georgia

Jonie Larsen

Jonathan Moses


University of South Florida

Richard Moses

Sarah Moses

Business Marketing

University of South Florida

Richard Moses

Emina Mujkanovic


Kennesaw State University

Arnela Mujkanovic

Emma Sbat

Special Education

Georgia College & State University

Mostafa Sbat

Evan Sbat

Mass Communication

Georgia College & State University

Mostafa Sbat

Kiera Stripling


Georgia Southern University

Keith Stripling

Marco Suarez Sanchez


Carnegie Mellon University

Mariliana Suarez

Vanja Susnjar


Georgia State University

Miroslavka Susnjar

Hung Vo

Computer Science

Georgia Institute of Technology

Minh Vo

Brandon Williams

Online Marketing

Clayton State University

Justin Williams

Kaylin Williams


Sam Houston State University

Eddie Williams

Garrett Wilson


University of North Georgia

William Wilson

Cassee Wood


Covenant College

Jeff Wood


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