Hino Scholarships Helping Students, Region
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Hino Motors Manufacturing, U.S.A., area students seeking a degree in manufacturing technology or a related field have access to a great scholarship opportunity. The Hino award is worth as much as $10,000 over a four-year span and certainly goes a long way towards helping the students and their families – as well as the entire region.
For the 2014-15 academic year, William Robinson, an MSCC Technical Center students and graduate of Marion High School, will receive the coveted award. He joins previous MSCC winners Tony Fleming, Kitiara “Kit” Howell, Clinton Jones, Dustin Laws, Tyler Whatley, and Jordan White as scholarship recipients.
The award is open to top-notch students at the five Arkansas Delta Training and Education Consortium institutions – MSCC, Arkansas Northeastern College, Arkansas State University-Newport, East Arkansas Community College, and Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. The program also includes the possibility of a summer internship at Marion plant which gives students and the company a chance for invaluable professional interaction.
Mid-South Community College appreciates Hino’s continuing generosity, and we are very excited to play even a small part in this program. Anything that gives students in eastern Arkansas the opportunity to maximize their God-given potential through world-class training at Delta community colleges is an unbelievably powerful tool.
Hino is not only helping these young men and women become well-qualified industrial professionals; it is inspiring other young people in our region by providing this opportunity. More and more students are becoming aware of the great possibilities in the high-tech world of modern manufacturing. Many excellent jobs are going unfilled in our region because qualified workers aren’t available, but this scholarship is helping to encourage and introduce students to rewarding and lucrative careers.
The Hino scholarship is a one of many great expressions of their commitment to the community and to our young people. It would be impossible for me to overstate the value and significance of the relationship that we’ve enjoyed. Hino has been a consummate corporate citizen, and our collaborative efforts continue to grow and evolve. We’re not only committed to their success; we’re very excited about the potential growth opportunities.
In addition to the scholarship, Hino has provided great support to the College in many other ways. In 2004, the company donated two new trucks to MSCC for promotional and educational use. Three years after that, Hino gave us nearly $80,000 worth of sheet metal for student use in the Workforce Technology Center. And in 2008, Hino gave us an electric car kit.
For our region to move forward, we need more companies like Hino who are willing to invest in the future of our young people and our region. We certainly want to do all we can to draw businesses and industries to the Mid-South and make sure that they succeed. One of the best ways we can help ensure financial success is to grow the great talent that already exists here, and this scholarship is seminal to that process.