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2aUSA offers scholarship opportunity at Southern Union

Southern Union State Community College Foundation recently received a gift from 2aUSA to establish advanced manufacturing scholarships.

This gift will provide scholarships for students enrolled in Southern Union’s advanced manufacturing programs of study and will dramatically broaden the ability of the college to meet the workforce needs of the area.

“We are so honored that 2aUSA has chosen to invest in our students by establishing these scholarships,” said SUSCC President Todd Shackett.

2aUSA is a high precision aluminum die-casting processor specializing in aluminum materials for the automobile industry. Located in Auburn, its parent company is a spin-off of a global private Italian group in the textile business with plants in Europe, Americas and Asia.

The scholarship will provide qualified students with supervised work-based learning experiences on the job as well as classroom instruction. Students will also have the opportunity for potential employment with 2aUSA upon successful completion and graduation from the advanced manufacturing technology program.

For consideration for the program, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA to be accepted and maintain a 2.75 GPA throughout course of the program. While simultaneously enrolled in courses at SU related to their declared area of study, participants are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week at a rate of $15 per hour.

Students interested in applying should contact Eric Sewell at or visit the SUSCC website,, to obtain an application.

The Southern Union Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established to support and foster the educational and service programs and activities of SUSCC. The foundation increases educational access for students through financial support and enables the college to initiate innovative projects to enhance the quality of education.

Pictured in front of the state-of-the-art machinery at 2AUSA are Vincenzo Ilotte (far left), who along with his father, Carlo, owns2aSPA in Italy and 2aUSA in the United States; Southern Union president Todd Shackett; Dr. Darin Baldwin, dean of technical education and workforce development at SUSCC; and Larry DiChiara, human

resources manager, 2aUSA.

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