A. O. Smith announces recipients of company-sponsored scholarships


Milwaukee, Wis.—A. O. Smith Corporation today announced a total of 18 students from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and China who are recipients of 2013 company-sponsored merit scholarships.

The recipients, who are sons or daughters of A. O. Smith Corporation employees, were selected based on their academic record, participation in school and community activities, work experience, and honors. Scholarships range from $500 to $3,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year and may be renewed annually.

Recipients are:

  • Jason Basaur of Fergus, Ontario, the son of Isaak Basaur and Corina Sipkes. Basaur has entered Queens University of Kingston, Ontario, this fall where he plans to major in medical bio-physics;
  • Landon Binkley of Chapmansboro, Tenn., the son of Brent and Lisa Binkley. Landon Binkley has entered Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn., majoring in civil engineering;
  • Jennifer Branecky of Oconomowoc, Wis., the daughter of Brian and Debbie Branecky. Jennifer Branecky is attending Benedictine College, Atchison, Kan., majoring in education;
  • Brenda Lizbeth Gomez Cuellar of Juarez, Mexico, the daughter of Francisco Gomez Juarez and Maria Xochilt Cuellar Medina. Cuellar is in her first year at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, majoring in medicine;
  • Di Guan of Wuhan, Hubei, China, the son of Cuon Qinjia and Li Yongmei. Di has entered Jilin University in Changchun, majoring in applied physics;
  • Feng Lu of Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. Feng is attending the Fuyang Teacher’s College in the fall majoring in economics;
  • Nayeli Gallegos of Juarez, Mexico, the daughter of Juan Gallegos and Sonia Ruvalcaba. Gallegos has enrolled in the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, this fall majoring in biomedical engineering;
  • Liu Mengqi of Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, the daughter of Liu Baohin and Yan Min. Liu has entered the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts majoring in environmental art;
  • Sean Maddon of Johnson City, Tenn., the son of Clifton and Eileen Madden. Sean Madden is a student at Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., majoring in health and life science;
  • Qian Neng of Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, the daughter of Qian Xianglong and Wu Xiaofeng. Qian has entered Hohai University in Nanjing, majoring in thermal energy/power engineering;
  • Aleksandar Styles of Menomonee Falls, Wis., the son of Zivka Styles. Aleksandar Styles has enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in computer science;
  • Tan Xiao of Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, the son of Tan Lebin and Cui Li. Tan is attending the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, majoring in communications engineering;
  • Haley Taylor of Brookfield, Wis., the daughter of James and Lisa Taylor. Haley Taylor is a freshman at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, majoring in biology and chemistry;
  • Conner Thompson of Murfreesboro, Tenn., the son of Bret and Robyn Thompson. Conner Thompson has enrolled at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, majoring in engineering;
  • Wang Boya of Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, the daughter of Wang Kele and Yang Xiaowen. Wang is attending Xi’an University in the fall majoring in teaching;
  • Kayla Yates of Adams, Tenn., the daughter of Jeffrey and Laurie Ann Yates. Yates is attending Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., majoring in chemistry, biology, and nursing.
  • Yuting Cai of Fergus Ontario, the daughter of Yan Gao and Jihong Cai. Yuting has entered McGill University of Montreal, Quebec, majoring in architecture; and
  •  Tony Zhang of Waterloo, Ontario, the son of Shengyn Zhang and Sherry Gao. Zhang is in his first year at the University of Waterloo, majoring in software engineering/computer science.

The A. O. Smith Merit Scholarship program is open to the children of employees in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, China and India. To be considered, the student must be a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or vocational school degree program. Scholarships help cover a portion of the tuition costs at an accredited two-year or four-year college or vocational technical school of the student's choice.

The company awards scholarships annually which may be renewed for up to three additional years or until the recipient earns a bachelor's degree. The A. O. Smith Scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a program of ScholarshipAmerica ® of St. Peter, Minn.