CEN Manufacturing Awards Four Scholarships


Once again in 2021, CEN Manufacturing has awarded four $1,000 scholarships to Capital Region students pursuing a course of study that will lead to a career in manufacturing. Awardees this year are:

  • Zack Buser of Gansevoort; Zack is a recent graduate of South Glens Falls High School earning a NYS Advanced Regents Diploma with Mastery in Mathematics and Science. Zack graduated 38th in class of 240 and earned a weighted Grade Point Average of 93.85. He will be attending Clarkson University where he will study Mechanical Engineering. Click here to read Zack’s essay.
  • Benjamin Gorneau of Freehold; Ben is a recent graduate of Greenville High School earning a NYS Advanced Regents Diploma with Mastery in both Science and Mathematics. Ben graduated 2nd in his class of 98; academically, Ben took Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and College courses, and earned a weighted Grade Point Average of 101.26. He will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology where he will study Aerospace Engineering. Click here to read Ben’s essay.
  • Katarina Helmeset of Ballston Spa; Katarina is a recent graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School earning NYS Advanced Regents Diploma with Mastery in multiple areas. Katarina graduated 41st in her class of 267 with a weighted GPA of 95.68; academically, Katarina’s advisor shared “she is not only driven, intelligent, and articulate, she is also kind, witty, and reflective.” She will be attending Rose Hulman Institute of Technology where she will study Biomedical Engineering. Click here to read Katarina’s essay.
  • Amol Kumar of Schenectady; Amol is a recent graduate of Guilderland High School earning NYS Advanced Regents Diploma with Mastery in Science and other areas. Amol’s counselor stated, “Amol ’s course selection has always been to enroll in the most challenging classes available to him. From the start, Amol has taken Honors, AP, and other college level courses.  After his freshman year, Amol enhanced his learning in a John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth course on-campus at Union College. This course, entitled Ethics in Technology, was a springboard for Amol that inspired him to take on more challenges.”  Amol will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he will study Computer and Systems Engineering. Click here to read Amol’s essay.


Special thanks go to the companies and individuals that donated to the scholarship program making these four scholarship awards possible. In addition, the Scholarship Application Review Committee is to be commended for their time and effort year after year in reviewing and judging the applications.