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Bosch Rexroth scholarship presented to 2 Greenville Technical College students

Sept. 29, 2020
Melissa Giles and Santino Longobardi, students at the Greenville, SC institution, were selected as recipients for the Bosch Rexroth Endowed Scholarship

Melissa Giles and Santino Longobardi, students at Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC, were selected as scholarship recipients for the Bosch Rexroth Endowed Scholarship, a $1,000 award.

Left to right: Ann Wright, vice president for Advancement - Greenville Tech Foundation; Ken Hank, formerly executive vice president sales, mobile applications and executive board member - Bosch Rexroth Corporation; Scholarship recipients Melissa Giles and Santino Longobardi; and Mike McCormick, vice president and technical plant manager - Bosch Rexroth Corporation.  

Giles is a construction engineering technology (CET) student who will graduate in December. As a student, she has worked at LS3P, a multi-disciplinary firm offering architecture, interiors, and planning services, and she plans to continue with the firm upon graduation. Giles, whose sister and brother-in-law also graduated from the CET program, says the scholarship means a lot. “Deciding to return to college at the age of 25 was not an easy decision nor an easy task,” she said. “However, for the past six semesters at Greenville Tech, I have given all my efforts to my courses and due to that, I have maintained a 4.0 GPA my entire time. Awards like this are showing me that hard works pays off.”

Longobardi is enrolled in the Bachelor in Applied Science in advanced manufacturing technology, planning to graduate in spring 2022. During his time at the college, he plans to gain hands-on experience by working for a manufacturer through a Scholars Program that provides part-time employment and scholarships while creating a pipeline of skilled employees for the industry partner. “Every bit helps to aid me in my goal and the future,” he said. “With that in mind, I will do my best on every assignment and test and in every course.”

The Bosch Endowed Scholarship Fund through the Greenville Tech Foundation was established to honor retired employees Kenneth Hank and Thomas C. Frankenfield. Hank, formerly executive vice president sales, mobile applications and executive board member of Bosch Rexroth Corporation, helped develop and grow Rexroth in the United States during his 42 years of service. Frankenfield, former vice president of distribution and sales and a true pioneer in the fluid power industry, was appointed as Rexroth’s first training instructor, playing a role in the education and advancement of many fluid power professionals worldwide during his 42 years of employment.

Bosch Rexroth has supported Greenville Technical College, the Greenville Tech Foundation, and students in other ways. The company has donated training equipment, including a mobile hydraulics lab, to ensure that students are prepared for the workforce. The college worked to open its Center for Manufacturing Innovation and to offer a bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing technology.

Mike McCormick, vice president and technical plant manager with Bosch Rexroth in Fountain Inn, is a member of the Greenville Tech Foundation Board. Bosch Rexroth was also selected as the 2018 Workforce Development Salute honoree by the Greenville Tech Foundation.

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