NIACC Scholarship Given in Memory of Francis Zrostlik; Founder of Iowa Mold Tooling and Stellar Industries
Barbara Zrostlik Beyer, widow of Francis Zrostlik, and her children have given $20,000 to endow the Francis L. Zrostlik Manufacturing Technology Scholarship in his memory. Zrostlik founded Iowa Mold Tooling Company in 1961 and co-founded Stellar Industries, Inc., in 1990.
Francis Zrostlik was a hands-on entrepreneur who not only had the passion and drive to design innovative products, but he also had the mechanical skills to fabricate and weld these designs himself. Through this endowed scholarship two full-time NIACC (North Iowa Area Community College) students will receive assistance annually. Students who are graduates of West Hancock or Garner Hayfield Ventura High School and studying in Tool & Die and/or Welding will be considered for the scholarship. “It is our hope that this scholarship will encourage local students to choose manufacturing as a career; ideally with one of the fine manufacturers we are so fortunate to have here in north Iowa,” stated Barbara Beyer.
“We are grateful to have the privilege to honor Mr. Zrostlik’s memory by supporting the education of students at NIACC,” said Andrea Mujica, Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement. “So many students are in need of financial help. Our goal is to help as many students as possible. There’s no better gift than a gift of education.”
As the cost of higher education continues to increase, so does the need for student financial assistance in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Scholarship donations help students keep their borrowing to a minimum. While the College experiences great support from groups and individuals each year, the need remains for private support of the NIACC Foundation. For more information on how to help the College help deserving students, please contact the NIACC Foundation at 641-422-4386.
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