Penn College welding student honored with national scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology welding student has sparked national recognition by receiving a prominent industry scholarship.

Katya E. Pechacek, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Fayetteville, New York, recently received the Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship. The $2,500 award is given to a female pursuing a welding or engineering discipline who has proven to be an exceptional student and is eager to start her career.

A Dean’s List student, Pechacek plans to use her welding bachelor’s degree to work in a nuclear power plant.

She also hopes to give back to the field by teaching young students or adults how to weld.

“We are very proud of Katya for receiving this scholarship,” said David R. Cotner, dean of Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “The opportunities for women in welding are tremendous. Katya embodies the dedication and commitment necessary to seize those opportunities and excel.”

Air Products provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. In 2012, the company and the American Welding Society established the scholarship program. Inspired by the Women of Gases and Welding Committee of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association, the scholarship is intended to help women develop the required skills to pursue technical careers.