Logan Butler has his work cut out for him this fall as he heads to university to take on Aerospace Engineering, but he’s doing so with the help of a local scholarship.
Butler earned the $2,500 Angelo Ligori Engineering Scholarship from Greenfield Global.
This is the first year the local specialty alcohols facility offered the Ligori scholarship, something its namesake is proud to see take flight.
Angelo Ligori, a mainstay at Greenfield’s Chatham operations for years, said he’s proud to have the scholarship named after him, but added it’s in place for other reasons.
“We need more engineers at this plant,” he said from the Bloomfield site. “And I’m proud our company stands behind it (the scholarship). We take pride in community efforts like this.”
Butler, a Chatham-Kent Secondary School grad, said he’s long had an interest in the sciences in school.
“I have always liked science and math. It seemed like a natural thing to go into engineering,” he said. “I like the problem solving.”
Butler said having the Ligori scholarship would help financially and mentally.
“It helps to have the support of the community as well,” he explained.
Unfortunately, Butler likely won’t be a future employee of Greenfield, as his aerospace focus will have very little to do with biofuels and other specialty liquids coming from Greenfield.
“How about the first space station that runs on biofuel,” Ligori joked.
He added the scholarship committee saw five very good applications sent in this year.
“Logan was selected on his creativity, honesty and insight. We could tell Logan brought something to the table that made him unique,” Ligori said.
Butler’s mother, Kelly Ryall, said the scholarship is a sign hard work pays off.
“He did the work. He researched where he wanted to go. School is really important to Logan,” she said. “This is a good support.”
Ligori said the scholarship will be handed out on an annual basis to a first-year engineering student who desires to pursue a career in chemical engineering. Students must be graduating from a public or separate secondary school in Chatham-Kent and they must be accepted into a full-time engineering program at an Ontario university.