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The Donald Beggs and The James D. McClaskey Scholarship Awards Program
Deadline to apply: April 3, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time

Midrex Technologies, Inc. is proud to sponsor The Donald Beggs Scholarship Program and The James D. McClaskey Scholarship Awards Program. The scholarships are intended to assist and encourage the education of qualified students who are children of employees of Midrex Technologies, Inc.

The program was established in 1979 when Don Beggs, co-inventor of the patented MIDREX® Direct Reduction Process and one of the world’s preeminent authorities on heat processing of materials, retired from Midrex Corporation after 43 years of service. His innovations in the field of direct reduction have played and will continue to play a significant role in revolutionizing the steel industry.

The James D. McClaskey scholarship was added in 2018, in recognition of retiring CEO, Jim McClaskey, who retired from Midrex in 2017 after 43 years of service. He was instrumental in the development of Midrex’s after-market and field service businesses and as President from 2003-2014, he led the company during a period of unprecedented growth.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. 

Applicants to The Donald Beggs and The James D. McClaskey Scholarship Awards Program must be:

  • Dependent children, 23 years of age or under, of a full-time Midrex Technologies, Inc. employee with two or more years of service as of the application deadline date.
  • High school seniors, graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduates who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • The parent/guardian must be employed by the Company at the time of the selection and issuance of the award.

Also eligible are children of employees on disability, children of Midrex Technologies, Inc. retirees, and children of employees who died before retirement, provided the child was enrolled in high school or college at the time of the employee’s retirement or death. In addition, in the year that the child is a candidate, he or she must be solely dependent upon and permanently reside with the employee or the surviving natural parent.

Applicants who have received either the Donald Beggs or the James D. McClaskey award in the previous year, are not eligible to apply in the current year.

Award information:

  • If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $4,000 award.
  • Up to four (4) awards will be granted each year: two (2) Donald Beggs awards and two (2) James D. McClaskey awards.
  • Awards are to be used for educational expenses for one year of full-time study at an accredited two or four-year college or university in the U.S.
  • Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply if they have not received the Donald Beggs or James D. McClaskey award in the previous year, and provided they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • The parent/guardian must be employed by the Company at the time of the selection and issuance of the award.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only.


Applicants will be notified in May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Midrex Technologies, Inc. Payments are made in one installment in early August.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience and/or home responsibilities
  • Statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Midrex Technologies, Inc. play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • Current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

    NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 5, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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