Hope Fiely

Hope Fiely of Meadville recently was awarded the Metal Treating Institute’s Educational Foundation’s top scholarship, the $15,000 Founders Scholarship. She is joined by (at left) Peters’ Heat Treating founder Doug Peters and (at right) Diana Wilkosz and company President Andy Wilkosz.

Hope Fiely of Meadville recently was awarded the Metal Treating Institute’s Educational Foundation’s top scholarship, the $15,000 Founders Scholarship.

Fiely is a mechanical engineering student beginning her senior year at Grove City College. Hope and her parents, Mark and Patty Fiely of Meadville, visited Peters’ Heat Treating Inc. recently to accept her scholarship check.

Hope was an intern at Peters’ Heat Treating for the summer of 2019. She worked closely with Andy Wilkosz, president of Peters’ Heat Treating, on special projects. Her duties consisted of creating reports from the company’s proprietary database, doing CAD layouts of the furnace placements and office design of their newly expanded West Mead plant, and even changing the doorknob on the front door of the office building. Hope also spent some time on the shop floor learning about heat treating during her time with the company.

“Being a mechanical engineering student, her natural curiosity and zeal for the physical sciences was obvious from the minute she began her tenure with us,” Wilkosz said.

Company founder Doug Peters was pleased to be able to present Hope with this honor. Both Doug and Jackie Peters are past presidents and directors of the board for the Metal Treating Institute, an international association. Doug was instrumental in the founding of the MTI Educational Foundation in 2006 along with fellow past MTI President Norm Graves and Executive Director Lance Miller.

The MTI Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is open to students who are interested in a career in metallurgy, materials, engineering, industrial, mechanical sciences. The foundation originally awarded six $5,000 scholarships and four $1,500 technical school scholarships to deserving students enrolled at a nationally accredited college/technical school in one of the areas listed above, who could also demonstrate work/co-op experience, a GPA of 3.0 or higher and any additional honors, awards or extracurricular activities.

Then in 2018, the MTI Foundation honored both Doug Peters, outgoing foundation chairman, and Norm Graves, foundation treasurer, with an annual Founder’s Scholarship in the amount of $15,000 in their honor. Both men played an instrumental role in the foundation’s growth. When Hope was selected by the MTI Educational Foundation committee as the 2020 Founder’s Scholarship awardee, naturally the MTI Educational Foundation reached out to Doug Peters to see if he would like to present the check to Hope.

Doug said, “When Norm and I retired we had raised over a quarter of a million dollars and our goal was to help good young folks pursue an education in material sciences. We are so pleased and proud to be able to present this check today to Hope Fiely,” as he teared up.

Hope was ecstatic about the news, saying, “This pays my tuition for my last year. I’m going straight to the bank to deposit it and make the payment.”

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