From the press release: ASCO Numatics, the world's leading manufacturer of flow control and pneumatics solutions, today announced a new program that will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. Additionally, ASCO Numatics will make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled. "Fluid control and fluid power technology will play a vital role in helping companies meet the dynamic business conditions of tomorrow's global markets. This work will require a new generation of engineering leaders with the skills and expertise to create advanced automation processes. We have implemented the scholarship program to recognize and assist students who show great potential and capability to solve tomorrow's industrial processing challenges," said Bob Kemple, executive vice president, sales and marketing ASCO Numatics - Americas. The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate's potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technology. A panel of ASCO Numatics and independent judges will select the finalists. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2008/2009 academic year. At the time of application, they must have completed at least their sophomore year in a bachelor's degree program, have at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. Complete application details and forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship. ASCO Numatics will present the scholarship awards at the ISA Expo on October 14, 2008 at the Reliant Center in Houston. The ASCO Numatics award presentation will be part of the annual ISA Young Automation Professionals Festival (YAPFEST) that ISA hosts for automation professionals between ages 18 and 30. ASCO Numatics, formed by the recent merger of ASCO and Numatics, is a business unit of Emerson Industrial Automation.