Two Selected To Receive AK Steel African-American Business and Engineering Scholarships

Middletown, OH, February 13, 2003—AK Steel announced today the first two recipients of its African-American Business and Engineering Scholarships for undergraduate study.  The 2003 winners are Charles E. Lockhart, III, and Tinisha M. McKnight.  The winners will each receive $4000.  The scholars will be recognized February 28 at the annual dinner of the Middletown chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“AK Steel is proud to announce the first recipients of this scholarship,” said Richard M. Wardrop, Jr., chairman and CEO of AK Steel.  “Our hope is to provide an incentive for more African-American students from the Middletown area to pursue business and engineering degrees.”  

Mr. Lockhart is a 1999 graduate of Lakota East High School, West Chester, Ohio, and is attending the University of Dayton where he is majoring in computer science.  In addition to his studies, Mr. Lockhart performs volunteer work with an elementary school in Dayton where he assists underprivileged students in learning about computers.  He plans to graduate in December, attend graduate school and eventually pursue a career in microprocessor design.  His parents are Charles Lockhart, Jr. and Ida Gonzales-Lockhart of West Chester.

Tinisha McKnight is a 2000 graduate of Middletown High School, Middletown, Ohio, and is attending Kentucky State University where she is majoring in computer science.  She has long been a member of The United Missionary Baptist Church in Middletown where she is active in choir and youth ministry.  She has volunteered at the Rosenwald Child Development Center in Frankfort, Kentucky, and Taft Elementary School in Middletown.  She is also involved in the National Society of Black Engineers, student government and the NAACP.  Ms. McKnight plans to pursue a career in systems development.  Her parents are Victor and DeAngela McKnight of Middletown.

“I am very impressed with the first recipients of this AK Steel scholarship,” said Louie Cox, president of the Middletown chapter of the NAACP.  Mr. Cox worked with AK Steel in developing and communicating the scholarship program.  “I want to thank AK Steel and its chairman, Mr. Wardrop, for creating this scholarship and for giving me the opportunity to help the aspiring students of our community in this way,” he said.

African-American graduates from high schools in Butler and Warren counties in Ohio are eligible for The AK Steel African-American Business and Engineering Scholarships.  Recipients must be entering their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies at accredited colleges and universities.  The scholarships are renewable for up to three years.