Two Middletown Scholars Receive Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel African-American Scholarships For 2005

Middletown, OH, February 24, 2005—AK Steel today announced that Theodore (Ted) McCloe and Michael Wilkerson, both of Middletown, are the 2005 recipients of its Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel African-American Scholarships.    The scholarships, renewable for three years, are potentially worth a total of $16,000 each.  They are funded by the non-profit AK Steel Foundation.  Winners are selected by an independent panel of college admissions counselors under the administration of the Middletown Community Foundation.  The scholars will be recognized February 25th at the annual dinner of the Middletown branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Mr. McCloe is an honor roll senior at Bishop Fenwick High School, and has been involved in student government, Spanish Club, Chess Club, band, football (2004 co-captain), basketball, wrestling, tennis and track.  In addition, he works daily in the school’s cafeteria, and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Middfest, Middletown Community Center, and the Monroe Police Department and has tutored John XXIII students.  An Eagle Scout, Mr. McCloe has served as a counselor-in-training at Chief Logan Boy Scout camp, and was the recipient of a Cincinnati YMCA Teen Character Award for 2004.  His work experience includes being a farm hand and a Middletown City parks department youth leader.  Mr. McCloe intends to study computer engineering in college. 

Michael Wilkerson is an honor roll senior at Middletown High School where he also has participated in student government, soccer, track, football, bowling and weight lifting.  In the community, Mr. Wilkerson has been a youth soccer coach, elementary student tutor, church musician, choir member and volunteer for car wash benefits.  His work experience includes being a grocery bagger and law firm intern.  Mr. Wilkerson intends to major in marketing, with an emphasis toward advertising. 

“We are delighted to award scholarships to these deserving students with lofty goals and bright futures ahead of them,” said James L. Wainscott, president and CEO of AK Steel.  “Their hard work and community service are befitting of the legacy that lives in the memory of Louie Cox, and we congratulate Michael and Ted for earning these scholarships.”

Louie F. Cox worked for Armco, and later AK Steel, a total of 44 years, and was active in numerous civic activities.  With Mr. Cox’s assistance, AK Steel established the scholarships in 2002.  Mr. Cox passed away February 23, 2004, and AK Steel named its scholarships in his honor that week. Vivian  Washington III, president of the Middletown branch of the NAACP, said he was pleased that AK Steel continues to preserve Mr. Cox’s memory by naming the company’s African-American scholarships in his honor.

“Mr. Cox was proud of the work he did as both an employee of Armco and AK Steel.  The AK Steel Scholarship named for him is one of the ways his tireless work in the Middletown community for many causes will be remembered through these young people and their families for many years to come,” said Mr. Washington.