Two Students Receive Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel African-American Scholarships For 2006

Middletown, OH, February 23, 2006—AK Steel today announced that Jaleesa M. Lynch of Mason, Ohio, and Arthur L. Kay of Lebanon, Ohio, have been selected as the 2006 recipients of its Louie F. Cox Memorial AK Steel African-American Scholarships.  The college scholarships, renewable for three years, are potentially worth a total of $16,000 each.  The scholarships are funded by the non-profit AK Steel Foundation, but 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 24th at the annual dinner of the Middletown Area Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Jaleesa M. Lynch is an honor roll senior at Mason High School, but started her academic career at Middleton High School in Tampa, Florida.  During her high school career, Ms. Lynch has been awarded the Key Scholars of 2003, scored in the top 3% on the PSAT, been a member of the National Honor Society, participated in the Step Team, and won the Aerobics Award.  In addition she works part-time and has volunteered to feed the homeless, distribute school supplies and clothing to low-income families, and assist in a neighborhood clean-up.   Ms. Lynch intends to major in accounting in college.

Arthur L. Kay is a senior at Lebanon High School where he has participated in varsity football, Spanish club, student school board, student council, and National Honor Society.  In the community, Mr. Kay has participated in Partners in Time, Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors (RASKALS), recycling programs and community vacation bible school.  His work experience includes employment at a theme park and at the YMCA.  Mr. Kay intends to major in business administration and management. 

“We are delighted to award scholarships to these deserving students with bright futures ahead of them,” said James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel.  “Their hard work and community service are befitting of the legacy of Louie Cox, and we congratulate Jaleesa and Arthur for earning these scholarships.”

Louie F. Cox worked for AK Steel and its predecessor Armco for a total of 44 years, and was active in numerous civic and civil rights initiatives in the workplace and community.  With Mr. Cox’s assistance, AK Steel established the African-American 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 Area 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 an employee, and on behalf of other employees,” said Mr. Washington.  “The AK Steel Scholarship named for him is a legacy to the tireless work in the Middletown community that Mr. Cox performed.  He will be remembered for many great actions through these young people and their families for years to come,” he said.