(From left) Olin Corp. scholarship recipients Brandon Murphy, Eleana (Laney) Huelsmann and Ryan Gueldener.
EAST ALTON — Olin Corp. awarded scholarship this week to three students who are children of employees.
The scholarships are given each year to the sons and daughters of Olin employees based on ACT scores. The initial award is $2,500 renewable for an additional three years based on satisfactory academic progress in a degree program, for a total award of $10,000.
This year’s honorees include Ryan Gueldener of Edwardsville High School, son of Marlene and Terry Gueldener; Eleana Huelsmann of Mater Dei in Breese, daughter of Randy and Gina Huelsmann; and Brandon Murphy of Southwestern High School, son of Kim and Kelsey Murphy.
“I look forward to this luncheon each year because it gives us the opportunity to celebrate a group of truly extraordinary young adults,” Winchester Ammunition President Tom O’Keefe said. “Learning about all they have accomplished thus far and in such a short time, makes me confident they will go on to do great things.”
The Olin Scholarship program, established in 1969, has helped 267 students begin their college careers. The program has a two-fold objective: to continue Olin’s commitment and support of higher education; and to recognize, through financial assistance, sons and daughters of Olin employees who have demonstrated the ability to achieve excellence. Through its commitment to this program, Olin has provided approximately $1.4 million in scholarship funds to the children of its employees.
Brandon Murphy is the son of Kim and Kelsey Murphy. This month Murphy will graduate from Southwestern High School and plans to pursue a biology degree emphasizing genetics at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Eleana (Laney) Huelsmann is the daughter of Randy and Gina Huelsmann. Huelsmann will graduate from Mater Dei High School and plans to pursue a degree in engineering management at Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Ryan Gueldener is the son of Marlene and Terry Gueldener. This month Gueldener will graduate from Edwardsville High School and plans to study mechanical engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.