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Morrisville State College Students Receive Caterpillar/Milton CAT Scholarships

MORRISVILLE, NY—Three Morrisville State College students have been awarded Caterpillar/Milton CAT Scholarships.

The $2,500 scholarships, based on academic achievement and financial need, are awarded to diesel technology program students.

Receiving scholarships were:
Eric McClatchie, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Evan Motschmann, of Berne, N.Y.
John Sacher, of North Tonawanda, N.Y.

McClatchie is a member of the college’s Agricultural Engineering Club and the Champlain Valley Antique Engine and Tractor Association. He graduated from Beekmantown Central School with an advanced Regents diploma. He is the son of Robert E. and Peggy McClatchie of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Motschmann serves as vice president of the college’s Agricultural Engineering Club and was a recipient of the Outstanding Student Award at Albany BOCES. A graduate of Schoharie Central School, he was the recipient of the Theodore Pierce Memorial Award and the Keith W. Rockwell Award. He is the son of Lynn and Spencer Motschmann, of Berne, N.Y.

Sacher, the Student Government Organization (SGO) representative for the Agricultural Engineer Club, is a graduate of North Tonawanda High School. The son of Kathleen Hamilton of North Tonawanda, N.Y., and William Sacher, of Sanborn, N.Y., he was the recipient of the Cardinal Health Scholarship.

“Morrisville State College has a long-term relationship with both Caterpillar and Milton CAT,” Fred Bach, professor of agricultural engineering technology/diesel technology, said. “These scholarships are an extension of that relationship. We are grateful for the benefits and opportunities they provide to our students.”

Caterpillar the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, donates and loans Morrisville State College the most current engines and equipment, allowing students to learn on the most current technology in the industry, making them more marketable in the field.

The relationship between Morrisville State College and Caterpillar/Milton CAT (formerly Syracuse Supply), spans decades. In addition to providing scholarship funds and numerous donations and loans of engines and equipment, the company also offers student internships and hires many graduates.

Morrisville State College offers an associate degree in applied science in diesel equipment technology and an associate degree in occupational studies in diesel technology.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with eight new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; journalism and communication for online media, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.