20140828_123409Matthew P. Ulizio, a senior at Penn State University, has been selected to receive the 17th annual Barry K. Wendt Memorial Scholarship from NSSGA’s Manufacturer’s & Services Division. He was selected for academic excellence as well as his personal interest in the aggregates industry. The $2,500 scholarship is earmarked for students who plan to pursue a career in the crushed stone, sand and gravel production industry. Ulizio is the first scholarship recipient from Penn State.

Ulizio is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. Shimin Liu, assistant professor of mining engineering at Penn State, praised Ulizio’s depth of knowledge and “enthusiasm of knowledge application in the aggregates industry.” In addition to Ulizio’s strong academic record, he is involved in Penn State’s Mine Rescue Team, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration activities and the International Society of Explosives Engineers. Ulizio interned at NSSGA member Barrett Paving Materials Inc. in 2013. In a letter of recommendation, Barrett Paving Materials Inc.’s Human Resource Manager, NYN Region, Sue Ann Messick said, “We see Matthew as a future leader working for a company that will be lucky to have him on their team.”

NSSGA’s Manufacturers & Services Division established the Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award and Memorial Scholarship in 1998 as a lasting memorial to recognize the many contributions of Barry K. Wendt to the aggregates industry. Wendt, who had been a long-time employee of Cedarapids, Inc., died suddenly in 1997. He was universally recognized as a leader in the aggregates industry.  He served as chairman of the Manufacturers Divisions of the National Aggregates Association and National Stone Association, predecessor associations of NSSGA. He also served as chairman of the Crushing Bureau of the Construction Industry Manufacturers Association and the Manufacturers Division of the Iowa Limestone Producers Association. Wendt had been a principal speaker at numerous international, national and state aggregate association meetings, as well as numerous state transportation and university seminars and had presented countless technical papers for various industry publications.