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Goleta-local and scholarship winner Lukas Goodworth | Credit: Courtesy

ATLANTA – August 30, 2023 — Dematic announces the 2023 recipients of its Dematic FIRST® Scholarship program, which honors students pursuing careers in STEM-related industries. Now in its third year, this scholarship program further demonstrates Dematic’s commitment to future leaders and innovators in supply chain and logistics by supporting corporate nonprofit, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  

Scholarship honorees include students Jace Flansburg from Ramsey, Minnesota, and Lukas Goodworth from Goleta, California, who were each awarded $5,000 to put toward a post-secondary degree or technical certification. Dematic also awarded 10 additional $1,000 scholarships to Matthew Carroll, Miles Frewert, Rajat Gupta, Alydia Jura, Richard Louvar, Jack Meyer, Sebastian Romna, Navya Swali, Tanush Vanarase, and Andrew Yellin.  

“Each year, I am impressed by the remarkable talent showcased by these scholarship recipients,” says Mike Larsson, executive vice president, Americas, Dematic. “I’ve seen firsthand the impact that FIRST has on future STEM leaders, and this real-world experience is vital as they begin their careers. This was the most competitive group of applicants in the scholarship’s history, and the increased interest in the program underscores the importance of investing in STEM education to empower the next generation.” 

This year’s scholarship program received a 25% increase in applications from last year. Dematic executives reviewed all applications, selecting honorees based on their academic excellence and commitment to pursuing a future in STEM. The program requires applicants to provide their transcripts, a one-page essay discussing a future where humans and machines interact in the warehouse, and a letter of recommendation. In addition, they must have previously competed in a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge.  

“My experience learning and competing with FIRST during high school is what cemented my interest in pursuing a STEM degree during college,” says Lukas Goodworth, mechanical engineering student at Westmont College. “I’m extremely honored to be awarded the Dematic FIRST Scholarship, and I’m grateful for the opportunities it provides as I continue my education at Westmont College and start my career.” 

Dematic employees volunteer their time and talent to local FIRST teams, providing mentorship and guidance to students. Within the last year, Dematic sponsored 17 FIRST teams throughout the country and donated $65,000 to the nonprofit to support students as they prepare for competitions and careers in STEM.  

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Scholarship Winners: 

Jace Flansburg 
Ramsey, Minn. 
University of Minnesota at Twin Cities 

Lukas Goodworth 
Goleta, Calif. 
Westmont College 

Matthew Carroll 
Waukesha, Wis. 
University of Wisconsin at Platteville 

Miles Frewert 
Carson City, Nev. 
University of Nevada at Reno 

Rajat Gupta 
Cincinnati, Ohio 
Georgia Institute of Technology 

Alydia Jura 
Ann Arbor, Mich. 
University of Michigan 

Richard Louvar 
Redmond, Ore. 
Oregon State University 

Jack Meyer 
Rogers, Ark. 
Texas A&M University 

Sebastian Roman 
West Islip, N.Y. 
Purdue University 

Navya Swali 
Prosper, Texas 
University of Texas at Austin 

Tanush Vanarase 
Norwalk, Conn. 
University of Connecticut 

Andrew Yellin 
Zelienople, Pa. 
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

About Dematic 

Dematic designs, builds, and supports intelligent automated solutions empowering and sustaining the future of commerce for its customers in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. With research and development engineering centers, manufacturing facilities, and service centers located in more than 35 countries, the Dematic global network of over 11,000 employees has helped achieve successful customer installations for some of the world’s leading brands. Headquartered in Atlanta, Dematic is a member of KION Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial trucks and supply chain solutions. 


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