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Timken Awards 17 Scholarships to Children of Employees Around the World
Event Celebrates 60 Years of Recognizing Students and Parents

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR;, a global leader in bearings and mechanical power transmission products, awarded college scholarships to 17 children of Timken associates in 13 locations around the world today. These scholarships—valued at up to $540,000 over a four-year period—are funded by The Timken Company Charitable and Educational Fund, Inc. Since the program's inception in 1958, it has awarded more than $23 million in scholarships to deserving students.

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Chairman John M. Timken, Jr. hosted the recognition event for students and their families at The Timken Company World Headquarters in North Canton, Ohio. Local scholarship finalists attended the event in person, while other finalists and their parents joined via global webcast. "This year marks the 60th anniversary of our scholarship tradition," said Timken. "Throughout the years, our alumni have used their scholarships as an opportunity to make a positive impact on the world through their careers, and I am confident this year's class will go on to do the same."

The $140,000 Henry Timken Scholar Award recognizes the top-ranked applicant. This year's Henry Timken Scholar is Nicholas LaPlant, the son of Scott LaPlant, manager of manufacturing technology at the company's bearing plant in Asheboro, N.C. Nicholas, a senior at Randolph Early College High School, will study biomedical engineering at Duke University. Nicholas aspires to someday be a physician.

The $100,000 Jack Timken Scholar Award was presented to Smriti Suresh, the daughter of Suresh Kumar, head of mobile industries in the company's technology center in Bangalore, India. After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, Smriti plans to work for a multi-national company in the field of data anaylsis.

Five students received $40,000 scholarships:

  • Natalia Bożek, the daughter of Anna Bożek, leader – payroll and personnel administration in Sosnowiec, Poland. A senior at Ignacy Jan Paderewski High School No. 10 in Katowice, Natalia plans to study law at Jagiellonian University.
  • Louisa Frank, the daughter of Sylvia Erdmann, manager – account coordination in Düsseldorf, Germany. When she graduates Carl-Fuhlrott Gymnasium, Louisa plans to study international management at Otto Beisheim School of Management.
  • Alvia Ghazal, the daughter of Raisul Azhar, operating technician in Jamshedpur, India, is a student at Loyola School. She plans to study psychology at the National University of Singapore.
  • Luke Herman, the son of Daryl Herman, application engineer at Timken Belts in Springfield, Mo. A senior at Nixa High School, Luke plans to study entrepreneurship and recording arts at Missouri State University.
  • Corrine VanNatta, the daughter of Christopher VanNatta, manager – HR and global benefits in North Canton, Ohio. After graduating Hoover High School in Canton, Corrine plans to study biomedical engineering at Mount Union, the University of Akron or Case Western Reserve University.

In addition, ten individuals received $10,000 scholarships:

  • Katherine Blauner, daughter of Brett Blauner, national sales manager – automotive aftermarket in Canton, Ohio. Katherine is a senior at Jackson High School in Massillon. She plans to study finance and accounting at Lehigh University.
  • Davis Graham, son of Tim Graham, vice president – supply chain in North Canton, Ohio. After graduating from Jackson High School in Massillon, he plans to study chemical and biomolecular engineering or cellular and molecular biology.
  • Ketan Ilu, son of I. Muralidhar, senior manager – supply chain management in Chennai, India. A student at Maharisi International Residential School, he plans to study engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology upon graduation.
  • Zhongyu Jiang, son of Karl Jiang, supplier quality development manager – East Asia in Wuxi, China. After he completes high school at Wuxi No. 1, he plans to study environmental engineering at the Tongji University.
  • Parker Johns, son of Clark Johns, manager – quality assurance in Gaffney, S.C. A senior at Dorman High School, Parker plans to study chemical engineering at Brigham Young University upon graduating.
  • Sarah Johnson, daughter of James Johnson, plant engineering manager in Honea Path, S.C., is a senior at TL Hanna High School in Anderson. She plans to study aerospace engineering at Virginia Tech.
  • Pauline Koch, daughter of Jean-Rene Koch, application NVH specialist in Colmar, France. A student at Lycée Ribeaupierre, Pauline plans to study engineering at Lycée Kléber.
  • Chesley McDonald, son of Steve McDonald, plant manager in Springfield, Mo., is a student at Logan-Rogersville High School. He plans to study economics and applied mathematics at the University of Arkansas or the University of Missouri.
  • Josh Miller, son of Mark Miller, principal development engineer in North Canton, Ohio, currently attends Tuslaw High School in Massillon. He plans to study computer engineering at Cedarville University.
  • Aashwin Raj, son of Virendra Prasad, operating technician in Jamshedpur, India, plans to study nuclear physics and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology upon graduating Arihant Public School in Kota Rajasthan.

About The Timken Company
The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR; engineers, manufactures and markets bearings, gear drives, belts, chain, couplings, lubrication systems and related products, and offers a spectrum of powertrain rebuild and repair services. The leading authority on tapered roller bearings, Timken today applies its deep knowledge of metallurgy, tribology and mechanical power transmission across a variety of bearings and related systems to improve reliability and efficiency of machinery and equipment all around the world. The company's growing product and services portfolio features many strong industrial brands including Timken®, Fafnir®, Philadelphia Gear®, Drives®, Lovejoy® and Groeneveld®. Known for its quality products and collaborative technical sales model, Timken posted $3.0 billion in sales in 2017. With more than 15,000 employees operating from 33 countries, Timken makes the world more productive and keeps industry in motion.

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