Meet the inaugural class of MCA Scholarship Program recipients! These five students are pursuing their dreams through higher education with the help of the MCA Scholarship Program, a valuable benefit exclusively for employees of member companies. We’re proud to share a small role in their bright futures. 


Reymundo Bahena

McElroy Metal, Houston, TX

Reymundo will graduate in 2026 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, TX. In his essay, Reymundo addressed a moral challenge he faced when a colleague’s error left him having to choose what action to take when all possible paths could cause harm. Ultimately, his choice “reinforced the belief that choosing integrity and responsibility in adversity is a testament to professional character.”

Nathan attends high school in New Jersey and is a member of the National and Spanish honor societies. In his essay, he wrote about how his father’s promotions have required the family to move, a challenge that ultimately taught him the significance of communication, consistency, and new experiences. Nathan has been accepted at the University of Virginia, where he will follow in his father’s footsteps by seeking a degree in mechanical engineering.

Nathan Galinski

DuPont, Wilmington, DE

Bryce Keirn

Sheffield Metals, Inc., Sheffield Village, OH

A student at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, Bryce is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with an anticipated graduation date of May 2026. In his essay, Bryce discussed how his family’s decision to foster children created challenges but ultimately taught him about resilience, compassion, and empathy.


Completing her senior year of high school in Louisiana, Laiklyn is an outstanding student athlete. A teacher describes the varsity athlete as “driven, organized, and a leader in the classroom, and on the softball field.” She has been accepted to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she plans to seek a degree in physical therapy in the fall. She wrote her essay about the gratitude she has for tough situations she faced as a child that “help me become the person I am today and have the family and resources I have.”

Laiklyn Squyres

McElroy Metal, Bossier City, LA

Elizabeth Warren

Interlock Roofing/Delta Building Products

Elizabeth is in the entry-to-practice doctor of pharmacy program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where she also is secretary of the Pharmacy Evidence Appraisal Club. She expects to graduate in 2027. In her essay, she urged anyone who is suffering in silence by trying to manage their own challenges to reach out and seek help from trusted individuals.


MCA is grateful to the generous donors who made this program possible and invites you to contact the association to donate today to benefit the next round of MCA scholars.

The scholarship program was created by MCA in 2023 to offer educational scholarships exclusively to MCA member companies’ employees and their spouses, children, and grandchildren.

These scholarships provide financial assistance to students pursuing higher education, including trade programs, vocational schools, and universities.

The call for applications will open again in the winter.

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