BLACKFOOT — Two employees at Premier Technology received a special bonus Thursday— full scholarships to Idaho State University to complete their degrees.
Rodney Jenks and Walker Jones were the recipients of the scholarships, which are fully funded by Premier Technology. The scholarships will fund tuition, books and fees until they receive their degrees.
Jenks is pursing a bachelor's degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting from Idaho State University with a minor in business. He expects to graduate in May of 2014.
Jenks, who has an qssociate's degree in CAD and drafting, said the scholarship gives him the opportunity to further his education to become a more well-rounded employee. He has worked as a drafter at Premier Technology for three and one-half years.
"It's a great opportunity for me," Jenks said. "It helps me achieve my dreams."
Jones has worked as a welder at Premier Technology for four years. He is currently working on the night shift and is attending school during the day in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Idaho State University. He also expects to graduate in May of 2014.
"Mechanical engineering is a very interesting field," Jones said. "It's a degree that will help me move up."
Both Jenks and Jones said they are grateful for the scholarships.
Premier Technology plans to offer full scholarships to two employees each year. A panel of the applicants' peers review each application and make recommendations to the Executive Committee, which then interviews each individual and selects the recipients.
ISU President Art Vailas and Vice President for University Advancement Kent Tingey attended a presentation of the scholarships to Jenks and Jones Thursday at Premier Technology.
Vailas said the investment by Premier Technology demonstrates their commitment to education and is an example other companies can follow.