Now Accepting Scholarship Applications:
George Thielen Memorial Scholarship
ASQ Dayton is proud to offer scholarships for undergraduate students in the Greater Dayton Area.
This scholarship honors the memory of George Thielen and his contributions to quality in the Dayton region. It is for undergraduate study of the theory and application of quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement, and total quality management. It covers the engineering, statistical, managerial, and behavioral foundations of those fields.
Scholarship Application and Process
To apply for these scholarships, complete the application below and send it along with the required documentation to your listed school representative by 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
You must provide a transcript from your most recent semester completed.
Application attachments / information required:
- Transcript showing courses, titles, and grades with current cumulative GPA and total credit hours noted in the application form
- List of honors and honorary societies
- List of the quality-related courses, seminars, or workshops you have completed
- Employment Record or Resume: List employment for past three years – emphasize employment related to quality. If you have not held employment, please be sure to emphasize educational experience as it relates to quality
- Extra Curricular Activities
- Two letters of reference
- “Biographical Sketch” (Brief applicant background)
- Two Essays – Both essays should show clear links between quality concepts and your past, present, and future work experiences. The ideas should be expressed in your own words. The essays must be typed.
- An essay titled “How Quality Relates and Applies to My Chosen Career Field” in at 300-400 words. (To be attached)
- An essay titled “How I Plan To Apply Quality Concepts in the Future” in 300-400 words. (To be attached)
ASQ Campus Contacts
Submit your application to these listed contacts by 12 noon on March 1st.
Sinclair Community College: Contact Lynn Seery
Quality Engineering Technology Dept.
Phone #: 937-546-5511
Wright State University: Contact Larry Weinstein
Phone #: 937-775-4598
University of Dayton: Contact Chuck Edmonson
Engineering Technology Dept.
Phone #: 937-229-2853
Central State University: Contact Abayomi Ajayi-Majebi
Manufacturing Engineering Dept.
Phone #: 937-376-6181
All Other: Contact Lynn Seery (see contact info above)
Selection will be made by a minimum of three judges selected from the Dayton Section of ASQ. The criteria for evaluation and selection include the following:
- Qualitative assessment of the essays, “How Quality Relates and Applies to My Chosen Career Field” and “How I Plan to Apply Quality Concepts in the Future”, that indicate the applicant’s depth of knowledge, understanding, and desire to apply quality concepts to improve operations/processes in his/her chosen field
- Quantitative assessment of the applicant’s transcript demonstrating academic accomplishments
- Qualitative assessment of the applicant’s employment experience, extracurricular activities, educational experience (seminars, ASQ meetings, etc.), and other accomplishments related to quality as described in the application
- Financial need as described in application (applicant background, etc.)
Note: The criteria are not listed in order of importance.
The committee choosing the recipients will be made up of independent disinterested persons. Any relatives, close friends, or potential recipients are excluded from the selection committee. The committee will evaluate all applications with identifying information removed to avoid the possibility of bias or discrimination.
Disbursement and Presentation Process
The judging committee may select up to 3 applicants for scholarship awards and reserves the right to select 0 applicants for award if none meet minimum eligibility.
The scholarship award per selected winning applicant will be in a minimum amount of $500 [USD] in order to provide the selected student(s) with sufficient material assistance. ASQ Dayton may award up to $3,000 in total awards for the year.
Scholarships will be disbursed to the winner(s) by check from ASQ Dayton payable to the Bursar’s Office of the educational institution for the selected winner(s) to be used for educational expenses.
All applicants will be invited to an ASQ Dayton Student Scholarship program where scholarships will be presented on April 17, 2018.
You do not have to be an ASQ student member to apply.
It is the policy and practice of The George Thielen Memorial Scholarship and Dayton ASQ to treat all candidates for scholarships with dignity and respect and to provide equal opportunity to all persons without regard to color, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other category protected by law. In addition, Dayton ASQ prohibits retaliation against any individual who reports discrimination or who participates in any investigation of such reports. This policy covers all scholarship award actions, including distribution of applications, selection process and continuance of scholarship funding.
Dayton ASQ will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or, where doing so would cause a direct threat to the health or safety of the individual or others. This policy governs all aspects of the scholarship award process, including distribution of applications, selection process and continuance of scholarship funding. All information provided regarding any impairment will be handled confidentially to the extent allowable by law.
Candidates for scholarships with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the scholarship award process are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of the Dayton ASQ Section Chair immediately so any such questions or concerns may be addressed promptly.
2017 Scholarship Winner, Bethany Wilson, with members of the Thielen family
Mr. George J. Thielen, was associated with Modern Technologies Corp., Dayton, Ohio for six years prior to being employed as a Principal Consultant in the Performance Enhancement Services group. In this capacity, he also maintained MTC’s corporate quality management system and its certification to the international standard ISO 9001:2000. After 36 years of Federal Service, he retired in 1997 from his position as Director of Engineering, Acquisition Policy, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Mr. Thielen was born in Chicago, Illinois, 9 July 1938 and graduated from St. Ignatius High School there. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1961, did his graduate work in engineering-management at Drexel University in Philadelphia from 1962 to 1965, and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Resident Course in National Security Management, Washington DC, in 1978. He began his Air Force career by serving for three years as an engineering officer working on the Atlas F and Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile programs.
As an Air Force civilian, he held various project engineering and engineering-management positions at the Philadelphia facilities of the General Electric Company supporting the development and production of the Mark 6 re-entry system for Titan II, the Mark 12 MIRV re-entry system for Minuteman II, advanced reentry systems, and classified space programs. In 1970, he was named chief of the Quality Assurance Division, Air Force Plant Representative Office, General Electric Company, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He served for six years as head of that in-plant quality function with cognizance over major missile and space system contracts with the Air Force and NASA.
He came to Wright-Patterson in 1978 to head a newly established “corporate” quality office for Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD) that focused on making product quality and quality improvement active considerations in the acquisition process. In 1985, he was promoted to the senior systems engineering position responsible for engineering support of all ASD programs in the disciplines of reliability, maintainability, quality, producibility and value engineering. In 1990, he was named as technical director for manufacturing and quality in a newly formed integrated Engineering and Technical Management organization. In 1993, he returned to systems engineering to lead the manufacturing and quality engineering group directly responsible for the technical content of the Manufacturing Development Initiative (MDT), a pioneering effort in setting Air Force expectations for simultaneous development of products and processes, and the aerospace industry’s adoption of advanced quality systems. In June 1994, he was assigned to his final position as the senior engineer in the Directorate of Acquisition Policy, ASCI AZ. In this capacity, he integrated the Center’s efforts for implementation of the technical aspects of acquisition reform.
Mr. Thielen was a member of the Quality 77 study team, a steering group member for the Quality Horizons study, and an R&M panel member in the Project Forecast II study. He chaired the multi-service working group that defined the DoD approach to eliminating fixed defect levels from military specifications, for which he received the 1989 Defense Standardization Program Outstanding Performance Award. He received the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 1993 for his work on the Manufacturing Development Initiative. He is listed in both the 1973 and 1983 versions of Who’s Who in Aviation. Mr. Thielen was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He was an ASQ certified quality engineer since 1972, and is a past chairman of the ASQ Dayton Section.
From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Thielen chaired the Users Accreditation Advisory Panel for the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors’ Accreditation Program (NADCAP), a technical program affiliated with the Society of Automotive Engineers that accredits suppliers to consensus industry standards in non-destructive testing, heat treating, materials testing, airline parts distributors, chemical processing, welding, sealants, coatings, and general quality systems. He served as Secretary for Quality Dayton, a local network of industry, government and academic leaders formed to promote understanding and application of quality technologies and management principles throughout the local community.
Mr. Thielen passed away on December 22, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Anne (DeLizzio) Thielen, son George (Clare), daughter Annette Tyra (Michael), son Gregory, grand daughters Natalie, Rachel, and Sarah, sister Lois Wallace, brother Leonard (Phyllis), and numerous relatives.