James P. Buchwald and Tom Rastin

Engineering Scholarships

The James P. Buchwald and Tom Rastin Engineering Scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded to students of sophomore status or above who are enrolled at any four-year accredited engineering college. All engineering fields of study will be considered. Awards are renewable as long as students remain in an undergraduate engineering school and maintain satisfactory academic status. New and renewed scholarship awards shall be selected by The Ariel Foundation through an annual application.


Eligible applicants must be a graduate of a Knox County, Ohio high school or resident of Knox County, Ohio at the time of high school graduation. Exempt are any employees or family members of employees of Ariel Corporation or The Ariel Foundation. The primary selection criterion for the scholarship program shall be an applicant’s past academic performance. The Ariel Foundation shall consider applicants who have achieved at or above a 3.0 Grade Point Average for one year at an accredited college or university prior to acceptance into an engineering college. Recommendations from instructors, personal qualities, and financial need shall all be considered.

2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Ariel Foundation is pleased to announce the following recipients of engineering scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year: Sean Badger, Ryan Matthews and Heath Myers have been awarded a Tom Rastin Engineering Scholarship; and Joshua Gaddis, Sarah Lord and Shaye Tiell were awarded a James P. Buchwald Engineering Scholarship.

  • Sean Badger is a third time recipient of an Ariel Foundation engineering scholarship pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Dayton. A graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Sean is the son of Keith and Deanna Badger.
  • Joshua Gaddis graduated in 2019 from Fredericktown High School and is attending the University of Akron for a mechanical engineering degree. Joshua is the son of D. Trent and Nicole Gaddis.
  • Sarah Lord graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2019 and is a sophomore at The Ohio State University in the chemical engineering program. Sarah is the daughter of Stephanie Lord.
  • Ryan Matthews is a third time recipient of an Ariel Foundation engineering scholarship. A graduate of Fredericktown High School, Ryan is attending The University of Akron for an electrical engineering degree. Ryan is the son of Ronald and Linda Matthews.
  • Heath Myers is a 2019 graduate of Centerburg High School and is in The Ohio State University’s mechanical engineering program. Heath is the son of April Myers.
  • Shaye Tiell is a third time recipient of an Ariel Foundation engineering scholarship. She is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and is studying biomedical engineering – biomechanics at The University of Akron. Shaye is the daughter of Bob and Gwen Tiell.
James P. Buchwald

James Paul Buchwald was born on March 7, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. After brief service in the US Coast Guard as World War II came to an end, he obtained a BA in history from Baldwin-Wallace College, in Berea, Ohio. He taught school for a semester in Vienna, Ohio, and in 1950, married Maureen Hunter, a resident of Vienna. A short stint with National City Bank in Cleveland was followed by a job at the Cadillac (Military) tank plant. The tank plant job provided the money to start at Case Institute in the fall of 1952, and a BS in mechanical engineering led, in June 1954, to a position with Cooper-Bessemer Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio. In November 1958, he took a job in Springfield, Ohio running compressor engineering and, later, engine design for White-Superior. He returned to Mount Vernon in December 1965 to execute a compressor design contract for Enterprise in Oakland, California. Ariel Corporation was incorporated in 1966 to build a prototype compressor, and Buchwald became Chairman, a title he retained until his retirement in 1998.


Applications must be received at The Ariel Foundation no later than May 1 to be considered for both the James P. Buchwald and Tom Rastin Engineering Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Contact or call 740.392.0364 with questions.