James P. Buchwald and Tom Rastin

Engineering Scholarships

Engineering scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded annually to students of sophomore status or above who are enrolled at a four-year accredited engineering college. All engineering fields of study are considered, and awards may be renewable as long as the student remains in an undergraduate engineering school and maintains satisfactory academic status. New and renewed scholarship award applications are evaluated and selected by The Ariel Foundation through an annual application process.


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. Any employee or immediate family member of an employee of Ariel Corporation or The Ariel Foundation is not eligible for this scholarship. 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.

2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to recognize our 2022-2023 James P. Buchwald and Tom Rastin scholarship recipients:

Jonah Burson – Civil and Environmental Engineering – Ohio Northern University

Jonathan Crow – Mechanical Engineering – The Ohio State University

Matthew Dinnen – Mechanical Engineering – Ohio Northern University

Terry Fearn – Electrical Engineering – University of Toledo

Joshua Gaddis – Mechanical Engineering – The University of Akron

Garrett Hughes – Mechanical Engineering – University of Cincinnati

Nicholas Laher – Industrial and Systems Engineering – Ohio University

Seth Lawhon – Chemical Engineering – The Ohio State University

Sarah Lord – Chemical Engineering – The Ohio State University

Adam Temple – Chemical Engineering – Miami University

Netsanet Waal – Chemical and Biochemistry Engineering – Calvin University

Ian Whitaker – Mechatronics Engineering Technology – Bowling Green State University

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 the upcoming academic year. Contact or call 740.392.0364 with questions.