Tomcat USA would like to congratulate the most recent Tomcat U scholarship winner, Chris Mount, a student at University of Texas at Arlington.

Over 100 candidates registered at the Columbus McKinnon booth for the chance to become the next Tomcat U scholar. The scholarship to the Hoist and Truss Workshop from June 4-7, 2008 includes all instruction and materials, lodging, lunches, dinners, snacks, as well as all local transportation. The participant will be responsible for transportation to and from Midland, Texas.

The instruction will cover basic and advanced maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for CM Lodestars and Prostars; advanced troubleshooting scenarios; an overview of hoist control; basic and advanced instruction on truss design, usage and theory; and live demonstrations of truss inspection and destruction.

Mount’s initial response to the win was one of shock: “I can’t believe I won,” he exclaimed during the congratulatory phone call. Mount is earning a BFA degree in design at the UT branch. His primary focus in his studies has been electrics, lighting, and sound. When he completes his studies in about two years, he hopes to work in various venues and tours, including work with touring bands and perhaps the cruise line industry.

“I’m excited to attend the workshop because it will give me professional insight on trussing and motors. This is knowledge I’ll need when I enter the workforce,” Mount said during the call