To Parents and Children:
Begin College Planning
There’s a lot more than just disappointment for
the high-school graduate whose application is turned
down at a college or university. It can mean a definite
reduction in the range of occupations from which he
can choose. It can mean that his potential lifetime
earnings may be substantially reduced.
Lack of good high-school preparation can be very
cosily for the person who wants to go to college.
It happens often that both parents and children
neglect to make definite plans for college—until it is
too late. As more and more students prepare to con
tinue their education, getting into and staying in
college becomes increasingly difficult. This being so,
it’s not too early to begin plans when your child is
in elementary school.
THE FIRESTONE COMPANY—aware of its privi
lege to make another contribution to the welfare of
employees and their families, and to the future of
the country—provides annual financial assistance to
worthy sons and daughters of employees who seek
a college education.
At least 60 students attend college annually under
the Firestone Scholarship Program. It provides full
tuition, academic fees, textbooks and a considerable
portion of expense for board and room at the school
of the winner’s choice. Firestone’s program is con
sidered to be one of the most comprehensive offered
by any organization.
The company’s Scholarship Committee offers the
following guideposts to help parents and grade-school
students plan courses in high school which will give
the student the strong academic foundation necessary
for college work.
Putting the suggestions into practice will not, of
course, guarantee a student a Firestone scholarship—
of any other kind, for that matter. But it will help
prepare the student for college or university work
and will undoubtedly increase his possibilities of
winning a scholarship.
A PAST PRESIDENT of the American Associa
tion of School Administrators has endorsed these
1. To the student; Have regular consultations with
the high-school principal and/or advisor about the
course of study, your grades, and long-range plans.
2. Parents; Encourage your child to cultivate good
study habits. With increased competition for scholar
ships and admittance to colleges and universities,
grades are more important than ever. Let your child
know you are serious about his school work.
3. Four years of solid English courses are recom
mended. In every field of work, a person must be
able to express himself through language.
4. With increased emphasis on sciences, it is wise
that a student take four years of mathematics and
three years of physical sciences, including chemistry
5. Also recommended; A minimum of three years
of a foreign language. Besides the advantages of an
acquaintance with a language other than the student’s
own, experience indicates that those with a foreign-
language background score higher on English tests
than those without this preparation.
6. Extra-curricular activities are important, but not
so at the expense of a student’s scholastic perform
ance. Most universities, as well as scholarship com
mittees, are interested in the use a student makes of
his out-of-class hours. Activities often help a student
develop leadership ability, self-confidence, and cre
7. A student’s character, as well as his ability, is
always considered. Does the student work up to
capacity? Is he well liked, cooperative, reliable?
8. The Firestone Scholarship Committee has found
that students who have cultivated good outside-of-
school reading habits usually score well in sections of
examinations dealing with the proper use of the
English language. Encourage your child to read good
books during summers or in spare time. A librarian
can suggest material to read.
9. For Firestone scholarships, student scores on the
School and College Aptitude Test are considered. Ex
perience has taught that the students following the
foregoing suggestions consistently maintain high
scores on this examination.
10. Encourage your child to think about and plan
for his future, to learn about various careers within
his realm of interest and ability, and to obtain coun
sel and advice from school teachers and administra
AN APPLICANT for a Firestone scholarship must
be a high school senior and a son or daughter of an
employee who has completed at least five years of
continuous service with the company, or one of its
subsidiaries, by January 1 of the year in which the
award is made.
The Firestone employee must be currently on the
company payroll and have an average base pay not
in excess of $825 per month. Also eligible are adopted
children, stepchildren who reside with such Firestone
employee, and children of employees who have com
pleted five years of continuous service with the com
pany immediately prior to death or retirement and
whose base pay did not exceed $825 a month.
In the case of retirement, the Firestone employee
must have retired after attaining the age of 65 or
because of physical disability and received a benefit
under the company pension plan.
The student applying must have a scholastic stand
ing in the upper half of his or her class covering the
first three and one-half years of high school studies.
Of the 413 applications which Firestone received in
1961, the company awarded 28 scholarships. Certifi
cates of merit, recognizing outstanding scholastic
records, went to 163 of the applicants.
Of Another Day
World War I was raging fierce
by the time this Model T Ford
one-seater had gotten the feel
of the highways and byways.
The 1917 flivver, representing
the "compact" breed of those
turbulent limes, is owned by E.
Ray Brafford, father of Mrs.
Howard Baldwin who is sec
retary in Personnel. Mr. Braf
ford traded for the vehicle in
South Carolina and towed it
home to 1513 McFarland avenue
in Gastonia, where he plans a
complete restoration of the car.
With him admiring the collec
tor's item are daughters Johnnie
(left) and Mrs. Baldwin.
Gaston Tech Has Top Accreditation
Gaston Technical Institute re
ceived accreditation by the Engi
neers’ Council for Professional
Development in early October.
The council is the top accredit
ing agency in the nation for
schools of engineering and tech
Gaston Tech, located on prop
erty that once was the Firestone
dormitories and recreation cen
ter, is one of 40 technical insti
tutes now accredited in the coun
try, and the only one in the
The Firestone company made
Benchman To Cattleman
From an extended stint as a Shop benchman
here to herdsman on a 900-acre cattle ranoh in
Gloucestershire County, England, was a mem
orable transition for John Mercer in late October.
The son of plant general manager Harold
Mercer sailed on the Queen Elizabeth from New
York Oct. 18 and arrived at Southampton five
days later. From the seaport by rail to London,
he registered at the United States Embassy, then
set out on the last 200 miles of his trip which
took him to Harnhill Manor at Cirencester.
At Harnhill he is working as a herdsman, help
ing take care of around 200 head of polled Here
ford and some 400 sheep. John expects to work
on the job there for “good experience”. Some of
his working time will be spent taking the prized
animals to cattle shows.
ENGLAND is the originating ploce of the Here
ford breed, a fact that influenced John to seek
Cirencester, 200 miles northeast of London, is
location of the Royal Agricultural College. Not
far away is Oxford, with its famed university.
John’s interest in cattle goes back a number of
years, and his job in Britain is not the first of its
kind for him. He has worked in similar assign
ments on cattle ranches in Indiana, Florida and
He is a graduate of the academy at Belmont
Abbey College, and attended the agriculture di
vision of North Carolina State College.
a gift of the present buildings
and grounds to the school in
1956. The school was establish
ed at Morehead City in 1947 and
was moved to Gastonia in the
fall of 1952. It first offered one-
year technical courses to high
GTI is now a two-year, col
lege-level school—a branch of
NC State College— offering pro
grams of study for technicians
in the fields of radio and televi
sion; mechanical, electrical and
Gaston Tech director W. R.
Halstead said the accreditation
will add prestige to the institute,
helping to get better placement
for its graduates and attracting
P. O. BOX 551
GASTONIA. N. C.
CATTLEMAN—John Mercer, with passport to
Southampton and travel information on England.
On the atlas map is a model of an "Elmer" pure
The October trip to Europe was the second
one John had made to the continent. In 1958 he
went by air to Copenhagen and from there made
a tour of Denmark, then through Germany, Eng
land, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland,
Belgium, France and Scotland.
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