SCHOFIELD — Central Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance has awarded its first annual Adversity Champion Scholarship to D.C. Everest Senior High School senior Cody Klobucnik, CWIMA announced this week.

Klobucnik is an aspiring machine tool student but excels in other areas, honing his skills in welding and auto mechanics. He will attend a 2-year machine tool program at Northcentral Technical College this fall, fully funded by the CWIMA Adversity Champion Scholarship.

“My family’s always been there for me,” Klobucnik said in a news release. “They’ve done everything they could. My parents have always grown me up to do things for myself and now, finally, being able to do the things I love. And going to this college, where I’m going to be able to learn more and all the people who have supported me all the way have really inspired me.”

CWIMA promotes and creates educational awareness and career opportunities in the machining, welding, fabrication and manufacturing-related trades.