Congratulations are in order for Case High School seniors Jake Schilling and Mary Graebner; both have earned Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) scholarships.

To qualify, both students have to plan on majoring in engineering in college.

Schilling said he plans to attend Milwaukee School of Engineering in the fall, so the scholarship will definitely come in handy. He’s been interested in engineering since he was a little boy.

“I just grew up tinkering with stuff,” Schilling explained on the Racine Unified website. “I would spend hours taking stuff apart and putting them back together.”

Graebner wasn’t drawn to engineering until she started high school, and now she can’t imagine a career doing anything else. She plans to attend either Marquette University or the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, in the fall and said the scholarship is a great way to open doors.

“Being a female, it’s really cool to be able to step out and say, ‘Hey, I’m a female and I’m going to be an engineer.’ It’s also a really good way to gain valuable contacts at SME to use in the future,” Graebner said.

The Racine chapter of SME was organized in 1935 to advance engineering in the community and hands out five, $1,500 scholarships to students in both Racine and Kenosha.