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College of The Albemarle’s Cliff Markham Memorial Machinist Scholarship Open

Elizabeth City, NC – College of the Albemarle (COA) and Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America are pleased to announce that applications are available for the Cliff Markham Memorial Machinist Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year. This scholarship, designed to support students enrolled in the Computer Integrated Machining (CIM) program, commemorates the legacy of the late Cliff Markham.

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America established the Cliff Markham Memorial Machinist Scholarship Endowment in 2021 in honor of Cliff, a graduate of COA’s machining program who dedicated over 27 years of his career to Sumitomo. His legacy extends beyond professional success, marked by his role as an ambassador for COA and his invaluable contributions to student recruitment in the machining technology program.Reflecting Sumitomo’s dedication to nurturing future talent, the company recently presented the College of The Albemarle Foundation with a generous $15,000 contribution to the scholarship endowment fund.

“We recognize the importance of investing in the next generation of machining professionals,” stated Tony Barlett, Vice President of Operations. “COA’s graduates enter the workforce well prepared, which supports our commitment to excellence and innovation. We are proud to support initiatives like the Cliff Markham Memorial Machinist Scholarship that foster talent and honor individuals like Cliff, whose legacy continues to inspire.”

The scholarship’s first awards will be issued for the 2024-2025 academic year, advancing COA’s effort to empower students in machining. Applicants must apply to College of The Albemarle before submitting their scholarship applications online at

COA’s Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum equips students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills for navigating modern production processes. From conceptualization to production, students undergo comprehensive training in manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, and precision measurement, among other areas.

“The partnership with Sumitomo is an excellent example of the value of industry collaboration in enhancing educational opportunities,” remarked Michelle Waters, COA Dean of Business, Industry and Advanced Technologies, and COA – Currituck Administrator. “Through partnerships like this, we provide our students with access to resources that help prepare them for success in the machining industry and beyond.”

Students interested in applying for the Cliff Markham Memorial Machinist Scholarship must be enrolled in COA’s Computer Integrated Machining diploma or certificate program, maintain good academic standing, and exhibit financial need.

For additional information on COA’s CIM program, visit or contact David Chambers, COA Instructor/Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or 252-453-3035 ext. 8112.

President Bagwell expressed gratitude on behalf of COA, stating, “We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Sumitomo for honoring Cliff Markham’s legacy in such a meaningful way. This scholarship keeps Cliff’s memory alive for so many and serves as a testament to the impact of partnerships between industry leaders and educational institutions. COA students will carry Cliff’s legacy forward, empowered by this scholarship, as they pursue their educational and professional aspirations.”

For information, contact Tammy W. Sawyer, COA Director of Communications and Marketing, at [email protected] or 252.335.0821 ext. 2420.


Sumitomo Drive Technologies is a brand of Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America, one of the most respected names in the power transmission industry. As an industrial manufacturer of premium quality gearboxes, motors, and controls, we operate two prominent facilities – our Headquarters in Chesapeake, VA, and the Large Industrial Gear Unit Manufacturing and Assembly Facility in Verona. Our commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction, and comprehensive solutions makes us an industry leader in power transmission.

College of The Albemarle (COA) serves as the regional community college for Northeastern North Carolina, fostering educational excellence at the heart of the communities we proudly serve. With a rich and expansive history, COA offers accessible, high-quality education to students across Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. Our four campuses, strategically located throughout the region, reflect our commitment to student success. At COA, we empower individuals, transforming lives and shaping the future of our region. Discover your potential with College of The Albemarle, where education meets opportunity.