Ashford J. Clark Scholarship

Ashford J. Clark came to the U.S. on a ship from England via Toronto, Canada with nothing except a wife (Penny) and a dog. He worked as a trained electrician in the Submarine service in England during WWII. His passion was always to work with his hands.
Once they had enough money to buy a car, he loaded up the family and started driving until he “got warm.” Two weeks later he ended up in El Monte, CA. With no formal education, he became a Journeyman Tool and Die Maker. In 1958, he started a business in his garage helping with customer designs and building dies. He later invented the plumbing beading tool called the “Lock-Ridge Tool.” He was a self-taught mechanical engineer and die maker, therefore his family has decided to award a scholarship in his honor. This scholarship recognizes a student that not only wants to pursue their dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer, but has also worked in the industry beforehand and understands that being an engineer is more than just a title – it is a true understanding of common sense practices.

Supplemental Questions
  1. In 500 words or less, please describe your design experience in the industry and how your interest in the welding field or IDE program has been shaped by that experience.