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.