FERNDALE, Mich. – Christopher Melnick, a 2011 graduate of Ferndale High School, is the recipient of Gage Products Company’s 16th annual community scholarship award.

The $1,000 Gage scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding Ferndale High School graduate who intends to pursue a degree in engineering. The company established its scholarship program in 1996.

Melnick was a member of Ferndale High School’s soccer, basketball and swim teams. He also participated in the school’s marching band and jazz band. Melnick was also a United Student Assembly and National Honor Society member.

Outside of school, he was involved in the Farmington United Percussion Ensemble and a youth group at his church.

The son of Joe and Stephanie Melnick, Christopher will begin classes this fall at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He intends to study bio-medical engineering.

“Gage welcomes the opportunity to recognize local talented students like Christopher,” said Dan Finkiewicz, president and chairman of Gage Products Company. “Through activities such as our community scholarship award program, we remain actively involved in the strong and vibrant community of Ferndale.”

We are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year. The company today is a leading supplier of solvent closed-loop, automotive paint-system recycling programs. Over the past 25 years, Gage’s solvent closed-loop recycling systems have been used by Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Fiat, Honda, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mercedes, Nissan, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, KIA and Hyundai to safely remanufacture nearly 100 million gallons of spent paint solvent and waste material.

Gage Products Company is a global leader in custom fuel-blending services for product development and emission-control testing. In addition, Gage is an expedient source of custom fuel blends and reference test fuels for automotive OEM’s, engine manufacturers and their suppliers the world over.

Gage also manufactures paint-related products and cleaners for paint shops, paint system cleaning and restoration for a wide variety of industrial uses.