Ash Grove Cement Company Announces 2018 Annual Intern Scholarships

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.  (Dec. 14, 2018) – Today the Ash Grove Cement Company announced that Matthew Iles and Kaitlyn Watts were selected to receive its two annual intern scholarships.

Iles interned for Ash Grove at its Midlothian, Texas, cement plant this past summer and is studying chemical engineering at Kansas State University. In adddition to his intership at Ash Grove Cement, Iles has also served as a volunteer for the Wamego Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity.

“From the quarry supplying limestone to console operators monitoring the process, the plant has endless opportunities to learn and further one’s knowledge. For me this is critical, I enjoy learning something new each day and the cement industry provides an environment to do just that.”

Watts interned for Ash Grove at its Overland Park, Kansas, technical center this past summer and is studying chemical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). In addition to her internship at Ash Grove, Watts has also served as a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She has also achieved the Dean’s Honor Roll at Missouri S&T.

“The combination of being around my coworkers and understanding the impact cement has on the community has furthered my interest in the field as a career because I want to put that knowledge towards making a positive impact on everyone around me.”

“I am always impressed by the interns’ strong work ethic and desire to learn. Student projects not only contribute to the company, but also provide for professional growth of the students,” said Dave Ezell, vice president of human resources, Ash Grove Cement Company.

The annual $1,500 scholarship was established in 2007 to recognize students who successfully completed a summer internship with Ash Grove or one of its subsidiaries and who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the cement industry.

About Ash Grove Cement Company

Ash Grove Cement Company, a CRH company, is a leader and pioneer in the cement industry. For 136 years, Ash Grove has provided portland and masonry cements to construct highways, bridges, commercial and industrial complexes, single- and multi-family homes, and other important structures fundamental to America's economic vitality and quality of life. In 2017, Ash Grove shipped 8.5 million tons of cement from eight cement plants located throughout the Midwest, Texas and Western United States. Learn more at


Lisa Ketteler