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Scholarship keeps student's legacy alive

Most people say they’ve never met anyone quite like Luigi Zanettin.

As a son, he always carved out time to fish and hunt with his dad and once gave up six months’ worth of Saturdays to help his father refurbish a fire truck for firefighters in Africa.

As a husband, he bought his wife flowers every week and worked two jobs while attending school so they could build a future together.

As a student, he never missed class and his curiosity-driven questions propelled him to the top of his program. Even after he was delivered a blow in 2013 when he found out he had a rare form of cancer, he never slowed down.

“When he had every reason to say I’ve had enough, he fought against it,” said Dr. Bill Altenhof, a University of Windsor mechanical and materials engineering professor who mentored the 27-year-old through graduate studies. “He just simply would never quit; I was awestruck by his level of determination.”

$15,000 scholarship to support engineering graduate research at UWindsor

A Windsor tooling company announced Wednesday a new scholarship that will support graduate research in mechanical, automotive and materials engineering at the University of Windsor.

Dr. Patti Weir, UWindsor’s Dean of Graduate Studies, said Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing (CTM) Ltd.’s $5,000 donation will be matched by the provincial government’s Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program and leveraged to a total of $15,000.

“This award will allow us to train future generations of engineers who will continue to make contributions in manufacturing,” said Weir.