SME Education Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships in Partnership with Focus: HOPE

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• E. Wayne Kay Scholarship Fund will support undergraduates seeking degrees in manufacturing engineering or technology.• Application opens Nov. 1, 2014.

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Partnering with Focus: HOPE on these new scholarships will allow us to further support the students who are the future of manufacturing.

The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology or a closely related field. The application opens Nov. 1, 2014.

“The SME Education Foundation is committed to supporting the next generation of the manufacturing workforce,” said SME Education Foundation President Brian Ruestow. “Partnering with Focus: HOPE on these new scholarships will allow us to further support the students who are the future of manufacturing.”

About the scholarships:

  •     E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Scholarship: Applicants must have completed at least one term at a school affiliated with Focus: HOPE and be a part-time or full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing technology or a closely related field in the U.S.
  •     E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Community College Scholarship: Applicants must be a part-time or full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in manufacturing or a closely related field at a two-year community college or trade school, affiliated with Focus: HOPE in the U.S. Also, applicants must have completed at least one term at the postsecondary institution, with less than 60 college credit hours completed.

There will be a total of 10, $3,000 awards split evenly between the two scholarships. For more information, visit smeef.org/scholarship.

“We are grateful to the SME Education Foundation for partnering with us to develop a new generation of manufacturing engineers and technology professionals,” said William F. Jones Jr., chief executive officer, Focus: HOPE. “It is important to our nation and our community to have well-educated manufacturing professionals from diverse backgrounds. With this scholarship assistance, our students will be able to focus on their education as they prepare to make a difference in the manufacturing sector and in the lives of themselves and their families.”

About the SME Education Foundation
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at smeef.org. Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or facebook.com/SME.Education.Foundation.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter or facebook.com/smemfg.

About Focus: HOPE
Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization founded in 1968 after the Detroit riots. Throughout the years, Focus: HOPE has developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty and injustice, including food, career training, and community development programs. Through Focus: HOPE, thousands of individuals – especially women and minorities — have achieved financial independence. For more information, visit focushope.edu.

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