SME Education Foundation Calls for Scholarship Applicants

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Funding to support education of the next-generation manufacturing workforce

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The scholarships provide dedicated and deserving students with the extra funding needed to complete their studies and successfully transition from academia into the workforce.

The SME Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic year. The wide variety of scholarships offered provide financial support to students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology or closely related fields of study. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 1.

“For more than 30 years the SME Education Foundation has worked with partners and organizations to develop and fund its various scholarship programs that have had a strong impact on thousands of students and manufacturing professionals,” said Brian Ruestow, president of the SME Education Foundation. “The scholarships provide dedicated and deserving students with the extra funding needed to complete their studies and successfully transition from academia into the workforce.”

The SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students related to SME members. To be eligible for this scholarship, the family member applying must pursue a degree in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology or a closely related engineering field of study at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada. This endowed scholarship can award up to $70,000 to the winning student. Additional information and requirements can be found here.

The SME Education Foundation also offers more than 50 scholarships for graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing careers in engineering, manufacturing or a closely related field of study. A full list of these scholarships can be found here.

Students applying for these scholarships can learn about previous winners who have shared their personal success stories. Interested students can apply for the scholarships online.

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 Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or

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 industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter or

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