Success Stories

Every day at the SME Education Foundation we work to inspire, prepare and support an advanced manufacturing workforce through education. We focus on fostering and providing young people with a path to explore, learn and grow into careers within the manufacturing industry through our two initiatives, Scholarships and SME PRIME.

We are proud of the success of each student we support with scholarship assistance or preparing them with critical technical and soft skills as they graduate our high school programs ready to enter the workforce. Following are success stories we’ve gathered from our scholarships alumni and the SME PRIME network of high schools.

Diving Into My Manufacturing Education

Gregory Kurfess receives SME Education Foundation Scholarship

Greg Kurfess worked hard, applied himself and earned his scholarship. Now, he’s making the most of his opportunity and studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech.


How Hawthorne High School in California Manufactured Parts for NASA through SME PRIME

NASA's agency-wide HUNCH (High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware) program and the SME Education Foundation's Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) program partner to further expand the pipeline of skilled manufacturing talent in the U.S.