• We prepare the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists

Who We Are

The SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports young people in their pursuit of advanced manufacturing career pathways. Through our scholarships and acclaimed PRIME® program, we are fostering the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists. By helping to build a pipeline of skilled and STEM-capable workers, we are making an impact in securing our nation’s future competitiveness and economic prosperity.

Our Accomplishments

  • Invested $9 million in youth programs
  • Invested $17.3 million in grants to 35 colleges and universities for the development of industry-driven curricula
  • Provided more than $9.4 million in scholarships and $1.2 million in awards
  • Provided more than $345 million in-kind gifts since 2007
  • Inspired more than 60,000 students to explore a career in manufacturing