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How We Inspire, Prepare and Support

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent.

Our Work In Action

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We Inspire

The SME Education Foundation inspires the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent through the Student Summit event series at SME conferences and trade shows across the country, delivering student-centric programming, hands-on challenges and competitions, technology demonstrations, and guided show floor tours.
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We Prepare

The SME Education Foundation prepares manufacturing and engineering talent through the SME PRIME initiative by partnering with industry to inform and provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum, and hands-on training to high schools across the country.

We Support

The SME Education Foundation supports next-generation manufacturing and engineering talent by annually awarding millions of dollars in scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing two-year, four-year and advanced degrees in manufacturing or engineering.

2019 Annual Report

The SME Education Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019, capping off four decades of giving to educational initiatives and STEM-related programming across the country. Today, the mission of the Foundation is as relevant as it was in 1979 -- perhaps more so. Last year saw tremendous growth and achievement, and we’re pleased to share our 2019 Annual Report with you.

Education Foundation News

Rachel Linder: Creativity and Contribution are Traits — and Goals

Rachel Linder, recipient of a 2019 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship, found that engineering was an educational path to pursue when she realized that it combined her strengths and interests. Now a student at the University of Louisville studying mechanical engineering, Rachel credits support and encouragement from her parents and engaging teachers for her preparation.

Quality Magazine: Training in the Age of COVID-19

Rob Luce, vice president of the SME Education Foundation, was featured in a Quality Magazine article about the COVID-19 virus disrupting businesses worldwide and how training employees presents new challenges. Luce weighed in on the struggle within industry to find talent with soft skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Thank You to Our Newest Donor!

Thank you to our latest corporate donor for making manufacturing, engineering education and career opportunities available for students across the country.