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SME Education Foundation featured in The New York Times

The SME Education Foundation was recently highlighted in an extended feature in The New York Times on preparing high school students for careers in robotics within the manufacturing industry.
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HOUSTEX 2019: Showcasing Advanced Technologies and Processes to the Next Generation

The Student Summit Event Series at HOUSTEX 2019 was a success with 216 high school students attending the one-day event. Students participated in hands-on challenges and learned about manufacturing career pathways during tours of industry, and collegiate exhibits.

Scholarship Opportunities

The SME Education Foundation annually awards $2 million in scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates and post-graduate students.

Skilled Trades: Enhancing the Talent Pipeline with SME PRIME

Perception issues cause plentiful, high-paying jobs — including manufacturing jobs — that require shorter, less-expensive training, to remain unfilled. Programs like SME PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) aim to address skilled trade shortages by offering tailored curriculum and hands-on training with modern equipment.
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Fori Automation: Enhancing their Skilled Trades Workforce

Fori Automation provides opportunities for young people to explore and discover exciting careers in advanced manufacturing.
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Upcoming Student Summits

Our Students Summits feature hands-on challenges, engagement with manufacturing companies and demonstrations of their technology at SME events.
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EASTEC 2019: Inspiring the Next-Gen Workforce

170 high school students from 11 schools descended upon the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts from May 14-16 eager to explore and discover manufacturing career opportunities at the SME Education Foundation’s Student Summit event series at EASTEC.
Success Stories

Success Stories

E. Wayne Kay Scholarship Opens Door to Student Success

Julian Rogers earned a 2014 E. Wayne Kay Scholarship with his determination and drive to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree. Today, he’s applying his engineering skills to his work with drone company Insitu.
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Scholarship Registration

The SME Education Foundation offers students a powerful reason to choose a manufacturing focused, STEM-based education. Whether you’re attending a post-secondary technical school, community college, or university, our scholarships support young people exploring advanced manufacturing career pathways.