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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.

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.
Prepare - SME PRIME

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.

Education Foundation News

Scholarship Recipient “Pays it Forward”

Scholarships can mean much more than financial support, says Kyle Riegel, recipient of the 2008 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship. Kyle is a field sales engineer with Schunk Carbon Technology in Iowa. A 2008 graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, Kyle currently serves on their engineering board.

SME PRIME: Anna High School Teams with Honda to Provide Manufacturing Education

The SME PRIME program at Anna High School prepares students for roles at manufacturing partner Honda of America Manufacturing with online learning manufacturing education courses like basic safety, measurement, robotics and quality control. The online learning is supplemented with hands-on training on precision measurement instruments and a FANUC robotic arm.

Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation has had a significant impact on hundreds of thousands of people since its inception in 1979.