Receiving an SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship in 2018 meant a lot to Emily Redekopp, a mechanical engineering student who’s in her junior year at South Dakota State University. Engineering is in Redekopp’s family — her father is a mechanical engineer. But she has also always had a great interest in STEM subjects, which led her to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition as a high school student.
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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.
Our Work In Action
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.
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.
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.
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.