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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The SME Education Foundation has launched a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative.

The SME Education Foundation announced a renewed and focused commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with the creation of a new scholarship fund for underrepresented young people and enhanced focus on offering opportunities to underrepresented and disadvantaged communities throughout the SME PRIME network.

New Scholarship Fund: Key Element of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategy

The new Irving P. McPhail Scholarship Fund, named for the late president of the 2020 SME Education Foundation, was established to award scholarships in STEM and manufacturing education to minority and female students, with a goal of increasing awards in those groups over the next five years.

SME PRIME - Park High School - Educator Valerie Freeman in Hallway

SME PRIME Educator Joins Foundation Board of Directors

Valerie Freeman, a manufacturing and robotics pathway teacher at Park High School, will join the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors in 2021.

Scholarship Success: The New Face of Engineering

Rachel Linder, recipient of a 2019 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship, is studying mechanical engineering; a field more typically sought by men. The lack of women in her program could be daunting, but Rachel isn't intimated. She knows she can deliver.

SME PRIME: Underrepresented and Disadvantaged Community Engagement

SME PRIME's renewed focus includes working with Title 1 schools over the next five years, increasing the number of students who receive training and education that can lead to rewarding careers and economic opportunity.

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.