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SME Education Foundation Continues Tradition of Student Support with 2020 Manufacturing and Engineering Scholarships

The SME Education Foundation has awarded 244 scholarships to young men and women pursuing a postsecondary education in manufacturing, engineering or related technologies. Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded more than $8 million to 3,146 deserving students.

This year, nearly $600,000 has been awarded to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students as part of the Foundation’s mission to inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists.

“The financial support we provide makes it possible for these deserving and accomplished young people to pursue their higher-education journey,” said Rob Luce, vice president of the SME Education Foundation. “Scholarships define our philanthropic efforts and our pledge is to continue this support.”

SME Education Foundation Scholarship recipients are selected through a rigorous review process: 795 students applied in 2020. More than 100 schools across the U.S. and Canada were among those chosen by this year’s scholarship awardees to pursue their engineering education. The scholarships provide valuable support to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students: Nearly 60 different Foundation scholarships are available in amounts up to $40,000.

Respected as a philanthropic organization, the SME Education Foundation also administers scholarship funds for corporate clients in addition to its endowed funds.

Learn more about Foundation scholarship recipients and their achievements at

The SME Education Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-21 school year on Nov. 1. For additional information or to register and receive application reminders, please visit

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