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Who We Are

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. 

The Foundation leverages the 90-year history and thought leadership of SME in the manufacturing and engineering industry to provide curated experiences for thousands of high school students at SME conferences and tradeshows and builds hands-on manufacturing programs in high schools across the country.

The Foundation also awards millions of dollars in scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors and both undergraduate and graduate students.  Through its 
SME PRIME program, the Foundation has reached over 100,000 students in more than 60 schools across 22 states. 

All Foundation activities are designed to empower young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.




Showcasing student-centric programming at SME events 




Introducing a tailored curriculum in high schools across the country




Providing annual scholarship opportunities to students in high school and college


Inspire, Prepare, Support: 2023 Annual Report

2023 was a record year for the SME Education Foundation as Student Summits, SME PRIME and the Scholarship program delivered impressive results.

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