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Invest in the Future

"Partnering with SME, we are excited to be able to help the next generation of manufacturers discover their career pathways."
– Joe Kane, CEO, Rollomatic

Join Us As We Build an Inspiring Future

Providing pathways to manufacturing, engineering and related careers through high-quality educational opportunities is central to the SME Education Foundation’s mission of inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. As a 501(c)(3) organization, we offer you the opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift to this important initiative.

Our programs are dependent upon a broad coalition of generous friends, members, corporate partners and like-minded foundations. We invite you to join them in making a profound impact on our industry’s future. SME funds operations for the SME Education Foundation, so nearly every penny of your donations goes toward our mission. You don’t need to be an SME member to donate to the Foundation.

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$30+ Million

Funds raised from over 25,000 donors

$18 Million

Scholarships awarded since 2005

$11+ Million

Distributed to SME PRIME® schools since 2011

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Your support provides a life-changing opportunity and will shape the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. Please consider an investment in manufacturing’s future and explore various ways to give here.

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Michigan Education Budget Awards $6 Million to SME PRIME Schools Initiative

The SME Education Foundation will receive $6 million from the state of Michigan as part of the approved School Aid Fund Budget (PA 48 of 2021) crafted with bipartisan support from the Michigan Legislature. The award will double the number of schools participating in the unique manufacturer/educator partnership-driven SME PRIME initiative, which offers education and career-readiness opportunities to high school students.

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