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Scholarship Opportunities

One scholarship application provides students with the opportunity to be considered for all Foundation scholarships.

Students pursuing two-year, four-year or graduate degrees in manufacturing or engineering are eligible for SME Education Foundation scholarships.

Students can apply for scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year beginning on November 1 until the application closes on February 1, 2022.

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Exclusive: SME Members

SME Members – including their children and grandchildren – have exclusive access to apply for scholarships to support their pursuit of careers in manufacturing and engineering.

  • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Must have minimum of 3.0/4.0 GPA or higher (see scholarship details for specific requirements).
  • Must be on a path toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering, technology, or closely related field at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
  • Students must be a current member of an SME Professional or Student chapter or must have at least one parent or grandparent who has been an SME member in good standing for the last two years -- includes step-mothers and step-fathers.

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Community College

Community Colleges allow students to acquire the necessary skills and technical knowledge to directly enter the workforce upon graduation. The SME Education Foundation awards scholarships for students attending these 2-year schools.

  • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Must have minimum of 2.0/4.0 GPA or higher (see scholarship details for specific requirements).
  • Must be on a path toward an associate degree in manufacturing engineering technology, or a closely related field at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

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Graduating HS Seniors

High School students looking for scholarships for college can apply for over 30 scholarships from the SME Education Foundation. If you’re planning a career in manufacturing, then you’ve come to the right place! Let us help fund your education and allow you to focus on your studies.

  • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Must have minimum of 2.0/4.0 GPA or higher (see scholarship details for specific requirements).
  • Must be on a path toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering, technology, or closely related field at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

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Undergraduate Students

Already in college or studying at a university? We have scholarships specifically for you. Let us help you on your path toward a career in manufacturing. We award our scholarships annually after our application closes on February 1. Students can re-apply annually on November 1 for a chance to renew their scholarship.  

  • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Must have minimum of 2.0/4.0 GPA or higher (see scholarship details for specific requirements).
  • Must be on a path toward a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering, technology, or closely related field at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

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Graduate Students

While Graduate Students typically rely on fellowship, the SME Education Foundation is proud to award scholarships for manufacturing students looking for an advanced degree. Students enrolled in advanced manufacturing education need to dedicate time to their studies: Our scholarships help them take on the financial burden while allowing students to focus on their education.

  • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Must have minimum of 2.5/4.0 GPA or higher (see scholarship details for specific requirements).
  • Must be on a path toward a graduate degree in manufacturing engineering, technology, or closely related field at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

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Scholarships By The Numbers

1090

Applications Received in 2021

323

Scholarships Awarded in 2021

722

in Scholarships Awarded in 2021

9

in Scholarships Awarded since 2005

Establishing Scholarships

Endowed Scholarship

Endow a scholarship through the SME Education Foundation to provide an important, lasting legacy of supporting next generation manufacturing and engineering talent.

Corporate Scholarship

Corporate Scholarship

The SME Education Foundation helps manufacturing and engineering companies establish and administer scholarships to support next generation manufacturing and engineering talent.

Scholarship Help

Need help or have a question about scholarships? Please reach out using our form and someone will be glad to assist you.