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Skills, Career Opportunity and Our Challenge: Let’s Close the Manufacturing Perception Gap

Industry knows that the current — and looming larger, the future — lack of skilled and prepared employees is severe. This skills gap could lead to a shortage of as many as 2.4 million manufacturing workers in the next decade. Our challenge remains the same, and our education and industry partners share that challenge: How can we attract, interest — and then inspire young people to explore the opportunities being offered?

Strategic Partners

We greatly appreciate our Strategic Partners and wish to thank the following manufacturing and engineering associations, organizations and companies for their support of the SME Education Foundation.

Scholarship Opportunities

The SME Education Foundation’s scholarships offer students a powerful reason to choose a manufacturing focused education. The generosity of our many individual donors and corporate partners has enabled us to award millions in scholarships attracting thousands of new students to manufacturing every year.

Past Recipients

The SME Education Foundation scholarships support students pursuing degrees in advanced manufacturing and related fields at two- and four-year schools, colleges and universities. We have awarded more than $7 million to nearly 3,000 deserving students in the United States and Canada since 2005.