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Scholarship Qualifying Criteria

Technical School/Community College Students

The SME Education Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing manufacturing and engineering related courses at two-year technical schools and community colleges within the United States or Canada. Students can apply for the scholarships below through our online application during our annual acceptance period starting on November 1 and ending on February 1.

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Chapter 1 - Detroit Associate Scholarship

  • Graduating high school senior (entering college in the fall) or first-time college applicant (e.g. displaced worker, veteran, non-traditional student).
  • Undergraduate student or graduate student.
  • A full or part-time student.
  • Entering an accredited post-high school program including two (2) or four (4) year college, or trade school in Michigan.
  • Enrolling in a manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, or a closely related degree or certificate program.
  • Possess an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Demonstrate good character and leadership.
  • Need is not a consideration in awarding scholarships except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications.

Chapter 57 - Kansas City Scholarship

  • Applicant must be pursuing two-year, four-year or advanced degrees in manufacturing engineering/manufacturing technology, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or closely related engineering discipline
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0/4.0
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Consideration will be given to the following preferences: 
    • First preference will be given to a child or grandchild of a current SME Chapter 57 member; OR a current SME Student Chapter member at one of the following universities - University of Kansas, University of Central Missouri, Kansas State University.
    • Second preference will be given to a current undergraduate or graduate student with an active SME Professional or Student Chapter membership, living within a one hundred (100) mile radius of Kansas City, MO.
  • Students awarded the Chapter 57 - Kansas City Scholarship may use the funds toward tuition, books, course/lab fees and on-campus housing.

E. Wayne Kay Community College Scholarship

  • Must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program in manufacturing or a closely related field at a two year Community College or trade school in the United States or Canada.
  • May be entering Freshman or Sophomore students with less than 60 college credit hours completed and be seeking a career in manufacturing engineering or technology.
  • Must possess an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students may submit a scholarship application in succeeding years.
  • Need is not a consideration in awarding scholarships except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications.

E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Community College Scholarship

  • Must be a part-time or full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program in manufacturing or a closely related field at a two year Community College or trade school, affiliated with Focus: HOPE in the United States.
  • Must have completed at least one term at the post-secondary institution, with less than 60 college credit hours completed and be seeking a career in manufacturing engineering, technology or closely related field.
  • Must possess an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two reference letters are required, one must be from a Focus: HOPE instructor.
  • Documentation of student acceptance into a two-year degree program must be provided by Focus: HOPE or the new affiliated school.
  • May submit a scholarship application in succeeding years.
  • Need is not a consideration in awarding scholarships except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications.

Honda Excellence in Manufacturing

The Honda scholarship has been available to manufacturing students since 2012. The scholarship benefits students who are passionate to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing.

  • Must be a graduating high school senior planning to attend one of the Community Colleges listed below
  • A part or full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in certificate or degree program in manufacturing engineering/manufacturing technology or a closely related engineering discipline and attending one on the following Community Colleges in the state of Ohio:
    • Rhodes State College 
    • Columbus State Community College (all campuses) 
    • Marion Technical College 
    • Edison Community College (all campuses) 
    • Sinclair Community College (all campuses) 
    • Clark State College (all campuses)
  • Awards of $2,500 each will be made to up to twelve (12) students attending one of the six community colleges indicated, with a maximum of two (2) students per institution.
  • Must possess an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two reference letters are required and must be from a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) instructor. 
  • Students may submit a scholarship application in succeeding years. Need is not a consideration in awarding scholarships except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications.

Kenneth C. Novak Manufacturing Scholarship

  • Applicants must be seeking or intend to seek an Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering, technology, or closely related field at an accredited public college or university in the state of Illinois.
  • Must be United States citizens.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale.
  • First preference will be given to applicants who are planning to attend one of the following colleges located in the state of Illinois: College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL Triton College, River Grove, IL Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL or branch campus location.

Leanna Dorworth Memorial Scholarship 

  • Female applicant must be a full or part-time student.
  • Pursuing an Associates or Bachelor's degree in STEM, Manufacturing or Industrial engineering programs.
  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must be a child or grandchild of an SME member or be a student member of SME.
  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate student with no more than 30 credit hours.
  • Preference will be given to legal citizens of North American countries but there are no geographic restrictions on the scholarship (i.e., no specific state, province, county or attend a particular institution).

Lonnie Whiteside Memorial Scholarship

  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior
  • Pursuing an associate's degree in maching, machining technology, CNC machining, or a closely related field of study.
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0/4.0
  • Milwaukee/Greater Milwaukee area resident
  • Full-time or part-time student
  • Need is not a consideration in awarding the scholarship except when two or more applicants have equal qualifications

North Central Region 9 Scholarship

  • Seeking an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing, mechanical, industrial engineering or industrial technology.
  • Two or four-year college/university within the North Central Region (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan).
  • Possess an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Consideration will be given to the following preferences:
    • First preference to applicants who are North Central Region 9 members, their spouse, and/or children or grandchildren.
    • Second preference will be given to applicants who reside within the states located in North Central Region 9 (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan).

Jump-Start Your Manufacturing Career with a Scholarship

The SME Education Foundation annually awards millions of dollars in scholarships year to students pursuing manufacturing careers. Scholarship applications are accepted from Nov. 1 – Feb 1. every year. Apply today!
“I am extremely grateful to the foundation for the opportunity to continue my education and earn my degree. Their support and generosity made a huge difference, and helps students realize how supportive the community can be and motivates students to strive for the best. Thank you for believing in me and helping me with my education.”
Constance, SME Education Foundation Scholarship Recipient