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SME Member Exclusive Scholarships

SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship

The SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship is the most prestigious, and most valuable scholarship, offered by the Education Foundation. The total scholarship is valued at $100,000 with one $40,000 and up to three $20,000 scholarships awarded annually. The scholarships are paid in equal installments over four years and are renewable based on meeting renewal criteria.


Scholarship Criteria:

  • Applicants must have at least one parent or grandparent who has been an SME member in good standing for the last two years -- includes stepmothers and stepfathers.
  • Applicants may be either graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students with up to 30 credit hours completed.
  • Applicants must pursue a degree in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, or a closely related engineering field of study at an accredited college or university the United States or Canada.
  • Applicants must enroll full-time at the college or university of his or her choice.
  • Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1000 and/or ACT score of 21.
  • Applicants must reside within the United States or Canada. 

SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Success Story

Rachel Linder
“I’m grateful for the Foundation’s support. Not only does it relieve financial stress, it is so affirming. I know that people see potential in me; people who say, ‘you can do this!’ Being a young woman pursuing study in a field more typically sought by men is not daunting, though. It can be awkward to walk into a big lecture or class and see only one other woman. But, really, while I can see how it could be intimidating, it doesn’t bother me: I know I can deliver.”
Rachel Linder, 2019-2020 Scholarship Recipient

SME Directors Scholarship

The SME Directors Scholarship is supported by contributions from the SME and SME Education Foundation Board of Directors, SME Past Presidents and the Foundation Emeriti. This exclusive scholarship supports undergraduate students pursuing a four-year degree in manufacturing engineering or a closely related field. The student must be a current member in an SME Professional or Student chapter.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Scholarship applicants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a manufacturing degree or closely related field in the United States or Canada.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate leadership skills in a community, academic, or professional environment.
  • Scholarship applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 college credit hours and be seeking a career in manufacturing.
  • Scholarship applicants must possess an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

SME Education Foundation Directors Scholarship Success Story

“I am grateful for the SME Education Foundation’s support of my education. It was a difficult decision to go back to school and change career paths, but you greatly reduced the pain and struggle that came along with that decision. It is already paying off.”
Gregory J. Smith, 2018-2019 Scholarship Recipient

Scholarship Opportunities

One scholarship application provides students with the opportunity to be considered for all Foundation scholarships. Help fund your exploration of a STEM education!