Dallas E. Manning dreamed of a better future. With his strong determination and the help of the Gene Haas Foundation/Focus: HOPE/SME Education Foundation Scholarship, those dreams have become a reality.
As a young man, Dallas found himself employed in a low tech factory environment with little or no opportunity for advancement.
Dallas began on a path for an engineering program through Focus: HOPE. The Focus:HOPE program offered Dallas a chance to pursue his interests in the engineering field. But with a young family to support and the challenge of increasing costs in a slow economy, the obstacles preventing Dallas from achieving his future dreams were numerous. Even more discouraging was the fact that many grants and usual funding sources that Dallas needed to continue his education had run dry or were no longer available. “I was on my last leg,” said Dallas. “The scholarship I received from the SME Education Foundation was a lifesaver and allowed me to complete my program. I couldn’t have achieved my goals without it.”