SME Education Foundation Awards 250 Scholarships

The SME Education Foundation, which is committed to supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists, recently awarded scholarships to 250 students in the U.S. and Canada. These awards included $105,000 for the annual SME Education Foundation Family and Director’s Scholarships and $556,000 in other scholarships.

“We received a record amount of applications this year and are pleased to be able to provide financial support to these students who are pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Pamela Hurt, senior manager, SME Education Foundation. “Scholarship programs like this are essential to providing ongoing support and resources to these students so they are able to pursue an education and drive the future of manufacturing.”

The SME Education Foundation Family Scholarships are awarded to relatives of SME members; these students are pursuing degrees in manufacturing engineering or closely related fields. The Foundation awarded three students the scholarships this year.

  • Zachary Loeb received a $70,000 four-year scholarship and plans to attend the Florida Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in engineering.

  • Twin brothers Andrew and Jonathan Peuchen both received $10,000, one-year scholarships and plan to attend LeTourneau University to pursue degrees in mechanical engineering.

Additionally, the Foundation awarded three Francis J. Sehn Director’s Scholarships. These were given to students who are full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a manufacturing or related field. This scholarship is supported through personal gifts made by both members of SME and the SME Education Foundation Board of Directors, Foundation Emeriti and SME past presidents. Each Director’s Scholarship is $5,000. The winners of the Francis J. Sehn Director’s Scholarships were:

  • Heather Goka, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

  • Jay Fleishchman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Evan Ratliff, The Ohio State University

The remaining 244 scholarships ranged from $1,000 to $8,000 and were awarded based on various criteria including; state of residence, SME Chapter participation and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Key scholarship programs include the Joseph P. Novek Outstanding Student Leader Award, the E. Wayne Kay Scholarship and Future Leaders of Manufacturing Scholarship. In total, the SME Education Foundation awarded $661,000 for the 2014/2015 academic year.

To learn more about the SME Education Foundation, to apply for a scholarship or to make a donation to support the future manufacturing workforce, visit: www.smeef.org

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