The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation’s mission is to:
* Inspire American youth to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – essential skills needed to compete in the present and future manufacturing workforce – and provide equal educational opportunity to all.
* Support them by providing relevant and rigorous educational opportunities along with financial support to assist them in reaching their goals.
* Prepare them to be the next generation manufacturing workforce with project based curricula and activities that excite and engage them in cutting edge ways.
Since 1998, the Foundation has provided over $3.5 million dollars in financial aid through its various scholarship programs. The Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current undergraduates and masters or doctoral degree students pursuing degrees in manufacturing and related fields at two-year and four-year colleges.
The Foundation’s goal is to create a pathway that will offer students information and awareness beginning in elementary school through middle and high school leading into post secondary options. We place particular emphasis on involving women and minority students; two groups industry and the profession have recognized as largely untapped pools of talent.
During the summer of 2009, the SME Education Foundation funded over 237 K-12 summer programs in 36 states where students received hands-on experiences that supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.