Manufacturing, Technical and Vocational

In order for our nation to thrive, we must have highly qualified and well educated people working in manufacturing and the trades. Below are some of the places where students can apply for scholarships to help offset the cost of education without having to take out student loans. There is also a great need for the trades with millions of jobs ready to be filled, be sure to check for apprenticeship programs too. For more scholarship opportunities always check the website of the school you are considering attending.

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2018 Work Ethic Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply is June 4, 2018. Open to anyone who works hard and wants to train for a job in the skilled trades. The mikerowWORKS Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country.

DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship

Founded in 2011 the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship was started as a way to give back to the community by offering education assistance to three outstanding students. Each year DutchCrafters awards 3 students with a $500 scholarship to help them further their educational goals. Students must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution to be eligible for this scholarship.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® Scholarship

Since 1990, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association foundation, has awarded scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing. Scholarships are awarded in the spring and fall of each year. You must be currently enrolled in or entering a certificate or degree program which leads to a manufacturing career at a community/technical college, or trade school on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours) to be eligible for this scholarship.

Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program

Their mission is to attract and develop a diverse, highly-skilled talent pool for careers in the manufacturing industry. Nordson BUILDS scholarships are targeted at individuals whose permanent residence or college is near a Nordson facility, and are pursuing majors in manufacturing, engineering-related STEM disciplines and/or business majors leading to a career in the manufacturing industry and corporate America. Scholarships are awarded once a year and range from $2,000 to $10,000.

SME Education Foundation Scholarship

SME is committed to inspiring, preparing and supporting the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Scholarships range from $1000 – $6000 and can be used for tuition, books or lab/course fees related to attaining a technical or engineering education. Eligible students include: high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing degrees in advanced manufacturing and related fields at two- and four-year colleges.

AWS Welder Training Scholarship

This American Welding Society Foundation (AWS) scholarship is for students seeking welder training in a program up to two years through a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training, and cannot be used for credits towards a four-year program. Each AWS District has ten $1,000 scholarships, to award in a calendar year..