Ford Provides Grants To Manufacturing Engineers Foundation

One grant goes to summer camp program to get young people interested in engineering careers.

The Ford Motor Co. Fund announced last week it will award two grants, totaling $125,000, to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation. Since 1981, Ford has donated $1,733,000 to the SME Education Foundation for scholarships and other engineering education programs.

One grant awards $75,000 to support the SME Education Foundation's Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Programs. STEPS is a one-week summer camp that gives middle-school students a look into the exciting world of science and technology through hands-on activities.

An additional $50,000 grant will fund the SME Education Foundation's Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) Scholarship. The SME Ford PAS Scholarship is awarded to graduating students of Ford's PAS program -- an award-winning high school program created by Ford that links classroom learning with the challenges students will face in post-secondary education and the workplace (www.fordpas.org). Former PAS students who are applying to college and want to pursue a degree in technology or engineering can apply for this annual $10,000 PAS Scholarship, which can be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

The SME Education Foundation

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