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.