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IndustryWeek’s Big List of Manufacturing Scholarships (Updated)

May 31, 2024
Looking for financial help with trade school or college? Check out our compendium of STEM scholarship opportunities.

List last updated 6/13/2024

Maybe you’re a high-school or undergraduate student interested in working in a manufacturing or manufacturing-adjacent field that requires a college degree or technical training. Or perhaps, you’re an adult thinking about going back to school for a trade certification or bachelor’s degree in a STEM field related to manufacturing.

Well, there is money out there to help pay for your schooling; you just need to know where to find it. It can be tough to know where to start looking, so the IndustryWeek staff has begun tracking these opportunities for our readers and their friends, neighbors and families.

Below is a running list of the scholarships we’re aware of, which you’ll find below this introduction. At this point, we’re primarily listing United States scholarships that are fairly wide-ranging, rather than scholarships narrowly restricted to a certain group or location or limited to relatives of company employees.

Realizing that there are probably important scholarships we’ve missed, we would like to add to the list in the future. Email your scholarship information to IndustryWeek senior editor Laura Putre at [email protected]

Manufacturing Scholarships

Emerson Discrete Automation Scholarship

Who is eligible: U.S. college students who are “ambitious problem-solvers” pursuing degrees in STEM fields including engineering, instrumentation, systems and automation that are critical to discrete automation applications. Entrants must be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents and completed at least the first year of their bachelor’s degree program. Graduate students are eligible as well.

Amount: Two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded.

Deadline: July 31, 2024

Where to apply: https://www.emerson.com/en-us/automation/industrial-factory-automation/the-emerson-discrete-automation-scholarship-program

Dematic First Scholarship

Who is eligible: High school seniors and current college and trade school students who have participated in a FIRST Robotics Competition or a FIRST Tech Challenge team during high school. Preference to students pursuing STEM degrees/certifications. Students must be pursuing a post-secondary degree or certification at a North American institution.

Amount: Two $5,000 awards and 10 $1,000 awards will be given

Deadline: The most recent application deadline was May 18, 2024. Check the website for the 2025 deadline.

Where to apply: https://dematic.info/first-scholarship/#apply

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship

Who is eligible: High school seniors with a 2.5 or above GPA, or a freshman, sophomore or junior undergraduate college student with a 2.5 or above GPA. Students must be enrolled or plan to enroll in a four-year program in aerospace, computer, electrical, electrical & computer or industrial engineering, or in computer science, mathematics or physics.

Amount: Up to $10,000 per scholarship. Last year’s scholarship had 100 recipients. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Deadline: Applications typically open in January.

Where to apply: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/communities/stem-education/lm-scholarship-program.html

Non-Ferrous Founders' Society (NFFS) Scholarship

Who is eligible: Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a college or university and taking at least one class or lab related to cast metal technology. Will also consider candidates not enrolled in such classes but showing tangible efforts toward the pursuit of an education or career in metalcasting (e.g. foundry visits, related extracurricular activities). Must be a North American citizen or permanent resident.

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: Sept. 15. Applications are accepted beginning each May.

Where to apply: https://www.nffs.org/scholarship-program


About the Author

Laura Putre | Senior Editor, IndustryWeek

I work with IndustryWeek's contributors and report on leadership and the automotive industry as they relate to manufacturing. Got a story idea? Reach out to me at [email protected]


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