It Pays to Know a Manufacturing Engineer!


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)recently announced the latest recipients of the SME Scholarships.

Kyle Riegel who is entering his first year at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, plans to major in electrical and mechanical engineering. With the support of the SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship, Kyle will begin his path to becoming an engineer.

Children or grandchildren of SME members are eligible for the Family Scholarship. The recipient must be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate student with no more than 30 credit hours, maintain a G.P.A of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 or ACT of 21 and be pursuing a degree in manufacturing engineering, technology or a closely related engineering field of study at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

Other scholarships were awarded through the Directors Scholarship program:

Christopher Bird of Bridgeville, Penn., will graduate in 2009 with a degree in manufacturing engineering from Robert Morris University.

Benjamin Ferron of White Bear Lake, Minn., will graduate in 2011 with a degree in manufacturing engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Directors Scholarship applicants must be full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in a manufacturing degree program at a U.S. or Canadian college. The recipient must have an overall minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, have complete at least 30 college credit hours and demonstrate leadership skills in a community, academic or profession environment.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing education. Its approach is three-fold: to inspire youth to pursue careers in manufacturing; to support students studying for a career in an engineering-related field and prepare these students through its Manufacturing Education Plan grant program in colleges and technical schools.

Since 1980, the Foundation has provided more than $19 million in grants, scholarships and awards. As we get ready to go to school, or send our kids to school, professional organizations like SME can be invaluable resources, offering a lot of financial help for well-deserving, high-achieving future engineers not to mention great opportunities for networking with future co-workers and learning first hand what the job is all about.

Read more about these fine students online. And drop a note in the comment section here if you have any advice to offer a young person starting out in manufacturing.


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