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Who We Are

The SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports manufacturing career opportunities for students at every level.

We build awareness of opportunity, enhance academic opportunity and directly help students at every level, offering young people a path to explore, learn, and grow.

Through our scholarships and our unique SME PRIME schools initiative, we are fostering and supporting student interest and achievement in advanced manufacturing.

What We Do



The SME PRIME program directly addresses the manufacturing and engineering talent shortage by engaging industry to inform tailored curriculum, equipment procurement, and hands-on training in high schools across the country.

Student Scholarships

The SME Education Foundation annually awards $2 million in scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduates and post-graduate students pursuing trade school training or 2 and 4-year degrees in manufacturing or engineering.

Student Summits

The SME Education Foundation produces the Student Summit event series which delivers curated hands-on challenges and competitions at SME manufacturing and technology trade shows across the country.

SME Education Foundation

Leadership Teams

Representing accomplishment and achievement in industry and academia, dedicated professionals from diverse backgrounds and experience support and further the mission of the SME Education Foundation.

History of SME Education Foundation

Created by SME in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million in grants, scholarships and awards and has supported student outreach and education programs through its partnerships with corporations, foundations, organizations and individual donors.