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Scholarship Success Stories

Hundreds of graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing two-year, four-year or advanced degrees in manufacturing or engineering have been annually awarded scholarships to support their education. Each of these students have different paths and stories on their manufacturing education journey. SME Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients share their unique and interesting success stories below.

Scholarship Success Stories

South Dakota Student Excels at SDSU With Help of SME Education Foundation Scholarship

Receiving an SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship in 2018 meant a lot to Emily Redekopp, a mechanical engineering student who’s in her junior year at South Dakota State University. Engineering is in Redekopp’s family — her father is a mechanical engineer. But she has also always had a great interest in STEM subjects, which led her to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition as a high school student.

SME Education Foundation Scholarship Is a Life Changer for Jeremy Kaszycki

Jeremy Kaszycki used his ambition, tenacity and a two-year SME Education Foundation scholarship to help change his life, transforming him from a high school student undecided about his future to an assembly process engineer at Magna International, a Tier One automotive supplier.

Scholarship Recipient “Pays it Forward”

Scholarships can mean much more than financial support, says Kyle Riegel, recipient of the 2008 SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship. Kyle is a field sales engineer with Schunk Carbon Technology in Iowa. A 2008 graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, Kyle currently serves on their engineering board.

SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Paves Early Career Path for Applied Math; Welding Instructor

Receiving the SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship has played a huge part in the life and career of Erin Manthey, an applied math instructor in the welding program at Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) in Minnesota. With the help of the scholarship, Manthey attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing engineering while minoring in math.

Scholarship Opportunities

The SME Education Foundation annually awards millions of dollars in scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students pursuing two-year, four-year or advanced degrees in manufacturing or engineering. One application gives students access to nearly 60 different scholarships.