Gene Haas Foundation announces $50,000 in scholarships.

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To spur development of next-generation advanced manufacturing professionals, the Gene Haas Foundation announced $50,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors seeking a post-secondary degree in machining, advanced manufacturing, or engineering whose curriculum includes CNC machine technology training. Announcement took place during a special program for Chicago-area school superintendents at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014.



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The Gene Haas Foundation Announces Scholarships at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014



Chicago, IL. … To spur the development of next-generation advanced manufacturing professionals, today the Gene Haas Foundation announced $50,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors seeking a post-secondary degree in machining and advanced manufacturing technology.



The announcement took place during a special program for Chicago-area school superintendents at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014. The Superintendent’s Program was designed to inform school administrators about best practices in STEM education, career pathways in manufacturing and industry-supported credentials for pursuing them, the importance of having a 3D printer in every school in the U.S., and the availability of industry-based scholarships like those announced at the event today.



The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship is designated for a student pursuing a degree in a post-secondary machining, manufacturing technology or engineering program whose curriculum includes CNC machine technology training. A $1,000 grant per school will be awarded. Seniors graduating from high school this school year will be eligible.



Kathy Looman, Administrator of The Gene Haas Foundation said: “Gene Haas, the founder of Haas Automation, believes that manufacturing is the foundation of a strong economy, and that it is crucial to our country that more young people have the opportunity to pursue a career in manufacturing."



“The scholarships that the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded both today and in recent years are a sign of the foundation's commitment to young people and the future of U.S. manufacturing," said Greg Jones, Vice President, Smartforce Development at AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology. "We are honored that the Gene Haas Foundation chose the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014 to deliver this announcement.”



Schools that attended today’s summit are asked to check in at the Gene Haas Foundation booth, C-910, to receive their code to apply for the scholarship at ghaasfoundation.org.



AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. www.AMTonline.org



The missions of the Gene Haas Foundation are to support select charitable work within local communities, as well as to provide grants to many organization’s projects that support manufacturing education. This can encompass many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing.  In addition, the Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining based skills as well as programs that encourage K-12 students to consider manufacturing technologies as a career choice.



IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2014 will run September 8-13. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world's preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 100,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 119 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. www.IMTS.com



The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014 is produced by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology to heighten awareness about the innovative technologies and career opportunities in U.S. manufacturing. An industry-supported event, this year's event hosted nearly 12,000 students, scout troops, teachers, administrators, and parents attending from more than 600 schools, representing 32 states. www.IMTS.com/student

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