SME Education Foundation awards $90,000 in scholarships.

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Recipients of SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Award include Ben R. Brown, who was awarded $50,000 4-yr scholarship, and Alexandra M. Moulton and Michelle T. Barber who each won $10,000 1-year scholarships. Jonathan T. Reding and Hillary M. Shoop both received $5,000 1-yr awards for SME Education Foundation Directors Scholarship. Khalil S. Taraman said corporations and foundations support endowments because they know future of manufacturing, with advanced technologies, demands it.

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SME Education Foundation Awards $90,000 in Family and Directors Scholarships

DEARBORN, Mich., June 3, 2009 - The SME Education Foundation celebrates manufacturing and continues to move boldly in its dedication to young people by opening doors and providing financial support. Five outstanding future engineers have been awarded $90,000 in Family and Directors' Scholarships.

SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Award recipients include:

Ben R. Brown, Lee's Summit, Mo., recipient of a $50,000, four-year SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship, will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in manufacturing and a minor in materials science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo.;

Alexandra M. Moulton, Royal Oak, Mich., recipient of a $10,000 one-year Family Scholarship, will begin her freshman year and pursue an engineering degree at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.;

Michelle T. Barber, Novi, Mich., recipient of a $10,000 one year Family Scholarship will begin her freshman year and study engineering with a specialization in Manufacturing Process at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

SME Education Foundation Directors Scholarship Award recipients include:

Jonathan T. Reding, Collins, N.Y., received a $5,000 one-year award and will pursue a dual degree in Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, N.Y., and

Hillary M. Shoop, Lake Oswego, Ore. received a $5,000 one-year award and will study Industrial Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.

"Corporations and foundations continue to support our endowments because they know the future of manufacturing with its accelerated introduction of advanced technologies demands it. We admire the enthusiasm, intelligence and dedication of our scholarship award recipients. It makes it all worthwhile," says Khalil S. Taraman, PhD, FSME, PE, president, SME Education Foundation.

Since 1998, the Foundation has provided over $3.5 million dollars in financial aid through its various scholarship programs. The Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current undergraduates and masters or doctoral degree students pursuing degrees in manufacturing and related fields at two-year and four-year colleges. To find out more information about SME Education Foundation scholarships and how to apply, visit

About the SME Education Directors Scholarship:

Scholarship applicants must be full-time graduates enrolled in a manufacturing or related degree program in the United States or Canada. Preference is given to students who demonstrate leadership skills in a community, academic, or professional environment. Scholarship applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 college credit hours and be seeking a career in manufacturing. Scholarship applicants must possess an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship can only be used as a credit toward tuition, books, or fees.

About the SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship:

The SME Education Foundation seeks to support the children and grandchildren of SME members, and to encourage their pursuit of careers in manufacturing engineering and technology. This highly competitive scholarship, made possible by the E. Wayne Kay Scholarship Fund, is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence and an interest in manufacturing engineering or a related technology. GPA required (minimum overall): 3.0. Criteria: Applicants must be a child or grandchild of an SME member, either a graduating high school senior or undergraduate student with no more than 30 credit hours, and have a minimum SAT score of 1000, and/or ACT score of 21.

About SME Education Foundation:

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation was created by SME in 1979 as a means of transforming manufacturing education in North American colleges and universities. As one of the nation's leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing education, its approach is to inspire youth to pursue careers in manufacturing; support students studying for a career in an engineering-related field, and prepare these students to participate in a global economy. The Foundation has provided more than $24 million in grants, scholarships and awards. Visit


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