PMA Educational Foundation Accepting Spring Scholarship ApplicationsFebruary 15, 2023
The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF), in partnership with 14 of PMA’s regional districts, is accepting applications from high school students and others seeking scholarships to train for careers in manufacturing. PMAEF will take applications through April 10, 2023, for spring scholarships of $1000 or more.
“The last few years have seen record growth for manufacturers,” says PMA President David Klotz. “As the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures, the industry has added some 800,000 high-tech, high-paying jobs. Now, to ensure that manufacturing continues to thrive, it is critical that we attract, train and retain the next generation of workers. This scholarship program lessens the burden for deserving individuals to obtain essential industry skills and is part of our efforts to lead the way to building the future workforce of American manufacturing.”
Applicants must be a high school senior and/or formally enrolled in a post-secondary metal forming/manufacturing/technology/engineering program; trades job training/apprenticeship; or a machining, CNC, tool and die, welding or stamping certificate program at an accredited institution with 20 or more contact hours.
During the most recent scholarship campaign, in fall of 2022, PMAEF and PMA districts provided $17,000 to 15 students in six districts, bringing the total scholarships awarded in 2022 to $45,000 for 38 recipients in eight districts. Since its inception, the PMAEF educational scholarship program has expanded from four PMA districts participating in 2020, to 14 districts across the country set to award scholarships in the spring of 2023.