Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation Accepting Fall Scholarship Applications

August 28, 2023

The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF), in partnership with 15 districts of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), has begun to accept applications from high-school students and others seeking scholarships to train for careers in manufacturing. Deadline to apply for PMAEF’s fall scholarships, of $1000 or more, is October 2, 2023. Launched in 2020, the PMAEF scholarship program aims to strengthen local talent pipelines by awarding scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in the metal forming industry. 

“The PMAEF scholarship program addresses the top challenge most-often cited by PMA members: finding people for open positions,” says PMA President David Klotz. “The manufacturing sector offers great career opportunities; however, we still face challenges attracting, training and advancing the next generation of American workers. We had a record number of applicants for the PMAEF spring scholarship program, so we know that the interest in these jobs is there, and PMA is pleased that this program is helping to connect our members with the workforce of tomorrow.”

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.

The 15 PMA districts participating in the PMAEF scholarship program: California, Chicago, Cleveland, East Michigan, Lone Star, Indiana, Mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley, New England, Southeast, Southern New England, Tennessee, Twin Cities, West Michigan and Wisconsin districts.

During the spring 2023 scholarship campaign, PMAEF and PMA districts provided $23,000 in scholarships to 20 talented individuals in seven PMA districts, bringing the total awarded to $80,000 since the program’s inception. 

“We are thrilled with our districts’ strong support of the PMAEF-scholarship program,” says Randy Kish, PMA member engagement manager. “PMA districts lead the way in helping to educate the next generation of metal formers, and we look forward to expanding participation in the program and awarding even more aspiring industry professionals with scholarships this fall.” 

Industry-Related Terms: CNC, Forming
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See also: Precision Metalforming Association

Technologies: Training


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