June 20, 2011
Twenty students seeking careers in manufacturing each earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA).
This year FMA awarded manufacturing scholarships totaling $30,000. The 2011 winners are:
"We congratulate the students selected as 2011 scholarship award winners, and are pleased to assist them in fulfilling their academic goals," said Gerald Shankel, president and CEO of the FMA. "These students recognize that working a skilled manufacturing job can be rewarding financially and fulfilling personally, and will help them be more competitive in the 21st century manufacturing job market.
"A 2010 Manpower Talent Shortage Survey report revealed that that among the most difficult U.S. jobs to fill today are those in the skilled trades and engineering," added Shankel. "With majors in machine tool technology, advanced manufacturing, welding, computer engineering technology, manufacturing engineering, and industrial technology, these students will be prepared for the skilled labor openings that American manufacturers must fill."
To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants were required to be full-time students meeting a specified minimum GPA, and enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study, or a trade or technical program leading to a career in manufacturing. Students were responsible for submitting academic records and an engineering or manufacturing-related program description with each application.
In addition to the monetary grant, each scholarship winner also received from NBT's industry partner SolidWorks Corporation a copy of its Student Design Kit CAD software package. The Student Design Kit is an easy-to-learn, Windows-based 3D CAD application that gives students the ability to create "real-life" 3D designs they can easily manipulate.
Since 1990, FMA's Foundation has awarded scholarships annually to students in courses of study that will lead to careers in manufacturing. For more information visit www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/Scholarships.
About SolidWorks Corp.—SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the companys Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000.
About FMA—Based in Rockford, Ill., the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), is a professional organization with more than 2,100 members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the FABTECH® exposition. FMA also has a technology affiliate, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), which focuses on the unique needs of companies engaged in tube and pipe producing and fabricating.