Gene Haas Foundation donates $1 million to SME Education Foundation

August 28, 2013

The Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, Calif., has made a gift of $1 million for scholarships in manufacturing and machining training and education to benefit as many as 1,000 students in North America and Europe. SME Education Foundation, Dearborn, Mich., administers the scholarship fund.

The Gene Haas Foundation was created by Gene Haas, founder of machine tool builder Haas Automation.

The online application process opens on Sept. 1. The foundation expects to award 950 to 1,000 scholarships this year, exhausting the $1 million grant.

To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing an associate's degree or technology certificate and have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Displaced workers or people training for a second career also are eligible. All applicants meeting the requirements will be awarded a scholarship, as long as funding is available.

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