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SME Education Foundation Awards $70,000 Scholarship to Kansas Student

Chirstopher Webb InsetDEARBORN, Mich., June 21, 2012 — Christopher Webb, from Overland Park, Kan., has been awarded the $70,000, four-year SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship from the SME Education Foundation (SME-EF).


This highly competitive scholarship, made possible by the Foundation's E. Wayne Kay Scholarship Fund, is awarded to children or grandchildren of SME members who demonstrate academic excellence and an interest in manufacturing engineering or related technology.


Webb is the son of James Webb, an SME member in Kansas City Chapter 57. James Webb previously served as SME student chapter president at Pittsburg State University (1980-81). He is involved in several Technical Communities, including SME's Manufacturing Education & Research Community. Webb serves as a mentor for Blue Valley District's FIRST Robotics team and is a constant source of inspiration for his son.


Christopher Webb's involvement at Blue Valley High School includes the National Honor Society, FIRST Robotics Competition, varsity high school football and the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program. Through the CAPS program, Webb has taken several project-based courses and created a product called the Active Knee Support, which helps users stand up from a crouching position.


Webb's demonstrated leadership as team captain of Team 2410 in the FIRST Robotics Competition resulted in raising around $15,000 in grants with his team for the 2012 season. He currently works at VMC Precision, making equipment and products using HAAS machines and lathes. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas.


Additionally, Rachel Peuchen, from Assaria, Kan., and Blake Loeb, from Melbourne, Fla., each received a $10,000, one-year scholarship to use toward their mechanical engineering studies.


In 2012, the SME Education Foundation has awarded more than $521,400 to 205 students. For a full list of selection criteria, please visit

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