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SME Education Foundation Continues its Investment to Support Students Pursuing Advanced Manufacturing Degrees

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$100,000 investment spread among six students to pursue degrees in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology or a closely related field of study

(DEARBORN, Mich., June 12, 2015) ― The SME Education Foundation recently awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to high school and college-enrolled students pursuing advanced manufacturing degrees. This investment is part of the Foundation’s overall efforts to inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists by awarding student scholarships.

One of the largest scholarships the SME Education Foundation gives out, the four-year, $70,000 SME Education Family Scholarship, was given to Zachary Bibik, who will be attending Colorado State University in the fall to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Bibik’s interest in mechanical engineering began while working in his grandfather’s machine shop. Since then, he has been fascinated with the process of creation.

“Like Elon Musk, I hope to contribute to the future of manufacturing by advancing speed, quality, consistency and precision of production,” said Bibik.

Two additional one-year, $10,000 Family Scholarships were given to Emma Hoying, who is majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering at The Ohio State University, and Zachary Mercy, who is majoring in mechanical engineering at York College of Pennsylvania.

2015 SME Education Foundation Scholarship Winners
2015 SME Education Foundation Scholarship winners: Bibik, Hoying and Mercy.

“It’s very gratifying to see the Foundation’s support of students who are pursuing advanced manufacturing degrees come to fruition,” said Brian A. Ruestow, president of the SME Education Foundation. “Through their visionary spirit, tenacity and intellect, this year’s scholarship recipients will leave an indelible mark on manufacturing for many years to come.”

In addition to the Family Scholarship, the Gene M. Nelson Director Scholarship was awarded to three female students from across the U.S. Purdue University student Mary Fundenberger plans to use the emerging field of 3D printing to create innovative products, while both Kelsey Scheppers of the University of Missouri, and Kelsey Taylor of Oregon State University, plan to continuously improve high-tech manufacturing, while also staying involved with modern technologies to incorporate new advances into manufacturing. Fundenberger and Scheppers are majoring in mechanical engineering, while Taylor is majoring in industrial and manufacturing engineering and minoring in business.

2015 Gene M. Nelson Directors Scholarship winners
2015 Gene M. Nelson Directors Scholarship winners: Fundenberger, Scheppers and Taylor.

The SME Education Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-17 school year in Nov. 2015. For additional information or to register for application reminders, please visit (

About the SME Education Foundation
The SME Education Foundation’s mission is to inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists by investing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational programs and student scholarships. The SME Education Foundation serves a leadership role in developing the 21st century manufacturing workforce through collaborative engagements with educators, students, industry partners and SME members. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested $9 million in youth programs and inspired more than 60,000 students to explore a STEM-based education for advanced manufacturing careers. Donate Today. Make a Difference in Manufacturing. Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or


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