Scholarships

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Scholarship Awards

Since 1990, FMA’s foundation, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), has awarded scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing. See the list of approved fields of study. Scholarships are awarded in the spring and fall of each year.

NBT scholarship application and transcript submission deadlines are:

  • For fall 2017 term awards: March 31, 2017
  • For spring 2018 term awards: September 30, 2017

Scholarships

Award Amounts

NBT Trade School, Community/Technical College, or University Scholarships

Up to $2,500

The U. K. Gupta Family Scholarship (Endowment):

  • Primary preference will be given to students attending universities in state of Texas only.

Up to $2,500

The John Grossheim Memorial Scholarship (OPC Endowment) :

  • Primary preference will be given to employees or child/spouse of an employee of an OPC member company.
  • Secondary preference will be given to students seeking degrees in fields of study related to the steel or metals processing industry.

$2,000 – $3,500

Eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship for a two-year program, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in or entering a certificate or degree program which leads to a manufacturing career at a community/technical college, or trade school on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours)
  • Have a 2.5 GPA (or an 80% competency score)
  • Submit an official high school or college transcript from the school you last attended for a complete semester
  • Submit an online application

To be eligible for a scholarship for a four-year degree program, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in or entering a university degree program which leads to a manufacturing career on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours)
  • Have a 3.0 GPA (or an 85% competency score)
  • Submit an official high school or college transcript from the school you last attended for a complete semester
  • Submit an online application

General Program Guidelines

  • Annual award amounts and the numbers of scholarships available will be determined by the NBT Board of Directors. The NBT board may create new scholarship categories at its discretion.
  • Scholarship award funds will be sent directly to the financial aid department of the school the applicant will attend only. Award checks will not be mailed to applicants, parents of applicants, or to faculty departments (e.g., Engineering, Welding, Mfg Technology, etc.).
  • A scholarship award may be used to defray the cost of tuition, books (when purchased through college store) and school fees. Required educational equipment or tools may also be covered but only if they are available for purchase directly through the college store. Awards cannot be used for housing, meals, or specialty clothing, nor can scholarship funding be held for use beyond the school year in which awarded.
  • Scholarship winners are responsible for advising NBT of any change in mailing address, phone number or email address. Send notifications to foundation@fmanet.org or call (815) 399-8700.
  • In case of a tie score between applicants, the Selection Committee and NBT staff will determine a winner.
  • NBT will retain records pertaining to receipt of donations to the scholarship fund and disbursement and use of scholarship funds.
  • Staff, directors and officers of FMA, FMAC, NBT, or members of the selection committees of NBT, as well as their children and relatives are ineligible.
  • NBT will investigate any suspected misuse of funds and/or seek recovery of disbursed funds if misuse is determined. Recovered funds will be dedicated for charitable purposes.

If you are selected to receive a scholarship:

  1. You will receive email notification of your award. We ask that you reply to verify we have your correct email address.
  2. You will receive a 365-day license for the student version of SolidWorks™ CAD Software.
  3. You must become a student member* of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), if no active affiliation exists. The annual student membership fee is $25. Membership benefits can be viewed online. Please call Customer Service at 888-394-4362 for additional student membership information.
  4. You must submit the signed photo release form.
  5. We ask that you submit a photo and information about your local media.
 

To be considered for a scholarship award, your transcript and application must be received or postmarked by the deadlines noted above. Application review and scholarship award decisions will take place in November for spring terms and in May for fall terms. Please note: for grade verification, official transcripts must be sent by the educational institution(s) you last attend(ed) or requested through an electronic transcript service such as Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse. Please allow ample time for delivery.