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Scholarship Awards

Since 1990, FMA’s foundation, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, has awarded scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing.  See Scholarship Winners for Spring 2014.

Eligibility

To apply for an NBT scholarship or endowed university scholarship, you must:

  • Have a 2.5 GPA (or an 80% competency score) and be currently enrolled in or entering a certificate or degree program at a community, technical college, or trade school.
  • Have a 3.0 GPA (or an 85% competency score) and be currently enrolled in or entering a university engineering program, or related field, to apply for an endowed scholarship
  • Submit an official high school or college transcript
  • Submit an on-line 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.

  • 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 Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs 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, OPC, NBT or members of the Selection Committee of Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, 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, after receiving award notification: 

You must become a student member* of FMA, TPA, or OPC, if no active affiliation exists in any one of the following categories:

  • You are already a student member or basic member
  • You are the child of a basic member
  • You are an employee of an Advantage-level member company
  • You are the child of an employee of an Advantage-level member company

* 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.

Scholarship Types

Award Amounts

NBT Trade School, Community or Technical College Scholarships:

  • Winners will receive a student version of SolidWorks™ CAD Software.
  • Students must have a 2.5 GPA at the time of application.

Up to $1,500

The U. K. Gupta Family Scholarship Endowment:

  • Primary preference will be given to students attending universities in North Texas and in the State of Texas only.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

$2,000 – $5,000

The Outside Processors Council (OPC) Scholarship Endowment:

  • First 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 industry, e.g., metallurgical engineering.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA for university studies or a 2.5 GPA for a two-year technical school studies at the time of application.

$2,000 – $5,000

 

Applications may be submitted at any time of year. To be considered for a fall award, your transcript and application must be received by March 28, 2014. Application review and scholarship award decisions will take place in November for spring terms and in June for fall terms. Please note: Official transcripts will be sent by the educational facility you attend(ed). Please allow ample time for delivery.