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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. Scholarships are awarded twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall.

NBT Scholarship deadlines are:

  • Fall 2017: March 31, 2017
  • Spring 2017: September 30, 2016

Apply for a Scholarship

For your convenience, you may first download and review your application with this PDF form. Or, you can go directly to the online form to complete your application.

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 $2,500

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.
  • Applications accepted for fall semester only.

$2,500 – $3,500

The John Grossheim Memorial Scholarship (OPC 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 or metals processing industry.
  • 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.

$2,500 – $3,500


To apply for an NBT 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 on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours)
  • Submit an official high school or college transcript
  • Submit an on-line application

To apply for an endowed scholarship you must:

  • Have a 3.0 GPA (or an 85% competency score) and be currently enrolled in or entering a university engineering program, or related field
  • 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 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, Outside Processors’ Council (OPC), NBT or members of the Selection Committees 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 individual member
  • You are the child of a individual member
  • You are an employee of a Company Member
  • You are the child of an employee of Company Member
Apply for a Scholarship

Annual Student Membership: $25
Customer Service: 888-394-4362

*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.

To be considered for a fall award, your transcript and application must be received by March 31. To be considered for a spring award, your transcript and application must be received by September 30. 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.