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Scholarship Awards

Since 1990, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) has awarded scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing.  See Scholarship Winners for Fall 2014.

Types of Scholarships

There are two kinds of scholarships available.

General NBT scholarships are awarded primarily to full time students attending community colleges, technical colleges and trade schools, but some are awarded to students who attend universities and are working on bachelor’s degree programs.

The “endowed” scholarship is made available through a generous donation provided by a company or a group of companies. Currently there are two endowed scholarship programs available through NBT and each has its own requirements as set forth by the endowment.

Requirements for these two kinds of scholarships are defined below. You may qualify to apply for more than one kind of scholarship. Please read carefully.

General NBT Scholarship — $2,500 award

GPA or Competency Score requirement:

To apply for an NBT scholarship for use at a community college, technical college or trade school, you must:

  • Have a 2.5 GPA (or an 80% competency score) and be currently enrolled as a high school senior or in a certificate or degree program at a community, technical college, or trade school.
  • You must be enrolled or intend to be enrolled in a course of study leading to a career in manufacturing.

To apply for an NBT scholarship for use at a university, you must:

  • Have a 3.0 GPA (or an 85% competency score) and be currently enrolled as a high school senior or in a university program in engineering or related field.
  • You must be enrolled or intend to be enrolled in a course of study leading to a career in manufacturing.

All applicants must:

  • Submit both an official high school or college transcript and an on-line application before the deadline date published on this web page.

NBT Scholarship applications will be considered from students who are enrolled in or are planning to enroll in programs in these fields of study.  

Endowed Scholarships — $2,500 – $3,500 awards

Both of the endowed scholarship programs currently available through NBT are for students who are attending or planning to attend a four-year university. They both require that applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (or 85% competency score) at the time of application.

Special requirements:

To qualify as an applicant for the U.K. Gupta Family Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Plan to be a full-time student at a college or university in Texas, preferably north Texas, in a field of engineering or a related field of study leading to a career in manufacturing.
  • Apply for a Fall semester scholarship (no review is available for spring semester grants)

To qualify for consideration for the OPC (Outside Processors Council) Endowed Scholarship:

  • Applicants should understand that first preference will be given to employees or the child/spouse of an employee of an OPC member company of FMA.
  • Secondary preference will be given to students seeking degrees in fields of study related to the steel industry, e.g. metallurgy or metallurgical engineering, even if not associated with an OPC member company of FMA.

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.
  • Scholarship funding must be used within 12 months of the date 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

When you receive your award notification you must become a student member of FMA or one of its affiliates if no active relationship exists in any one of the following categories:

  • You are already an FMA student member or Basic member
  • You are the child of an FMA Basic member
  • You are an employee of an FMA Advantage-level member company
  • You are the child of an employee of an FMA 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.

Application Seasons

To be considered for a fall semester award your completed application and official transcript must be received between January 1 and March 31. To be considered for a Spring semester award, your completed application and official transcript must be received between June 15 and September 30. Scholarship winners for the fall semester will be announced in June and winners for the spring semester will be announced in November.

Please note: Official transcripts must be sent by the educational facility you attend(ed). Please allow ample time for delivery.