The SPE Foundation offers numerous scholarships to students who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry.  They must be majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in the plastics industry.  This would include, but is not limited to, plastics engineering, polymer science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial engineering.  All applicants must be in good standing with their colleges.  Financial need is considered for most scholarships. 

The application submission process for the 2016—2017 school year is closed.
The application submission process for the 2017–2018 school year will begin on December 1st.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete a Scholarship Application (Submissions begin December 1) and return it to The SPE Foundation. The application submitted must include: 

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Three recommendation letters: two from a teacher or school official and one from an employer or non-relative. The Extrusion Division/Lew Erwin Scholarship application requires only one recommendation letter, which must be from the Faculty Advisor associated with the Senior or M.S. project.
  3. A high school and/or college transcript for the past two years.
  4. A list of current and past school activities and community activities and honors.
  5. A listing of your employment history, starting with your most recent job. Where your involvement was in plastics/polymers, describe that activity.
  6. A 1-2 page statement telling why you are applying for the scholarship, your qualifications, and your educational and career goals in the plastics industry.
  7. See the scholarship application for additional details.

Complete details on Foundation General Scholarships are available from The SPE Foundation. Call +1 203.740.5457 or email foundation@4spe.org

Scholarship Information

The average scholarship awarded is $3,000. More details will be available on December 1 when the application period opens.

Scholarship Name

 

Scholarship Requirements and Preferences

 

 

 

Art and Carl Haas

 

MI residents attending MI school; MI residents attending out of state school; out of state residents attending MI school.

Norm Kakarala (Detroit Section)

 

Undergraduate (Foundation General Scholarship).

Thomas E. Powers (Detroit Section)

 

Undergraduate (Foundation General Scholarship).

Robert G. Dailey (Detroit Section)

 

Undergraduate (Foundation General Scholarship).

Fleming/Blaszcak

 

A full-time undergraduate at a 4 year school or a graduate student of Mexican descent who is a US citizen or legal US resident.

Gail Bristol

 

Undergraduate, preferably a female student (Foundation General Scholarship).

Gulf Coast Hurricane

 

Resident of and attending school in FL, AL, MS, LA or TX.

Injection Molding Division

 

Graduate or undergraduate (Foundation General Scholarship). Applicants must have experience in the injection molding industry (courses taken, research conducted or jobs held).

Jade Molds Inc.

 

Graduate or undergraduate at a 2 or 4 year institution, US citizen pursuing a career in the plastics industry.

K. K. Wang 

 

Graduate or undergraduate. An essay documenting experience in injection molding & computer aided engineering (CAE) is required (courses taken, research conducted or jobs held).

Robert E. Cramer (Product Design & Development)

 

Undergraduate (Foundation General Scholarship).

Ted & Ruth Neward

 

Undergraduate or graduate student, US citizen. Preference is given to female students for the Ruth Neward scholarship. (Foundation General Scholarship).

ACCE (Automotive & Composites Divisions)

 

Two for full time grad students anywhere, one grad or undergrad (Jr. or Sr.) attending school in Michigan. Students must be in good standing and pursuing a degree in Polymer Science, Composites, Plastics or a related Engineering discipline. A 2 page essay is required showing planned work and how it will benefit composites in an automotive or other ground transportation application. A letter of recommendation from the student's advisor or mentor is also required. Scholarship recipients are required to present their research project at the next ACCE conference.

Dr. Jackie Rehkopf (Automotive & Composites Divisions)

 

Full time grad students. If no grad students qualify then 2 $2,500 scholarships may be awarded to undergrad students (Jr. or Sr.). Preference will be given to female students but the best candidates will be selected. Focus should be on research activities targeted to ground transportation composite technology. Students must be in good academic standing and pursuing a degree in Polymer Science, Composites, Plastics or a related Engineering discipline. A 2 page essay is required showing planned work and how it will benefit composites in an automotive or other ground transportation application. A letter of recommendation from the student's advisor or mentor is also required. Scholarship recipients are required to present work at an SPE technical conference and/or have it published in an SPE technical journal.

Carrie Fox Solin Memorial (Blow Molding Division)

 

Undergraduate, 4-year program, member of SPE Student Chapter, completing sophomore or junior year in PE program. Essay explaining importance of blow molding to the technical parts and packaging industries & why a career in the plastics industry is desired.

Harold Giles (Composites Division)

 

One undergraduate, one graduate. An essay documenting experience in the composites industry is required (courses taken, research conducted or jobs held).

Lew Erwin (Extrusion Division)

 

PhD candidate or Senior/Masters research in polymer extrusion.

Russell J. Gould (Extrusion Division)

 

US or Canadian citizen. Second or third year pursing AS or BS in polymers, materials science or plastics engineering, focusing on career in plastics, rubber or polymer processing/engineering. GPA of 3.0 or higher. Must be or become an SPE member and submit a testimonial report on the benefit of receiving this scholarship.

Ed Steward (Extrusion Division)

 

High School Senior or college Freshman. US or Canadian college. Pursuing career as a plastic technician or engineer. GPA of 3.0 or higher while focusing on polymers or plastics engineering, pursuing an AS or BS in mechanical, chemical or mfg. engineering and pursuing a career in plastic or rubber extrusion processing. Must be or become an SPE member, active in student chapter if one exists and submit a testimonial report on the benefit of receiving this scholarship.

Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division (PMAD)

 

Undergraduate.

Thermoforming Division

 

Graduate or undergraduate including those enrolled in AS or technical degree programs. Applicants must document their experience in the thermoforming industry (courses taken, research conducted or jobs held).

Thermoplastic Elastomers Special Interest Group

 

Graduate or undergraduate. Applicants must document their experience in the thermoplastic elastomers industry (courses taken, research conducted or jobs held).

Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division

 

Undergraduate. Applicants must document their experience in the thermoplastic materials & foams industry (courses taken, research conducted or jobs held).

James I. MacKenzie & James H. Cunningham (Thermoset Division)   One graduate, 1 undergraduate. Applicants must document their experience in the thermoset industry (courses taken, research conducted or jobs held).

Western Plastics Pioneers

 

Undergraduate including those enrolled in AS or technical degree programs. Must be attending school in AZ, CA, OR or WA.