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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, industrial engineering, journalism or communications. All applicants must be in good standing with their colleges.

Our application period for 2020 is closed and SPE scholars will be announced August 1, 2020.
Applications for 2021, including the Crain Communication’s Bill Bregar Memorial Scholarship, will open on December 1, 2020.

 

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2020 SPE Foundation Scholarships

Foundation Undergraduate General Scholarships
  • Norm Kakarala SPE Detroit Section Scholarship
  • Thomas E. Powers SPE Detroit Section Scholarship
  • Robert G. Dailey SPE Detroit Section Scholarship
  • Gail Bristol Scholarship — preference given to females
  • Robert E. Cramer Product Design & Development Division Scholarship
Art & Carl Haas Scholarship Residents of Michigan or those studying in the State of Michigan who have expressed an interest in plastics and are majoring in or taking courses beneficial to a career in the plastics industry [Foundation General Scholarship].
Cleveland Section Scholarship U.S. citizen high school senior or student in a two- or four-year college technical program or Masters/Doctorate program. HS seniors must prove acceptance at college. Applicants must have ties to the NE Ohio area. Preference given to students with a parent who is a member of SPE. Must demonstrate expressed interest in plastics and be majoring in or taking courses beneficial to a career in the plastics industry.
Fleming-Blaszcak Scholarship  Full-time undergraduate or graduate students of Mexican or Mexican-American descent who have expressed an interest in plastics and are majoring in or taking courses beneficial to a career in the plastics industry [Foundation General Scholarship].
Gulf Coast Hurricane Scholarship Undergraduate students who are residents of and attending school in FL, AL, MS, LA or TX and who have expressed an interest in plastics and are majoring in or taking courses beneficial to a career in the plastics industry [Foundation General Scholarship].
Irv Poston Detroit Section Scholarship Graduate students pursuing a career in plastics with preference given to those with experience in the automotive industry.
Injection Molding Division Scholarship Graduate or undergraduate students with experience in the injection molding industry who can document their experience through courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Automotive and Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) Scholarship Two scholarships for full-time graduate students, one graduate or undergraduate junior or senior 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 two-page essay is required showing planned work and how it will benefit composites in an automotive or other ground transportation application. One recommendation must come from the student's advisor or mentor. Scholarship recipients are required to present their research project at the next ACCE conference. 
Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Scholarship Full-time graduate students, preference given to female students, but the best candidate will be selected. If no graduate students qualify then two $2,500 scholarships may be awarded to undergraduate students with junior or senior standing. Focus should be on research activities targeted at 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 two-page essay is required showing planned work and how it will benefit composites in an automotive or other ground transportation application. One letter of recommendation must come from the student's advisor or mentor. 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 Blow Molding Division Scholarship Full-time undergraduates in a science, technology, or engineering discipline that is associated with the Plastics Industry: Plastics Engineering, Plastic Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Materials Science. Applicants must have an accepted offer to work as a Co-op or Intern at a Blow Molding company or company that services the Blow Molding Industry with a duration of at least 2 months and have a written offer describing work expected. An essay is required describing the importance of blow molding to the technical parts and packaging industry and any work/co-op/internships completed in the past. 
Willi Müller Blow Molding Division Scholarship Full-time undergraduates in a science, technology, or engineering discipline that is associate with the Plastics Industry: Plastics Engineering, Plastic Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Materials Science. An essay is required explaining the importance of blow molding to the technical parts and packaging industries and any work/co-op/internships completed in the past.
Lew Erwin Extrusion Division Scholarship PhD candidate or Senior/Masters research in polymer extrusion. Thesis/journal or conference paper/project report topic must be included in application. One letter of recommendation must come from the student's advisor or mentor. Scholarship recipient must present a paper on their research at ANTEC.
Russell J. Gould Extrusion Division Scholarship US or Canadian citizen. Students in their second or third year with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who are pursuing an AS or BS in polymers, materials science, or plastics engineering, and who are focusing on a career in plastics, or rubber or polymer processing/engineering. An essay is required detailing the benefit of receiving this scholarship.
Ed Steward Extrusion Division Scholarship High school senior or college freshman with a GPA of 3.0 or higher studying at a U.S. or Canadian college with a focus on polymers or plastics engineering, pursuing an AS or BS in mechanical, chemical, or manufacturing engineering and pursuing a career in plastic or rubber extrusion processing as a technician or engineer. Must be active in student SPE chapter if one exists and submit an essay report on the benefit of receiving this scholarship.
Flexible Packaging Division Scholarship Undergraduate students in a four-year technology, engineering, or science program related to flexible packaging. Preference wil be given to Juniors or Seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must document their experience in flexible packaging including courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held. Recipients will submit an essay stating how they will benefit from receiving the scholarship.
Jordan Rotheiser Decorating & Assembly Division Scholarship Undergraduate students with experience in the decorating of plastics by painting, vacuum metallizing, electroplating, hot-stamping, assembly or other related supplies and equipment including courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division (PMAD) Scholarship Graduate or Undergraduate students with experience in the PMAD industry who can document their experience including courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Salvatore J. Monte Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division Scholarship Undergraduate students with experience in the thermoplastic materials & foams industry who can document their experience including courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Thermoforming Division Scholarship Graduate or undergraduate students including those enrolled in AS or technical degree programs. Applicants must document their experience in the thermoforming industry including courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Thermoplastics Elastomers Special Interest Group Scholarship Must be rising Junior, Senior, or graduate student majoring in Plastics Engineering, Plastics Technology, Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science, or Chemical Engineering and currently studying at a US or Canadian college or university. Essay detailing courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held related to thermoplastics elastomers.
Western Plastics Pioneers Scholarship  Undergraduate students who have expressed an interest in plastics and are majoring in or taking courses beneficial to a career in the plastics industry including those enrolled in AS or technical degree programs and are attending school in AZ, CA, OR, or WA.  
 
 

SPE Foundation Contact Information

You can contact the SPE Foundation at foundation@4spe.org.

 

Plastics Pioneers Association Scholarship Opportunity

For other scholarship opportunities in plastics please see plasticspioneers.org/scholarships/




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