Scholarships

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General Information

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.

Applications are due by April 1, 2019.

 

Student Membership

Students must be a member of SPE and have their membership number to apply for a scholarship. Students can become members for free through a program sponsored by the PLASTICS Industry Association (www.plasticsindustry.org).

 
 
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2019 SPE Foundation Scholarships

Foundation General Scholarship The scholarship includes:
  • Norm Kakarala SPE Detroit Section Scholarship - undergraduate
  • Thomas E. Powers SPE Detroit Section Scholarship - undergraduate
  • Robert G. Dailey SPE Detroit Section - undergraduate
  • Gail Bristol Scholarship - female undergraduate
  • Robert E. Cramer Product Design & Development Division Scholarship - undergraduate
Art & Carl Haas Scholarship Resident of Michigan or studying in the State of Michigan
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 SPE members or students with a parent who is a member of SPE. Must demonstrate expressed interest in the plastics industry and be majoring in or taking courses beneficial to a career in the plastics industry.
Fleming-Blaszcak Scholarship A full-time undergraduate or graduate student of Mexican or Mexican-American descent (Foundation General Scholarship).
Gulf Coast Hurricane Scholarship Resident of and attending school in FL, AL, MS, LA or TX (Foundation General Scholarship).
Injection Molding Division Scholarship Graduate or undergraduate (Applicants must have experience in the injection molding industry—courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held).
Automotive and Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) Scholarship Two for fulltime 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. - Fulltime graduate students. If no graduate students qualify then two $2,500 scholarships may be awarded to undergraduate students with junior or senior standing. Preference will be given to female students, but the best candidates will be selected. 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 Undergraduate, four-year program, completing sophomore or junior year in plastics or a related engineering discipline. Essay explaining importance of blow molding to the technical parts and packaging industries & why a career in the plastics industry is desired.
W. Müller Blow Molding Division Scholarship Undergraduate, 4-year program in plastics or a related engineering discipline. 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 Scholarship 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 Scholarship PhD candidate or Senior/Masters research in polymer extrusion. One letter of recommendation must come from the student's advisor or mentor.
Russell J. Gould Extrusion Division Scholarship 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. Essay required detailing benefit of receiving this scholarship.
Ed Steward Extrusion Division Scholarship 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 manufacturing engineering and pursuing a career in plastic or rubber extrusion processing. 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 in a four-year technology, engineering or science program related to flexible packaging. Preference given to Junior or Senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must document their experience in flexible packaging—courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held. Recipient will submit an essay stating how they would benefit from receiving the scholarship.
Jordan Rotheiser Decorating & Assembly Division Scholarship Graduate or Undergraduate. Applicants must document their experience in the decorating and assembly industry—courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division Scholarship Graduate or undergraduate. Applicants must document their experience in the PMAD industry—courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Salvatore J. Monte Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division Scholarship Undergraduate. Applicants must document their experience in the thermoplastic materials & foams industry— courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Thermoforming Division Scholarship 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.
Thermoplastics Elastomers Special Interest Group Scholarship Graduate or undergraduate. Applicants must document their experience in the thermoplastic elastomers industry—courses taken, research conducted, or jobs held.
Western Plastics Pioneers Scholarship Undergraduate including those enrolled in AS or technical degree programs. Must be attending school in AZ, CA, OR or WA.
 
 
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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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