Educational Scholarships



The Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation (PMAEF), in cooperation with PMA Districts, is offering scholarships of $1,000 or more to individuals seeking a career in the metalforming industry. Each award is for one year and will be granted based on academic merit. Post-secondary students may reapply for consideration the following year. No applicant may receive more than two scholarship awards. Graduate students, trades job training, certificate program and apprentice applicants are limited to one award.


  • The applicant must be a high school senior or current post secondary student
    • Enrolled in metalforming/manufacturing/technology/engineering program; trades/job training/apprenticeship or machining; CNC; tool and die; welding or stamping certificate program or an accredited institution with 20 or more contact hours.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of one manufacturing related course in high school.
  • The applicant must be pursuing further education for a career related to manufacturing in a post-secondary educational institute, trade/tech school, or apprenticeship program.
  • The applicant must fulfill the proper requirements for consideration of this scholarship listed below.


  • Complete the online application form by Oct. 2, 2023.
  • 250 to 500-word personal statement with the focus around manufacturing experiences.
    • Topics to consider include career plans, long-range aspirations, special achievements and honors, employment experience and why you think you'd be a good recipient of the award.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One from a recent or current employer.
    • One from a recent or current employer.
  • Post-secondary, apprentice and advanced degree applicants need to submit a current academic transcript (an official student copy is acceptable.
  • Job training and certificate applicants need to provide a certificate of completion and grade transcript.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • No attendance or behavior issues are permitted.

Selection Process

  • Applicants will be judged on the basis of the information provided in the application, personal essay and letters of recommendation.
  • The application received prior to the application deadline will be considered, reviewed and scored by the selection committee.

Award Procedures

  • The recipient will receive payment in full of the scholarship upon written confirmation of institute desired.
  • The check will be mailed to the student and made payable to the college, university, or company with apprentice program.
  • Awardee’s picture and a write-up may be posted on the PMAEF website and or district website.
  • Awardees will be invited and are encouraged to attend respective PMA district award events.