SPE Foundation 2017-2018 Scholarship Program

The SPE Foundation, an affiliate of the Society of Plastics Engineers, 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.

While most scholarships do not require specific knowledge or have special criteria, some scholarships are limited in scope. Please be sure to include the specific information that is required to be submitted with your application. Also, please do not apply for any scholarship for which you are not eligible.

2017-2018 Scholarship Program Application Guidelines and General Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants for all Foundation scholarships, unless otherwise specified, must be full-time undergraduate students in either a four-year college or a two-year technical program or enrolled in a graduate program (for those scholarships available to graduate students).
  2. Applicants must have demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry.
  3. Applicants must be majoring in or taking courses that are beneficial to a career in the plastics / polymer industry.
  4. Applicants must be in good academic standing with their schools.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an application and submit it to The SPE Foundation by April 1, 2017. The application submitted must include:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Three recommendation letters: two from teachers or school officials and one from an employer or non-relative, all of whom know you well. The Extrusion Division/Lew Erwin, ACCE and Jackie Rehkopf Scholarship applications require that one recommendation letter must be from the Faculty Advisor associated with the Senior, MS, or Ph.D. project.
  3. A high school and / or college transcript for the past two years. If you are unable to attach the transcripts to the application, they can be emailed to foundation@4spe.org or mailed to the address that can be found at the end of the application.
  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. All applicants are eligible for Foundation General Scholarships, and must submit a one or two page essay telling why you are applying for the scholarship, your qualifications, and your educational and career goals in the plastics industry. Additional essays may be required for individual scholarships.
  7. Fields marked with a red "*" are required and cannot be left blank.
  8. The preferred format for attached documents is PDF, but DOC and DOCX formats are also acceptable.

Scholarship Information

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 (Foundation General Scholarship).
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 (Foundation General Scholarship).
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 (Foundation General Scholarship).
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. One of the letters of 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 (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. One of the letters 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 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.
W. Müller (Blow Molding Division) Undergraduate, 4-year program, member of SPE Student Chapter, 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. One of the letters of recommendation must come from the student's advisor or mentor.
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.
Flexible Packaging Division

Undergraduate in a 4-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) and be a member of SPE. Recipient will provide a testimonial stating how they benefitted 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 (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.
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