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Gene Haas Foundation announces scholarships
at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014

To spur the development of next-generation advanced manufacturing professionals, the Gene Haas Foundation announced $50,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors seeking a post-secondary degree in machining and advanced manufacturing technology.

The announcement took place during a special program for Chicago-area school superintendents at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014. The Superintendent’s Program was designed to inform school administrators about best practices in STEM education, career pathways in manufacturing and industry-supported credentials for pursuing them, the importance of having a 3D printer in every school in the U.S., and the availability of industry-based scholarships like those announced at the event today.

The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship is designated for a student pursuing a degree in a post-secondary machining, manufacturing technology or engineering program whose curriculum includes CNC machine technology training. A $1,000 grant per school will be awarded. Seniors graduating from high school this school year will be eligible.

Kathy Looman, Administrator of The Gene Haas Foundation said: “Gene Haas, the founder of Haas Automation, believes that manufacturing is the foundation of a strong economy, and that it is crucial to our country that more young people have the opportunity to pursue a career in manufacturing."

“The scholarships that the Gene Haas Foundation has awarded both today and in recent years are a sign of the foundation's commitment to young people and the future of U.S. manufacturing," said Greg Jones, Vice President, Smartforce Development at AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology. "We are honored that the Gene Haas Foundation chose the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014 to deliver this announcement.”

Schools that attended today’s summit are asked to check in at the Gene Haas Foundation booth, C-910, to receive their code to apply for the scholarship at ghaasfoundation.org.
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