A scholarship program started over 30 years ago by the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) — known as Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT) — has awarded more than $1.3 million to 720 students to encourage their pursuit of education and training pathways leading to manufacturing careers.
Thanks to generous donations and support from companies and organizations across the metal fabrication and manufacturing industry, 42 deserving students have received NBT scholarships for the upcoming 2023 fall semester.
“The most difficult jobs to fill today are those in the skilled trades,” said Ed Dernulc, NBT Foundation director. “With majors in welding, mechanical engineering, machine tool technology, robotics and automation, metal fabrication technology, and other engineering fields, these students will be prepared for the careers and positions that American manufacturers are desperately looking to fill.”
NBT saw a 50% increase in qualified applications for the 2023 fall semester, which indicates a rise in awareness and interest in manufacturing career options amongst high school graduates.
Award recipients have strong overall GPAs with high grades in relevant coursework. Many have manufacturing work experience or have been involved in relevant extracurricular and/or community activities, such as participating on a FIRST Robotics team. The 2023 fall scholarship recipients are announced here.
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs also offers summer camps for youth interested in manufacturing. Click here to learn more.