Scholarships are an essential support mechanism for academic advancement.  Many of Florida’s Regional Manufacturers Associations (RMA’s) – SAMA (Sarasota/Manatee Area Manufacturers Association), BAMA (Bay Area Manufacturers Association), MRMA (Marion Regional Manufacturers Association), FMCC (The Florida Minerals & Chemistry Council), FCMA (First Coast Manufacturers Association), and SFMA (South Florida Manufacturers Association) – recognize the existing potential, and are doing their part in augmenting the skill-set of deserving students and employees through scholarships/fellowships.

Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 and are either merit or need based. The awards cover books, tuition, and housing expenses. To qualify, recipients are expected to reside in the region of the RMA, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must also be currently enrolled/must have applied to a college/university in Florida. High School transcripts, faculty recommendations, and approval from the principal/headmaster/current employer need to accompany each application.

In addition to RMA partners, most community colleges also offer a variety of scholarships. Not all are for high academic achievers. They vary depending on a particular area of study, nationality, and various other criteria. HCC, for example, has a separate scholarship for manufacturing students.

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Hillsborough Community College
12 scholarships
For details, deadline and criteria please click here.
Bay Area Manufacturers Association 

Essay less than 500 words, highlighting reasons for interest in being appointed as a BAMA scholarship winner, on, career planning relevant to the vision and expectations of a manufacturing association, expected contributions by the applicant to the general field of manufacturing, and how the BAMA Manufacturing Scholarship would impact academic goals. A description of the applicant’s educational goals should also be included.Deadline: 4/22/2011BAMA Scholarship Application

BAMA Scholarship Flyer

Two scholarships. Amount TBD
GPA Requirement: TBD
Contact: Steve Meitzen 813.786.1125 or
Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association
Amount: $500 each
GPA requirement: C in all coursesApplications are available on line.  Print, complete and submit along with letter from employer. Must be employed by a SAMA Manufactering Member. Must present letter of recommendation from employer with application.
Contact: Peter Straw,
941.376 4272


Marion Regional Manufacturers Association
Three scholarships $500Students must meet the criteria listed below to be eligible.

  • Have a competed application on file to attend College of Central Florida.
  • Have earned a minimum 2.5 GPA in either high school or college.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree program.
  • Must be enrolled in a degree program with a major in business, finance, engineering, computer technology, or a noncredit professional certification

GPA Requirement: 2.5 – Complete FAFSA online (, and complete CCF scholarship application.
Deadline: May 18th
Contact: Barbara Trebilcock
352.854.2322, ext. 1284

The application is here.

First Coast Manufacturers Association
Amount: $9,000 total
GPA Requirement: 3.0 or higher – Be enrolled full time (12 hours) in the engineering program; be a rising junior or rising senior with preference given to awarding one scholarship to a rising junior and one scholarship to a rising senior each year
Deadline July 31
Sherri Mitchell 904.296.9664 or
South Florida Manufacturers Association
GPA Requirement: 3.0 or higher.
Applicant has to be an SFMA member/child of an SFMA member or partner organization
Deadline: April 25.
Contact: Tom Kennedy or
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
$1000-$25002.5 or higher for High Schools/Undergraduates; 3.0 or higher for graduates
Deadline Feb 1. Must be engineering, technology, or manufacturing related fields of study, full time studentSME Education Foundation. 313.425.3300


SME Chapter 069 – Oakland/Macomb and the SME Education Foundation The Leanna Dorworth Memorial Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2011 to a young woman pursuing a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Manufacturing.For more information:
GPA 3.0Eligibility Requirements listed at or (202) 331-3544 
Annual Application Deadline: May 1
Scholarships are awarded for the  academic year following the  application deadline beginning with the fall semester (student’s freshmen year in college).

GPA 3.0Eligibility Requirements listed at

The American Dream Scholarship at Miami Dade College covers the in-state portion of tuition for two years of courses (60 college-level credits). Open only to Miami-Dade high school graduates who qualify.To receive the American Dream Scholarship, you must:

Meet all requirements by the Aug. 1, 2011, deadline and currently reside in Miami-Dade County

View all Eligibility Requirements at


A special scholarship opportunity: Free rent at college!

Other Scholarships:

Next Generation Scholarship Fund

The Next Generation Scholarship Fund is a joint effort by JETS and Power Engineering Magazine to increase student interest in the electric power industry by awarding $5,000 scholarships for students to pursue a college engineering education.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students planning to pursue an engineering career in a field related to electric power generation (for example, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, or materials engineering).

For more information:


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