SPE is the largest, most well-known plastics professional society in the world. The organization is the professional home for nearly 18,000 plastics professionals around the globe. For more than 70 years, SPE has been the go-to technical information, training, networking, and knowledge-sharing source for plastics professionals who want to advance in their knowledge and their careers.
The SPE Foundation 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. Financial need is considered for most scholarships.
- 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.
- Applicants must have demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry.
- Applicants must be majoring in or taking courses that are beneficial to a career in the plastics/polymer industry. This would include, but is not limited to, plastics engineering, polymer science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial engineering.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing with their schools.
Financial need is considered for most scholarships.
Applicants must complete a scholarship application and return it to The SPE Foundation. The application submitted must include:
- A completed application form.
- Three recommendation letters: two from a teacher or school official and one from an employer or non-relative. The Extrusion Division/Lew Erwin Scholarship application requires only one recommendation letter, which must be from the Faculty Advisor associated with the Senior or M.S. project.
- A high school and/or college transcript for the past two years.
- A list of current and past school activities and community activities and honors.
- A listing of your employment history, starting with your most recent job. Where your involvement was in plastics/polymers, describe that activity.
- A 1-2 page statement telling why you are applying for the scholarship, your qualifications, and your educational and career goals in the plastics industry.
Value of the Award
Scholarship amounts vary between $1,000 - $6,000.