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.
- 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 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the address that can be found at the end of the application.
- 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.
- 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.
Value of the Award
Scholarship amounts vary between $1,000 – $6,000.