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The Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, California, recognizes that manufacturing industries in the United States are projected to lose a significant number of trained manufacturing technologists in the next decade unless more young people are attracted to manufacturing technology careers. The Haas Foundation, seeking to support students in careers in machine technology and manufacturing, is creating the Haas Scholarship in Engineering Technology in the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at The University of Akron.
The Haas Scholarship money is to be awarded in support of a student or students who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents, and who are graduated from a secondary school, and who are seeking to enroll in one of the manufacturing technology programs at The University of Akron's College of Applied Science and Technology. The Haas Scholarship selection is subject to scholarship cap requirements at The University of Akron.
Candidates for consideration by the committee will be those recommended by teachers and guidance counselors in high schools and career centers. Preference will be given to students who declare an interest in advanced manufacturing engineering technology. Final approval of candidate selection will be by the Dean of CAST, contingent on availability of funds in the scholarship account. The Haas Foundation will be informed of the students who receive the awards.
Scholarship amounts can be up to $2000, with a minimum of $1000, and the scholarship will be applied to the tuition for an incoming freshman. Also eligible are incoming students who have completed college credits in their career center programs and, therefore, are entering their first year at The University of Akron, having completed their freshman year while still in high school.