Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) is the cast metal industry’s educational program at the college level. It includes four-year technology schools as well as traditional engineering colleges and graduate schools. To support the growth of people working in this dignified industry, it offers several FEF Scholarships to deserving students.
After WWII ended, there was a desperate need for skilled technicians and educated leaders in the cast metals industry.
FEF was established in 1947 by the leaders of the metal casting industry, with the support of affiliated organizations and societies as an independent extension of metalcasting educational programs at colleges and universities across the country.
The primary objective was to bring top-quality men and women into the industry. FEF has since become the lifeline of quality people to this kind of industry.
FEF Scholarships are offered currently at 33 colleges and universities in North America. The majority of scholarship recipients are selected by Key Professors at FEF schools. Size (minimum of $500 and a maximum of $3,000) and the number of scholarships are determined by the professors, based on the amount of money allocated to their school by FEF.
In addition, several special scholarships are available at the FEF’s official website each year.
Here are some of the current FEF Scholarships you can apply for.
1. AFS – WI Past Presidents’ Scholarship
The AFS-Wisconsin Chapter Past Presidents’ Scholarship supports undergraduate level educational efforts, including direct student scholarships, in arts and sciences beneficial to the cast metals industry, particularly within the membership area for the AFS Wisconsin Chapter.
The size of the awards can vary and in determining the specific awards to be made, the Scholarship Committee will consider factors such as the availability of funds, the number of qualified applicants and the cascade of selection criteria presented below.
December 15th, 2020
- Resident in AFS Wisconsin Chapter area or resident of Wisconsin outside Chapter area or resident of a state adjacent to Wisconsin or residency other than above
- Must be North American citizen or permanent resident
- Attending an FEF school or attending a Wisconsin school or attending a school in an adjacent state
- Preference will be given to students who are pursuing programs deemed most useful to the cast metal industry or students with the best scholastic records
- Currently in co-op program involving the cast metal industry or work experience in the cast metal industry or any manufacturing work experience or any work experience
2. AFS Northeastern Wisconsin Scholarship
The Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Foundry Society (AFS) is dedicated to the promotion of the industry through education, motivation, and innovation. With the strength and commitment of its members and supporters, the foundation continually seeks to improve all facets of this historical profession.
December 18th, 2020
- A resident of Wisconsin or surrounding state or resident of surrounding state or another residency than above
- Meets FEF Student Guidelines orattending an FEF college/university or attending a non-FEF college/university (you must be enrolled through spring semester)
- Preferences will be given to students with internship/co-op experience with foundries/foundry suppliers in the NEW Chapter region or students who are in foundry related courses with schools affiliated with the NEW Chapter
3. George J. Barker Memorial Scholarship
The George J. Barker Memorial Scholarship supports graduate-level educational efforts, including direct student scholarships, in arts and sciences beneficial to the cast metal industry, particularly within the Wisconsin Chapter AFS membership area.
If you are not a graduate student, you may want to apply for the AFS Wisconsin Past President Scholarship.
December 15th, 2020
- Applicants must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico
- Preferences are given to the resident of the State of Wisconsin or resident of a state adjacent to Wisconsin or resident other than above
- Students must be attending an FEF accredited or affiliated school in the State of Wisconsin or attending any other FEF accredited or affiliated school or attending a Wisconsin school or attending any other school
- Applicants must be actively pursuing graduate-level studies and must be performing at an acceptable level
- Students must be pursuing a course of study in Engineering or the hard sciences directly related to the foundry industry and most likely leading to employment in the foundry industry / pursuing a course of study leading to employment in the foundry industry / pursuing a course of study leading to employment in academia in a field related to the foundry industry
- It is not required that the applicant be employed. Full-time students are eligible with preferences given to those who currently employed full-time or part-time by a Wisconsin foundry / currently employed full-time or part-time by a foundry outside of Wisconsin / likely to begin employment or remain employed in the foundry industry
4. H.H. Harris Foundation Scholarship
The H.H. Harris Foundation was established pursuant to the terms of the last will of Henry Hickman Harris for the purpose of providing scholarships and other forms of educational aid to students and professionals in the metallurgical and casting of metals field who are U.S. citizens.
The foundation members meet annually to make awards during June.
May 16th, 2021
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens
- There is no GPA and state residency requirement for this scholarship
- Applicants are required to attach two reference letters alongside the application form to be eligible for the award
- All applications should be signed
5. Keith Dwight Millis Scholarship
This scholarship is not just restricted to FEF Schools, but is open to all students, including international, who are interested in Ductile Iron. Undergraduate and graduate students both may apply.
Keith Millis is the inventor of the ductile iron. This process has exerted a tremendous influence on the metalworking world. A new industry was born and has become very important to metal casters. Mr. Millis served on many boards and societies, including the Presidency of FEF in 1967-1968.
He also served as the Executive Director of the Ductile Iron Society which honors him with these scholarships in his name.
This scholarship will be awarded at either the Ductile Iron Society’s Annual Meeting or the College Industry Conference.
January 31st, 2021
- Students need to be registered with FEF
- Students should have a demonstrated interest in Ductile Iron, and provide a letter to document their interest