The Mazak Manufacturing Technology Scholarship has been created for engineering students attending Cincinnati State and Technical Community College.
DEARBORN, Mich., (February 28, 2013)Mazak Corporation, Florence, Ky., believes manufacturers have a vested interest in guiding and funding advanced manufacturing education to ensure adequate levels of skilled and educated labor necessary for keeping U.S. manufacturing strong and growing. As part of its commitment to building tomorrows manufacturing workforce, Mazak has provided $24,000 to the SME Education Foundation for the creation of the Mazak Manufacturing Technology Scholarship . The scholarship is for students entering or currently attending Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and who are pursuing a degree in engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology.
The Mazak Manufacturing Technology Scholarship supports advanced manufacturing at its core, says Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation. Easing the financial burden of engineering students allows them to concentrate on their studies and ultimately broaden their career prospects by measuring up to the very specific and rapidly changing needs of industry.
The new scholarship provides funding for two, full tuition scholarships valued at $6,000 each for a two-year cycle (2013-2014) and again for the 2014-2015 cycle. The application requires students hold a minimum 2.0 GPA, provide a transcript, two reference letters, student essay and resume. ACT or SAT scores are not required. The scholarship will be administered by the SME Education Foundation. Students may apply by accessing the SME Education Foundations automated online scholarship application. 
Mazak Corporation designs and manufacturers CNC turning centers, multitasking lathes, vertical and horizontal machining centers for the aerospace, automotive, electronics and construction industries. In Ohio, there is strong demand for mechanical engineering technology (MET) professionals. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that overall employment of MET graduates is expected to increase through 2020, especially for those who demonstrate mastery of new software and technology used for product design and manufacturing.
We are investing in our future workforce, says Brian Papke, president, Mazak Corporation. This scholarship is important to the advanced manufacturing engineering candidates we would like to be able to hire. In addition to the scholarship, Mazak actively engages in other strategies to help solve the skilled labor problem and to encourage young people to consider careers in manufacturing.
In Kentucky, for instance, says Papke, we work extensively with technically based learning institutions such as Northern Kentucky University and the Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Kentucky, and its vocational programs. Plus, we maintain our own long-established apprentice program, and we encourage all our fellow U.S. manufacturers to do the same. Skill training and advanced manufacturing education must be national priorities with increased funding for both, or our countrys manufacturing sector will continue to experience a severe shortage of skilled labor, especially as our manufacturing workforce continues to age and move into retirement.
About Cincinnati State Technical and Community College:
Cincinnati State  offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the United States.
About Mazak Corporation:
At its North American Headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, Mazak Corporation manufactures over 100 models of advanced CNC machine tools. These include Multi-Tasking and Turning Centers, Vertical Machining Centers and unique 5-Axis Machining Centers.
Since 1974, the company has continuously invested in product development and manufacturing in Kentucky. Mazaks modernized Production-on-Demand manufacturing plant allows the company to quickly respond to customer needs.
Mazaks Florence campus is also home to the companys National Technology Center and North American Parts Center. Mazaks National Technology Center is the hub of the companys seven other Regional Technology Centers that provide total manufacturing solutions, training, technical and service support. Mazaks North American Parts Center, with $65 million of stocked inventory and automated ordering system, provides 97% same-day shipments.
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For more information on Mazak's products and solutions, visit www.mazakusa.com  or follow us on Twitter at @MazakCorp  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MazakCorp . Mazak Corporation is an exhibitor at HOUSTEX , The Art of Manufacturing, February 26- February 28, 2013, Houston, Texas.
About SME Education Foundation Scholarships:
Since 1998, the SME Education Foundation has provided over $6.5 million in scholarships and $1.6 million in awards through its various scholarship programs. In 2012, over 208 students across the country received in excess of $521,000 in scholarships allowing them to continue to pursue their education and career dreams. The Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current undergraduates and masters of doctoral degree students pursuing degrees in manufacturing and related fields at two-year and four-year colleges. The deadline for 2013-2014 Scholarship Applications was February 1, 2013.
Key scholarship programs include: Gene Haas Machining Technology Scholarships, Ford Blue Oval Scholars programs in the United Kingdom, San Antonio, and Chicago; SME Directors Scholarship, and SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship.
About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $33 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors.
Bart A. Aslin, CEO, SME Education Foundation, 313.425.3300, email@example.com 
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