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6/19/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

NIMS, Gene Haas Foundation Partner to Award Merit-Based Scholarships

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The SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award funds to students competing in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June 2015.

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The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) are partnering to provide scholarship funds to select SkillsUSA students representing young talent in precision machining and metalworking. The 2015 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award more than $200,000 in funds to students competing in three manufacturing events at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 22-26 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Competitors at the conference will include U.S. high school and college students who have won state-level competitions in the categories CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC, they will each receive a $1,000 scholarship award recognizing their success. Medalists at each of the three competitions at each level will receive further awards, with each Gold medal winning $4,000.

“Attracting and preparing a high-quality workforce is vital to our nation’s manufacturing economy,” says Peter Zierhut, vice president of Haas Automation.

Jim Wall, executive director of NIMS says, “We are not only proud to support [the students’] success, but believe their skills and talents will transform our industry as we continue to innovate and compete in the global marketplace.”

The SkillsUSA Scholarship Program is part of a broader initiative led by the NIMS-GHF partnership to prepare high school and college students for manufacturing careers.

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