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Applications open for Discover Manufacturing scholarships

Students pursuing careers in advanced manufacturing have until the end of February to apply for a Discover Manufacturing scholarship.

Discover Manufacturing, a regional network of more than 400 manufacturers addressing the talent needs of West Michigan’s manufacturing industry recently said it will award up to $6,000 in scholarships to students pursuing manufacturing careers in the advanced industry. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 and will be awarded on May 3, National Skilled Trades Signing Day.

Applications, available here, are due by 5 pm Monday, Feb. 28.

“Manufacturing is a vital part of Michigan’s economy, benefiting West Michigan by raising living standards and generating economic activity,” said Jerry Hill, industry council lead, West Michigan Works!. “We’re seeing more employers than ever who are willing to invest in the education of their workforce. Our scholarship is designed to support students and prospective (trades workers) as they enter the exciting and lucrative field of advanced manufacturing.”

According to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, manufacturers in Michigan account for 19% of the total output in the state, employing 14% of the workforce.

As of 2020, more than 600,000 Michigan workers were employed in the manufacturing industry with an average annual compensation of $79,320.10.

Applications are open to graduating high school seniors in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Montcalm and Muskegon who are pursuing a degree in a manufacturing-related program or technical training in Michigan. Adults and apprentices pursuing continuing education also can apply.

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-word essay about why manufacturing is the right career path for them and how they plan to make a difference in a manufacturing environment.

Scholarships of up to $1,000 are renewable for prior recipients based on the completion of an application and an interview with the selection committee. Alternate nonmonetary awards, including mentoring, internships, training and job shadowing opportunities, may be offered to qualified individuals who are not selected for a scholarship.

Scholarship recipients will be recognized at a reception where they will have an opportunity to network with West Michigan employers and educational partners.

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