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NFFS Scholarship Program

The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society Scholarship Program was created to help develop the next generation of foundry leaders and innovators for our industry. By providing meaningful scholarship support to students in engineering, materials science, and manufacturing curricula, NFFS is exposing our nation’s best and brightest to the tremendous opportunities available in the non-ferrous metal casting industry. 


Application Information

Application Timing and Award

The NFFS Scholarship award amount is $2,500 (subject to adjustment by the NFFS Board of Directors). Applications are accepted between May 1st and September 30th. NFFS will review and score all applications, and will announce the scholarship recipient(s) at the Foundry Educational Foundation's College Industry Conference in November.

Application Process

The Scholarship Program is managed with the support of the Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF). Students must apply for the NFFS Scholarship through the FEF website during the application period. The applicant will be required to establish a profile on the FEF website which will include personal and educational information. To go directly to the scholarship application page, go to www.nffs.org/scholarshipapp.

Please note: When applying for the scholarship, applicants are required to submit an essay stating their career objectives in the non-ferrous metal casting industry, not to exceed 500 words in length. Applications without an essay cannot be considered.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on the criteria and scoring weights listed below.

 Essay describing applicant’s career objectives and interest in nonferrous metals (max. 500 words)  30%
 • Study in engineering directly related to nonferrous cast metals industry
 • Other cast metals industry related course of study
 Work Experience
 • Internship/co-op work experience at NFFS member facility 
 • Internship/co-op work experience in the nonferrous cast metals industry
 • Any work experience in the cast metals industry


Previous Scholarship Recipients

Maria Alverio, University of Northern Iowa (2019)

Maria worked as a lab assistant at the UNI Metal Casting Center for three years, and spent two summers during her college career in metalcasting internships, first at Clow Valve in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and more recently at Carley Foundry, an aluminum and steel foundry located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Maria also worked with her professor, Scott Giese, on a Defense Logistics Agency research grant. In the essay accompanying her scholarship application, Maria wrote, “I fell in love with metal casting as a first semester freshman, seeing molten aluminum for the first time. From that moment forward, I knew metal casting was what I wanted to do the rest of my life... I plan on pursuing a career as a Process Engineer or a Casting Engineer to improve casting defects.”

Thomas Houston, Tennessee Technological University (2019)

Thomas House, a U.S. Air Force veteran, served as President of the American Foundry Society Student Chapter at Tennessee Tech, as well as a Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering and a member of the Student Veterans Organization. In 2017, he won the National Skills USA competition in Additive Manufacturing and received his SME certification in Additive Manufacturing. He spent the summer of 2018 working as a Process Engineer for Waupaca Foundry. When asked about his career objectives, Thomas wrote, “I would love to work somewhere that was either currently using or is planning to use additive manufacturing for one of their processes. Anything from 3D sand printed patterns, cores, molds, wax patterns for investment casting, hard tooling, or even printing directly to metal. I know the future in casting has additive manufacturing in it, and I would love to be a part of it.”

Richard Clark, Mohawk College (2019)

Richard Clark spent four years maintaining a full-time schedule at both work and school while attending Mohawk College in Ontario, Canada. At graduation, he already had five years of foundry experience, first with Custom Aluminum Foundry, and then as a Quality Assurance Technician with Cambridge Brass, a NFFS member foundry producing brass fittings for the waterworks industry. In the essay accompanying his scholarship application, Richard wrote, “I believe that maintaining a full-time work and school schedule has taught me the importance of a positive and impactful work ethic. I am grateful for the exposure I have received in the short four years since I first walked into the foundry… I take pride in the castings I have produced and am blessed to be a part of the unified community that the metal casting industry offers.”

Aidan King, University of Alabama-Birmingham (2018)

Aiden King displayed an impressive combination of academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities with metal casting industry groups like the American Foundry Society (AFS), Women in Metalcasting, and UAB’s Materials Processing and Development Center. She also gained a wide range of skills and experiences important to foundry work, including lean processing and optimization, while working with non-ferrous metals as an intern at Hubbell Power Systems. In her application for the NFFS Scholarship, she wrote, "I am constantly working towards making industry more reliable, safe, resourceful, and inventive. While each experience may look different...I am always striving for excellence and furthering innovation for metal casting."

Jacqueline Walters, The Ohio State University (2018)

Jacqueline Walters graduated in December of 2018 with a special designation for being a Humanitarian Engineering Scholar. She displayed an impressive combination of educational performance, volunteer activities, and professional experience, including an internship with NFFS member foundry Ford Meter Box. Jacqueline stated that her ultimate goal is to “lead projects focused on engineering new light-weight, high strength alloys,” and NFFS is confident that she will be successful in her endeavors.

Jacob Whitehead, University of Alabama-Birmingham (2019)

Jacob Whitehead was a well-rounded student who excelled in both his studies and professionally. Over the course of his college career, he maintained a 3.8 GPA, interned with three different foundries, and volunteered for leadership positions with student organizations in the metal casting industry. Jacob also received the Foundry Educational Foundation’s Loper Award in 2017. He wrote, "Cast metals have played a major role in both my education and work experience over the past several years. I plan to use my knowledge and experience to excel in a metal casting career."