Scholarships & Funding

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NESMA is pleased to help direct its members toward a wide variety of resources designed to help their employees and businesses:

NESMA Scholarship – Deadline is March 12, 2021

2021 Scholarships

Promoting education for up and coming students and professionals within the industry is an important part of NESMA’s mission.
Throughout the year, NESMA holds events to raise money for its scholarship program. NESMA offers two $1,000 scholarships annually, awarded each May.

Award #1: to a graduating senior attending high school in a New England state (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont).
Award #2: to a graduating senior, currently enrolled student or student returning to school who is a child or grandchild of an employee or owner of a NESMA member company in good standing.

Scholarship #1 – Manufacturing Innovation Fund Apprenticeship Program

The Manufacturing Innovation Fund (MIF) Apprenticeship Program supports a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction for apprentices in Connecticut’s manufacturing industry. The $7.7 million program will help manufacturers meet market demands by providing incentives to increase the number of apprentices.

For program highlights and eligibility download the complete PDF file here


Scholarship #2 – Manufacturing Incumbent Worker Training Program

Are you an advanced or innovative manufacturer in need of assistance to train your workers? If so, the Manufacturing Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWT) may be able to help. This unique program can be used to train incumbent workers in the skills they need to help your business meet current and emerging market needs; bring technological innovation to the marketplace; and help companies leap ahead in productivity and efficiency.

For program highlights and eligibility requirements please download the complete PDF file here


Stanley P. Bitel Memorial Fund

This $5000 scholarship was established in 2015 through gifts from family and friends to honor the life of Stanley P. Bitel, the founder of Rowley Spring and Stamping Corporation in Bristol which was founded in 1954. He personified entrepreneurial spirit, continual learning and self achievement all characteristics that should be displayed by the recipient.