AME Announces New Scholarship For Students Interested in Manufacturing Careers

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)'s scholarship funding arm, AME Institute and Kronos Incorporated recently announced a new scholarship for students interested in manufacturing careers.

The Scholarship Program is funded by the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014-2015 Scholarship Program.
Paul G. Kuchuris, Jr., president of The Association for Manufacturing Excellence said in conjunction with the AME Institute and Kronos, they are excited to offer this scholarship that supports and promotes manufacturing as a career path.

"Nearly 80 percent of manufacturers in the U.S. are facing a shortage of skilled labor" he said about why building up these industries is important.

The most pressing workforce challenge facing U.S. manufacturers today is a growing skills gap – with an also increasing shortage of available, qualified workers – a trend anticipated to worsen in the next three to five years.

Nearly six hundred thousand manufacturing jobs remain unfilled because of this skills gap.

"Kronos helps thousands of manufacturers around the world to optimize their workforce. We look forward to working with the AME Institute to inspire the manufacturing workforce of the future," said Charlie DeWitt, vice president, business development  a Kronos.

Scholarships are hoped to increase interest in manufacturing careers and will be awarded to 15 U.S.-based student applicants entering an accredited college or trade school in the next academic year, beginning in the fall semester.

Each recipient will receive a financial scholarship and an additional signing bonus will be offered to those recipients who finish their degree and enter the manufacturing workforce after graduation.

Eligible applicants is not limited to those who recently graduated from high school. It is also available for those with prior work experience who are seeking a college education.

The first 300 applications will be considered for the upcoming fall term. Applications are now being accepted until June 13, 2014.  And this date is coming up quickly!

Supporting Resources

•       For complete scholarship requirements and application guidelines, visit or contact Nancy Wajler, director of education and training, AME at
•       Connect with AME via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
•       Connect with Kronos via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
•       Subscribe to the Kronos workforce management blogs.
•       Take a look at the lighter side of workforce management in the Kronos Time Well Spent cartoons.