Invest in the future of manufacturing.


The NTMF relies on the generosity of companies, foundations, and individuals like you to develop and fund programs that inspire, attract and prepare the US precision manufacturing workforce. Make a cash contribution to support a scholarship or our Fund for Manufacturing’s Future, ask your employer if they have a matching gifts program, donate items or services, participate in NTMF fundraisers, or be creative and host a fundraising event in your area to benefit the Foundation.

Leave a Legacy
Remember us in your will to reduce estate taxes while ensuring the future of our mission. An effective way to help the NTMF in its efforts to narrow the skills gap and raise awareness of manufacturing careers is by establishing a named endowment to fund scholarships or workforce development programs in perpetuity. Another planned giving strategy is to designate the Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan assets. When you leave a portion of your assets to the foundation, you can protect your family members from heavy taxes and get the most value from your retirement savings.

In-Kind Gifts
In-kind donations, such as entrustments of manufacturing equipment, offer unique benefits to both schools and businesses. Schools receive state-of-the-art equipment they otherwise cannot afford. Students, in turn, receive critical hands-on experience with advanced manufacturing technology, which allows companies to have access to a workforce that is already familiar with their equipment and technology, resulting in a shorter on-the-job learning curve.

Lend your expertise and knowledge to future manufacturing professionals by serving as an industry advisor for a National Robotics League school team or an advanced manufacturing CTE program. Contact a school or youth organization near you and offer to host a plant tour or be a guest speaker. Invite high school or college students to work at your business through internships, apprenticeships, or mentoring. Whether it’s a large manufacturing company or a small fabricating job shop, you would be providing invaluable hands-on experiences that would also give you an opportunity to evaluate prospective future employees.


The National Tooling & Machining Foundation provides scholarships for students pursuing degrees that will lead to manufacturing careers. Students may only apply for one of the available scholarship opportunities and are able to re-apply for a scholarship annually for as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. The NTMF 2022 Scholarship Application process is now open. Applications for scholarships are available at:

For more information, please contact: Bill Padnos, AMPED & NTMF Executive Director, at 216-264-2828 or email The deadline for 2022 Scholarships is – April 15, 2022

Babb / Vobeda Memorial Scholarship
Open to all students pursuing degrees at Trade Schools, Community/Technical Colleges or Universities that will lead to a career in manufacturing. The scholarship is named in honor and memory of Sergeant Brock A. Babb who gave his life defending our country and our freedom, the son of NTMA long-time members Terry Babb, Apex Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. in Evansville, IN  and Edwin F. and Mildred Vobeda.

Manufacturing’s Next Generation Scholarship
Open to high school seniors that are currently participating in the National Robotics League program and will be pursuing degrees at Trade Schools, Community/Technical Colleges or Universities that will lead to a career in manufacturing. The scholarship is named in honor of Roger J. Sustar of the Fredon Corporation in Mentor, OH, who is a champion in promoting the importance of community engagement in closing the skills gap in Northeast Ohio.

NTMF 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Austin Atwood
Pasco Hernando State College
Major: Engineering Technology
Nominated by: Southern Manufacturing
Technologies Inc
Christopher Bello
Mesa Community College
Major: Manufacturing Production Technology
Nominated by: Modern Industries
Kaitlyn Fricke
Northeastern University
Major: Advanced Manufacturing Systems
Nominated by: Peerless Precision Inc
Clairese Kluba
Missouri University of S&T
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Nominated by: Kluba Machine LLC
Jason Laschober
Mesa Community College
Major: AAS Manufacturing Technology
Nominated by: Empire Precision Machine
Caroline Salm
Campbell University
Major: Biology and Chemical/
Pharmaceutical Engineering
Nominated by: Okuma America Corporation
Luke Schirmer
Vincennes University
Major: Precision Machine Technology &
Advanced CNC Machining
Nominated by: Major Tool & Machine
Joseph Seiler
Community College of Denver
Major: CNC Machining
Nominated by: Denver Machine Shop / Kendo Inc.

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