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 NTMA Educational 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 which includes a nomination from an NTMA member company in good standing.

Babb / Vobeda Memorial Scholarship

Open to all students pursuing associate or bachelor 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 associate or bachelor 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 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Jacob Berens
Mesa Community College
Major: Manufacturing Production Technology
Kaitlyn Fricke
Northeastern University
Major: Advanced Manufacturing Systems
Joshua Keys
Saint Louis Community College
Major: Engineering Technology
Joshua Lesniak
University of New Hampshire
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Zach Lundberg
Cleveland State University
Major: Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering Technologies
Max Morgado
University of Rhode Island
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Jack Pannebecker
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Major: Computer Integrated Machining
Timothy Smith
Arizona State University
Major: Engineering and Manufacturing
Ryan Warner
Southwestern Illinois College
Major: General Education
Adam Zaouague
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Major: Advanced Manufacturing/Aerospace Concentration

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