Grant Applications & Scholarships

Please fill the form in and send it to Kent Attwell, President – The Milwaukee SPE Education Foundation
by e-mail to:

The foundation has a grant review meeting in late October each year to review and award the grants once a year which need to be submitted by October 15 each year.

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Current Scholarships Available

TDMAW Scholarships

Our Mission:
The Tool, Die and Machining Association in Wisconsin, chartered in 1937, was organized for the purpose of providing a forum for the independent tool & die and machine shop owners of Wisconsin to discuss mutual problems and for the exchange of ideas in business management and the technical aspects of the industry. We are also committed to educating the community, parents and students about our industry through scholarships, seminars, and the like, on the life long rewards of a career in the precision metalworking industry.


In keeping with our Mission Statement, the TDMAW is pleased to offer two scholarship options to assist students enrolled in a Machine Tool Operations Program or Tool & Die Program at any accredited Wisconsin technical college. These scholarships are sponsored by the following TDMAW Group Buying Partners – E. L. Simeth Company & MSC/J&L Metalworking.

The Edward L. Simeth Scholarship Awards up to $500 per semester for students enrolled in a Machine Tool Operations Program or Tool & Die Program at any accredited Wisconsin technical college. To qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must be resident of Wisconsin
  • Must be currently attending an accredited Wisconsin Technical college and enrolled in a Machine Tool Operations Program or Tool & Die Program
  • Must complete the top portion of the Application
  • Must complete an essay as directed on the application form

Tools to Succeed
A program that awards six deserving students with Kennedy 11-drawer steel toolboxes. Toolboxes are given to SE Wisconsin area technical colleges Technical Education departments. Instructors at these colleges identify and award the toolboxes to their most deserving students on behalf of MSC Metalworking and the Tool, Die & Machining Association of WI. Students interested in receiving these toolboxes should talk with the instructors at their school. If the technical college you attend does not offer this cooperative program, please contact the TDMAW headquarters at 262-532-2440 or via email at

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Grant and Scholarship Beneficiaries

Since its inception in 1983, the Education Foundation has made many awards to a growing list of worthy institutions of beginning and higher education. The distribution of grants for equipment and other educational purposes is represented in the following partial list:

  • Brown Deer Middle School
  • Bay View Middle & High School
  • Brown Deer Middle School
  • Clintonville High School
  • Discovery World (Milwaukee)
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Lake Country K-8 School
  • Howard’s Grove High School
  • Moraine Park Technical College
  • Mount Horeb Middle School
  • MPS Samuel Morse Middle School
  • North Lake Middle School
  • Richmond Middle School
  • Sally Ride Academy
  • Sheboygan North High School
  • Sheboygan South High School
  • Stone Bank K-8 School
  • Sussex Hamilton Middle School
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Wauwatosa School District
  • Watertown High School
  • West Bend West High School

Scholarships to reduce education expenses have been donated to the following schools: (Recipients are chosen by the school based on a set of criteria outlined by the Education Foundation Board)

  • Gateway Technical College – Kenosha
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Moraine Park Technical College
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville

The Education Foundation was a leading factor in the establishment of a Youth Apprenticeship Program for the Plastics Industry here in the state of Wisconsin, supporting it with commitments of participation, funding and scholarships.

The Foundation has sponsored twelve or more middle and high school teachers at an annual four-day course on Plastics Technology instruction at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Tuition and teaching materials were provided by the Foundation to the attendees who utilized their summer vacation to enhance their knowledge about plastics and learning how to gear their instruction to a younger generation.

2016 Grant Recipient – Darcy Davis UW Madison


Pictured is Jack Hill (SPE Education Foundation Treasure) and Darcy Davis. Darcy is the 2016 winner of the Bob Mehn scholarship award winner in the amount of $2000. Read Darcy’s Letter – uwm-spe-bob-mehn-winner-letter-201610.