The Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship

Established and endowed by a gift from Sharon P. Haverstock and contributions from the forging industry, the Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship program was set up to financially help talented women students become aware of, work towards and experience the many leadership opportunities that a career in manufacturing and the forging industry holds. This scholarship is looking to reward the best and brightest women who have the desire and potential to reach executive or senior leadership levels.

The Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship Program assists women seeking a professional associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in select engineering and business majors, pursue their postsecondary education. Renewable scholarships are offered for full-time study at a North American accredited two- or four-year college or university of the student’s choice.

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How to Donate
To make a contribution to the Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship Program, contact the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation at 216.781.6260 to donate by credit card or send your contribution to:

Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation
1111 Superior Avenue, Suite 615
Cleveland, OH 44114

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Application Submission Deadline:  April 15, 2018

The Forging Industry has partnered with Scholarship America to assist students. Clicking “APPLY NOW” will bring you to Scholarship America’s Student Portal.

  • Women who are currently completing their final year of upper secondary school, high school seniors or graduates, and current postsecondary undergraduates who are planning to enroll or currently enrolled in North America.
  • Seeking a professional associate's, bachelor's or master's degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Industrial, Metallurgical, Materials Science), Business (Marketing or Management) or comparable areas of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university (or equivalent) for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Willingness to consider, if offered and logistically realistic (other circumstances notwithstanding), a compensated internship at a forging industry company after the successful completion of each academic year.
  • A citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico.
  • Applicants may apply to both the Charles W. Finkl Fund Scholarship and the Forging Industry Women's Scholarship, but are not eligible to receive both. In the event an applicant would have been awarded both, the Women's Scholarship will take preference and be awarded.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive:

  • An award up to $5,000 (USD). Awards based on class year (higher awards offered at later stages in an eligible course of study).
  • Awards will not exceed 50% of the recipient's annual combined fees for tuition, room and board.
  • Awards are renewable up to one additional year on the basis of:
    • A full-time academic schedule,
    • Maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent),
    • And continuing to pursue an eligible area of study
  • After the second year, applicants may re-apply for the renewable scholarship for an additional two years.
  • Renewal information is sent to eligible recipients in late December.
  • Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • academic record
  • demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • work experience
  • statement of goals and aspirations
  • unusual personal or family circumstances
  • an outside appraisal

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by FIERF. Preference will be given to applicants who have a connection to or express an interest in pursuing a career in the forging industry and who have demonstrated strategic, technical and leadership skills (or their potential) in their essays. All applicants agree to accept the decision of FIERF and Scholarship America as final.


Applicants will be notified in late June. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes The Forging Industry Women's Scholarship payments on behalf of FIERF. Payment is made in one installment in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents by April 15, 2018:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation letter must be submitted on your behalf by April 19, 2018.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.