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The Forging Industry Women's Scholarship
Deadline to apply: April 13, 2023 3:00 pm CT

The Forging Foundation awards scholarships to encourage the best and brightest women that demonstrate the ability to combine strategic and technical skills to become effective decision makers and leaders in manufacturing specifically in the metalworking and forging industries. These industries may include companies manufacturing forged products, material and other suppliers to forging companies or end-use customers such as industrial, automotive or aerospace industries. Learn more about the Foundation here.

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.

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, donate by credit card here or send your contribution to:

Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation
6363 Oak Tree Blvd.
Independence, OH 44131

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants of the The Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship award must be:

  • Women who are currently enrolled as full-time students, or with full-time academic status at a post-secondary institution in North America.
  • First-year students through graduate students may apply. High school students are ineligible.
  • Seeking a professional associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in one or more of the following areas of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year:
    • Engineering Majors
    • Business (Marketing or Management) Majors
  • A citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico.

In addition to this program, applicants may also apply to both the Charles W. Finkl Fund Scholarship and the Al Underys Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Science Scholarship, but are only eligible to receive one award. In the event an applicant would be a potential recipient of more than one award, the order of preference is as follows:

    1. Al Underys Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Science Scholarship
    2. Forging Industry Women’s Scholarship
    3. Charles W. Finkl Fund Scholarship

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive:

  • An award from $3,000 to $5,000* (USD).
  • Awards are renewable for one additional year.
  • Renewal is continguent upon:
    • Continued full-time enrollment in one of the eligible fields of study.
    • Maintaining a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above, on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.

*The program intends to award scholarships that grow in amount year, inspiring the student to complete her education, for example, $3,000 for sophomores, $4,000 for juniors, and $5,000 for seniors or graduate students.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study.

Financial need is not considered.

Scholarship America will select 75 finalists and FIERF will select recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision of FIERF and Scholarship America as final.

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
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Industry related essay questions

Preference will be given to applicants who have a connection to, or express interest in, pursuing a career in the forging industry and who have demonstrated strategic, technical, and leadership skills (or their potential) in their application.


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:

  • 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.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

  • A letter of recommendation from an individual who can provide information on your behalf. A recommender can not be related to you.

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

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