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ITW Foundation Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: April 1, 2020 3:00 pm CT
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ITW has established the ITW Foundation Scholarship Program to assist qualified children of eligible ITW employees in helping to finance postsecondary education at institutions of their choice.

The 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, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.

You are eligible to apply for an ITW Foundation Scholarship if you are:

  1. A dependent child (through age 22) of an eligible active, regular, full-time U.S. or Canada ITW employee*, and
  2. A senior in high school, a graduate from high school, or an undergraduate who is currently enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited vocational-technical school, junior college, four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.

The ITW Calmer L. Johnson/John W. Leslie National Merit Scholarship Program recipients are not eligible to receive an award through this program.

*The parent or legal guardian must be an eligible active U.S. or Canada ITW employee at the time the scholarship is awarded.

Award information:

  • If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award of $3,500
  • Awards are to be used for educational costs for one year of full-time study at an accredited vocational-technical school, junior college, four-year college or university.
  • Awards are for undergraduate study only

Award Renewal

Scholarship America will email eligible students the information for the renewal application on the Scholarship America Student Hub.

You must submit a copy of your current transcript with the renewal application.

Past recipients can apply for renewal of their award even if the employee is no longer employed by ITW.

Awards are renewable for full-time study up to three years for one specific course of study or until a certificate, diploma or undergraduate degree is earned, whichever comes first. Recipients may only receive the scholarship a maximum of four years.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the ITW Foundation. Payments are made in equal installments in August and December.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and extra-curricular accomplishments
  • Work experience
  • Statement of career and educational goals and aspirations
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation by a counselor, advisor, or instructor

Financial need will not be considered.

Selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by Scholarship America. Not all applicants will be selected as recipients. In no instance does any ITW officer or employee play a part in any selection of the scholarship recipients. Decisions are final. All students will be notified of their status in late May.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  1. Current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
  2. High school seniors will upload ACT and/or SAT test scores if the test(s) were taken.

Also, as part of your application, one online recommendation by a counselor, advisor, or instructor must be completed on your behalf by 3:00 p.m. CT on April 6, 2020.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically through the Scholarship America Student Hub.

The ITW Foundation Scholarship Program

The ITW Foundation Scholarship Program is funded, in part, by an endowment from the William C. Stern estate. Mr. Stern was born in Germany, April 19, 1899, and came to this country in 1916. In 1926, he moved to Chicago and was employed as a machinist by ITW. He later transferred to our Shakeproof Division as an engineer.

Bill Stern was an original member of the ITW Patent Society. During Bill’s 39 years at ITW, he made numerous major contributions to the company, including: participation in the development of the Sems® machine for assembling screws and washers; the continuous slotting machine with thread cutting screws; and the Type 17 screw, predecessor of today’s Teks® self drilling screws.

While Bill and his wife of 51 years, Rose, had no children of their own, they enjoyed a lifelong interest in young people. That interest led to their establishing bequests to aid in the education of children of ITW families.

The Henry A. Sygnator Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by an endowment from the Henry A. Sygnator estate. It is restricted to qualified students who select Mechanical Engineering as their major course of study.

“A member of the ITW Patent Society, Hank was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1983, and holds seven Special Awards. His numerous fastener-related inventions are protected by over 37 patents.”

This scholarship is intended to further Hank’s legacy as an inventive engineer who truly enjoyed his profession.

The two top-ranking qualified applicants who are current college undergraduates selecting Mechanical Engineering as their major course of study will receive a renewable Henry A. Sygnator Memorial Scholarship provided qualified applications are received. Only two awards are given at a time.

Robert W. Beart Memorial Scholarship

Serving from 1948 to 1980 as ITW’s Patent Counsel and in the later period also as General Counsel, Robert W. Beart’s leadership, support and ingenuity drove the thousands of patents established during his 30-year career. In response to customers’ needs, he administered a major licensing program for many of ITW’s businesses resulting in 18 U.S. licensees and millions of dollars more in royalties. With ostensibly simple inventions in crowded technologies, patenting is not always clear-cut. It takes the same creative approach to secure patent protection that it takes to develop the idea itself. Bob understood that the proprietary products, processes and services of ITW needed the best protection. To that end, Bob worked tirelessly to ensure patentability for ITW’s complex, ground-breaking programs.

The two top-ranking qualified applicants who are current college undergraduates selecting Chemistry and/or Engineering as their major course of study will receive a renewable Robert W. Beart Memorial Scholarship. Two awards will be granted each year if qualified applications are received.

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