DME Accepting Applications for $20,000 in Student and Continuing Education Scholarships

Programs geared toward encouraging interest in plastics careers and skills enhancement.

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DME Company, a leading manufacturer of mold technologies, is now accepting applications for the DME Plastics University® Scholarship Program. 

The program is designed to support the plastics industry by ensuring the availability of a highly-skilled, well-trained workforce. The program’s two components – a Student Scholarship and a Continuing Education Support Scholarship – provide funds to support students interested in plastics-related careers as well as to advance the skills of DME customers working in moldmaking and plastics. 

Like many manufacturing companies, moldmakers are beginning to face a labor shortage as first- and second-generation experts retire and companies feel the strain of the lack of newcomers to manufacturing professions. By offering educational support programs, DME is committed to enhancing education in plastics-related fields, helping to fill the increasing workforce gap. 

How to Apply for a DME Scholarship: Applicants for a DME Student Scholarship must be enrolled in a plastics program at any accredited trade school/university offering a 2-year certificate, 2-year associate or 4-year bachelor’s degree. Those enrolled in related coursework will be considered if they demonstrate a strong academic emphasis and interest in plastics.

To be eligible for a DME Continuing Education Support scholarship, applicants must be employed by a current DME customer and training courses must be in the plastics industry, although related coursework that is not plastic-specific may be considered. 

Scholarship applications (available at must be received by July 30 for students and July 15 for professionals for consideration of monetary awards for the 2011 fall semester. 

“DME is committed to advancing training and education within the plastics industry. We are excited to offer these programs again this year to advance the success of plastics industry employees today and in the future,” said Dave Lawrence, President of DME Company. “As one of the preeminent leaders in the industry, it is our obligation and in our best interest to help develop and groom tomorrow’s moldmaking and plastics industry experts.” 

DME will contribute $20,000 toward the DME Company Student Scholarship Program and DME Company Continuing Education, awarded in $1,000 increments. Winners will be selected by the DME Education Team and will be notified by mail. 

About DME: DME Company is an essential mold technologies resource to customers worldwide. Through aggressive new product development, global product standardization and a powerful combination of in-house manufacturing centers of excellence and strategic global partnerships, DME is helping customers succeed in changing times. The company’s standard-setting, comprehensive product line — including hot runner systems; control systems; mold bases and components; mold making and molding supplies; and cold runner systems for elastomers — is backed by expert technical service every step of the way. DME also manufactures and sells standard tooling for the die-casting industry. Visit for more information.

For more information contact:  Amanda Paynee, (414) 274-3010;