Manufacturing Scholarship Program


Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014 - 2015 Scholarship

Download the AME Manufacturing Scholarship Application Form

The Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014-2015 Scholarship supports and promotes manufacturing as a career path by providing scholarship opportunities for manufacturing career-minded individuals.  These scholarships will be open to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of manufacturing.  Eligible applicants include those individuals who are currently graduating from high school or individuals with prior work experience who have decided to seek a college education.  Dr. Sherrie Ford was a prominent consultant in the field of change and lean manufacturing, and head of one of the largest women-owned businesses in the United States.  She dedicated her life to changing the lives of workers in plants throughout the country and practiced what she preached on the floor of her own manufacturing facility.


The AME Institute vision is to leverage the knowledge, experience and resources of the people in manufacturing, primarily in North America, devoted to Enterprise Excellence in order to promote fresh, original, creative and sustainable ideas for improving their workplace, now and in the future.  The AME Institute posits a need for young men and women to be exposed to the Lean movement, to learn about the pursuit of excellence and consider the benefits of a career in manufacturing operations as they become the leaders of our manufacturing futures.

Kronos believes that the future of excellence in manufacturing is not only forged by today's industry leaders, but is also inspired by the next generation of young professionals pursuing careers in the field of manufacturing. To help promote and continue the tradition of excellence in manufacturing, Kronos is proud to be a core sponsor of the Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path Scholarship, an educational program created in partnership with The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and AME Institute.


  • Fifteen $1,500 scholarships will be awarded per academic year (Only the first 300 applicants will be reviewed and considered per academic year).
  • A $500 signing bonus will be awarded to recipients who successfully complete their academic program and who land a position in the manufacturing industry.


  • Applicants must be accepted in an accredited college or trade school to be awarded a scholarship, provide proof of their acceptance (college acceptance letter or class schedule) and provide a mailing address identifying the appropriate department where their scholarship check is to be mailed.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and/or must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale throughout the duration of the program.
  • Applicants must complete the entire scholarship application process to be considered (see application process).
  • An award recipient must be sponsored and mentored by an AME Board member, Champions Club member or manufacturing professional in their area to be considered (candidates can access the AME website at to access and solicit AME Board or Champions Club sponsorship).
  • Must have a job within the manufacturing industry at the completion of their studies to receive the $500 bonus.
  • Scholarship money can be used for college tuition and/or books associated with the program of study.  Tuition coverage may include any or all manufacturing related coursework and/or general education coursework mandated to complete a certificate or degree in the manufacturing curriculum only.


June 13, 2014 August 1, 2014 Fall Term
November 7, 2014 January 2, 2015 Winter/Spring Term 

Download the AME Manufacturing Scholarship Application Form