Published On: 11/24/2015

SME scholarship season opens

Awards presented to mining students worldwide

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is comprised of divisions and affiliations dedicated to specific areas within the mining and minerals industry. These divisions offer multiple scholarships to SME student members who seek a career in the industry. SME is accepting applications for the 2016 scholarship season September 15 through October 15, 2015.

Last year, 157 scholarships totaling $372,500 were awarded by SME, the SME Foundation and the Woman’s Auxiliary to AIME (WAAIME) to student members attending U.S. and international colleges and universities.

“A key mission of SME is to foster interest in, and facilitate the study of, mining and mineral-related courses at institutions of higher learning by providing scholarships to qualified students,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “We are proud to be able to provide these educational opportunities to the future leaders of the global mining community.”

The SME divisions and affiliations which offer scholarship programs are: Coal & Energy; Environmental; Industrial Minerals & Aggregates; Mineral & Metallurgical Processing; Mining & Exploration; WAAIME and the SME Foundation.

Several memorial scholarships have been created to honor Society luminaries. SME members and staff take care to ensure the guidelines and criteria for each new scholarship program are of the highest standard. SME has implemented an online application and review process to better facilitate the procedure for both students and reviewers.

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Students may begin the application process here.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or