The SPE Foundation offers numerous scholarships to students who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants for all Foundation scholarships, unless otherwise specified, must be full-time undergraduate students in either a four-year college or a two-year technical program or enrolled in a graduate program (for those scholarships available to graduate students).
  • All applicants must have a demonstrated or expressed interest in the plastics industry.
  • Applicants must be majoring in or taking courses that are beneficial to a career in the plastics/polymer industry.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with their schools.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an online application by April 1. Application materials include:

  • A completed application form here:
  • Three letters of recommendation. The online application denotes which scholarships require specific recommendations.
  • A high school and/or college transcript.
  • A list of current and past school activities and community activities and honors.
  • A listing of your employment history, starting with your most recent job. Where your involvement was in plastics/polymers, describe that activity.
  • A 250 to 1,000 word essay telling why you are applying for the scholarship, your qualifications, and your educational and career goals in the plastics industry.
  • applicants must be an SPE member. Students can become members for free through a program sponsored by the PLASTICS Industry Association (
  • See Scholarship for additional details.

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