Haas Automation Europe (HAE) is pleased to announce that the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) will donate an additional $500,000 (approx. €445,000) to support scholarships in CNC machining and manufacturing, across 38 schools in 15 European countries.
The money, a gift from Gene Haas, the founder of Haas Automation, is intended to support students and their parents in paying for tuition fees. In total, donations by the GHF in Europe since 2015 amount to nearly $1 million!
The 38 successful schools in 2016 will each receive a share of $407,445.
The beneficiaries are located in Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, France, Greece, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Russia, and Ukraine. In Poland, two schools will share $46,000. In Spain, five schools will share $69,000, and ten Belgian schools will share $54,000. In all, more than 2000 students will benefit from the GHF awards.
An award of $30,000 has also been set aside for teacher training in Portugal, and additional funds will pay for teacher training in Poland and Germany, bringing the total GHF payout for this year to around $500,000.
The scholarships are administered in collaboration with Haas Automation and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). In Europe, Mr. Simon Vanmaekelbergh, Haas Automation Europe’s HTEC and Educational Partnership Coordinator, has managed the project and overseen allocation of the awards.
“The scholarships are part of Gene Haas’ ongoing engagement in supporting technical education,” he says. “We believe they will nurture hardworking CNC trainees, helping to ensure a reliable supply of well-trained employees for manufacturing industry across the continent.”
The Gene Haas Foundation hands out scholarships on three continents. The Haas Technical Education Center (HTEC) Network aids thousands of educational machining programmes in North America, Europe, and Africa, and will soon be expanded to Asia.