Gene Haas Foundation Donates another $500K for Manufacturing Scholarships in Europe
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.
Haas Automation is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, and one of the top 5 machine tool builders in the world. Founded by Gene Haas in 1983, Haas Automation manufactures a complete line of CNC vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, lathes, and rotary equipment. All Haas products are built in the company’s 100.000-square-meter manufacturing facility in Oxnard, Calif., and distributed in Europe and worldwide through a network of Haas Factory Outlets that provides the industry’s best sales, service, and support, while offering unparalleled cost-to-performance value. For more information, please visit www.haascnc.com.
The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities, at the discretion of its founder, Mr. Gene Haas. High on the list of priorities of the Gene Haas Foundation is supporting manufacturing education, which encompasses many types of programs that inspire and educate young people about careers in manufacturing. In addition, the Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarship funding for students to attend colleges that teach machining-based skills.