DON WOOD FOUNDATION
The Don Wood Foundation is committed to growing and strengthening advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship in northeast Indiana and beyond.  Formerly known as the 80/20 Foundation Trust, the Don Wood Foundation was founded in 2018 by Don Wood, the late founder of 80/20, Inc. Today, the Don Wood Foundation operates as an independent, private foundation governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees.

IGNITE YOUR FUTURE PROGRAM
The Don Wood Foundation invited community foundations in northeast Indiana to present the Ignite Your Future grants and scholarships to students in the communities they serve.  This is a two-year pilot program.

Students attending or planning to attend Freedom Academy are encouraged to apply.

2025 Ignite Your Future Scholarships/Grants
Watch for the applications to open around November 25, 2024 and conclude around January 16, 2025 at 11 pm.

THE TECHNICAL EDUCATOR GRANT APPLICATION WILL OPEN 1/19/2024 AND CONCLUDE 3/17/204 AT 11 PM.
Technical Educator Grants: Up to $5,000 per educator per year
Technical Educator Grants can support training, education, and professional development opportunities for technical educators and instructors living in Noble County. To get started, create an account on the scholarship software: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfncs

The Ignite Your Future Program creates opportunities for those living in Noble County, Ind who seek to advance their education in fields related to engineering, industrial technology, and machine tool technology. Examples of fields that Ignite Your Future Program supports include those considered part of Industry 4.0, which is the digital transformation of manufacturing/production, related industries, and value creation processes.

Broader eligible areas for scholarships include:

  • Fields related to Engineering and Industrial Technology such as automation engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, controls engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, computer and information technology, automation and systems integration technology, cybersecurity, data analytics, mechatronics, robotics, and industrial informatics;
  • Technology education or leadership;
  • Sales or marketing;
  • Organizational leadership and supervision; and
  • Entrepreneurship

Including more traditional and technical trades such as welding and automotive.

Technical Educator Grants can support training, education, and professional development opportunities for technical educators and instructors living in Noble County, Indiana.

The deadline to apply for a grant is March 17, 2024.

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Scholarships and Grants in the following areas will be offered to Noble County residents.
Certification or Associate Degree: Up to $2,500 per applicant per semester – deadline to apply 1/18/2024 at 11 pm
Students who are pursuing a degree or certification in the following fields are eligible:
~Fields related to Industrial Technology and Machine Tool Technology, such as Industry 4.0 – smart manufacturing, industrial automation and robotics, industrial maintenance, precision machining, welding technology, cybersecurity, information technology operations, networking, software development, computer science, design technology, electronics and computer technology, and engineering. (Source: Next Level Programs of Study)

~Fields related to Engineering Technology, such as advanced automation and robotics technology, computer science, cybersecurity, data analytics, design technology, electrical engineering technology, electronics and computer technology, engineering technology, industrial technology, informatics, information technology support, logistics and supply chain management, machine tool technology, manufacturing production and operations, mechanical engineering technology, network infrastructure, smart manufacturing and digital integration, or software development. (Source: Ivy Tech Community College Academic Programs)
~Technology education or technology leadership
~Sales or marketing
~Organizational leadership
~Entrepreneurship

Bachelor’s Degree: Up to $5,000 per applicant per semester – deadline to apply 1/18/2024 at 11 pm
Students who are pursuing a degree in the following fields are eligible:
~Fields related to Engineering and Industrial Technology such as automation engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, controls engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, computer and information technology, automation and systems integration technology, cybersecurity, data analytics, mechatronics, robotics, and industrial informatics
~Technology Education or technology leadership
~Sales or marketing
~Organizational leadership and supervision
~Entrepreneurship

Graduate Degree: Up to $5,000 per applicant per semester – deadline to apply 1/18/2024 at 11 pm
Students who are pursuing a master’s degree or Ph.D. in the following fields are eligible:
~Fields related to Engineering and Industrial Technology such as automation engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, controls engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, computer and information technology, automation and systems integration technology, cybersecurity, data analytics, mechatronics, robotics, and industrial informatics.
~Technology education or technology leadership
~Sales or marketing
~Organizational leadership and supervision
~Entrepreneurship

Workplace Preparedness Grant: Up to $1,000 per applicant – Contact Be Noble through the link below to apply or at 260.636-3800.
Visit https://onenobleco.com/workforce-readiness/

Workplace Preparedness Grants help recent graduates with a certification, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree to acquire the tools and supplies they need to begin work.  For example, an individual who receives a certification for welding may receive a Workplace Preparedness Grant to purchase appropriate safety gear such as a helmet and footwear.  A recent graduate is defined as an individual who has completed  a certification or degree in a field related to the areas of study listed below in the last 12 months and has accepted employment in northeast Indiana.

Students who are pursuing a degree or certification in the following fields are eligible:
~Fields related to Industrial Technology and Machine Tool Technology, such as Industry 4.0 – smart manufacturing, industrial automation and robotics, industrial maintenance, precision machining, welding technology, cybersecurity, information technology operations, networking, software development, computer science, design technology, electronics and computer technology, and engineering. (Source: Next Level Programs of Study)

~Fields related to Engineering Technology, such as advanced automation and robotics technology, computer science, cybersecurity, data analytics, design technology, electrical engineering technology, electronics and computer technology, engineering technology, industrial technology, informatics, information technology support, logistics and supply chain management, machine tool technology, manufacturing production and operations, mechanical engineering technology, network infrastructure, smart manufacturing and digital integration, or software development. (Source: Ivy Tech Community College Academic Programs)
~Technology education or technology leadership
~Sales or marketing
~Organizational leadership
~Entrepreneurship

Students who are pursuing a degree in the following fields are eligible:
~Fields related to Engineering and Industrial Technology such as automation engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, controls engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, computer and information technology, automation and systems integration technology, cybersecurity, data analytics, mechatronics, robotics, and industrial informatics
~Technology Education or technology leadership
~Sales or marketing
~Organizational leadership and supervision
~Entrepreneurship

Technical Educator Grants: Up $5,000 per educator per year – deadline to apply 3/17/2024 at 11 pm
Technical Educator Grants can support training, education, and professional development opportunities for technical educators and instructors living in Noble County.
The application to apply for this grant will open 1/19/2024 and conclude 3/17/2024 at 11 pm.  Contact Jennifer@cfnoble.org with questions.

 

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Contact Jennifer@cfnoble.org  or call 260.894.3335 with specific questions or inquiries.