In 1999 Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community. Haas is the owner Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983. Haas Automation is a now a billion dollar company and this extraordinary growth has all come in an era when American’s were being told that the United States doesn’t manufacture anything anymore. Those perceptions and decisions made in our education system regarding vocational education have lead to dire statistics. A recent report called “The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond” projects that, “Over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled, and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.”
GHF’s primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships for CNC machine technology students and NIMS credentials
Scholarships can be used for tuition, books, student’s personal NIMS account, cost of individual NIMS credentials and small personal tools the tools students are required by program to purchase.
Credit or non-credit (certificate) training is eligible for scholarships. Only public schools, 501 ©(3) private schools or the manufacturing program’s 501 © (3) foundation may apply. GHF does not grant funds to individuals or third party organizations to distribute the Gene Haas scholarships.
A specified amount of the funds, which will be written on the grant letter, can be used for sponsorship of a competition in which Individual Students or teams of students participate. Eligible are competitions that showcase Manufacturing and CNC Machining programs such as Skills CNC competitions, FIRST Robotics, racing programs such as SAE, Shell ECO and Solar car challenges .
After the grant closes each year, on 1/15 for secondary programs and 6/30 for post secondary the Gene Haas Foundation will divide the total amount of funds budgeted for that category of programs that year between the eligible programs. The funds will be distributed in approximately 8 weeks.
FUNDS CANNOT BE USED FOR ANY PRODUCT HAAS AUTOMATION MANUFACTURES OR SELLS.