To be eligible for an NWPA NTMA, applicants must: reside in Northwestern Pennsylvania (NWPA); be a graduating senior from a NWPA high school or have graduated high school or equivalent and are currently unemployed, underemployed, or an incumbent worker residing in NWPA; and must be accepted into a secondary institution or training facility to further their education relating to the manufacturing industry. Preference is given to an applicant who plans to pursue a certificate or degree in the fields such as, machining and CNC programming, mechanical, electrical, technical and/or precision engineering, industrial maintenance, robotics, metallurgy and material sciences.
In 1997, Hagan Business Machines of Meadville, Inc. partnered with NWPA NTMA to start a new Scholarship Fund. This fund was created to raise much needed monies for training in the tooling & machining industry. It is intended to raise awareness of the career opportunities at local industries and encourage students to pursue long-term careers in our area. Hagan Business Machines strives to support local business and talent and help keep resources in our area instead of some distant corporate headquarters.