We are incredibly thankful for the makers in the world. The cars we drive, the desks we sit at, the instruments we play, the houses we live in and more have all been created by those driven to make. As an abrasive manufacturer, Fintech Industrial Abrasives is in the business of making and we serve those who make things as well. We work with some of the largest woodworking, plastic, glass, stone, textiles, and metal finishing manufacturers in the country. We love helping people make things and we want to help the next generation earn the education they need to make even better things. 

This scholarship is open to university and college students, but it’s also open to those entering or attending trade schools. Electricians, plumbers, welders, mechanics, and construction workers help to make and maintain some of the most important tools and structures in society. It would be incredibly remiss of us not to celebrate those makers as well. 

Passion for Making Scholarship Overview

The Passion for Making scholarship is an annual $500 scholarship designed to promote craftsmanship. We’re looking for those who make things either professionally or leisurely to share their passion for creation with us. Students can detail what they create and why they enjoy it, or they can submit photos of a creation to us. Submissions can be in the form of: 

  • An essay

  • A photo

  • A video

  • An animation

  • A graphic

  • A poem

Students aren’t limited to the aforementioned media forms. Submissions will be accepted in other multimedia formats as well. Do you carve wooden sculptures? Have you built your own tiny home? Do you build model planes? Do you create your own clothing items? We’d love to see or hear about what it is that you’re passionate about making. 

Eligibility & Requirements

The Passion for Making scholarship is open to all US citizens entering or attending a university, college, or trade school in the United States as a full-time student. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. In addition to submitting a piece on creative passions, students must also submit a completed scholarship application form. The following materials need to be submitted to outreach@fintechabrasives.com by August 15th: 

  • A completed scholarship application form

  • A media piece (essay, poem, photo, video animation, etc.) demonstrating or explaining your passion for making

  • A certified copy of the student’s transcripts


  • The recipient of the Passion for Making scholarship will receive $500 to be used only for university, college, or trade school tuition and related educational expenses. 

  • The $500 check will be made payable to the recipient’s school. 

  • The application period for the scholarship ends August 15th. The award recipient will be notified of selection by September 7th. 

  • Students retain full ownership of their submissions. Fintech Industrial Abrasives will ask for permission to use submission content, the student's name, the student's school and/or pictures on the company's website and social media pages. 

Scholarship Deadline

Again, please note, all completed scholarship materials should be emailed to outreach@fintechabrasives.com by August 15th. Any submission emailed after August 15th will not be considered for selection for the current year, but may be considered for selection for the following year. 

Meet Our 2020 Scholarship Winner - Lila Bennett

Lila Bennett

Fintech Industrial Abrasives is proud to award Lila Bennett as the winner of our annual Passion For Making Scholarship. Lila is a maker through and through. She has been a maker and creator for as long as she can remember. Her presentations in grade school and up were far from average. Lila recalls rising above and beyond to put together scale models, replicas, and costumes to supplement her talking points. 

Her passion for creation continued in college at NC State, where she seized the opportunity to take every theatre class she could. Lila thrived as she learned the ins and outs of theatre from lighting to costume creation and set building. 

In 2007, Lila started her own pottery business and created a unique design known as “Puzzle Pots”, which she currently has trademarked. Lila experienced great success in her entrepreneurial endeavor and loved being able to create for a living. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lila’s pottery business was shut down and she decided to change her career path. Lila started attending Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute in April for an associates degree in electrical systems technology. Lila is working to become an electrician so that she can never be considered non-essential again. She has been nominated to become a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and will begin her apprenticeship in January. 

In her free time, Lila enjoys making costumes for cosplay. This year she started learning Arduino to add interactive electronic objects to her costumes. Featured below are samples of Lila’s work.

Lila Bennett's Art

All of us at Fintech Industrial Abrasives were thoroughly impressed with Lila’s creations and the breadth of her creative abilities. It is with great pleasure that we award Lila as the recipient of the 2020 Passion For Making Scholarship. We look forward to seeing what she’ll make for the world next.

Scholarship Privacy Policy

Fintech Industrial Abrasives strives to protect your privacy and safety. Below is an overview of the information collected and how that information is used. 

Personal Information

This site does not collect any personally identifying information about you aside from the information you knowingly and specifically provide to us via your scholarship submission. We do not share, trade, rent, or sell any of this information with non-related third parties. The information we receive is purely used to decide on a recipient for the scholarship. 


Please note that sending any type of data over the internet will never be completely secure. We work hard to keep your information protected, but we cannot guarantee the security of the data you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. 


If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please reach out to outreach@fintechabrasives.com