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 $1,000 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 $1,000 to be used only for university, college, or trade school tuition and related educational expenses. 

  • The $1,000 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. 

  • By accepting the scholarship, the student agrees to allow Fintech Industrial Abrasives the right to use the submission content, the student’s name, the student’s school and/or pictures of any of the above on the company’s website and other marketing materials. 

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.