About SME Foundation

SME established the SME Foundation in 1991 as a Colorado-based nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization.

The mission of the SME Foundation
is to attract and leverage resources for a sustainable mining industry through education and outreach. The SME Foundation fulfills its mission by supporting projects that disseminate mining/mineral information and technology worldwide; encourage professional development; educate children, teachers, and the public about the significant role that the minerals industry plays in their everyday lives; build consensus for a strong, environmentally sound minerals industry in the United States and the world; and support of college-level students and programs meeting industry demands for engineers and researchers in the future.

The SME Foundation's vision is to inspire the next generation to meet the needs of a mineral dependent future for a better world. This will be done by focusing on Outreach, Education and Fundraising.

The SME Foundation functions to help raise funds for outreach programs for K-12 science classroom education, scholarships for students to study various mining engineering and geology fields and programs to inform the public about the importance of mining in everyday lives.


Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
PhD Fellowship Program
Academic Career Development Grant Program
Professional Engineers Committee
Mining in Society Merit Badge
Miners Give Back Program
SMEF General Endowment Fund
Syd S. Peng and Felicia F. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award


JH Fletcher & Co Engineering Scholarship 
Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship
Stantec/McIntosh Engineering Scholarship 
MMSA/SME Presidential Scholarship
Syd S. Peng and Felicia F. Peng Ground Control in Mining Scholarship
Raja V. and Geetha V. Ramani Graduate Students Award
George V. Weisdack Memorial Scholarship

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