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Scholarship Information

Since 1998, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®), leading global OEMs and Tier Suppliers, as well as the TPO supply chain have pooled their resources to create the SPE® Automotive TPO Engineered Polyolefins Global Conference, a dynamic, interactive, and cost-effective learning experience. The show highlights the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins (TPOs) as well as a growing range of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) throughout the automobile and in other forms of ground transportation.

The event has become the world’s leading automotive polyolefins forum and typically draws over 600 key decision makers and some of the world's foremost authorities on transportation polyolefin applications, economics, and market trends. As such, it provides excellent networking opportunities with key members of the automotive TPO, TPE, & TPV supply chain, and the opportunity to learn about designing lighter, less costly automotive components using the latest technologies and applications for these versatile materials.

For many years now, the Conference Committee has set aside a yearly scholarship fund from the Conference’s proceeds for applicants that are undergraduate and graduate students attending an approved college or university anywhere in North America. The amount of the scholarship fund ranges from $2,500 to $5,000. It is awarded to candidates doing research work on an independent project featuring rigid or flexible polyolefins (TPOs). The development work may involve TPO materials development, processing, painting, additives to enhance properties, bonding of TPO materials or any related studies involving TPO.

Student candidates interested in applying for our scholarship should fill out the Application Form and also submit a one-page description of the proposed work, expected results and candidate’s credentials. All applicants must be in good standing with their colleges or universities at the time they apply for the scholarship.

Deadline for submitting an application is August 25, 2017 along with a PowerPoint presentation for review by September 15, 2017. It should be sent via e-mail to Karen Rhodes-Parker, SPE Detroit Section Administrative Assistant ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Phone Number: 248-244-8993).  Once confirmed, the scholarship winner(s) are expected to write a paper (research report) and publish their findings at the 2017 SPE Automotive TPO Global Conference.