In recent years, higher education has become a necessity for individuals that are interested in careers in manufacturing or other STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Unfortunately, the cost of tuition in these career pathways continues to grow year-over-year, which is why Women of Today’s Manufacturing (WOTM) and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois have come together to award scholarships to both men and women pursuing secondary education or technical training.


Women of Today’s Manufacturing (WOTM) has multiple scholarship and monetary investment/sponsorship programs supported by fundraising efforts:

  • WOTM Scholarships that are administered through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois provides:
    • Four $1000 annual scholarships are awarded to students who are studying manufacturing technologies; this scholarship has awarded $41000 in scholarships to 37 students since it was created.
    • One $2000 annual scholarship is awarded to a student attending the NIU Engineering program at Rock Valley College
  • Annual sponsorships are awarded to local robotics and lego teams, including Rockford Robotics, Metalheads, Stateline Robotics, Winnovation, and Flaming Monkeys; as well as local robotics events such as the Rock River Robotics Off-Season Competition (R2OC)
  • Reimbursements are awarded to members in good standing up to $500 per semester for educational expenses


The following criteria must be met to be an eligible Women of Today’s Manufacturing (WOTM) scholarship applicant:

  • Must be a resident of Ogle, Winnebago, Boone, or Rock Counties
  • Plans to attend college, university, or trade/technical school
  • Has the ability to demonstrate how coursework will impact manufacturing technology in the region

To apply, please visit the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois website:

Download the associated flyer:

Learn how to make a donation to the Women of Today’s Manufacturing (WOTM) scholarship fund at our donate page.

Congratulations to our previous scholarship recipients!

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Zachary Bennett—Rockford Christian High School

Maxwell Fox—Harlem High School

Grace Mongan—Oregon High School

Adam Bohn—Hononegah High School

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Payton Staman—Hononegah High School

Corbin Gustafson—Belvidere North High School

William Snedegar—Auburn High School

Cole Skadeland—Hononegah High School

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Benjamin Walbaum—Belvidere North High School

Christopher Rademacher—Polo Community High School

Nathan Koch—Pecatonica High School

Ryan Swanson—Pecatonica High School

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Jeremy Kaszycki—Bradley University

Ryan Swanson—Pecatonica High School

Justin Gates—Rock Valley College

Collin Schohn—Belvidere High School