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Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program

In support of our mission and strategic vision to build a skilled and educated workforce in manufacturing and industry, Nordson Corporation created the Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program.

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The mission of Nordson BUILDS is to attract and develop a diverse, highly-skilled talent pool for careers in the manufacturing industry.  It is designed to help bright and motivated students access and complete postsecondary education by lessening the financial barriers of enrolling in college for many, and decreasing the loan burden for individuals that apply for financial aid.  Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible to receive a Nordson BUILDS Scholarship. 

Manufacturers need engineers, scientists, production technicians, lawyers, financial analysts, IT specialists, accountants, salespeople, marketing and human resource professionals: all types of bright and talented people to succeed. 

Nordson Corporation provides three categories of scholarships: Career & Technical, University Scholars, and Creating Equity in Industry. These manufacturing industry scholarships are targeted at individuals whose permanent residence or college is near a Nordson facility, and are pursuing majors in manufacturing, engineering-related STEM disciplines, or business leading to a career in industry and corporate America. Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 will be awarded to students planning to enroll or already enrolled in an accredited public or private not-for-profit postsecondary institution.

Selection will be based on an overall assessment of academic performance, leadership skills, character, community service, school involvement, and the applicant's career/college major fit.

Nordson Corporation has partnered with OFIC’s (Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges) Scholarship Management Resources (SMR), an independent scholarship services provider to manage the scholarship program, including selecting the recipients. This ensures a fair and objective-based selection process. The number of recipients will be determined by the number of applications received and the quality of the applications.

The Nordson BUILDS scholarship application is available online between January 15 and May 15 each year.  The deadline to apply is May 15.

Children/dependents of Nordson employees are also eligible to apply.

To access the application, go to:

Any questions may be forwarded to Brett Fields at OFIC at

Brett S. Fields, Manager, Scholarship Services at subject Nordson BUILDS
The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
250 E. Broad Street, Ste. 1700
Columbus, OH 43215-3722

Thank you in advance for your interest in the Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program.

Amonica Davis, Manager, Student Outreach
Nordson Corporation Foundation