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October 1 Deadline for NADCA Scholarship Applications

The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) is continuing to provide internship and scholarship opportunities to college engineering students. The deadline for the David Laine Internship & Socholarship applications is October 1, 2023.


"The program provides scholarships to college students that have interned with die casting companies/companies that are suppliers to the die casting industry," said a NADCA spokesperson. "In 2022, the David Laine Intern and Scholarship Program awarded 13 students with scholarships ranging from $1,500-$5,000. Students are eligible to apply each year of their undergraduate studies if they have worked in the industry during that year. We have had some Laine Scholarship recipients who have received scholarships three years in a row."


NADCA President Stephen Udvardy said, “To be considered for a David Laine Scholarship, applicants must meet specific criteria, one of which is having worked at a die casting company or supplier to the die casting industry for at least three months within the past 12 months. Receiving a Laine Scholarship award encourages early undergraduate college students to continue to work in our industry (often with the same company) and consider die casting as a career path. This is the real significance of the scholarship program and our return on investment comes when students choose die casting as a career. We would love to extend scholarships to more students in the 2023 cycle.”


The scholarship program was established in 1975 as a tribute to David Laine, who served for 29 years as secretary of the American Die Casting Institute (ADCI), a forerunner of NADCA. Laine was instrumental in many advancements for the benefit of the die casting industry, including the development of a safety program, which was adopted by the institute in 1945. He also helped develop the Die Casting Research Foundation. Laine provided vigorous representation for the die casting industry in Washington, D.C., speaking out for the programs and legislation that would best serve not only the die casting industry, but the numerous industries it serves. His leadership and service to the industry were widely recognized. Among the many honors awarded him were ADCI’s Doehler Award in 1952, a special citation from the institute in 1969 marking 25 years of dedicated service, as well as an Honorary Life Membership in the Society of Die Casting Engineers.


Graduate engineering students interested in learning about the Steven J. Harmon Scholarship, click here.


Students may register to visit NADCA’s Die Casting Congress & Tabletop show floor for free.

To join NADCA on Sept. 19-21 in Grand Rapids, MI for the Die Casting Congress & Tabletop, click here.


2022 Winners Interned at:

Cascade Die Casting Group

Cast Products, Inc.

Fort Recovery Industries

Light Metal Casting Center

Mercury Marine


Production Castings Inc.

RCM Industries




2022 Scholarship Recipients Attend: 

Edison State Community College

Georgia Southern University


McMaster University

Missouri University of Science & Technology

Pittsburg State 

Southcentral Community and Technical College

The Ohio State University

University of Florida

University of Illinois Chicago

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

University of North Florida




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