ILMA Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program – Now Accepting Applications

Are you or someone you know looking for financial support for education? Spread the word! The ILMA Foundation offers scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students ranging from $3,500 to $5,000. Whether you’re studying STEM or have a passion for the lubricants industry, our program can help you achieve your academic goals. Family and friends of ILMA member company employees are eligible to apply. 

Scholarship applications may be submitted now through May, 31, 2024.

ILMA Foundation Scholarship

The general ILMA Foundation Scholarship is an award of $3,500 per year and is renewable annually based on maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Any rising or current undergraduate student may apply.

Elmer B. Cleves Scholarship

Elmer B. Cleves excelled both in the classroom and in athletic pursuits. The Elmer B. Cleves Scholarship will be awarded to a scholar-athlete who lettered in at least one varsity sport in high school, and who is going on to study science and/or entrepreneurship in college. The scholarship will provide $5,000 per year with a possible maximum of four years per student.

Taglia Scholarship

James A. Taglia is an ILMA Past President and served on the ILMA Board of Directors from 2000 to 2013. Taglia formed ILMA’s Industry Task Force, which initiated the signature testing program that helps enforce our Code of Ethics. The Taglia Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student, preferably majoring in chemistry, and preferably from the Taglias’ home states of Minnesota or Ohio. The scholarship will provide $3,500 per year.

Bob Jackson Award

A one-time award of $5,000 ($4,000 awarded at the beginning of research and $1,000 awarded after the research report summary is received by the ILMA Foundation), honoring ILMA Past President Bob Jackson for initiating the ILMA Scholarship Program. For graduate students only, to encourage the pursuit of a degree or career in tribology. Contact Tim Mack at to apply for the Bob Jackson award.

Help us spread the word about the ILMA Foundation scholarship opportunities! Download our scholarship flyer and share it with your employees, or post it at your company. The more awareness we raise about these scholarships, the more deserving students we can support and the greater impact we can have on our industry.

The ILMA Foundation is Making a Difference

ILMA Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Rachel Hauserman, shares her experience working at Afton Chemical for the past eight years.

“I hope this helps demonstrate just how valuable it is to provide STEM students with scholarships like this.”

Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2023-2024 ILMA Foundation scholarship recipients!

  • Luke Blandford

    Luke Blandford

    of Roanoke, VA is a freshman at the University of Tennessee studying Mechanical Engineering. His father, Nicholas Blandford, works for QualiChem.

  • Andrew Lin

    Andrew Lin

    of Whippany, NJ is a freshman at Cornell University studying Electrical Engineering. His father, Thomas Lin, works for Infineum.

  • Ethan Madnick

    Ethan Madnick

    of Dresher, PA is a sophomore at Penn State University studying Supply Chain Management. His mother, Sherri Madnick, works for Acme-Hardesty.

  • Claire Martin

    Claire Martin

    of Bloomfield Township, MI is a freshman at MIT studying Physics. She was referred to the scholarship program by a family friend, Benjamin Brown of BASF.

  • Luke Smallberger

    Luke Smallberger

    of Blue Bell, PA is a freshman at Temple University studying Mechanical Engineering. His mother, Alexandra Smallberger, works for Acme-Hardesty.

  • Natalie Westwood

    Natalie Westwood

    of Kingswood, TX is a freshman at Lehigh University, studying Materials Engineering. Her father, Alistair Westwood, works for ExxonMobil.

Cleves Scholarship Winner

  • Dylan Skaggs

    Dylan Skaggs

    of Fort Wayne, IN is a sophomore at Purdue University studying Business. His father, Steve Puffpaff, works for Bechem Lubrication Technologies.

Bob Jackson Award Winner

  • Jack Janik

    Jack Janik

    of Livingston, TX received a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Tribology at Auburn University. His research at Auburn aims to identify and model nanoparticle arc inhibiting mechanisms within lubricating fluids exposed to an electrical current.

Taglia Scholarship Winner

  • Leilani Co

    Leilani Co

    of Fairfax, VA is a freshman at Georgia Tech studying Chemical Engineering.

We need your support!

Contributions to the ILMA Foundation are an investment in our industry.

The ILMA Foundation has funded more than $650,000 in scholarships to 212 deserving young students, and has expanded its mission to include industry education and training programs. As we watch the “silver tsunami” of talent washing out the door — which only swelled during the pandemic — we know there aren’t enough young people with the STEM education and skills to fill the empty talent pools left in labs and on the shop floor. Attracting prospective workers to the lubricants industry is a big focus for the ILMA Foundation. You can play a part in this critical work by contributing today. Your tax-deductible contribution will empower the next generation of leaders and enable the ILMA Foundation to expand its reach and impact.