The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council announces a call for applications for grants to higher education institutions supporting student tours of glass manufacturing facilities. 

September 3, 2019 – The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) announces a new grant program supporting student tours of glass manufacturing facilities.  GMIC is now accepting applications from higher education institutions for grants to support glass manufacturing facility tours.  

The glass manufacturing industry faces challenges in attracting capable, technically trained students to careers in glass manufacturing.  GMIC has found that students become significantly more interested in glass manufacturing careers after they tour glass manufacturing facilities and see glass melting and forming on an industrial scale.  To encourage such tours, GMIC is making available grants to underwrite the expenses incurred by higher education institutions that offer glass manufacturing tours.

“Student tours of manufacturing facilities provide a view behind the scenes of the highly diverse opportunities in the glass industry,” says GMIC president Martin H. Goller, of Corning.  “They provide a spark for unexpected career paths and provide a great opportunity to learn the broad needs of engineering and manufacturing skills that are in demand in our field.”


Grants are available to post high school education institutions, such as universities and colleges.

Grants are for tours of glass manufacturing facilities.  Such facilities would include industrial glass melting and forming plants, as well as glass technical centers.  Tours that include museum visits must also include industrial facility tours.

Tours must be for post high school level students.  These students may be of any technical major, such as materials science, mechanical engineering, glass, etc..  Students may be of any class level, such as, freshman, senior, or graduate.


Applications must be filled out electronically online at

The application will ask for pertinent information, including: Institution, instructor, tour conductors, class or activity description, type of students attending (major, rank, etc.), facilities to be toured, number of students participating, a budget, where to pay grant to, and other information.  See online application for complete details.

Applicants must have obtained permission to tour facilities in advance of submitting proposals.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 4, 2019, Noon Eastern Time. 


  • Recipients of grant awards will be notified by December 1, 2019.
  • Awards will be paid to institutions in advance of tours.
  • Tours must be conducted before December 31, 2020.
  • Tours must be of the facilities indicated in the application.
  • Students are required to fill out a post tour evaluation supplied to the institution by GMIC.
  • Institutions have 60 days after the tour to return documentation, including an accounting of expenses and student evaluations.



Anytime up to December 31, 2020 – TOUR DATES

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 4, 2019, Noon Eastern Time. 


CONTACT INFORMATION:  For additional information or for questions, contact Kerry Ward, Executive Director at [email protected] or+1-773-383-3142