Students with great ideas for improving material-handling systems could earn a $1,500 scholarship toward their education from Roseville, Mich.-based Ultimation Industries LLC, a conveyor technology and automation company.

“Technology, automation and innovation are transforming conveyor systems into a dynamic industry,” said Carol Barker, human resources manager of Ultimation Industries. “Through this scholarship program, we want to help students with great material-handling ideas to continue their education and ultimately contribute to our industry’s bright future.”

Ultimation Industries said it awards an annual scholarship of $1,500 to students enrolled in STEM programs in accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. The scholarship is a merit-based award given to the student who submits the most innovative idea in a material-handling area selected by the company. Two additional scholarships of $500 and $250 are awarded to the runners-up.

The 2019 scholarships will be awarded to students who submit innovative ideas for the automated loading and unloading of tractor trailer deliveries. Entries may consider systems that use both gravity roller conveyors and powered roller conveyors, Ultimation Industries said.

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and may be asked to provide proof of residence. Students must be high school graduates. All entries must be received by Dec. 15, 2019. Winners will be notified by Jan. 11, 2020, and will be selected based on the quality of the submission in relation to the scholarship focus area. All materials submitted become the property of Ultimation Industries, the company said.

For more information about the 2019 scholarship program, visit the Ultimation website at