Hypertherm

2020 'Spark Something Great' grant

Now in it's sixth, our 'Spark Something Great' educational grant has already helped 52 schools realize the benefit of teaching plasma cutting technology and applications with the most advanced and versatile system on the market today - the Powermax45® XP. Each grantee also received an AWS SENSE approved 'Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice' curriculum kit that includes everything needed to introduce students to  plasma cutting.

Due to an increase in grant applications, Hypertherm now offers 12 grant packages (increased from 10 in 2019). See below for more details, or download the program brochure.

We recently extended our submission deadline from April 1st to April 8th, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern. Offer valid in the US and Canada only.  

More grant details


School criteria

  • Schools must be located in the USA or Canada. Public high school or secondary school, post-secondary technical or vocational school, college, university or union training facility.
  • Offer welding or metal fabrication course(s) and agree to use Hypertherm-provided products to teach plasma cutting and gouging during each welding of metal fabrication introductory course.
  • Welding/fabrication program is stable and will continue to be offered in the foreseeable future.
  • Winning schools and Hypertherm agree to allow mention of each other in marketing and public relations activities including printed publications, social, online, and other media.

Selection process

Schools are selected on:

  • program need,
  • current access to plasma technology,
  • commitment to welding and metal fabrication education,
  • annual number of students who participate in the program,
  • instructor plans for the system, and
  • a student testimonial.

For more information, contact Betsy Van Duyne at (800) 643-0030 ext 1278, or betsy.vanduyne@hypertherm.com.

See what a previous grantee says

‘I like the curriculum kit because students learn what the consumables do, how they go into the torch, and where to look up cut charts so they load the right consumables — all before they put their hands on a live torch. This knowledge saves countless dollars on consumables, metal, system downtime, and repairs. And the curriculum is easy to teach and easy to use.'

- Joel Johnson, Associate Professor
North Dakota State College of Science