Hypertherm Accepting Applications for Educational Grant

Hypertherm is seeking applications from secondary schools and colleges for its Spark Something Great educational grant program. And the winning schools will receive the newest generation of plasma cutting equipment and training.

The Spark Something Great program is designed to support the education of the next generation of welders and metal fabricators. Hypertherm plans to award 12 North American schools with Powermax45 XP plasma systems and in-person training in 2021.

“Although many programs are limited to online instruction only because of the pandemic, we want to ensure teachers have the resources they need to make up lost ground once students return to the classroom,” said Betsy Van Duyne, who manages Hypertherm’s educational program. “This grant will provide 12 schools with a highly capable system, giving teachers the flexibility to teach both handheld and mechanized cutting, as well as applications such as gouging, flush cutting, and marking with air plasma.”

Now in its seventh year, Spark Something Great has awarded systems to 64 schools. In addition to funding the grant program, Hypertherm will continue to provide teachers a free download of its AWS SENSE approved Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice curriculum, available at

Hypertherm is accepting applications for Spark Something Great through April 2, and grant decisions will be announced by May 3. For more information, including application instructions, visit