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Structural Engineers Foundation Scholarships

The Structural Engineers Foundation (SEF) of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is currently accepting applications for the upcoming academic year for undergraduate and graduate students studying structural engineering at universities throughout the US. Applicants will be evaluated based upon scholarship, leadership and academic involvement . Up to four scholarships will be awarded, each in the amount of $2,000. One of the four scholarships, the Max Zar scholarship, will be awarded to students enrolled in a school in Illinois. We also have a scholarship directed for students of Hispanic descent. Scholarships are also available to graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrate exemplary qualities.  For more information, click here.

The SEF was established in late 1993 in recognition of the 75th birthday of the Structural Engineering Act of Illinois.  It was set up to provide financial support for the educational and charitable activities of the structural engineering profession, including items like scholarships, honoraria for lecturers and research grants.  The Foundation is funded by individual engineers, engineering firms and other businesses and organizations associated with engineering and construction.  SEF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and contributions are tax-deductible within the limits prescribed by tax laws.

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship

At Brown and Caldwell, we value diversity in the workplace, supporting organizations like the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. We've also set up the Minority Scholarship Program to help minority groups succeed in the environmental engineering industry.


  • Original deadline March 1st - The deadline has now been extended to March 31st.

  • United States citizen or permanent U.S. resident

  • Full-time student enrolled in his/her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college/university.

  • Declared major in Civil, Chemical or Environmental Engineering or one of the environmental sciences

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on a 5.0 scale) Member of Minority Group as defined by EEOC

Please go to Brown and Caldwell's website to apply.

The Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings Scholarship

The Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings (CCHRB) offers an annual scholarship of $5,000. This scholarship program supports eligible students at any college or university with an alumnus who serves as a member of the CCHRB. Click here to access the scholarship application.

Selection Criteria:

CCHRB will select the applicant(s) who have best demonstrated that they deserve to receive an award. In addition to an essay or proposal, the selection criteria include academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and financial need. No one criterion is more important than another.


The following criteria must be met:

1. The student’s area of study must be directly related to some aspect of the design, construction, operation, and/or rehabilitation of high-rise buildings.This includes, but is not necessarily limited to architecture, engineering, construction management, and real estate.

2. Graduate students are eligible; highly qualified senior and junior-level undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply.

3. The student must have at least one, and preferably two, semesters remaining.