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Structural Engineers Foundation Scholarships for 2012-2013

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I. Eligibility
A. Four scholarship categories are available:

  1. Undergraduate engineering scholarship
  2. Graduate engineering scholarship
  3. Max Zar Scholarship, awarded to an outstanding student pursuing his or her engineering studies in the State of Illinois
  4. Rubinos-Mesia Scholarship, named for Teresa Mesia Rubinos and Jacinto Rubinos, awarded to an outstanding engineering student of Hispanic descent.

An individual can apply for multiple categories of scholarships. The undergraduate scholarship is intended for students who will be entering the third or above year of an undergraduate program during the 2012-2013 academic year. The graduate scholarship is intended for students who will be entering or continuing a graduate program during the 2012-2013 academic year. For all categories, applicants must be currently enrolled in good standing in a civil engineering program or structural engineering program at a recognized university and plan to continue with a structural engineering specialization.

B. Students enrolled in structural engineering technology programs are eligible for the scholarships if they are eligible and qualified to take the Fundamentals of Engineering and Principles and Practice licensure exams in their home state upon graduation. (Excluding requirements for work experience as a condition for taking the Principles and Practices exam.)

C. Students enrolled in U.S. Military academies or ROTC programs are not eligible for these scholarships.

D. Scholarship funds may be applied to only to tuition expenses while continuing formal engineering education.

E. Previous recipients are not eligible.

II. Application
A. Applications are to be submitted to the Structural Engineers Foundation by April 30, 2012.

B. The application must include:

  1. the application form;
  2. a statement by the application of the reasons believed to justify the award to the applicant, specifically including plans for continuing formal education;
  3. official school transcript;
  4. minimum of two recommendations, including one from the applicant’s academic advisor, and one from another member of the civil or structural engineering faculty.

Applicants who are currently in their second year of an undergraduate program may substitute the essay that accompanied their college application in lieu of one recommendation from the civil engineering or structural engineering faculty.

C. Official transcripts may be sent under separate cover by the school. Recommendations must accompany the application form, and shall be placed in
an envelope by the faculty member with their signature affixed across the sealed

III. Selection
A. All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. This committee
will submit its recommendations to the Structural Engineers Foundation Board of
Directors for consideration.

B. The committee may recommend more than one recipient, or may recommend that
no award be made in a particular year if no outstanding applications are received.

C. Selection will be based on appraisal of applicant’s statement, education plans,
academic performance and potential for development and leadership.

IV. Awards
A. The amount of each award will be $2,000.

B. Recipients will be notified of selection by June 1, 2012.

C. Scholarship funds will be disbursed as a check payable jointly to the recipient and the recipient’s university.

“The Advancement of Structural Engineering..”
The Structural Engineers Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization established to advance structural engineering through education and research. The current and planned activities of the Foundation include:

  • Tuition scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in good standing in civil/architectural engineering programs (structural engineering specialization) at recognized universities.
  • Expense funds and honoraria to attract eminent experts to lecture on topics of interest to the profession of structural engineering.
  • Competitive awards to recognize outstanding scientific achievements in the field of structural engineering.
  • Sponsorship of scientific research intended to aid in the advancement of structural engineering.
  • Publication of reports, papers and books of special importance and significance to structural engineers.

The scholarship application deadline is  May 11, 2012.  Winners will be notified by June 1.

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.

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