Scholarships Available to Students Interested in an Energy Career

Looking for a Scholarship, Internship, or Research Grant? The American Public Power Association (APPA) awards several types of scholarships each year to university students as part of its Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program. Below is a brief synopsis of the scholarships they offer: 

  • Ten, $4,000 Student Research Grants/Internships:
    • Ten, $4,000 student research grants/internships are awarded each year to undergraduate/graduate university students to conduct research on a project or work as an intern in conjunction with a DEED member electric utility who mentors the student. Up to $1,000 in travel funds are included to attend an applicable industry conference. A mid-project report, final report, and abstract are required. Annual Application Deadlines: February 15 and October 1
  • One, $5,000 Technical Design Project
    • DEED awards one Technical Design Project each year to a student or group of students studying in an energyrelated discipline, especially engineering students working on their senior project. The student(s) academic advisor must approve the project and a mid-project report, final report, and abstract are required. Travel expenses (up to $3,000) are included in this grant for the student(s) to present their work at APPA’s Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held each spring. Annual Application Deadline: October 15
  • Ten, $2,000 Educational Scholarships
    • These scholarships are available to high school seniors, high school graduates, and college undergraduates interested in a technical career in the electric utility industry. We support students pursuing majors that are in short supply and high demand by public power utilities. The student’s application must be sponsored by a DEED member who will act as a mentor to the student. Annual Application Deadline: February 15 and October 15

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