ACI Foundation

Fellowships & Scholarships

Serving the industry by establishing and distributing Fellowships and Scholarships to high potential students in concrete-related graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

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Fellowships & Scholarships Application

Middle East Fellowship Application

The deadline to submit an application is November 1, 2019.

Based on essays, submitted data, and endorsements, the Scholarship Council of the ACI Foundation will select scholarship and fellowship recipients who appear to have the strongest combination of interest and potential for professional success in the concrete industry.

What to know before you get started

 A single online application form will be used for all the fellowships and scholarships. After answering four questions, the form will automatically display the fellowships and scholarships for which you may be eligible. Before beginning the application have the answers ready for these four questions.

  • When submitting the application, what is your current educational status (undergrad, masters, or PhD)?
  • When the award year begins in Fall 2020, what will your status be (undergrad, masters, or PhD)?
  • (Fellowship applicants only) Following the application season, can you attend an interview at the Spring ACI Convention on March 29, 2020? Travel, registration, and hotel arrangements will be made through and paid for by the ACI Foundation.
  • (For certain fellowships) Can you fulfill a 10 to 12-week internship the summer before the award year?

 During the award year, you must be a full-time student for the entire school year.

 All applicants must submit the following five items.

  • Personal (e.g. contact information) and educational information.
  • A resume.
  • A 500-word essay.
  • Official transcripts: Read more about transcript submittal below.
  • Two endorsements, which are statements of evaluation of the applicant, in terms of potential for growth, character, leadership capacity and career interest.

Be prepared with the names and email addresses of your endorsers.

One endorser must be an ACI member (non-student) and the other should be an employer (if possible). Often, it is easier to locate and contact an ACI Faculty Member at your school. To search for an ACI Member or Faculty in your area, please visit the Member Directory.  Only ACI members can search the member directory. Not a member? Sign up! it’s free for students. If your professor is not an ACI member, joining the Faculty Network brings with it a free one-year ACI membership and you can suggest the professor join the Faculty Network. 

The proper protocol is to contact these individuals and get their commitment to write an endorsement before submitting their names and emails on the application. The online platform will contact these individuals directly for their endorsement. You can check on receipt of endorsement forms by logging on to the application platform. 

 Application data, resume, essay, endorsements, and transcripts must be in the English language.

 Resume must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Acrobat Adobe (.pdf) format.

 Remember to save your data during each session of the online application before closing the platform.

All application materials must be received by the application deadline. Except for official transcripts, all materials are to be submitted online. No hard copies will be accepted, except official transcripts.

The online application will automatically display the fellowships and scholarships for which the applicant may be qualified. Please select as many for which you wish to be considered.

 Awardees will be determined during the ACI Spring Convention and Exposition. Awardees will be notified shortly after the convention.

 

Important Information for Fellowship Applications

  • ACI Foundation Fellowships can be awarded to international students; however, you must attend a U.S. or Canadian university during the award year.
  • Some of the Fellowships expect the awardee to complete a 10- to 12-week internship the summer prior to beginning the award year.
  • Those applicants chosen as a finalist for an ACI Foundation Fellowship will be notified by February 4, 2020 and must be available to attend an interview with the Scholarship Council on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the ACI Spring Convention. ACI Foundation will pay for the flight, hotel, registration, and will include a stipend.
  • All applicants must be proficient in the English language. If English is not your native language, a written statement must be attached to this application attesting this proficiency.
  • The educational stipend is paid in two equal installments over the course of one year directly to the student to cover expenses related to tuition, room and board, books, student fees, etc. Receipt of stipends is contingent upon attendance at scheduled ACI Conventions during the award year.
  • Fellowship awardees are expected to submit a written report near the end of their fellowship period describing the value of the Fellowship to their development and to their preparation for their chosen career after graduation.

Important Information for the ACI Middle East Fellowship Applications

  • ACI Foundation Fellowships can be awarded to international students; however, you must attend a university in the Gulf Cooperation Council region during the award year (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates).
  • Those applicants chosen as a finalist for an ACI Foundation Fellowship must be available to attend an interview with the Scholarship Council on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the ACI Spring Convention. ACI Foundation will pay for the flight, hotel, registration, and will include a stipend. You must apply and receive a visa from your country in order to attend the ACI Convention. 
  • All applicants must be proficient in the English language.If English is not your native language, a written statement must be attached to the application attesting this proficiency.
  • The educational stipend is paid in two equal installments over the course of one year directly to the student to cover expenses related to tuition, room and board, books, student fees, etc. Receipt of stipends is contingent upon attendance at scheduled ACI Conventions during the award year.
  • Fellowship awardees are expected to submit a written report near the end of their fellowship period describing the value of the Fellowship to their development and to their preparation for their chosen career after graduation.

Important Information for Scholarship Applications

  • ACI Foundation Scholarships can be awarded internationally.
  • To be eligible for an ACI Foundation Graduate Scholarship, you must be a full-time student, in at least your first or second year of graduate study, during the award year.
  • To be eligible for the undergraduate scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time undergraduate at the time of applying for and during the entire award year.
  • The scholarship cash stipend is paid in two equal installments over one year to the financial aid office of the institution where the study program will be pursued. These funds will then be deposited into the recipient’s university account.

Get started early! Applications can take weeks to complete.

Transcripts

The following requirements shall be met for all transcript submissions.

  • The applicant asks the university registrar to forward an official transcript to the ACI Foundation; ACI Foundation staff will receive the transcript and add it to the online application package. You will be notified by email when the ACI Foundation receives your transcript.
  • Transcripts shall be submitted for all undergraduate and graduate programs attended.
  • All transcripts must be original and official documents. Unofficial (i.e. not sealed, stamped or approved by the university/college) transcripts or copies of transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a version translated in English.
  • Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original transcripts. Translations shall be performed by a university, government official, or official translation service. The translation shall be attested or signed by the translator. Applicants may not submit self-translation.Courses must be described in detail. The general subject name (e.g., “mathematics”) is not sufficient; the particular subject (e.g., “differential equations,” “algebraic topology”) must be identified.
  • Transcripts shall include an explanation of the grading scale if different from the 4.0 scale used in the U.S. Translations shall include grades based on an A, B, C, D scale where A is 90-100, B is 80-89, C is 70-79, D is 60-69, and F is 59 or less.
  • Transcripts should be mailed or emailed directly from the university/college. Transcripts mailed by the student must be sealed in an envelope with a university stamp over the seal.
  • Many universities now provide official E-Transcripts. ACI Foundation will accept this form of transcript if it comes directly from your University with an official digital signature or stamp to Scholarships@concrete.org. ACI Foundation will not accept E-Transcripts sent directly from an applicant’s e-mail address. Review and acceptance of E-Transcripts will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Coordinator.
  • Transcripts shall reach the Scholarship Coordinator no later than the application deadline.
  • If mailed, transcripts shall be sent to:
    ACI Foundation
    Attn: Scholarship Coordinator
    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Any document, including transcripts, received by ACI Foundation becomes the property of ACI Foundation and will not be returned.

All ACI Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships can be withdrawn for failure to comply with any of the items above.

The applicant evaluation does not and shall not discriminate because of race, color, religion(creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

ACI Foundation Fellowships

Fellowships are offered to high-potential graduate and undergraduate students whose studies relate to concrete.

Fellowship recipients are eligible to apply and compete for these awards on a year-to-year basis, but must reapply each year, so long as they are still eligible.

All fellowship awardees are required to submit a written report near the end of their fellowship award period that describes the value of the fellowship to their development and preparation for their chosen career after graduation.

Fellowship recipients will receive the following:

  • $10,000 – $15,000 USD educational stipend for tuition, residence, books, and materials;
  • Appropriate recognition in Concrete Internationalmagazine and on the Foundation website;
  • Paid travel expenses and attendance fees to two ACI conventions (fellowship finalists must attend the Spring ACI Conventionto be interviewed where they have the option of being assigned a Convention Guide); and
  • Assistance in finding an industry mentor. 

Graduate Fellowships

ACI Presidents’ Fellowship

Awarded to graduate students enrolled  in a Master’s or Doctoral program in construction, design, education, or materials during the year of the award. No internship is required.

Daniel W. Falconer Memorial Fellowship

This award is named in memory of ACI’s former Managing Director of Engineering. This award will be given to a graduate student studying structural engineering with an emphasis on reinforced concrete design.  An internship in the ACI Engineering Department at the American Concrete Institute in Farmington Hills, Michigan is offered, but is not mandatory.

Tribute to the Founders Fellowship

Awarded to graduate students enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in construction, design, education, or materials during the year of the award. An internship is not required.

Barbara S. and W. Calvin McCall Carolinas Fellowship

Awarded to graduate students in construction, design, education, or materials programs during the year of the award. No internship is required. The student should be an active member of the ACI Student Chapter at North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, or University of South Carolina Student Chapter, which are affiliated with the Carolinas Chapter. However, students in good standing with a university in North Carolina or South Carolina or an active member of an ACI Student Chapter in the United States will also be considered.

ACI Middle East Fellowship

Awarded to graduate students in construction, design, education, or materials programs during the year of the award and interested in a career in practice or education. No internship is required.

Applicants must attend a university in the Gulf Cooperation Council region: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

 

Graduate & Undergraduate Fellowships

ACI Foundation Concrete Materials Fellowship NEW!

A new fellowship for students studying and pursuing a career in concrete materials. The award is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in the area of concrete materials (any of the principal ingredients that make up a concrete mixture) for application in the fields of new construction or repair and rehabilitation. No internship is required.

Cagley Student Fellowship

Awarded to undergraduate students or graduate students enrolling in a Master’s program with an interest in design. An internship is required and served working in a design environment in the office of Cagley & Associates in Rockville, Maryland.

Charles Pankow Student Fellowship

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students. Awardees must participate in an internship in a construction environment prior to the award year. An internship is required and usually served with Charles Pankow Builders, LTD, or on a Pankow project site.

Darrell Elliot Louisiana Fellowship

Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in construction, design, education, or materials programs during the year of the award. No internship is required.

The student should be an active member of the ACI Student Chapter at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which is affiliated with the Louisiana Chapter. But students in good standing with a university in Louisiana or an active member of an ACI Student Chapter in the United States will also be considered.

Don Marks Memorial Fellowship

Awarded to undergraduate students or graduate students enrolling in a Master’s program with an interest in construction. The Don Marks Memorial Fellowship provides support to students seeking a builder’s “hands-on” career in the concrete construction industry. No internship is required.

Undergraduate Fellowships

Baker Student Fellowship

Awarded to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year with an interest in a career in the construction industry and studying in a civil engineering, structural engineering, or construction industry management program. Internship is required and usually served at Baker Concrete Construction or on a Baker project site.

Elmer Baker Student Fellowship

Awarded to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year with an interest in a career in the construction industry and studying in a civil engineering, structural engineering, or construction industry management program. Internship is required and usually served at Baker Concrete Construction or on a Baker project site.

Richard D. Stehly Fellowship

Named for former ACI President Richard Stehly.  It is awarded to undergraduate students with a study program in the area of concrete with an emphasis on structural design, materials, or construction. Approximately half of the application essay must describe the applicant’s personal activities to promote sustainability in their community. Essays that do not describe the applicant’s sustainability activities will not be considered. No internship is required.

Questions?

Please contact Foundation staff at scholarships@concrete.org or +1.248.848.3737.

ACI Foundation Graduate Scholarships

The ACI Foundation offers scholarships for eligible graduate students whose studies relate to concrete.

Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • $5,000 educational stipend for tuition, residence, books, and materials; and
  • Appropriate recognition in Concrete Internationalmagazine and on the Foundation website.

Graduate Scholarships

ACI Scholarship

Established by the ACI Foundation’s Scholarship Council and receives funding through generous contributions by members of ACI. This award is granted based on the availability of contributions received.

Bertold E. Weinberg Scholarship

Named in 2003 to recognize Mr. Weinberg, a past ACI Foundation Scholarship Council Chair.

Katharine & Bryant Mather Scholarship

Established in 1988 to honor Katharine and Bryant Mather for their exceptional contributions to the knowledge of concrete. Initial funds were contributed by the sponsoring committee of an international symposium held in 1987 to honor the Mathers. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mather, deceased, were Honorary Members of ACI and Mr. Mather served as President in 1964. Continuing funding is provided by a gift from the Mather estate. The scholarship is for graduate study in the field of concrete.

Schwing America Scholarship

Established by Schwing America, Inc. Recipients must have a strong combination of interest and ability to work in the concrete construction industry.

Stewart C. Watson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to graduate students with a focus in the field of joints, bearings or seismic systems for concrete structures.

  1. Gene Corley Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Corley was recognized as an industry leader among those in the structural engineering community for several decades. This scholarship will be awarded to graduate students in the field of concrete with an interest in forensic engineering and the behavior and design of concrete structures.

Undergraduate Scholarship

The ACI Foundation offers a scholarship for an eligible undergraduate student whose studies relate to concrete.

Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • This undergraduate scholarship consists of an educational stipend of $5000 (U.S.) for tuition, residence, books, and materials; and
  • Appropriate recognition in Concrete Internationalmagazine and on the Foundation website.

Richard D. Stehly Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution of higher education. The undergraduate study program shall be in the area of concrete with an emphasis on structural design, materials, or construction. Approximately half of your essay mustdescribe your personal activities to promote sustainability in your community. Essays that do not describe your sustainability activities are not considered. No internship is required.

 

Other Association Scholarships

American Coal Ash Association Educational Foundation

The American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) Educational Foundation is a financially self-sustaining, not-for-profit organization which promotes understanding of CCP management and utilization through communications and outreach initiatives that are aimed at government and industry decision makers and the public too. Foundation initiatives consist of awarding university level scholarships, development and distribution of educational materials, financial support for research, and sponsorship of CCP forums. Please visit the ACAA website for more information: www.acaa-usa.org/About-ACAA/Educational-Foundation.

 

Architectural Precast Association

Tom Cory was a founding member of the APA and in his honor, the APA developed the Tom Cory Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to one deserving student in an architecture program. If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact us at https://www.archprecast.org/tom-cory-scholarship/.

 

Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association

ARMCA is offering one scholarship for $1000 to a student who meets the requirements that follow: 1) attend a college or vocational educational institution; 2) high school graduate; and 3) child, grandchild, adopted child, or stepchild of an employee of a current member of the Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association (both ready mix producer and associate members). Visit their website at https://concretearkansas.org/Scholarships for more details or to apply.

 

CRSI Education & Research Foundation Scholarship Programs

The CRSI Education & Research Foundation is offering two types of scholarship programs to students seeking their degrees in civil engineering, civil engineering technology, construction engineering, construction technology, construction management, architectural engineering, or in a related educational program.

The Employee and Industry Scholarship program is available for full-time employees of member companies of CRSI, as well as children and spouses of full-time employees of member companies, and CRSI staff.

The Undergraduate Scholarship program is available to senior-level students majoring in civil or architectural engineering, and seeking their Bachelors (BS) Degree.

Please visit the CRSI Education & Research Foundation website at www.crsi-foundation.org/index.cfm/scholarships/programs for information and application forms. Visit the CRSI Foundation website for applications deadlines.

 

National Precast Concrete Association Foundation

For more than two decades, the NPCA Foundation has provided educational scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in civil engineering, architectural and construction-related cirricula. The Foundation’s mission is to support the growth and enhance the development of the precast concrete industry by providing opportunities using educational initiatives and incentives. Please visit the NPCA Foundation website for more information: https://precast.org/foundation/scholarships/.

 

Portland Cement Association Research Fellowship

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation offers a Research Fellowship Program to identify and attract outstanding candidates in the field of engineering and the physical sciences and provide them with the necessary support to complete their studies. PCA offers fellowships in the following areas:

Cement Manufacturing
Concrete Technology
Residential
Public Works
Masonry
Engineered Structures

Innovative projects in other areas of cement and concrete technology will also be considered.

Please visit the PCA website for more information on applying for these fellowships:
www.cement.org/research/res_fellowship.asp

 

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

The mission of PCI Research and Development includes identifying, funding, and executing programs necessary to advance the industry. Included in this mission is the following two fellowships:

For each fellowship awarded, an industry advisory committee is formed. This committee is available for consultation and guidance relative to standard practices in the industry. The student and advising professor get unique access to industry professionals throughout the progress of the project.

Proposals for each fellowship must be submitted electronically to Roger Becker.

 

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