ACerS Scholarships

The American Ceramic Society Sections, Divisions and Classes offer many student scholarships, awards and contests. Please contact the individual listed or visit the appropriate web site for additional information.

ACerS Electronics Division Hoffman Scholarship

The Hoffman Scholarship is an undergraduate tuition scholarship in memory of Dr. Lewis C. Hoffman, former chair and trustee of the Electronics Division, a Dupont Fellow and one of the pioneers in the incorporation of ceramics/glass science and engineering in the area of thick film microelectronic circuits technology.

The award consists of $2000 plus a memorial plaque, to be given at the annual meeting of The American Ceramic Society.

Selection Factors:

  • Undergraduate Junior Standings
  • Total GPA, Science Course GPA
  • PSAT/SAT/ACT Scores, if available
  • Faculty Advisor Recommendation Letter
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • An essay of 500 words on a particular topic

Please provide all the above information on paper. Faculty recommendation letter may be mailed separately.

ACerS New Mexico Section Undergraduate Ceramic Achievement Award

Full time students who have completed sophomore or junior level science or engineering curriculum at a New Mexico college or university may apply for this scholarship (award amount determined each year). Submission requirements: application form, transcript, 1 letter of recommendation, 3 references, essay on ceramics, ceramic careers, or ceramics research, 2 – 4 pages.

ACerS New Mexico Section Graduate Student Research Award

Full time students who are currently in a masters or doctorate program in a physical science or engineering field at a New Mexico college or university may apply for this scholarship (award amount determined each year). Submission requirements: application form, transcript, 1 letter of recommendation, 3 references, extended abstract (2-4 pages) on scientific research (ceramics research will be given preference) that may be presented at a New Mexico Section meeting.

The Pennsylvania State University’s Ceramic Science and Engineering Program

The Pennsylvania State University’s Ceramic Science and Engineering Program offers numerous scholarships, totaling over $30,000 per year, to students enrolled in ceramic science and engineering at Penn State. The scholarships are based primarily on merit, but some also have a demonstrated financial need criteria. Students must file a financial need form and an application in March of each year to be considered in the next round of scholarship awards. All of the scholarship awardees are selected by a committee comprised of ceramic science and engineering faculty. Scholarship awards are made annually, generally in the summer just prior to the start of fall semester.

ACerS Pittsburgh Section J. Earl Frazier Memorial Scholarship

Awarded annually to a Junior enrolled in an accredited college or university working toward a degree in ceramic engineering, ceramic science, or materials science with a ceramic option. Applicant’s home residence must be within the geographical confines of the Pittsburgh Section (certain counties from Pennsylvania, Ohio, or West Virginia).

There are two main considerations in the selection of the recipient. They are academic proficiency and financial need, with both parameters given equal weight in the Committee’s decision. The scholarship is awarded at a minimum of $3,000 on a single grant basis, and is used to defray expenses during the recipient’s senior year. Interested applicants should contact:

Contact:
Curt Zimmer
302 Mattier Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
P: (412) 828-1081
F: (412) 469-3889
Email: c/o gmcintyre@anhrefractories.com

For more information about the scholarship requirements, visit the ACerS Pittsburgh Section web page.

Click here for an application. Deadline for applications is May 1.

ACerS Southwest Section – The Forrest K. Pence Memorial Scholarship Program
Students registered in a recognized two or four year program of ceramic engineering or other disciplines that are directly related to a professional career in the ceramic industry, and who evidence a sincere dedication and intent to begin a career in the ceramic industry following graduation, are invited to apply for this grant.

The applicant must have the following priorities:

  • Evidence of dedication to ceramic sciences and the ceramic industry
  • Scholastic record
  • Financial Need
  • Well rounded personal character
  • Interest in industries relevant to the Southwest Section
  • Should more than one applicant be deemed equally eligible, the permanent resident of the Southwest Section (AR, KA, LA, OK, TX, MS, AL, GA, TN, NC, SC & the border states of Mexico) will be selected.

Funding permitted, this scholarship is awarded twice yearly, with applications due by August 1 and/or December 1. Click here for a printable application.

ACerS Southwest Section – The Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship Fund
Students of a recognized two or four year program of ceramic engineering or ceramic materials science are invited to apply for a grant from this fund following their successful completion of their first (freshman) year. The applicant must enclose a recommendation from his/her department head or advisor and qualify according to the following criteria, listed in order of priority:

  • Evidence of dedication to ceramic sciences
  • Scholastic record
  • Financial Need
  • Well-rounded personal character
  • Should more than one applicant remain equally eligible, the applicants may be asked to supply additional information.
  • Should more than one applicant be deemed equally eligible, the permanent resident of the Southwest Section (AR, KA, LA, OK, TX, MS, AL, GA, TN, NC, SC & the border states of Mexico) will be selected.

Funding permitted, this scholarship is awarded twice yearly, with applications due by August 1 and/or December 1. For more information about either of the ACerS Southwest Section scholarships, contact David Cramer or by phone at (214) 631-0540.

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