ESIG Scholarship Program – Energy Systems Integration Education
One of the goals of the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) is to further the education of students enrolled in accredited college or vocational schools in programs related to power engineering, energy systems integration, renewable energy and the maintenance of wind turbines or solar generation equipment. Towards this end, each year ESIG may award up to five scholarships. Up to three (3) $2,000 scholarships are granted to students enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited engineering school who are pursuing a career in power engineering with a focus or major on renewable energy or energy systems integration. Up to two (2) $1,000 scholarships may be granted to students enrolled in an accredited wind or solar power plant technician program.
To be eligible for scholarship assistance, a student must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited trade school or college in the United States or Canada in a field of study leading to a career related to utility power engineering or operation and maintenance of utility-scale wind or solar generation equipment. Applications from students in other countries will be considered if the student can list as a reference an employee at an ESIG member organization in that country.
The ESIG Board of Directors will determine the winner of each scholarship based on grade point average and the quality of the applicant’s references and a short essay explaining why the student is pursuing a career related to renewable energy or energy systems integration. At its discretion, the Scholarship Committee may also use financial need as a criterion for awarding scholarships. To apply,
- Complete the attached SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PACKAGE (Download Scholarship Application)
- Compose a short essay explaining why you are pursuing a career related to renewable energy or energy systems integration as well as why you are applying for this scholarship. The essay should also include a discussion of your participation in any extracurricular activities while in school, relevant work experience as well as future educational and career plans. The essay should be approximately 500 words and no longer than 1000 words.
Please note that the engineering scholarships will be targeted towards students enrolled in undergraduate programs. It is expected that recipients will maintain their academic major during the term covered by the scholarship. You should be prepared to provide, upon request, a transcript to verify grade point average. Incomplete applications, as well as those submitted without an essay, will not be accepted. Applicants selected to receive scholarships will have the scholarship checks sent directly to their school’s financial aid or bursars/cashiers office at their school. Due to IRS restrictions, no direct payments can be made to students.
Mail the application form and essay to:
Energy Systems Integration Group, 620 Mabry Hood Road, Suite 300, Knoxville, TN 37932; or email to INFO@ESIG.ENERGY. The application deadline is March 1st of every year. Questions regarding this process should be directed to Sandy Smith, 865-218-4600, extension 6141, or emailed to SANDY@ESIG.ENERGY. You can also request a version of the application in Word format.