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 colleges or universities in programs related to power engineering, wind or solar energy, or energy systems integration. Towards this end, each year ESIG may award up to two $3,000 scholarships to graduate or undergraduate students working on degrees in the areas of power engineering, wind/solar/storage technology, or energy systems integration. The scholarships cover a single academic year and are not renewable.
The scholarship program is named for Steve Gilbert, a long-time participant in ESIG who served on the ESIG Board of Directors and was Chair of ESIG’s Operations & Maintenance Users Group. Gilbert passed away suddenly in 2016 and the ESIG Board named the scholarship program in his honor.
To be eligible for scholarship assistance, a student must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. 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. A list of ESIG members can be found at https://www.esig.energy/membership/current-esig-members/.
The ESIG Board will determine the winner of each scholarship based on academic focus, grade point average and quality of the references as well as a short essay explaining why the student is pursuing a career related to power engineering, wind or solar energy, or energy systems integration. At its discretion, the Scholarship Committee may use financial need as a criterion for awarding scholarships. To apply:
- Complete the SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PACKAGE (linked here).
- Compose a short essay explaining why you are pursuing a career related to power engineering, wind or solar energy, or energy systems integration as well as why you are applying for this scholarship. The essay should include your participation in any extracurricular activities while in school and related 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 graduate or 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 the financial aid or bursars/cashiers office at their school. Due to IRS restrictions, no direct payments can be made to students. At the end of the academic year, recipients of scholarships will be asked to provide an update and short summary on what they studied and learned throughout the year.
Submit the application form and essay via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The 2019 scholarship deadline has passed.*
Questions should be directed to Sandy Smith, 865-218-4600 x6141, email@example.com.