The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded $264,150 to Idaho State University’s College of Science and Engineering and its College of Technology for student scholarships during the 2010-11 academic year.
ISU’s Nuclear Education Scholarship Program will receive $172,150 for eight undergraduate scholarships in the areas of nuclear engineering and health physics. That includes $159,120 for typical expenses like tuition, fees, health insurance and stipends and $13,030 for educational opportunities outside the university environment.
Students must be U.S. citizens, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall and in major) and maintain full-time student status and matriculation in the ISU Nuclear Engineering baccalaureate program. Applicants must provide a personal statement of career interests and goals, recommendation letters and lists of extracurricular activities. Financial need and extraordinary circumstances are considered.
The College of Technology’s Nuclear Education Scholarship Program will also receive a grant of $89,000, which will pay for 14 scholarships in the college’s Energy Systems Technology Program. About 10 of the scholarships will be awarded to continuing students, while the remaining will be used to recruit new students. Scholarship recipients will be able to attend a nuclear energy conference as part of their award.
This is the second consecutive year the university will receive both grants. A total of 15 students will earn scholarships in nuclear engineering and health physics during the 2010-11 academic year with the help of two years of grants. Fourteen students in the College of Technology received scholarships in 2009.
“It’s a very exciting time in the world of nuclear science and engineering,” said Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, ISU assistant professor of nuclear engineering, in a news release. “NRC-funded scholarships are just one more indication that people with a solid background in nuclear are sorely needed. At ISU, our students receive a great education in an accredited program and upon graduation are rewarded with numerous job opportunities.”