FPEF Scholarships and Internships
FPEF Scholarships are available to students enrolled in an accredited U.S. or Canadian school with nine (9) credit hours or the equivalent, who have earned a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale cumulative and who are taking a minimum of one fluid power course. Letters of recommendation, an official transcript, and an essay are also required when submitting an application.
College Seniors/Graduating Applicants: Students graduating in May or June of the current year may not apply for a scholarship, unless enrolled in a four year school in the next (fall) semester. An acceptance or admission letter must accompany the application and the student must show enrollment and/or completion of at least one fluid power course.
Four-year school graduates are not eligible for this scholarship.
In addition to the online application, the following documents are needed to complete a scholarship application:
- An official sealed transcript proving you have earned a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- Three letters of recommendation (one letter from an individual in each category listed below)
– Fluid power, science, math or technology instructor
– Principal, dean or career counselor
– Non-related adult who knows you (outside your school)
- 450-500 word typed essay (dated and signed). The essay should cover:
– Why you chose to learn about fluid power (describe your career aspirations)
– What impact you think you can have on the fluid power industry
– Career goals/leadership roles/extracurricular activities
– Awards you have been given
– Community service
The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) awards free student membership to all FPEF Scholarship recipients.
Scholarships and Grants for IFPS Certification and Membership
Due to budgetary constraints, the FPEF is not able to offer grants for IFPS certification exams in 2016. FPEF hopes to offer these grants again in 2017.
Individual scholarships and grants are available to students, transitioning military personnel and college instructors/professors for one (1) IFPS Certification and one (1) year IFPS Membership. Funds are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Qualifications are listed below:
- Students – must be enrolled in a school that offers fluid power courses. How to apply.
- A student must take a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours or the equivalent and have a 3.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale cumulative.
– A student will need to submit an unofficial copy of their transcript, along with a letter of recommendation from a fluid power instructor or advisor.
– A student will need to submit a Certification Test Application indicating “FPEF Student Grant” in the payment section and has one-year in which to take the test.
- Transitioning Military - DD214 with honorable discharge needed. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- College Instructor/Professor - funds are available for a “first” IFPS certification; traditional fees will apply for additional certification tests. Proof of employment needed. E-mail email@example.com
- Need-based scholarships* – are available for both students and professionals. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
*Individual must supply proof of unemployment, family income must be less than 50% of their state medium income, and submit prior year’s tax return.
The Fluid Power Educational Foundation actively pursues both funding for its own educational initiatives as well as related funding opportunities for students and professionals in the fluid power industry. We are constantly searching for more possibilities which have content related to the study of fluid power and its associated technologies including mathematics, science, and motion control. If you would like FPEF to list your organization’s internship opportunities or scholarships, please email the secretariat.