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Idaho State University’s Energy Systems Technology and Education Center receives $612,375 grant for student scholarships

July 7, 2015
ISU Marketing and Communications

At least 35 incoming students will receive funding to attend Idaho State University’s Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) beginning this fall, thanks to a $612,375 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program is funding ISU’s five-year Energy Systems Scholars Project, which will allow students to receive up to $4,000 per semester to earn an associate degree and pursue careers in the energy field. Scholarships are renewable for three semesters, and the project will also offer students the opportunity to work with faculty and alumni for work experience and career placement assistance. ESTEC’s overall job placement rate is more than 90 percent for recent graduates.

“We expect to recruit promising students from the ranks of recent high school graduates,” said Lawrence Beaty, ESTEC director. “The success of these students will help to create a broader career path for students interested in STEM careers. The successes of younger students in ESTEC programs will help to remove the stigma that can keep academically achieving students from seeking a two-year STEM degree, even one that has an excellent return on investment.”

The program specifically seeks academically promising students in Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Utah.

“We are very happy to have this opportunity to reach out to recent high school graduates and others with information about our great programs, and then to be able to offer them generous financial assistance to help make college affordable,” said Evan Smith, program coordinator for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, and Energy Systems Scholars Principal Investigator.

The ESTEC curriculum was developed in cooperation with utilities, national energy organizations, and national laboratories and their contractors. ESTEC has a strong market sector-based focus, industry involvement and intensive hands-on laboratory component.

“This NSF award provides the College of Technology with a unique opportunity to directly address the needs and interests of younger students for a high-quality education that can be completed in two years and that leads to a great career,” said College of Technology Dean Scott Rasmussen. “The proven energy systems programs offered through ESTEC, coupled with the financial assistance and support services of the Energy Scholars program, will be an attractive academic package for students and their parents.”

The Energy Systems Scholars program is currently seeking applicants for Fall 2015. The program will accept applications again for Spring 2016. To apply for a scholarship, visit https://isu.academicworks.com/opportunities/4860. Scholarship application forms can also be requested by email at estec@isu.edu.


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