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The Refractories Institute fires up scholarship program

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Do you know a student who could use 5,000 bucks and likes hot stuff?

We received the following announcement for a scholarship opportunity for students interested in refractories. It’s open to undergrads and graduate students.


The member companies of The Refractories Institute have established an academic scholarship program for the 2012-2013 academic year to support qualified students enrolled in degree programs who have exhibited an interest in refractory manufacturing through course work or other activities, and who might be considering a career in the refractory industry. TRI will award a limited number of scholarships based on academic merit and the applicant’s demonstrated experience and interest in the field of refractories. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of one time grants of $5,000 each, based on the review of applications and the judgment of the TRI Scholarship Committee and Board of Directors. Previous TRI Scholarship recipients are not eligible for further consideration.

Scholarships are available to college undergraduate or graduate students studying in North America who will be enrolled full time for the 2012-13 academic year in pursuit of an undergraduate or advanced degree in ceramic engineering, materials science or similar discipline. To be considered, interested individuals must submit a letter of application by the deadline below with the following information included or appended:

  • A resume that includes at a minimum the applicant’s mailing address, daytime, phone, e-mail, school, major, grade point average, anticipated date of graduation, part-time or summer employment, awards and recognitions, and extra curricular activities.
  • A letter describing the applicant’s interest in the field of refractories, including courses taken, papers written, research projects, summer or part-time employment, co-ops or work study programs, and any other information that might inform the Scholarship Committee’s deliberations.
  • A letter of recommendation from one of the following: department chairman, faculty advisor, or a professor familiar with the candidate’s academic experience and achievements, and confirming the applicant’s interest in refractories.
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s academic transcript.

Completed applications must be received by The Refractories Institute by March 30, 2012. The TRI Scholarship Committee will then review the applications and may require telephone or personal interviews with applicants at that time. Successful applicants will be notified, and scholarships awarded, in June 2012.

Completed applications must be submitted by mail or overnight delivery service to one of the following addresses:


The Refractories Institute 
P.O Box 8439
Pittsburgh, PA 15218


The Refractories Institute
325 Maple Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

For addition information, you may call (412) 244-1880,
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