Refractories group offers outstanding scholarship opportunity | The American Ceramic Society

Refractories group offers outstanding scholarship opportunity

Looking for some major educational assistance in a field that is begging for engineers? Then you don’t want to miss this offering!

The member companies of The Refractories Institute have an excellent academic scholarship program for the 2011-2012 academic year to support qualified students enrolled in degree programs who have exhibited an interest in refractory manufacturing through their course work or other activities, and who might be considering a career in the refractory industry. (Here’s a tip: Qualified applicants have a very good chance of winning one of the scholarships!)

TRI says it will award a limited number of scholarships based on academic merit, the applicant’s demonstrated experience and his or her interest in the field of refractories. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of one time grants of $5,000 each. Institute officials say the final decision on awards will be 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.)

Here is the fine print: Scholarships are available to college undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled full time for the 2011-2012 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 March 31, 2011 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.

One final note is the the TRI may give preference to students enrolled in a North American program or North American students attending an “outside of North America” program, based on number of applications received.

After March 31 application deadline, the TRI Scholarship Committee will review the applications and may require telephone or personal interviews with applicants. Successful applicants will be notified, and scholarships awarded, in June 2011.

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

The Refractories Institute (via mail):
P.O Box 8439, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

The Refractories Institute (via courier delivery)
325 Maple Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218

For addition information, (412) 244-1880 or send an e-mail to