The U.S. scrap recycling industry is a sophisticated industry that completes the recycling chain between obsolete materials and new manufacturing. The industry itself is both labor and mechanically intensive, as scrap recyclers take old and new scrap metal, paper, plastics, electronics, textiles, glass, and rubber, and sort it into tradable and highly-valued commodities that manufacturers use as raw material to make new products. Scrap recyclers process more than 130 million tons of recyclable material each year into raw materials used in manufacturing around the world. For more than 200 years, scrap recycling has been, and continues to be, integral to the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development.
1. The applicant must be admitted to an accredited graduate educational institution as listed by the U.S. Department of Education at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx. Furthermore, the applicant must be taking courses toward a graduate or doctoral program.
2. Board Members of the Recycling Research Foundation and their dependents, as well as employees of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. and their dependents are not eligible to receive the scholarship.
3. The applicant should be studying in one of the following fields listed below. However, if the applicant's field of study is not listed and he or she feels it should be included, an application may still be submitted, provided it includes an essay answering how the field of study is applicable to the industry as a whole.
A) Architectural Engineering and Construction Science
B) Chemical Engineering
E) Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engineering
F) Environmental Engineering
H) Industrial Design
I) Industrial Engineering
J) Industrial Technology
L) Manufacturing Engineering
M) Material Science
N) Mechanical Engineering
O) Public and Environmental Affairs
P) Software Engineering
Q) Transportation and Engineering Management
R) Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems
S) Welding Engineering
U) System Engineering
V) Material Engineering
W) Mining Engineering