ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships are awarded to college or university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of automation and control. The scholarship awards support tuition and related expenses and research activities and initiatives.
ISA awards scholarships from both the Educational Foundation Scholarship fund and funds provided through endowments of generous gifts from supporters.
Scholarship Award Criteria
Applications are categorized according to academic level (graduate, undergraduate, and 2 year programs). Each application is ranked on its own merit in the context of the academic level of the applicant. The key criterion in evaluation and ranking applications is the prospect for long-term contribution that the granting of an award will make to the field of instrumentation, systems, and automation.
Financial need shall not be considered as a criterion. An applicant's gender, citizenship, nationality, national origin, religion, and ethnicity shall not be used as criteria to rank a scholarship applicant. Applicants need not be an ISA member or dependent of a member for consideration.
Other general criteria include:
A) Applicants are eligible to apply and win in multiple years if the applicant meets ISA's requirements for reporting back to ISA on the use of previously granted awards and if the application demonstrates additional potential contribution to the field beyond that for which any previous awards were based.
B) Two year program applicants must have completed a minimum of at least one academic semester of study or the equivalent of 12 semester hours to apply. A transcript should be uploaded to confirm.
C) Undergraduate applicants must be students at the sophomore year or higher of their study at the time of application. A transcript should be uploaded to confirm.
D) Graduate applicants should have at least one year remaining in their degree program. Applicants should be enrolled in at least the Fall semester. A transcript should be uploaded to confirm.
E) Applicants who plan to attend a different educational institution during the year of the scholarship award must supply an official confirmation of enrollment from the educational institution they will be attending.
F) Applicants must be full-time students in an educational institution. Students in a four year undergraduate program or graduate program must be enrolled in a degree program.
G) Applicants should have an overall scoring sheet or Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent. A transcript should be uploaded to confirm.
H) Awards are given to applicants who provide background explaining career and educational objectives; show the potential long-range impact in the field of their academic research and work; and whose applications are accompanied by recommendation letters from faculty or other credible sources who have knowledge of the applicant's academic achievements and relationship to the field and who provide evidence supporting the statement of the applicant.