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Scholarships and Application Instructions for 2017
RES Scholarship Application Information

The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) is an umbrella organization for engineering societies in the Rochester area. The goals of the society are: to advance the art and science of engineering for the general public welfare in Monroe County and the adjoining counties; to foster in practicing and prospective engineers excellence as professionals, as citizens, and as individuals; and, to promote communication and cooperation among all branches of engineering.

Multiple scholarships, sponsored by a variety of organizations and administered through the RES, are awarded annually at a minimum of $1,000 each to recognize outstanding engineering, engineering technology, science or technology students. These are merit-based scholarships. Scholarships from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) require applicants be student members of their respective organization. Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

1.    Be an undergraduate student in good standing who has completed two years/or achieved third-year standing in an ABET-accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology program.

2.     Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent).

3.    Plan to continue engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET accredited program in September, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be individually notified by February 1, 2018 and announced at the RES Gala on April 14, 2018. Funds will be forwarded to recipients via the USPS during August, 2018.
4.     Be a resident of Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, or Wyoming Counties of New York or be an applicant from Rochester IEEE’s Corning or Alfred sub-chapters.

5.    Not be a previous recipient of this scholarship. 

Required Data and Instructions

1. Certificate of Interview from a member of the Scholarship Committee - Request an appointment for interview by sending an email to the RES Scholarship Chairperson, Michelle Sommerman, PE, at In your email, include your full name, phone number, and the day(s) and time(s) you are available for an interview. Attach your resume to the email. Contact Michelle Sommerman at 585-498-7896 if you have not received a reply within three days. The interviewer will provide a certificate that the interview was conducted after September 1, 2017 and before October 30, 2017 (the interview deadline).

2. Transcript - Official copy of applicant’s current transcript showing grades for the entire enrollment in current school and if a transfer student, courses taken and accepted from his/her prior college or university.

3. Resume - The same resume the applicant would use if applicant were applying for employment. Be sure to include the following information: name, permanent address, school address, college, degree and program, anticipated date of graduation, and any professional society memberships and leadership positions therein.

4. Applicant’s Letter - A letter written by the applicant addressed to the Chairman of the Scholarship Award Committee of the Rochester Engineering Society. This letter shall not be more than one typewritten page in length and should discuss the applicant’s position with respect to the following:

a.    Why the applicant is studying engineering and chose his/her particular field.
b.     Why the applicant is applying for the scholarship.
c.     The applicant’s involvement in professional society activities, the leadership positions held and describe active involvement in other extra-curricular activities.
d.     Statement that the scholarship will be used in engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET-accredited program in September, 2018 should an award be presented.

5. Reference Letter #1 - Letter from the applicant’s faculty advisor in his/her current school. This letter should indicate the applicant’s standing in the class relative to other students, his/her course load and involvement.

6. Reference Letter #2 - Letter from a current or former employer who is not a relative, OR, a professor of engineering, science or technology in whose class the applicant has been or is presently enrolled.

Applicants must submit the six application required items listed above in one package or envelope, postmarked no later than November 1, 2017. The applicant should notify those persons supplying reference letters that timely response is critical. The reference letters must be submitted in individually sealed envelopes within the application package. Deliver or mail all items by November 1, 2017 to Rochester Engineering Society, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607. Note: All items must be submitted in that one package or envelope or they will be immediately disqualified from consideration.



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