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IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Update

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides multi-year scholarships and career experience opportunities to qualifying U.S. & Canadian electrical engineering undergraduate students. As long as the scholar continues to meet renewal standards, he or she will receive up to three years of funding interspersed with up to two years of valuable, hands-on career experience.

Program Expanded to Puerto Rico

​We are pleased to announce that the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative has been expanded to allow students in Puerto Rico to apply for the scholarship.​ We will be able to distribute 2 scholarships to students for the upcoming 2015/16 academic year. Students must adhere to the current eligibility criteria which includes being a full-time student in the coming academic year​ (2015-16)​ at a university or college that offers undergraduate courses in power engineering – ABET-accredited, 4-year electrical engineering program

Applications being accepted – 2015/16 Academic Year

As of 6 May, the following schools have had the most number of students start the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus application.

  • Arizona State University – 15
  • University of Nevada, Reno – 13
  • State University of New York at Buffalo -12
  • University of Central Florida – 12
  • Texas A&M University – 12
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – 11
  • University of Toronto – 11
  • University of Texas at Austin – 10
  • Boise State University – 10
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute – 9
  • North Carolina State University – 9
  • University of Memphis – 9
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte – 9

Please help promote this program and encourage EE majors in the USA, Canada & Puerto Rico to apply. The deadline to submit an application is 30 June 2015.

Matt Cato (Left) and John Martinsen (Right) from Washington State University with Jackie Peer, Director of SEL University from Schweitzer Engineering Labs, Inc.

Matt Cato (Left) and John Martinsen (Right) from Washington State University with Jackie Peer, Director of SEL University from Schweitzer Engineering Labs, Inc.


PES Scholar Profile

Jamie HowardPESscholarshipmay2

Major in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems from Drexel University – Graduating in 2015

Other areas of interest:

Travel, Music, Marathons, Spanish, Portuguese, Clean Energy, Public Health

Why did you choose to study engineering and the power engineering field?

Advancing current technology in power engineering is a way for me to use my natural skills in math and science and apply them to solving current and upcoming energy challenges. In addition to my personal drive in the area of power engineering, I am very curious and love problem solving. I am excited to devise real solutions that will maximize the world’s resources in the most progressive way.

What do you love about the power engineering field? What excites you about being involved in the PE field?

Living with intermittent electricity and running water during a six-month engineering internship in Mozambique, I felt first-hand the ramifications of not having a reliable power supply. This experience has further driven me to study power systems at the university level, and has kept me inspired to work in the power industry. The power and energy industry is facing huge changes in the upcoming years, and with these changes comes vast opportunity. I am eager to take advantage of these opportunities and contribute to intelligent solutions that are both sustainable and ethical.

How has being selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?

The PES scholarship has helped support me in my goals to become an active participant in the energy industry. I’ve been able to leverage resources at the university level and also acquire relevant work experience. Upon graduation, I’m excited to continue learning and working in the quickly changing world of energy.

Please consider making a gift that will help scholars like Jamie. You may be able to double or triple the amount of your gift to the Initiative by using your employer’s Matching Gift Program. Make your gift online today to the IEEE Foundation or IEEE Canada Foundation.


PES Scholar Individual Supporter – Jessica BianPESscholarshipmay3

Jessica Bian entered the power industry in 1992 and last year became one of the Initiative’s newest individual donors. Jessica was honored with the IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power Award and donated the award honorarium. She told us, “I am donating to Scholarship Plus to help attract top talent to the profession.” As the Director of Performance Analysis at NERC, she rarely experiences the same things two days in a row and promises all future power and energy engineers the same in an industry experiencing a “once in a lifetime transformation.”


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