IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Update

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative recognizes highly qualified electrical engineering undergraduate students with multi-year scholarships and assists in connecting them with relevant and meaningful career experiences. Since the program launched in 2011, 587 students received 942 scholarships have from more than 150 universities, including Ivy League colleges, flagship state universities and prestigious engineering colleges.

Christopher Ellis - University of California - San Diego, May 2017

Christopher Ellis – University of California – San Diego, May 2017

Christopher is excited by the possibility of impacting future grid designs. Microgrid systems, smart technologies, and HVDC are (in my mind) the future of our grid system.  He would like to be more involved with making those ideas a reality. Being selected as a PES Scholar has reinforced his desire to pursue a position in the PE field. Being selected as a PES Scholar has served as a reminder to him that he can and will succeed in this field.

You can support PES Scholars like Christopher by contributing to the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative.


A donation to the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative could be doubled or tripled if you are able to use your company’s matching gift program – Click here to see if your company will match your donation!


PES Scholar Alumni Profile – Marissa Petersile, Boston Universityfebscholarship2

I was honored to receive the IEEE PES scholarship in 2014, and I’ve been happy to find so many opportunities to be involved in IEEE ever since! I work as a Transmission Planning Engineer at National Grid, focusing on several projects such as distributed generation interconnection processes, transformer ratings coordinated with our local ISO, and area studies that look at the potential outcomes of redesigning an area within our distribution network. I’ve also had opportunities to support my company’s annual United Way Campaign, as well as getting involved with our Women in Networks organization. It’s certainly been busy!

I’m fortunate that many of my colleagues are closely involved with IEEE; I’m a member of the volunteer committee working on planning the PES General Meeting next summer. We’ve also begun working with local IEEE student chapters to bring PES chapters to various engineering schools.

One last thing—I’m so proud to announce that I was accepted to run the Boston Marathon 2016 with Team Red Cross! I’ve committed to fundraising $7,000 for the Red Cross in support of lifesaving equipment, disaster relief efforts, training, and being there for our communities when needed the most.  Hope to see you next spring on the big day!


“Being elected as a PES Scholar has been one of the single greatest positive influences on me as an undergraduate. Through the financial support and encouragement of this program, I have been able to participate in meaningful research and internship experiences while in school.”

Kenny (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)


PES Careers

PES-Careers is a complimentary online resource that connects students seeking career experiences with industry for up to one year after graduation.  Its mission is to connect Power and Energy Engineering Students with their future employers.

There are over 2,200 students and 340 employers registered.   It’s a great tool for a student to use to connect with employers and for employers to identify potential employees.  Click here to see if your company is listed.

PES Scholar Survey

Did you know?

  • 84% of the PES Scholars applied for the scholarship since they wanted to learn more about Power Engineering.
  • 82% of the PES Scholars applied since they wanted additional financial assistance
  • 40% of the PES Scholars wanted access to other PES resources (Mentors, PES Careers)

Jarend Newman from Cedarville University being recognized as a PES Scholar

Jarend Newman from Cedarville University being recognized as a PES Scholar

Kelli Fuchs from the University of Minnesota - Duluth

Kelli Fuchs from the University of Minnesota – Duluth

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