AIST Foundation Steel Scholarships for Undergraduate Students in USA, 2019-2020

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) offers 30 scholarships for undergraduate students in the 2019-2020 academic session. Applicant must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate program at an accredited North American university.

AIST mission is to advance the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel.

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) is a non-profit organization with 17,500 members from more than 70 countries. With 30 technology committees and 22 local members chapters, AIST represents an incomparable network of steel industry knowledge and expertise.

Applicant should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. IELTS score must be a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 on the academic test.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: October 30, 2018
  • Course Level: Applicant must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate program at an accredited North American university.
  • Study Subject: Students in engineering technology majors may apply.
    List of Subjects: Metallurgy, Materials Science, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Industrial, Environmental, Computer Science.
  • Scholarship Award: Steel Intern Scholarship – PAID Summer internship followed by a US$6,000 one-year scholarship. These awards are preceded by a PAID summer internship at a North American steel producing company or industry supplier.
    • Up to 30 one-year awards.
    • Premier Intern Scholarship – The top-scoring applicant of all received will be awarded the Premier Scholarship, a one-year scholarship of US$12,000 with a paid summer internship (summer preceding the scholarship).
    • Applicant must commit to a paid summer internship at a North American steel company or industry supplier and must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico. Note: Upon selection, AIST will assist in internship placement; however, applicants are encouraged to seek information from steel companies at career/job events and may, at any time, accept an internship or co-op at a steel producing company or industry supplier. If an internship is self-placed by the recipient, the internship will need to be approved. Please contact AIST for approval prior to accepting a self-placed internship. Acceptance of an internship at a company not specifically related to steel manufacturing will automatically disqualify the applicant.
    • The recipient will be disqualified if he/she rescinds an accepted offer of internship from within the program.
    • Applicant must receive a satisfactory performance review from the internship company, and maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA, to remain eligible for this scholarship.
  • Number of Scholarships: Up to 30 one-year awards.
  • Nationality: Applicants from the USA
  • Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from the USA are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    • Students in the following engineering/engineering technology majors may apply: metallurgy, materials science, electrical, mechanical, chemical, industrial, environmental, computer science and safety.
    • Applications will be accepted from university freshmen, sophomore and junior applicants, and seniors planning to attend graduate school.
    • Applicant must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited North American university.
    • Applicant should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
      • Application, essay and recommendation letters should express a strong interest in the iron and steel industry.
      • ?Applicant must be a citizen of a NAFTA country (USA, Canada, Mexico)
  • English Language Requirements: The following are ways in which an applicant can satisfy the language proficiency requirement:
    TOEFL: A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper exam (code #2660)
    IELTS: A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 on the academic test
    SAT: Score of 530 or higher on the critical reading section (code #2660)
    ACT: Score of 24 or higher on the English section (code #3656)
    IGCSE: Score of A, B, or C on the English language exam
    International Baccalaureate (IB): Score of 5 or higher on the English Language & Literature (SL/HL) exam

    Application Procedure:

    How to Apply: The following documents must be submitted with the application:

    1. A current resume with work experience and any extracurricular activities, noting any leadership positions.
    2. An essay, not to exceed two pages in length, citing professional goals, explaining why the student is interested in a career in the steel industry, and discussing how your skills could be applied to enhance the industry.
    3. Letters of recommendation from a university professor or academic advisor familiar with your work and interest in the steel industry (minimum of two) and from an employer (optional, but recommended if the student has relevant industry work experience).  Endorsement letters should be made to the attention of the AIST Foundation Scholarship Committee. Letters must be submitted directly to
    4. A current academic transcript or other official documentation of academic standing and performance from a university.
    • Applications will be evaluated and scored as follows:  Steel Industry Interest-35%; Grades-20%; Recommendation Letters-30%; Extra-Curricular Activities-15%

    Application Submittal

    • Completed applications, including all required documents, should be submitted electronically by 15 October.
    • Scholarship recipients will be announced in December.
    • Questions about the scholarships and/or application process should be directed to Lori Wharrey at +1.724.814.3044.

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