Every year, the Student Engineers' Council gives out over $140,000 to design teams, engineering organizations, and engineering faculty. In addition, the SEC awards scholarships to outstanding students and recognizes extraordinary faculty with the Sporn award. Information and applications for the individual funds and scholarships can be found below.
The Design Team Endowment (DTE) was created to afford engineering design teams the opportunity to succeed in cases where a lack of funding might otherwise hinder them. The DTE provides funding for, but not be limited to, design competition entry fees, tools, and hardware needed for the completion of the project. These funds are awarded once per semester and expire one year from the date awarded.
The Engineering Organization Fund (EOF) was established to financially assist member organizations in sponsoring engineering-related events and programs. The funds provide for opportunities such as attending or holding engineering conferences, developing student projects, and sponsoring engineering outreach programs directed at elementary, middle, and high school students. Like the Design Team Endowment, these funds are awarded once per semester and expire one year from the date awarded.
The Big Contribution is an opportunity for faculty and staff in the College of Engineering to acquire funds for their research and other projects. In the past, the SEC has funded research on cyborgs, contributed to the 4-axis mill in the Ware Lab, and provided funds for accelerometers in Goodwin Hall. Every year, the SEC distributes $30,000 in the spring with the funds expiring one year from the date awarded.
Nathaniel Gebreyes Service Scholarship
The Nathaniel Gebreyes Service Scholarship was established by the SEC in 2001 to honor the ideals of service that Nathaniel represented throughout his life. Nathaniel was a 1985 graduate of the Industrial Engineering and Operational Research Department (now Industrial and Systems Engineering) at Virginia Tech. Prior to enrollment at Virginia Tech, he immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia, after walking to Sudan due to the political unrest within the country. He attended Stonewall Jackson High School. Nathaniel was only weeks away from beginning graduate study at the University of Virginia in 1988 when he was killed by a drunk driver.
The Nathaniel Gebreyes Service Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior or senior who has portrayed outstanding service principles to the university and the community.
Paul E. Torgersen Scholarship
In 1985, the Student Engineers’ Council established a scholarship fund in honor of the Centennial Anniversary of the College of Engineering and to honor Dr. Paul E. Torgersen, former dean of the College of Engineering and ultimately former president of Virginia Tech.
The Paul E. Torgersen Scholarship is awarded annually to 2 rising seniors who have portrayed outstanding leadership and academic achievements.
The Student Engineers' Council Scholarship was created in 2020 as a way of providing a yearly scholarship of $10,000 ($5,000 a semester) to pell grant eligible students in the College of Engineering. The aim of the scholarship is to provide a rising sophomore with a scholarship for their following three years of undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech.
Given annually to an engineering faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate instruction.
Undergraduate Research Advisor Award
Given annually to an engineering faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication, and success in working with the undergraduate research students over the course of the year.
Engineering Organization Advisor Award
Given annually to an engineering faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication, and success in serving the student organization or design team over the course of the year.
For Member Society and Design Teams
Design Team Endownment (DTE):
Engineering Organization Fund (EOF):
For Big Contribution Applicants
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