Frequently Asked Questions
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Who is eligible to apply?

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must be a full-time sophomore or junior student as of the 2018-2019 school year, pursuing a bachelor degree in engineering or environmental sciences
  • Must meet at least one of these criteria:
    ~ Attend a college or university located in Pennsylvania
    ~ Be a Pennsylvania Resident

Can former finalists apply?


Can former winners apply?


I am not going for an Engineering or Environmental Science degree, can I still apply?


Application Process

How do I apply?

  • Visit the page 
  • Fill out all form fields that apply to the applicant
  • Upload supporting documents

When is the application deadline? 

September 30, 2018

What time is the application deadline on September 30th

5:00 PM EST

What format should I use to submit my documents in? 

All documents should be submitted in PDF or .doc format. We are unable to accept documents which are not submitted in these formats.

Where and when should I send my supporting documents? 

Supporting documents may be uploaded directly to the ACEC/PA Scholarship website or sent to the ACEC/PA office.

How do I upload supporting documents?
  • Click on the “Choose File" link
  • Double click on the file to upload

How do I know if my application is complete? 

  • Use the Checklist to ensure application is complete
  • Fill in all form fields 

Can I send my application packet in by regular mail? 

Yes, must be post marked by September 24, 2018

Am I required to submit my parents’ information? 



Do I need to submit an official copy of transcripts? 


What characterizes an official copy of transcripts? 

Official transcripts are documents that are authorized and issued by your university and demonstrate your academic performance. The official transcript should include an account of your grades and an explanation of the grading scale at your university. If you still have not received last semester’s grades, please submit the most updated transcripts you have.

What type of activities should be included on my application?
  • Please only list student organizations that you participated in during college and that are related to your major field of study. If you served as an officer in an organization or held another position requiring additional time and commitment, please provide that information as well.
  • Community activities include volunteer work, church groups, etc.
  •  “Other Activities” include organized sports, music or artistic groups, social clubs, afterschool programs, and other group activities
  •  Awards and recognition include any award received during your college years that you feel is significant enough to mention. Please provide a brief description of the criteria that led to the award or recognition.

What are the size requirements for the essay/presentation?

  • Essay, no more than 500 words
  • Video, no more than 3 minutes in length or
  • Presentation, no more than 3 minutes in length when automatically played
Recommendation Letters

How can I submit the recommendation letter that is required? 

The Letter of Recommendation can be uploaded directly to the ACEC/PA Scholarship website or mailed directly to the ACEC/PA office.

I’m unable to get a recommendation from my current professor(s)/I don’t feel my current professor(s) know me well enough to be my reference. What should I do? 

Letters of Recommendation can also come from a former employer, community leader, or mentor.

Other Questions

What are the details of the award? 

At least two (possibly more) college sophomores or juniors pursuing an engineering or environmental science major will be receiving a scholarship from ACEC/PA up to the amount of $5,000.00.

Are scholarships taxable? 

Tax laws vary by state. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting a tax professional for more guidance.

How and when will I receive notification? 

Notifications are sent between October 31, 2018 and November 3, 2018.

  • Scholarship winners will be notified in writing or via email by ACEC/PA.
  • Thank you letters will be sent by ACEC/PA to applicants not selected.
  • To ensure notification, please add  to your email address book or “safe senders list” so these important emails are not sent to your junk mail folder.
  • Do not “opt out” of any email sent from or you may not receive vital information regarding your scholarship applications. Note: Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ACEC/PA for which you may be eligible to apply. We will not provide your email address to any third-parties. Decisions of the selection committees are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given. 

What are the selection criteria?

An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the winners. The committee will consider:

  • Academic Achievements and Record
  • Essay/Presentation Content
  • Submission of all necessary materials
  • Work/Internship experience
  • College/Community Involvement
  • Recommendation

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

  • You must enroll as a full time undergraduate in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
  • You must continue in school the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by the scholarship sponsor. 
How and when are checks issued?
  • Scholarship recipients will be sent details of their award.
  • Checks will be mailed by ACEC/PA directly to the recipient’s college or university after verification of enrollment.
  • Scholarship checks are made payable to the college or university only. 

Under what circumstances can I be disqualified?

You will be disqualified if information or necessary documents are missing from your application. 

If you still have additional questions, Please contact the ACEC/PA office at or (800) 651-1946.

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