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Scholarship Opportunities

E.On Scholarships for PEIK

These merit-based scholarships range from $2,000 to $3,000 yearly. Students may also be granted an additional $2,000 for use on a Power and Energy related study abroad trip during the school year or the following summer. Many E.On scholarships have been awarded in recent years: 24 in 2018, 16 in 2019, and also 16 in 2020. These annual scholarships continue to be supported by an endowment established years ago at UK by E.ON, on behalf of Kentucky Utilities.

Eligible students will be Juniors or Seniors (or will be a Junior in the Fall) for the year the scholarship is paid out, have at least a 3.0 GPA, have already applied for the PEIK Certificate, have taken power and energy classes and are actively working towards the certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: The application process has changed this year. To apply, please visit Scholarship Universe (https://www.uky.edu/financialaid/ScholarshipUnivers). Be sure to answer YES to the question regarding PEIK, if indeed you have already applied for the PEIK certificate, and submit your course plan for taking the required classes with the application. Students are encouraged to include a letter of recommendation from PEIK faculty with their application. Students applying for the PEIK scholarship may also be considered for other merit and/or need-based College of Engineering Scholarships by completing an application at Current Student Application (https://www.engr.uky.edu/students/undergraduate/scholarships/scholarships-current-students).

The deadline to apply is April 15.

For any questions please contact Mary-Michael Deskins (marymichael.deskins@uky.edu )


IEEE PES Scholarship

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, organized by the IEEE, is committed to shaping the future of the power and energy industry by attracting highly qualified electrical engineering students to the field by rewarding the top electrical engineering students in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada, and encourage them to pursue careers in power & energy. Online application information is available at http://www.ee-scholarship.org/.

If you qualify and are selected, you can:

  • Receive up to three years of financial support (total of US $7,000)
  • Gain career experience through internships and co-op work
  • Have access to professional who can provide advice as mentors
  • Become a member of IEEE, the world's largest professional technical association
  • The UK student recipients of an IEEE PES scholarship may receive additional support for undergraduate research from other sources, such as PEIK (Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky), the L. Stanley Pigman Chair, and the TVA Professorship endowments. PEIK will also support the summer activities required for the continued IEEE annual support.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You'll consider a career in electric power and energy engineering
  • You are working towards an electrical engineering bachelor's degree (or first professional degree)
  • You'll be a full-time student in the coming academic year at a university or college in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Canada that offers undergraduate courses in power engineering. The university or college must have an ABET-accredited, 4-year electrical engineering program
  • You will take (or have taken) at least three of the power engineering courses for a total of none or more credits
  • You're a U.S. or Canadian citizen or a US permanent resident and reside in IEEE Regions 1 through 7
  • You're currently enrolled full-time at a university/college or community college
  • Your current GPA is 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

If you would like to discuss your application with UK and PEIK faculty, please contact Drs. Dan M. Ionel (dan.ionel@uky.edu), Joseph Sottile (joseph.sottile@uky.edu), or Liao Yuan (yuan.liao@uky.edu). The students may also informally inquire with UK students who are past recipients of this IEEE PES Scholarship and currently members of the executive board for the newly established IEEE PES Student Chapter at UK: Rosemary Alden (Rosemary.Alden@uky.edu) or Evan Jones (SEvanJones@uky.edu).

The application closes on June 30, 2021.