Students & Faculty

AIST Foundation Scholarship Guidelines

AIST Foundation Scholarship awards are intended to attract talented and dedicated students and to encourage them to pursue careers within the iron and steel industry. The AIST Foundation Board of Trustees administers the scholarships, which are open to currently enrolled college students. Students may re-apply each year.

Scholarship Amount

Up to seventeen (17) scholarships will be awarded for the 2015—2016 school year. In addition, recipients will receive a one-year Material Advantage Membership. Applications must be received by 2 March 2015.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a current university freshman, sophmore or junior.

  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time in an engineering program at an accredited North American university. Qualified majors are metallurgy, materials science, chemical, electrical, mechanical, industrial, computer science, and environmental engineering.

  • Applicant should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Applicant should have a demonstrated interest in a career in the iron and steel industry.

Required Documents

  1. A completed application form.

  2. Resume should include all work history with any links to the steel industry, leadership positions and extracurricular activities.

  3. An essay, not to exceed two pages in length should convey a demonstrated interest in a career in the steel industry, your professional goals, and how your skills could be applied to enhance the industry.

  4. A minimum of two letters of recommendation which should address character, academic status, leadership potential, career commitment, and any interest and/or connection to the steel industry. Recommendation letters can be submitted directly to the AIST Foundation at, or through the electronic application from:

    a. the applicant's college academic advisor
    b. a professor
    c. an external source, preferably a previous employer

    Letters should be addressed to  “The AIST Foundation Scholarship Committee.”

  5. A current academic transcript or other official documentation of academic standing and performance which should show a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Applications will be evaluated and scored as follows:

  • Steel Industry Interest - 35%

  • Recommendation Letters - 30%

  • Grades - 20%

  • Extra-Curricular Activities - 15%

Questions about the scholarship and/or application process should be directed to Lori Wharrey at +1.724.814.3044.