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Mid-Michigan AIChE Scholarship Information

The Mid-Michigan section of AIChE is pleased to offer an exciting scholarship opportunity to students in the Tri-Cities area.  The purpose of this award is to promote the vision of the AIChE by offering financial support to students who wish to study and ultimately become professionals in the field of chemical engineering.

General Description: A $2000 scholarship awarded over 4 years to a graduating high school senior who plans to study chemical engineering at an accredited university or college.  The scholarship will reward past academic performance as well as school and community involvement; it is not strictly based on financial need.  It is intended for a student who has demonstrated a high proficiency in core academic courses and who has a high probability of success at obtaining a chemical engineering degree and becoming a practicing engineer.

Eligibility:The scholarship is open to all graduating high school seniors in Mid-Michiganís Tri-City area and neighboring counties who are interested in chemical engineering and have intentions of entering an accredited engineering curriculum. If you are not enrolling in a 4-year institution with an accredited chemical engineering program, we ask that you demonstrate that your alternative program has been designed to result in a ChE degree from an accredited institution

Application Requirements

  1. Application -  Students must complete the Web-based application form and submit a copy of their high school transcripts. The application includes some basic demographic information, high school grade point average, class rank, awards & honors, other scholarships received or applied for, and a short essay on why the applicant wants to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.
  2. Letters of Recommendation - At least one recommendation is required from someone who has influenced you to pursue a career in chemical engineering. Up to two additional teachers, counselor, or other recommendations are encouraged. We have provided guidelines for your letters of recommendation that you can print and give to your references to assist them in preparing your recommendation.
  3. Transcripts - After completing and submitting the electronic form, a copy of the applicantís high school grades/transcripts must also be submitted, for receipt by Friday April 18th, 2014.

Submission Instructions

Students can submit their application via the Web-based submission form.   Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be sent via surface mail to:

AIChE Mid-Michigan Section
Attention: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 2496
Midland, MI 48641-2496

To fax or email documentation, send to:

Maxine Cottrell, Scholarship Committee Chair
Email: mcottrell at dow.com
Phone: (989) 636-2752
Fax: (989) 638-4990

Please e-mail or call Maxine when mailing any document via surface mail to confirm the mailing and help guard against lost documentation.

Information Not Required: It is not required that applicants divulge detailed information regarding family/personal finances, gender, race, religious affiliation, or any personal information not specifically asked for on the application.  A few general questions regarding general financial status will be required.

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Your Web-based application, letter(s) of recommendation, and transcripts must be RECEIVED by Friday, April 18th, 2014.  Judging will take place the following week. Late applications will not be able to be evaluated. We do our best to evaluate everything we receive.

Selection Process

Entries will be judged by a team of local members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers based on all the information submitted.  Selection criteria used will include: application quality and completeness, essay answer thoughtfulness and completeness, quality of recommendation letters, and assessed probability of the applicant successfully obtaining a chemical engineering degree and becoming a practicing engineer.

The award recipients will be notified in late April and will be invited to attend an AIChE dinner meeting in mid-May for presentation of awards.


If you have any questions about the application requirements, please contact committee chair Maxine Cottrell at the phone number or e-mail above. 

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Requirements Upon Receiving Award:Award payments will be made directly to the recipient and are to be used at the recipientís discretion.  There will be no requirements placed on how the scholarship is to be spent.  Prior to receiving any funds, the award recipient will be required to submit their social security number to Mid-Michigan AIChE for tax purposes, show proof of high school graduation, and proof that they have been accepted and are enrolled in a chemical engineering curriculum at an accredited university or college. 

Award recipients will be eligible to renew their award each academic year, for a maximum of 4 years.  Renewal is contingent upon continued enrollment in a chemical engineering curriculum and upon maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average as defined by the AIChE committee (currently 2.5/4.0).  Students who choose to enter a co-op work/study program will be eligible to renew their scholarship as they reach each successive undergraduate class standing (Soph, Jr, Sr) as opposed to calendar year.

Disclaimers: This scholarship will be awarded annually at the sole discretion of the Mid-Michigan chapter of the AIChE.  There is no guarantee that a previous recipient will automatically have their scholarship renewed the following year, even if the minimum eligibility requirements have been met.  The Mid-Michigan Chapter of AIChE reserves the right to discontinue or modify this scholarship program at any time.

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