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The NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarship Program was established by the NCSEA Foundation in 2020 to award students who have been historically underrecognized in structural engineering (including but to Black/African Americans, Native/Indigenous Americans, Hispanics/Latinos or Spanish, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans). Multiple scholarships will be presented annually to junior college students, undergraduate students and/or graduate students pursuing degrees in structural engineering at accredited institutions in the United States.

A donor (SEA, firm, individual, etc.), depending on donation amount, can create an endowed scholarship, an annual named scholarship, or provide a one-time donation to the NCSEA Diversity in Structural Engineering Scholarships to provide immediate assistance to students.

Giving Opportunities

The NCSEA Foundation welcomes donations to support:

  • Endowed Scholarships: Donations (or pledges) of $50,000 or more may be used to create endowed scholarships
  • Named Scholarships: Donations (or pledges) of $15,000 or more may be used to establish named scholarships
  • NCSEA Diversity in SE Scholarships: Donations of any amount may be made in support of the existing NCSEA Foundation scholarship program

For more information and to establish an endowed or named scholarship, please contact Al Spada, NCSEA Foundation Executive Director, at aspada@ncsea.com or (312) 649-4600 ext. 201.

Endowed Scholarship

Creating an endowed scholarship provides critical support to increase diversity in structural engineering in perpetuity.

An endowed scholarship is established with a donation (or pledge) of $50,000 or more. A donor can establish an endowed scholarship with a minimum initial donation of $20,000 and a pledged commitment to grow the endowment fund balance to $50,000 over a three-year period. The donation will be permanently invested with the intent to obtain a 5% average annual return.

For endowments funded with an initial donation of less than $50,000, scholarships will be awarded from the fund balance in the amount of $2,500 until such time as the subsequent donations to the fund yield a balance of $50,000 or more.

Once the endowment reaches a minimum balance of $50,000, scholarship awards are made from earnings in accordance with the NCSEA Foundation Investment Policy Statement (IPS) spending guidelines (IPS in development). The policy has a 5% maximum annual spending policy. Scholarship awards will be made from the fund earnings, beginning one year after achieving a $50,000 balance. The corpus will always remain intact and earnings above the 5% will be applied to the corpus. Subsequent gifts to the endowed scholarship are applied to the corpus. As the endowment grows or shrinks, the amount and/or number of scholarships may change accordingly.

For all endowments up to $100,000, the NCSEA Foundation charges a 1% administrative fee. For all endowments of $100,000 or greater, the administrative fee is 0.5%.

Named Scholarship

Creating a named scholarship provides a multi-year award for critical and immediate tuition assistance to support traditionally underrepresented demographics in structural engineering. 

A named scholarship is established with a donation (or pledge) of $15,000 or more. A donor can establish a named scholarship with a minimum initial donation of $5,000 and a pledged commitment to provide the remaining $10,000 within a two-year period.

The amount of scholarship awarded each year must be a minimum of $2,500. Named scholarships will be awarded for as many consecutive years as the funds are available, but the named scholarship must be awarded for a minimum of three years. The name associated with the scholarship will remain with the fund until such time as the fund is depleted or discontinued by the donor, the NCSEA Foundation, or both.

For all named scholarships, the NCSEA Foundation charges a flat $500 annual administrative fee. 

Endowed ScholarshipNamed ScholarshipDonation to Support NCSEA Scholarships
Minimum Commitment Amount$50,000$15,000Any Amount
Input to Student Eligibility RequirementsYesYesNo
Provide Schools/Contacts for Scholarship OutreachYesYesYes
Input to Scholarship Recipient Selection ProcessYesYesNo
Acknowledgment in Scholarship AdvertisingYesYesYes
Acknowledgement on Webpage, Social MediaYesYesYes
Ability to Connect with Scholarship WinnersYesYesNo
Access to Roster of Applicants (Nationwide)YesNoNo
Ability to Host a Virtual Workshop for all ApplicantsYesNoNo