The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR), through its Natural Refrigeration Foundation, is encouraging incoming junior and senior college engineering students interested in pursuing a career in natural refrigeration to apply for its Founders’ Engineering Scholarship with awards up to US$13,000 (€11,900) in tuition assistance.
The Founders’ Engineering Scholarship application is on IIAR’s website. The deadline is May 31, with scholarship awards announced on June 30.
The scholarship is open to junior and senior undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited institutionl, having completed the equivalent of 45 semester credit hours or 95 quarter hours at the time of application, the IIAR says. Applicants must hold a 3.0 minimum GPA, on a 4.0 scale, toward an engineering or other applicable degree.
Scholarship awards are tuition only and paid directly to the awardee’s college or university, says IIAR. Senior recipients receive US$4,000 (€3,700). Junior recipients receive US$4,000 (€3,700) in the first year with paid travel to the IIAR’s Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo held in the spring of 2024. The following year, these recipients can receive up to US$9,000 (€8,200).
“The industrial refrigeration industry is a multidisciplinary field [that] offers exciting job opportunities in virtually all engineering fields of study,” the IIAR says. As such, the scholarship is open to numerous technical disciplines, including the following engineering majors: Agricultural, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental, Electrical, Industrial and Manufacturing and Mechanical; and technical majors: Automation, Computer Science and Mechatronics.
Besides pursuing a technical degree, applicants must prove “interest in applying their skills in the commercial and industrial refrigeration industry using natural refrigerants,” the IIAR says, adding that engineers working in industrial refrigeration can address urgent climate issues by applying “environmentally friendly natural refrigerants” in energy-efficient heating and refrigeration systems.
Complete applications include the application form, official college transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a personal narrative.
As a technical association of engineers, contractors, end users and manufacturers in the refrigeration industry, Alexandria, the Virginia-based IIAR develops American National Standard Institute (ANSI)-approved safety standards, educational materials and technical publications to support professionals using natural refrigerants.
The IIAR advocates for the safe, reliable and efficient use of ammonia and other natural refrigerants.
“The industrial refrigeration industry is a multidisciplinary field [that] offers exciting job opportunities in virtually all engineering fields of study.”IIAR