RESF expects to award fifteen or more scholarships in 2024 based upon academic merit, accomplishments in the field, and demonstrated interest.
Three individual scholarships are reserved for a community college student, an undergraduate student, and an early graduate student, respectively. Two scholarships have a preference for Native American or Alaskan Native students and are not restricted to OR or WA. The remaining scholarships are available to students at any level, and at least three of these scholarships will be awarded to first-generation college students, students with disabilities as defined by the ADA, and/or students from underrepresented or historically marginalized groups (including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities).
Each scholarship is a cash award of $2500 with no strings attached. Qualifications and submission requirements are below. We award scholarships on an equal opportunity basis, consistent with the restrictions above.
Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students studying renewable energy (in any sense, including economics, law, public policy, energy storage, demand response, grid-interactive efficient buildings and load flexibility, advanced grid modernization, greening of the grid, etc.)
at any college or university in Oregon or Washington
at a college or university outside of Oregon and Washington, but be from one of those states, and intend to return to the Pacific Northwest after studies are complete
or, if they are Native American or Alaskan Native students, studying anywhere in the US.
Criteria considered by the Selection Committee, not necessarily in order of importance, include Academic performance to date, Projected future academic performance, Demonstrated experience with and/or knowledge of field of study, Essay content and writing quality, Commitment to and experience with inspiring others to learn more about renewable energy, and Service.
Students who have won Honorable Mentions are strongly encouraged to apply again. Students who won scholarships while at community college may apply again if they transfer to a four-year institution; students who won as undergraduates are eligible to apply as graduate students. However, in general, applications will not be considered from a student who has already received a scholarship at that same level.
Pursuant to these requirements, applicants must submit:
A letter (not to exceed 3 pages) detailing your interests, academic pursuits, and career goals directed towards the field of renewable energy.
Academic transcripts (unofficial OK)
Two letters of recommendation, sent directly from the writer.
If you would like to be considered for the Diversity Scholarship, please include an extra page indicating how you qualify for that scholarship and describing any way (positive or negative) your specialness has affected your life/studies.
If you would like to be considered for the Morris or BNSF Scholarships for Native Americans or Alaskan Natives, please indicate your tribal affiliation.
Applicants may also include information about any awards, internships or other distinctions which demonstrate accomplishments in renewable energy.
DEADLINE for the application is February 15. We hope to have awards announced by April 30.
Application materials and letters sent by email are easier to forward to our selection committee, please use this address.
Sir Fraser Stoddart Scholarship
One student will receive a scholarship donated by Sir Fraser Stoddart, Professor at Northwestern University and 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Learn more about Sir Fraser Stoddart.
Hon. Jeff Morris Scholarship
Potential recipients must be enrolled members of US recognized Native American or Alaskan Native Tribes. Among equal candidates, preference will be given to Alaskan Natives and Washington State tribal members. See "About" page to learn more about Jeff.
Daimler Trucks North America Scholarship
One student will receive a scholarship donated by the Daimler Trucks North America. Click on the logo to learn more about them!
Linda Nettekoven Scholarship
One community college student will receive a scholarship honoring Linda Nettekoven, in recognition of her extensive volunteer efforts on issues improving the quality of life for neighborhoods across Portland. Preference to a female student. Learn more about Linda Nettekoven.
Cascade Energy Scholarship
One student will receive a scholarship sponsored by Cascade Energy. Click on the logo above to learn more about them. A successful candidate will be a member of an underrepresented or historically marginalized group (including but not limited to LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, and BIPOC) or have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and/or leadership in working with underrepresented groups, through school, employment, community service, or other involvement.
Schneider Electric Foundation Scholarships
Two students will receive scholarship donated by the Schneider Electric Foundation. Click on the logo above to learn more about them. Successful candidates will be members of underrepresented or historically marginalized groups or have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and/or leadership in working with underrepresented groups, through school, employment, community service, or other involvement.