2016 results are listed by FAEE ranking order. Congratulations to all our 2016 Scholars!
Changing lives, one scholarship at the time
By: Priscila Rivere, FAEE Scholarship Director
Many people define success as a lucky strike. Others define it as a long journey of hard work and dedication. Either way, everyone can agree that the right education makes all the difference.
I believe that success is a combination of being in the right place at the right time with the proper knowledge to apply the appropriate skills in the appropriate situation. Millions of brilliant minds have to keep a low profile because of a lack of resources to achieve higher education, while other skilled professionals struggle to make their student loan payments or delay further education because of the costs of raising a family.
In 2012, for example, the Foundation of the Association of Energy Engineers awarded the Albert Thumann Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to Jacqueline Stephens, a mother of seven children who has the skills to manage not only her degree program, but every day work at home. She is pursuing her doctorate in Construction Management Sustainability at Indiana State University while preparing to become a CEM®.
Cases like this inspire us every day – people who pursue their dreams no matter the obstacles in life. That’s the kind of inspiration that we are promoting in helping those achieve their goals. That’s why the Foundation of the Association of Energy Engineers needs your help; a small contribution will make a significant difference to those engineers who are going to improve our lives and this planet.
To date, the FAEE has awarded over $650,000 to 1,203 students who are in the field of energy engineering.
- According to the National Student Loan Survey, today’s graduate students borrow, on average, $40,500.
- Average percentage of monthly income which goes toward student loan payment is 12.9 percent beyond their undergraduate loans. This has increased 72 percent since 1997.
- Of all graduate students, 39 percent said loans caused them to delay buying a home.
- Of all graduate students 18 percent said they had significantly changed their career.
- The average monthly education loan payments for students who borrowed for graduate school are $273.
- When this is compounded by one student debtor marrying another, the effects can be devastating.
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Meet our FAEE Scholars
Clayton Bargsten, Colorado State University
“I have been working on the diagnostics of high energy plasmas in Dr. Jorge Rocca’s lab for the past few years while getting two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Engineering Physics and the other in Physics, at Colorado State University. While I eventually wish to take this knowledge and experience further and work with nuclear energy sources, the work I have been doing has currently transformed into my senior design project. During this time, the FAEE Scholarship has been an immense help with my living expenses, allowing me much needed time to focus on my education. I also feel that the scholarship has in no small way validated my hard work over the past years, and makes me excited at the prospect of becoming a fully fledged member of an organization that is so instrumental in addressing the issues I care about.”
Spencer Applegate, Georgia Institute of Technology
“I am currently a student at Georgia Tech studying Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Computer Science. I have co-oped with Southern Nuclear Company since 2011, and I have also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at Georgia Tech. I am currently working on advancing computational nuclear reactor core modeling/simulation software to increase nuclear efficiency and operational safety. The FAEE scholarship has allowed me to pursue several different passions and opportunities. The scholarship allows me to afford tuition as an out-of-state student at Georgia Tech. While at Tech, I have discovered and pursued my passion for computational research. This research has directly affected how I contribute to the energy industry.”