DEED Funding for Students

Scholarships

DEED offers four types of funding for students to pursue energy-related careers — lineworker and technical education scholarships, student internships, student research grants, and technical design projects.  View our Scholarship Guide for Students for more details and FAQs, check out our career videos highlighting several job options in public power, use the Association's online job board to see current openings, and consider the benefits of student membership in the American Public Power Association. 

Applicants must be students attending or planning to attend a vocational institution, lineworker school or two to four-year college/university within the U.S. and must not be graduating within 12 months of the application deadline. Official transcripts must be submitted by the application deadline.

From December 1st to February 15th, follow this link to figure out which scholarship suits you best and apply. 

Lineworker and Technical Education Scholarships

These scholarships support the education of students working toward lineworker and other technical careers that are in high demand by electric utilities. Students talk about the benefits of a DEED scholarship. A DEED member utility must sponsor your scholarship application. Review the scholarship requirements and checklist

  • $2,000 per scholarship paid directly to student’s university.
  • Spring Application Cycle: December 1 - February 15
  • Fall Application Cycle: August 1 - October 15

Student Internships

Paid internships provide work experience at a participating DEED member utility. Review the internship requirements and checklist.

  • $4,000 plus up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend an applicable conference.
  • Spring Application Cycle: December 1 - February 15
  • Fall Application Cycle: August 1 - October 15

Student Research Grants

Student grants provide funding to support research in an energy project sponsored by a DEED member utility. Review the student research grant requirements and checklist.

  • $4,000 plus up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend a relevant conference.
  • Spring Application Cycle: December 1 - February 15
  • Fall Application Cycle: August 1 - October 15

Technical Design Projects

Technical Design Projects support students working on a technical project of interest to electric utilities, especially engineering students working on their senior design or a capstone project. Review the technical design project requirements and checklist.