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. Check out our scholarship options below, career videos highlighting several job options in public power, use APPA's online job board to see current openings, and consider the benefits of student membership in the American Public Power Association. 

Eligibility
Student applicants must be attending or planning to attend an accredited 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.

Directions
DEED offers two scholarship application cycles each year. Application deadlines are February 15 and October 15. New applications must be initiated a week before the deadline. Email [email protected] to request login credentials to begin your application through our web-based scholarship application site. Official transcripts as well as the application must be submitted by the application deadline. 

For Utilities
Read the Utility Guide for Internship Funding to learn how an APPA/DEED member public power community may also apply for an intern.

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, checklist, and application questions

  • $2,000 per scholarship paid directly to student’s university.
  • Spring Application Cycle: December 1 - February 15 (applications must be started before February 5)
  • Fall Application Cycle: August 1 - October 15 (applications must be started before October 5)

Student Internships

Paid internships provide work experience at a participating DEED member utility. Review the internship requirementschecklist, and application questions.

  • $4,000 plus up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend an applicable conference.
  • Spring Application Cycle: December 1 - February 15 (applications must be started before February 5)
  • Fall Application Cycle: August 1 - October 15 (applications must be started before October 5)

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 requirementschecklist, and application questions.

  • $4,000 plus up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend a relevant conference.
  • Spring Application Cycle: December 1 - February 15 (applications must be started before February 5)
  • Fall Application Cycle: August 1 - October 15 (applications must be started before October 5)

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 capstone project. Review the technical design project requirements and checklist.

  • $5,000 paid directly to the student by DEED; up to $3,000 in travel funds to share project results at our Engineering & Operations Technical Conference.
  • Application Cycle: August 1 - October 15 (applications must be started before October 5)

Other Energy-Related Career Scholarships

RMEL Foundation - Electric energy industry scholarships

International Lineman’s Rodeo - Lineman scholarships

Center for Energy Workforce Development

American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) - AABE grants scholarships at local chapters and national levels in a variety of career areas.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - SWE scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited Bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science in the United States.

IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative - Power and energy engineers work with some of today’s most exciting technologies, developing solutions to problems that affect our lives and lifestyles. First-year students are encouraged to apply for the PES Scholarship.

American Nuclear Society - Scholarships are granted to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students alike and will be awarded at the beginning of each school year. Evaluation is based upon numerous factors, including academic preparation (GPA and test scores), awards, honors, leadership within the ANS, references, and career goals and objectives.

Southeast Community College - Southeast Community College is located in Milford, NE, and offers scholarships for AAS degrees in Energy Generation Operations.

Directories of Accredited Technical/Post-Secondary Programs

Database of Postsecondary Institutions and Programs - The accreditation database is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE).

Directory of Accredited Institutions - The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) Directory includes information on approved vocational programs.