Scholarships

Fellowships & Scholarships

Serving the industry by establishing and distributing fellowships and scholarships to high potential students in concrete-related graduate and undergraduate degree programs.


The application for the 2021-2022 season is now open! You can get started by reviewing the requirements below. Once you have read the requirements, click one of the buttons below to start your application.

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The deadline to submit an application is November 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Based on essays, submitted data, and endorsements, the Scholarship Council of the ACI Foundation will select student recipients who appear to have the strongest combination of interest and potential for professional success in the concrete industry.


What to know before you get started

Each student is limited for the duration of their studies to receiving no more than one fellowship and one scholarship from the ACI Foundation.

A single online application form will be used for all the fellowships and scholarships. After answering some qualifying questions, the form will automatically display the fellowships and scholarships for which you may be eligible. Before beginning the application, have the answers ready for these questions:

  • Have you ever received a fellowship or scholarship award from the ACI Foundation?
  • When submitting the application, what is your current academic status (Undergraduate/Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD)?
  • When the award year begins in Fall 2021, what will your academic status be (Undergraduate/Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD)?
  • (Fellowship applicants only) Following the application season, can you attend an interview at the spring ACI Concrete Convention on March 28, 2021? Travel, registration, and hotel arrangements will be made through and paid for by the ACI Foundation.
  • (For certain fellowships) Can you fulfill a 10- to 12-week internship during the summer of 2021?

For the entire school term (fall semester 2021 through spring semester 2022), you must be a full-time student for the entire school year.

All applicants must submit the following five items.

  • Applicant's contact and educational information.
  • A resume.
  • A 500-word essay.

  • Discuss your interest in a long-term career in the concrete industry. Cite past, present, and future planned activities that demonstrate the level of your interest in the general field of concrete. As appropriate, comment on your course work, employment, professional development, academic or personal projects, competitions, professional or personal service, research, publications, involvement in ACI or other organizations, and other related activities. If the fellowship or scholarship for which you are applying has specific requirements, be sure to address those requirements as well.

  • Official transcripts: Read more about transcript submittal below.
  • Two endorsements, which are statements of evaluation of the applicant, in terms of potential for growth, character, leadership capacity and career interest.

  • Be prepared with the names and email addresses of your endorsers.

    One endorser must be an ACI member (non-student) and the other should be an employer (if possible) or professor. Often, it is easier to locate and contact an ACI member at your school. To search for an ACI member or faculty in your area, please visit the Member Directory. Only ACI members can search the member directory. Not a member? Sign up! it's free for students. If your professor is not an ACI member, joining the Faculty Network brings with it a free one-year ACI membership and you can suggest the professor join the Faculty Network.

    The proper protocol is to contact these individuals and get their commitment to write an endorsement before submitting their names and emails on the application. The online platform will automatically contact these individuals directly for their endorsement. You can check on receipt of endorsement forms by logging on to the application platform.

    Endorsers must not be family members of the applicant, nor students.

Application data, resume, essay, endorsements, and transcripts must be in the English language.

Resume must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Acrobat Adobe (.pdf) format.

Remember to save your data during each session of the online application before closing the platform.

All application materials must be received by the application deadline. Except for official transcripts, all materials are to be submitted online. No hard copies will be accepted, except for official transcripts.

The online application will automatically display the fellowships and scholarships for which the applicant may be qualified. Please select as many for which you wish to be considered.

Awardees will be determined during the ACI Concrete Convention in the spring. Awardees will be notified shortly after the convention.

Important Information for Fellowship Applications

  • ACI Foundation fellowships can be awarded to international students; however, you must attend a U.S. or Canadian institution during the award year.
  • Some of the fellowships expect the awardee to complete a 10- to 12-week internship during the summer of 2021.
  • Those applicants chosen as a finalist for an ACI Foundation fellowship will be notified by February 4, 2021 and must be available to attend an interview with the Scholarship Council on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at the spring ACI Concrete Convention. ACI Foundation will pay for the flight, hotel, registration, and will include a travel stipend.
  • All applicants must be proficient in the English language. If English is not your native language, you can upload a copy of your TOEFL score to your application. This is optional and not required.
  • The educational stipend is paid in two equal installments over the course of one year directly to the student to cover expenses related to tuition, room and board, books, student fees, etc. Receipt of stipends is contingent upon attendance at scheduled ACI Concrete Conventions during the award year.
  • Fellowship awardees are expected to submit a written report near the end of their fellowship period describing the value of the fellowship to their personal development and to their preparation for their chosen career after graduation.

Important Information for the Middle East & North Africa Fellowship Applications

  • ACI Foundation fellowships can be awarded to international students; however, you must attend an institution of higher education in the Gulf Cooperation Council region (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, or Tunisia.
  • Those applicants chosen as a finalist for an ACI Foundation fellowship must be available to attend an interview with the Scholarship Council on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at the spring ACI Concrete Convention. ACI Foundation will pay for the flight, hotel, registration, and will include a travel stipend. You must apply and receive a Visa from your country to attend the ACI Concrete Convention.
  • All applicants must be proficient in the English language. If English is not your native language, a written statement must be attached to the application attesting this proficiency.
  • The educational stipend is paid in two equal installments over the course of one year directly to the student to cover expenses related to tuition, room and board, books, student fees, etc. Receipt of stipends is contingent upon attendance at scheduled ACI Concrete Conventions during the award year.
  • Fellowship awardees are expected to submit a written report near the end of their fellowship period describing the value of the fellowship to their personal development and to their preparation for their chosen career after graduation.

Important Information for Scholarship Applications

  • ACI Foundation scholarships can be awarded to international students.
  • To be eligible for an ACI Foundation graduate scholarship, you must be a full-time student, in at least your first or second year of graduate study, during the award year.
  • To be eligible for an undergraduate scholarships, the applicant must be a full-time undergraduate at the time of applying for and during the entire award year.
  • The scholarship stipend is paid in two equal installments over one year to the financial aid/registrar office of the institution where the study program will be pursued. These funds will then be deposited into the recipient's educational institution account.

Get started early! Applications can take weeks to complete.

Transcripts

The following requirements shall be met for all transcript submissions.

  • Transcripts shall be submitted for all undergraduate and graduate programs attended.
  • All transcripts must be original and official documents. Unofficial transcripts or copies of transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Many institutions now provide official E-Transcripts. Please have the institution email those to scholarships@concrete.org. ACI Foundation will accept this form of transcript if they come directly from your institution with an official digital signature or stamp. ACI Foundation will not accept E-Transcripts sent directly from an applicant's email address. Review and acceptance of E-Transcripts will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Coordinator.
  • Transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a version translated in English. Translations must be literal and complete versions of the original transcripts.
  • Translations shall be performed by the institution, government official, or official translation service. The translation shall be attested or signed by the translator. Applicants may not submit self-translation. Courses must be described in detail. The general subject name (e.g. "mathematics") is not sufficient; the particular subject (e.g. "differential equations," "algebraic topology") must be identified.
  • Transcripts shall include an explanation of the grading scale if different from the 4.0 scale used in the United States. Translations shall include grades based on an A, B, C, D scale where A is 90-100, B is 80-89, C is 70-79, D is 60-69, and F is 59 or less.
  • Transcripts shall be mailed or emailed directly from the institution. Transcripts mailed by the applicant must be sealed in an envelope with the institution's stamp over the seal.
  • Transcripts shall reach the Scholarship Coordinator no later than the closing date of the application. No exceptions.
  • If mailed, transcripts shall be sent to:
    ACI Foundation
    Attn: Scholarship Coordinator
    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington Hills, MI 48331

You will receive an email once your transcripts have been received by the ACI Foundation.

Any document, including transcripts, received by ACI Foundation becomes the property of ACI Foundation and will not be returned.

All ACI Foundation fellowships and scholarships can be withdrawn for failure to comply with any of the items above.

The applicant evaluation does not and shall not discriminate because of race, color, religion(creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Help Fund Awards

The ACI Foundation awards more than $200,000 annually to students to both further their studies, and which provides professional exposure to the concrete industry and ACI by funding their travel to a number of ACI Concrete Conventions. Promoted globally through ACI’s network of faculty members, these awards are given to the brightest and best students studying concrete.

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Questions?

Please contact ACI Foundation staff at scholarships@concrete.org or +1.248.848.3737.

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