Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate and undergraduate students in concrete-related degree programs are eligible.

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

Application season for the 2019-2020 academic year will open in the summer of 2018.

What to know before you get started

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

  • When submitting the application, what is your educational status (undergrad, grad, or PhD)?
  • When the award year begins next fall, what will your status be (undergrad, grad, or PhD)?
  • Following the application season, can you attend an interview at the Spring ACI Convention on March 25, 2018? Travel and hotel arrangements will be made through and paid for by the ACI Foundation.
  • Can you fulfill a 10 to 12-week internship the summer before the award year?

 During the award year, you must be a full-time student for the regular school year.

 All applicants must submit the following five items.

  • Personal and educational data.
  • A one-page resume.
  • A 500-word essay.
  • 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 shall be a ACI Member Faculty and the other should be an employer (if possible).
    The proper protocol is to contact these individuals and get their commitment to write an endorsement before submitting their names and emails to the ACI Foundation on the application.
    To search for ACI Member Faculty in your area, please visit the ACI Faculty Network page. If your professor is not an ACI member, joining the Faculty Network brings with it a free one-year ACI membership.
    The online platform will contact these individuals directly for their endorsement. You can check on receipt of endorsement forms by logging on to the application platform.

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

 Resume must be in Microsoft Word 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 official transcripts.

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

 Awardees will be determined during the ACI Spring Convention and Exposition. Awardees will be notified shortly after the convention.


Important Information for Fellowship Applications

  • ACI Foundation Fellowships can be awarded to anyone in the world; however, you must attend a U.S. or Canadian university during the award year.
  • Some of the Fellowships expect the awardee to complete a 10- to 12-week internship the summer prior to beginning the award year.
  • Those applicants chosen as a finalist for an ACI Foundation Fellowship, will be notified by February 4, 2019, and must be available to attend an interview with the Scholarship Council on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at the ACI Spring Convention, following the application season.
  • All applicants must be proficient in the English language. If English is not your native language, a written statement must be attached to this 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 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 development and to their preparation for their chosen career after graduation.

Important Information for Scholarship Applications

  • ACI Foundation Graduate Scholarships can be awarded to study anywhere in the world.
  • To be eligible for an ACI Foundation Graduate Scholarship, you must be in your first or second year of graduate study during the award year.
  • To be eligible for the undergraduate scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time undergraduate at the time of applying for and receiving the scholarship. Course work during a summer session will count toward the degree year.
  • The scholarship cash stipend is paid in two equal installments over one year to the financial aid office of the institution where the study program will be pursued. These funds will then be deposited into the recipient’s university account.

Get started early! Applications can take weeks to complete.


The following requirements shall be met for all transcript submissions.

  • The applicant asks the university registrar to forward an official transcript to the ACI Foundation; Foundation staff will receive the transcript and add it to the online application package. You will be notified by email when the ACI Foundation receives your transcript.
  • 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.
  • 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 a university, 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 U.S. 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 should be mailed directly from the university. Transcripts mailed by the student must be sealed in an envelope with a university stamp over the seal.
  • Many universities now provide official E-Transcripts. ACI Foundation will accept this form of transcript, if it comes directly from your University with an official digital signature or stamp to ACI Foundation will not accept E-Transcripts sent directly from an applicant’s e-mail address. Review and acceptance of E-Transcripts will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Coordinator.
  • Transcripts shall reach the scholarship coordinator no later than the application deadline.
  • If mailed, transcripts shall be sent to:
    ACI Foundation
    Attn: Scholarship Coordinator
    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington Hills, MI 48331

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

All ACI Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships 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 $100,000 in fellowships and scholarships annually in the name of individuals, organizations, corporations, and the ACI. 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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Please contact Foundation staff at or +1.248.848.3737.