ESI Center Smart Grid Scholarships for Future

Leaders in Electric Energy and Smart Grid

We are not accepting new applications at this point.


Up to $10,000.


With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Energy Systems Innovation (ESI) Center offers scholarships to students who intend to continue their education in power engineering in WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Please also see the Program Brochure.

The scholarships are awarded for up to $10,000 per year for two years. The scholarships require both academic merit and financial need. Financial need will be determined based on FAFSA or GAANN guidelines considering your expected family contribution (EFC). If you have a loan for your education, you may be eligible for a loan reduction.

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Students must certify for power engineering and complete the power engineering track of study or the scholarship will be rescinded. Students must maintain their scholarship eligibility criteria for every semester in the program.

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Permanent Resident.
  2. Have a demonstrated financial need.
  3. Have junior standing and be eligible to certify in power engineering (in School of EECS).
  4. Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 (3.0 for Master's students).

Application Process

Our funding requires the following document to be on file before a scholarship can be made. However, to get the process started, you can simply send us an email notifying us of your intent to apply. Then we can work together to prepare the required documents as follows:

  1. One or two letters of recommendation from an instructor or an employer. The letter should discuss your potential for professional success, e.g., motivation and communication skills. Letters should be sent directly to Jody Opheim, WSU ESI Center, PO Box 642752, Pullman, WA 99164-2752 or
  2. Current resume. In PDF format.
  3. Statement of Intent. In PDF format. Should be one page or less, describing why you are interested in power engineering as a career. You should also discuss your volunteer activities, summer work, student club and professional organization activities.
  4. Transcripts. When you apply for the scholarship, a web printout is sufficient, but you will have to provide official trasnscripts from all schools attended before the scholarship can be awarded.
  5. A short online application. The application form is at Have electronic PDFs of your resume, transcripts, and statement of intent ready to upload when you complete your form.

Priority Deadline

The deadlines for priority consideration are as follows. Applications received after these dates may be considered.
  • For consideration for fall semester: Third Friday in July
  • For consideration for spring semester: Third Friday in November


If you are selected to be an ESI Scholar, in addition to up to $10,000 per year in financial support, you will benefit from strong ties to industry in the state and region. You'll have practicum and internship opportunities with the state's utilities and energy-related companies, mentoring from power alumni throughout the state to help guide you in your academic and career choices, and the inside track on job openings.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1260085. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Updated 2015-06-09.
School of EECS, PO Box 642752, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-2752 USA.