Our annual AIChE scholarship for $1000.00 is through the generous donation from AthenaVisual, Inc.
To be considered you must be: a current full time undergraduate student at UIC with chemical engineering as your declared major
An active member of AIChE National
An active member of AIChE @ UIC and must have attend five or more AIChE @ UIC events by the date of application
Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
Completion of application form including the following 300-500 word essay answering “How has the AIChE experience helped you with your future plans?” Proof of memberships and GPA will be required.
For consideration please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Scholarship Committee,
I am writing to express my interest and apply for the Athena Visual AIChE Scholarship.
I am expected to be graduating from UIC with a bachelor in chemical engineering in May of 2017. During my time as an undergraduate, I have been able to participate in extracurricular activities on campus such as the AIChE student organization. I was a sophomore when I first joined AIChE. I was enrolled in introductory chemical engineering courses and had a vague understanding of the discipline and its applications. Through AIChE, I was able to learn about the details of the field and its applications from conversations with peers, professors, and presenters from industry.
AIChE helped me understand and appreciate the versatility of the degree I am pursuing. Furthermore, the AIChE national conference in 2015 at Salt Lake City was an informative and beneficial experience. It provided me with an overall framework of the opportunities and options that a chemical engineer has; the recruiting companies ranged in industries from petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals to information technology. Additionally, I had the chance to speak with professors from different universities about pursuing a graduate degree in chemical engineering and the future benefits of that path.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, I was the tutoring coordinator for AIChE at UIC. I gained experience in managing a group of tutors and ensuring tutors were effective. This small scale experience can be compared to one in industry where a project manager is responsible for supervision and coordination of engineers and projects. I also gained experience in tutoring students which allowed me to realize the great sense of glee that one feels when helping others understand problems and concepts. This experience made me consider pursuing graduate school to become a professor in academia or even obtaining a teaching certification to work as a high school teacher as a side-gig, so I can help and motivate future generations.
Overall, one could say that AIChE made it more difficult for me to decide on a future career, but I believe AIChE helped me appreciate all the different paths a chemical engineer can go through. I can become an engineer, a professor, or even an engineer and teacher. The possibilities are vast and diverse, and that is why I am excited to be completing this versatile and hard-earned degree. Thank you for considering my application.