Academic Scholarships Program

The NACE Foundation’s Scholarship Program was established to promote the study of corrosion science and engineering, as well as to recognize academic excellence and aid deserving students who demonstrate a drive to succeed and become contributing members of the corrosion industry.

The application process is open annually from September 1 through January 1 and the NACE Foundation offers several scholarships, funded by contributions from individual members, NACE Sections and Areas, corporations and other non-profit entities, to students who meet the criteria established by the scholarship donors. Each scholarship has its own specific set of eligibility requirements, and is reviewed by a separate Selection Committee.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship through the NACE Foundation, please review the general scholarship guidelines below, in addition to any eligibility requirements for the specific scholarships. Consideration will be afforded to all eligible candidates who apply, provided the candidate submits a completed application with all necessary documentation prior to the deadline.

Apply for Academic Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in the NACE Foundation scholarship program. We are excited to share that we are in the process of joining forces with SSPC and will soon combine to become a new organization with more benefits and services for our members worldwide.

From now through December 2021 all Foundation programming will continue without change. That means our scholarships, cKits, and other services will operate as they always have. If you are planning to apply for a scholarship this year, the process is the same.

Please click on the link below to review and apply for the NACE Foundation’s 2021 scholarships.

Click Here to Apply for Scholarships 

How to Apply for Scholarships:

  1. Click here to view the list of available scholarships and eligibility requirements.
  2. Click the “Sign Up” or “Sign In” button to begin the application process.
  3. Complete the General Application, and select the program(s) that you wish to apply for.
  4. Once you complete the General Application, you will be “Auto-Matched” to the scholarship opportunities for which you meet the minimum qualifications. Auto-matched scholarships do not require you to complete an additional application.
  5. Scholarship opportunities listed on the Recommended Opportunities page will require supplementary documentation and/or essay questions. To apply for these scholarships, click the “Apply” button to complete and submit your application.
  6. All submitted applications may be edited at any time prior to the scholarship deadline. Login to your account and click on the appropriate application to make your changes. Click “Update Your Application” at the bottom of the page once you have completed your changes.

Contact Us for more information about the Academic Scholarships Program.

Scholarship Program Guidelines

Please be sure to review the guidelines below, along with any additional requirements on the individual scholarship page(s), before submitting an application. These guidelines are applicable to ALL scholarships offered by the NACE Foundation:

  • NACE Foundation scholarship recipients will be recognized at the NACE Annual Conference each year in March. Recipients are highly encouraged to attend the conference in person to be acknowledged.
  • NACE Foundation scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for Travel Assistance to subsidize their travelto the annual conference to receive their award in person.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a college/university. Students enrolled in 2-year or junior colleges are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible, however, a maximum amount of $10,000 per student (excluding Travel Assistance) will be awarded in any given year.
  • Once a candidate reaches the $10,000 maximum, that candidate’s remaining application(s), if any, will not be considered by subsequent Selection Committees. If the candidate applies for and receives a singlescholarship that exceeds the $10,000 maximum amount, that candidate will be excluded from consideration for all subsequent scholarships.
  • All scholarship monies are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university and are to be used for educational expenses only. Expenses include, but not limited to: tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses at the educational institution.
  • Applications are to be completed by the students themselves, using official applications and recommendation forms provided by the NACE Foundation.
  • NACE academic scholarships are not intended to replace stipends or other financial support provided to students for their education by industry, universities, or other organizations.
  • Applicants must submit one complete copy of their application for each scholarship. This includes allinformation which is to be considered by the Selection Committee (with the exception of Recommendation Forms that are sent directly to the NACE Foundation).
  • Previous applicants and recipients are eligible to reapply each year in open competition with new applicants.
  • Upon acceptance, all scholarship recipients must submit a color photograph of themselves to the NACE Foundation, which will be used for publicity purposes.
  • All scholarship recipients are required to submit a written follow-up report to the NACE Foundation within one year of receipt of their scholarship, describing how funds were utilized and how the scholarship aided their education.
  • Relatives of members of the Selection Committee or NACE Foundation staff are ineligible to apply.
  • One alternate recipient may be selected for each scholarship by the NACE Foundation in the event the chosen recipient becomes ineligible.
  • The NACE Foundation reserves the right to not award any or all scholarships at all in any given year.
  • All applicants must reside and attend a college/university in a country which NACE International and the NACE Foundation may legally support. Any countries sanctioned by the U.S. Office of Foreign AssetsControl ( or individuals included on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) or Blocked Persons lists are excluded from consideration.
  • All applicants will be notified via e-mail no later than mid-February about the status of their applications. Applicants who are awarded a scholarship through the NACE Foundation must submit their written acceptance of the scholarship award and notify the NACE Foundation of their intent to attend the NACE annual conference as soon as possible after notification.
  • NACE Foundation scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for Travel Assistance to supplement their travel to the annual conference to accept their award in person.

Request to Fund a Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Agreement


Please send the completed form to

Travel Assistance Program

Formerly offered through the NACE Foundation, the AMPP EMERG Student Outreach Program will provide Travel Assistance in the amount of $25,000 to help fund student travel to the AMPP spring conference.  Travel Assistance awards are equally distributed, with a maximum of $300 (USD) allocated per applicant. Students will be notified of travel awards in mid-February.

In order to be eligible to receive Travel Assistance, students must be in attendance at the conference for a minimum of two nights / three days. Assistance is made available to support the following students:

  • AMPP EMERG Student Outreach Program Scholarship Recipients*
  • Presenters in the Student Poster Session*
  • Presenters of a paper in the Technical Program*

*Note: Students who meet more than one criteria are only eligible to receive one travel award.



Travel Assistance Information for:

Eligibility Requirements

Students who meet at least one of the eligibility requirements outlined below are eligible to submit at an application for Travel Assistance. Students who meet more than one criteria are only eligible to receive one travel award.

  • Students participating in the Student Poster Session must be listed as both the Primary Author and the Presenter, on the original paperwork submitted to AMPP, in order to be eligible.
  • Contributing authors are not eligible to apply for Travel Assistance. However, a contributing author that is confirmed to present on the primary author’s behalf may be eligible to receive Travel Assistance in the event the poster’s primary author is unable to attend the conference. Substitutions will be made at the discretion of the AMPP EMERG Student Outreach Program staff.
  • Only one (1) Travel Assistance award will be granted per poster and per student.
  • Students are required to be in attendance at the conference for at least 2 nights / 3 days (Monday–Wednesday), and must participate in ALL mandatory activities related to the Student Poster Session.  If these requirements are not met, the student may forfeit his or her Travel Assistance award.
  • Full time students presenting in any of the following technical programs are eligible to receive Travel Assistance: Technical Symposia, Research in Progress (RIP), or Research Topical Symposia (RTS). Presentations in technical committee meetings (TIE, STG, TEG, TG, Forums, etc.) are not eligible.
  • Students must be named Presenters on the initial paperwork submitted to AMPP but are not required to be the Primary author.
  • Only one (1) Travel Assistance award will be granted per presentation and per student.

Students who are granted a scholarship through the AMPP EMERG Student Outreach Program in that specific year are eligible to receive Travel Assistance.


Applying for Travel Assistance

Click Here to Apply Online

Travel Assistance Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

How to Apply Online

  1. Click Here to access Travel Assistance application page.
  2. Sign Up to create a username and password on the AcademicWorks application platform.
  3. Complete the General Application, and select program option for Travel Assistance.
  4. Complete the Travel Assistance Application
  5. Click “Submit” to send your application. If necessary, you may “edit” your application at any time until the deadline.

Redeeming Your Travel Assistance

  • Travel Assistance certificates will be available for pick-up at the conference on Monday, March 7, 2022 during the Student Poster Session orientation breakfast (for SPS participants ONLY) or during the Student Meeting. If you are unable to attend either meeting, certificates can be picked up at Registration on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
  • Certificates must be redeemed at the conference Registration desk on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 during the AMPP 2022 conference and expo.  A valid photo ID is required. Specific times for redemption will be indicated on the certificate.

NACE Los Angeles Section Travel Assistance

To be eligible to receive NACE Los Angeles Section Travel Assistance, students must meet the requirements outlined below, as well as be enrolled full time in an undergraduate or graduate Engineering Program at an accredited college/university within the California counties of:  Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino or Riverside.

  • Presenter or Contributor in the Student Poster Session
  • Presenters of a paper in the technical program*
Eligible students must submit a Travel Assistance application to the AMPP EMERG Student Outreach Program staff in order to receive Travel Assistance on behalf of the NACE Los Angeles Section.


Outstanding Student Award

The Outstanding Student Award was created in 2014 to recognize exceptional service to NACE International,  NACE International Foundation, a NACE student chapter, or the ACC Student Sub-committee. To be considered exceptional, the student’s participation must be recognized as significant to the growth of NACE or positively influencing the education of current or future students in the fields of corrosion science and engineering.

The recipient of the Outstanding Student Award is recognized at the NACE Foundation’s evening event, held during the annual NACE conference each spring. He or she will also receive a monetary award of up to $2,000.00 (USD), which includes an honorarium in the amount of $500.00 (USD), and a travel stipend in the amount of $1,500.00 (USD).

Outstanding Student Award Nomination Guidelines

Submit a Nomination

Do you know of a NACE student member who deserves to be recognized for his or her hard work or contributions? Download the nomination form below, and submit your nomination for the Outstanding Student Award today!

Nomination Deadline: We are not accepting applications at this time. 

Nominations for the Outstanding Student Award may be submitted by any of the following:

  • NACE Members – Any NACE member who is in good standing may nominate a student member. The nomination form must bear the signature of the NACE member making the nomination, and must be submitted directly to the NACE Foundation.
  • NACE Areas or Sections – Any single NACE Area or Section may submit up to three (3) nominations each year. The completed nomination form must bear the signatures of at least one active member of the Board of Trustees, and must be submitted directly to the NACE Foundation.
  • Past Outstanding Student Award Recipients – Past recipients of the Outstanding Student Award may submit one (1) nomination each year.  Completed nomination forms should be submitted directly to the NACE Foundation.
  • ACC Student Subcommittee Members – Members of a NACE technical committee, activity committee, or board committee may submit nominations.  Completed nomination forms should be submitted directly to the NACE Foundation.
  • Institution Administrator– Senior administrators or faculty at a student’s institution may submit nominations on behalf of a particular student.  Completed nomination forms should be submitted directly to the NACE Foundation.

Download Nomination Form

Nominations for the Outstanding Student Award must be submitted to the NACE Foundation staff no later than December 1st.  Completed nominations may be submitted via any of the following methods:

 Fax:  +1 281-228-6305
  Mailing Address:

NACE Foundation
Outstanding Student Award
ATTN: Heather Lowry
15835 Park Ten Place
Houston, TX  77084-5145 USA

The NACE Foundation reserves the right to extend the deadline for nominations as it deems necessary. Nominations must include statements and specific outcomes that substantiate the student nominee’s exceptional service to NACE International or the NACE Foundation. Nominations without such details will not be considered.  Meritorious work will be evaluated on the basis of results achieved. Talks, papers, presentations, publications, volunteer service, technical performance or achievement will also have an influence on the selection of the recipient. Only one nomination and one additional recommendation per candidate will be accepted. In the event of multiple submissions, only the first nomination received will be submitted to Selection Committee for review.

Student Nominees Information

If you are a NACE student member nominated for this year’s Outstanding Student Award, please read over each section and submit the requested documentation in order to accept your nomination.

Nominee Acceptance Submission Deadline: We are not accepting applications at this time. 

Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the Outstanding Student Award:

  • NACE Student Member  – Nominees must be a current NACE student member in good standing, enrolled full-time at an accredited university or college (12 hours undergraduate program, 9 hours graduate program).
  • Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.
  • Past recipients of this award are not eligible to be nominated.
In order to accept a nomination, nominees must return the following documents to the NACE Foundation no later than December 31st:

  • One (1) additional Recommendation Form – Nominees must obtain one (1) additional recommendation from educators, employers, NACE members or peers familiar with the nominee’s background. Recommendation forms must use the official Outstanding Student Award Recommendation Form and should be sent to directly to the NACE Foundation by the person making the recommendation.

Recommendation Form (.PDF)

  • Nominee Profile Form – Nominees must complete the Outstanding Student Award Nominee Profile Form, and highlight any academic and professional achievements in their own words.

Nominee Profile Form (.PDF)

Completed nominations will be submitted to the NACE Foundation Board of Directors for review, and a recipient will be selected no later than February 1, 2021.

In the event a nominee is not selected, nomination forms will be held on file for future consideration for up to one (1) additional year. Past nominees will be contacted by the NACE Foundation to provide an updated Nominee Profile Form if he or she wishes to be considered again for the award. In the event the nominee is not selected the following year, a new nomination on his or her behalf will be required for consideration.