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Department Scholarships


The materials science and engineering department awards scholarships to ALL admitted freshman and transfer students who declare ceramic or metallurgical engineering as their major.

Departmental scholarships typically range from $500 to $3,000 a year based on academic performance and leadership. Individual scholarships are reviewed after each semester and adjusted based on academic performance and departmental service and leadership.

The department also offers a handful of larger scholarships that pay from $1,000 to $7,000 a year to awarded students.

These “special” scholarships are listed below:

Forrest K. Pence Memorial Scholarship

  • This scholarship is awarded based on academic achievements, as well as extracurricular activities, community service and association to the southwest and the ceramic industry or ceramic arts.

The Robert & Mary Buttle Scholarship

  • You must be a student entering your sophomore year and enrolled in the ceramic engineering program to be eligible for this award.

St. Louis Section ACerS Scholarship

  • You must be enrolled in the ceramic engineering program, and must have completed 60 credit hours with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
  • Provided by the St. Louis Section of the American Ceramic Society’s Annual Refractory Symposium, as well as friends and industrial partners of the Section.

Stone Scholarship/Loan

  • You must be a student entering your junior or senior year and enrolled in the metallurgical engineering program, and have “special financial needs.”

Bob and Hanna Nevins Scholarship

Scholarships available through external sources:

AIST/FeMET

Material Advantage

Foundry Education Foundation

Undergraduate research assistantships

  • Pay generally starts at $7.50 an hour;
  • If interested, contact individual faculty members for available positions.

Graduate research assistantships

  • 50 percent of time spent doing research assistant work, 50 percent doing classwork;
  • Stipends start at about $2,000 a month; and
  • If interested, contact individual faculty members for available positions.
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