PRAXAIR Industrial Refrigeration Diversity Scholarships

Overview:

The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Education Committee, through a generous financial grant from PRAXAIR Inc. will award two (2), grants for attending the Annual IIAR Industrial Refrigeration Conference and Exhibition. These scholarships are to provide assistance for engineering students or recent engineering graduates, from diverse backgrounds, such as women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), minorities, and persons with physical disabilities gain exposure to the many opportunities within the industry.

The PRAXAIR Industrial Refrigeration Diversity Grant covers travel, accommodations, meals and registration, to a maximum of $1750 per recipient. Eligible applicants must be either full time students within one or two years of graduation from an accredited engineering program that leads to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate degree or a recent graduate of an accredited engineering program that leads to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate degree, (within 1 calendar year of the application deadline).  Also applicants must have not previously attended an Annual IIAR Conference.

Application Requirements:

Applications and recommendations shall be submitted to the Scholarship Sub-Committee Chairman by Mail postmarked, or Electronic Correspondence time stamped no later than December 31st. Recipients, as well as all applicants, will be notified by e-mail prior to January 31st.

Applications consist of three parts: the Application Form, Recommendations, and an Official Transcript or certificate of graduation.  Students are responsible to complete and submit the Application Form, then coordinate with a faculty member or employer for letter of recommendation. Applicants are also responsible to contact their university or college to request transcripts.

In general the Student Form includes contact information, degree program, professional society memberships, previous work experience, other scholarship awards, and short essays highlighting the student’s interest, experience and skills.

Recommendations and Transcripts can to be submitted via mail, fax (703)-312-0065, or e-mail (info@nh3foundation.org)

Attn: Scholarship Sub-Committee Chairman
International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 503

Alexandra, VA 22314

REGISTER ONLINE

Selection Criteria:

The objective of the PRAXAIR Grant Program is to attract outstanding engineering and technical students of diversity background, to seek careers in the field of Industrial Refrigeration. The information submitted by and on behalf of applicants will be reviewed and scored by the Scholarship Sub-committee in the following manner to select 2 highest scoring applicants, with maximum score being a twenty (20):

Grade Point Average

One point is awarded for the minimum grade point average of 3.0 or certificate of graduation.  An additional one point is awarded for each 0.2 points above the minimum to a maximum of 5 points for a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Strength of Recommendations

Applicant will receive one point for receipt of recommendation letter from a faculty member or employer/supervisor.  Each committee member will then by their individual judgment be free to assign an additional two points to each recommendation. Applicants will then receive a score based on the average of all committee members’ scores, with a maximum of six (4) points awarded for strength of recommendations.  

Work/Extra Curricular Activity Experience

Each committee member will evaluate applicant responses in this section of the application, as if they were looking to hire the applicant for an internship or summer job and score from one (1) to four (4). Applicants will then receive a score based on the average of all committee members’ scores, with a maximum of four (4) points awarded for strength of responses.  

Strength of Interest Essay

Short Essays will be evaluated by each committee member and rated on a scale of one (1) to five (5) as to the level of understanding related to Natural Refrigerants and Industrial Refrigeration, and gauging the applicant’s level of interest in pursuing a career in the industry. Applicants will then receive a score based on the average of all committee members’ scores, with a maximum of five (5) points awarded for strength of response.