offers $7,000-a-year scholarships for civil engineers
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[October 17, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- With a record
number of civil engineers expected to retire within the next few
years, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is announcing the Illinois Department
of Transportation's first Civil Engineer Scholarship program.
Scholarships provided as part of this new program will give selected
students up to $7,000 per academic year as an incentive to continue
their civil engineering education.
"We must begin to increase the interest in the rewarding field of
engineering," Blagojevich said. "This scholarship gives us the
opportunity to grow a diverse and quality work force for the future,
and I encourage civil engineering students to look into this
This new scholarship program is for Illinois residents who are
admitted to or enrolled full-time at select Illinois colleges and
universities in a curriculum leading toward a degree in civil
engineering. Scholarship recipients may be given the opportunity to
work for the Illinois Department of Transportation during summer
breaks and could be offered full-time employment upon graduation.
The program uses federal transportation funds to enhance the
diversity and quality of the Department of Transportation's civil
engineering work force. The department may award up to 20
scholarships, each providing tuition assistance in an Illinois
pre-engineering or engineering program on an annual basis.
Each scholarship recipient may receive up to $7,000 per academic
year. The scholarship program may provide support for up to five
years per student. Up to two years of graduate school may be
included in those five years.
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"Fewer and fewer college students in Illinois are choosing civil
engineering as a career," said Milton R. Sees, secretary of the
Department of Transportation. "It is up to us to encourage our youth
and show them that no matter what their financial situation, higher
education is an option, and a career in engineering is attainable."
The application deadline is Nov. 26 for the spring 2009 semester.
For additional information and to obtain an application, visit
To obtain information for other financial assistance
opportunities for college students, visit the Illinois Student
Assistance Commission site at
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]