Inspiring the Future


The electricity grid is undergoing enormous changes creating challenges across the power and energy industry. There is a need to replace aging infrastructure while incorporating green and socially responsible technologies. The smart grid will change the way power is generated, transmitted, distributed and used. Compounding these challenges is a projected energy workforce shortage of critical proportions.

It's estimated that the power and energy industry will experience as much as a 50% turnover in engineers, and there's continuing concern about the availability of highly-skilled, quality engineers to revitalize the nation's power grid and prepare us for a clean energy future.

The IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative brings together all stakeholders - industry, educators and students - to directly address the power and energy workforce shortage by attracting qualified electrical engineering students to the field. The Initiative awards scholarships and connects undergraduates in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico who are interested in power and energy engineering careers to available internships.

Making a contribution to the IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Fund of the IEEE Foundation is your opportunity to affect the future by recognizing the brightest students today to illuminate our world tomorrow.

Program Highlights:

  • 209 Scholarships awarded in 2015 to students from 105 universities across the U.S., Canada & Puerto Rico
  • Since the 2011 launch of the program:
    • More than 120 organizations hired PES Scholars as part of their internship/career experience program or for a full-time position
    • 942 Scholarships awarded to 587 students attending 169 universities 

Feedback from our PES Scholars:

“This scholarship will make such an enormous difference in my life.
It is inspiring to see power engineers giving back in this way”
- Mary Scherer - Ohio State University

“The PES scholarship has made a significant impact for me and my family. For the first time, I felt financially stress-freeand the opportunities for success in the power and energy field were tremendous. PES sparked my interests even morein learning about power and energy. A whole new world was introduced to me when I learned about the PES scholarship.It also helped me  search for potential employers to gain engineering experience and further my education in the Power and Energy field. I could not believe such a scholarship existed. The PES scholarship was far beyond my expectation for a scholarship and I could not ask for more."
- Hai Lu - University of South Alabama

"The PES scholarship not only has given me more access to the industry but has also facilitated
career opportunities."
Adam Shreck - Colorado School of Mines


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