Scholarship

The American Galvanizers Association’s (AGA) Galvanize the Future: An Edgar K Schutz Memorial Scholarship essay contest was developed to assist future specifiers with the rising cost of a college education. The scholarship is available to full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university in North America studying architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, construction management, material science, or a related field.

Three scholarships are awarded annually ($2,500; $1,500; and $1,000) for the top essays submitted. The entry deadline for the current competition closed March 31, 2016 and winners will be announced in May. 

Application

The following is a list of frequently asked questions about the application process. Click on the question to be taken to the answer listed further down on the page. If you do not see your question listed here, try searching using the links above, the search engine on the top right of the page, or contact the AGA for assistance.

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. What are the award amounts?
  3. How long should entries be?
  4. What style is most appropriate?
  5. How will essays be judged?
  6. Where do I start?
  7. When is the entry deadline?
  8. How do I submit my entry?
  9. How many times can I enter the contest?
  10. What about the winners?

1. Who is eligible?

Any full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate student of any age enrolled at an accredited college or university only in North America, during the 2015-2016 school year.  High school students are not eligible to enter this contest. Qualifying majors include architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, construction management, material science, or other related field.

2. What are the award amounts?

  • 1st Place – $2,500
  • 2nd Place – $1,500
  • ​3rd Place – $1,000

3. How long should entries be?

Essays should be at least 1000 words, but should not exceed 2000 words.

4. What style is most appropriate?

Judges will evaluate submissions based on relevance, accuracy, conciseness, and ingenuity. Please submit your essays in English.

5. How will essays be judged?

Each essay will be read and ranked by reviewers at the AGA. Final awards will be determined the AGA’s Executive Director.

6. Where do I start?

The AGA website provides a wealth of no-cost resources on hot-dip galvanizing information, including access to the current publications, Dr. Galv articles, the AGA KnowledgeBase, technical information resource CDs, and a variety of industry links.

7. When is the entry deadline?

The deadline is March 31st of the given year. 

8. How do I submit my entry?

Submit your essay by filling out the submission form on the application page. You will receive an email confirmation your entry has been received. Please use our contact form for all questions. No phone calls please.

9. How many times can I enter the contest?

One entry will be accepted per student per year.

10. What about the winners?

Winners will be personally notified and announced on the AGA website in May 2015. The scholarship will be paid directly to the winning student’s educational institution. All submissions become the property of the American Galvanizers Association and will not be returned. Winning essays become the property of the American Galvanizers Association which will cooperate fully with the authors in the republication of essays.