The American Galvanizers Association’s (AGA) Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks 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.
Two scholarships are awarded annually ($2,500 each) for the top essays submitted. The entry deadline for next year's competition will close March 31, 2018 and winners will be announced next May.
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.
- Who is eligible?
- What are the award amounts?
- How long should entries be?
- What style is most appropriate?
- How will essays be judged?
- Where do I start?
- When is the entry deadline?
- How do I submit my entry?
- How many times can I enter the contest?
- What about the winners?
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 2017-2018 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.
- TWO 1st Place winners – $2,500 each
Essays should be at least 1000 words, but should not exceed 2000 words.
Judges will evaluate submissions based on relevance, accuracy, conciseness, and ingenuity. Please submit your essays in English.
Each essay will be read and ranked by reviewers at the AGA. Final awards will be determined the AGA’s Executive Director.
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.
The deadline is March 31st of the given year.
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.
One entry will be accepted per student per year.
Winners will be personally notified and announced on the AGA website in May 2018. 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.