Scholarships and Awards
All students in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering are automatically considered for a number of merit-based scholarships. You cannot apply for these scholarships, but you will be notified prior to the fall semester if you will be receiving one. Approximately 65 scholarships are awarded annually.
College and University Scholarships
- College of Engineering Scholarship Listing
- Penn State Scholarship Listing
- Schreyer Honors College Scholarship Listing
Every spring semester, the department hosts a Senior Recognition Banquet to honor high-performing juniors and seniors and to distribute awards to recognize students who have excelled in areas of research, service, and academic performance.
Look for award applications to be posted in January.
Boeing Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Junior
The Boeing Award recognizes an outstanding junior in mechanical engineering with a demonstrated interest in the aerospace industry.
Thomas Briggs Hunter Memorial Award for Student Leadership in Mechanical Engineering
The Hunter Award recognizes a mechanical engineering student who has gone above and beyond in acts of service to his or her department, college, university, or community.
Dr. John P. Karidis Department Head's Award for Research Achievement in Mechanical Engineering
The Karidis Award recognizes a mechanical engineering student who has made significant research-related contributions to his or her area of study.
The Beecher Loftus Leadership & Service Award in Nuclear Engineering
The Beecher Loftus Leadership & Service Award recognizes a nuclear engineering student who has gone above and beyond in acts of service and leadership in his or her department, college, university or community related to the field of nuclear engineering.
The Baker Hughes Mechanical Engineering Student Scholarship
The Baker Hughes Mechanical Engineering Scholarship recognizes two mechanical engineering undergraduate students who balance academic excellence with outstanding extracurricular involvement.
John J. Brennan Excellence in Nuclear Engineering Award
The Brennan Award recognizes a nuclear engineering student for significant academic excellence.
Leonhard Center Speaking Contest
The Leonhard Center Speaking Contest recognizes technical talks on solutions to society problems by engineering students.