The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has once again awarded more than $199,000 to Thomas Edison State University’s Heavin School of Arts, Sciences, and Technology programs in support of a two-year scholarship grant.
The latest cycle of funding is anticipated to help more than 40 students enrolled in the school’s undergraduate Nuclear Energy Engineering, Electronics Systems Engineering Technology, Radiation Protection, Cybersecurity and Information Technology degree programs.
“Ongoing NRC scholarship support has helped significantly in eliminating the barriers to degree completion for more than 120 students in our programs,” said Dr. Richard P. Coe, assistant dean in the Heavin School of Arts, Sciences, and Technology at the university. “This generous and ongoing funding underscores the NRC’s endorsement of our academic programs and the value they bring to the workforce.”
The scholarships often support qualified students who are active-duty U.S. Navy nuclear personnel and other military service members, military veterans, graduates of the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) from 28 active community college partners, and graduates of the university’s non-ABET accredited Nuclear Engineering Technology program who now wish to upgrade their degree status in order to graduate from the university’s ABET-accredited Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology degree program. To further fuel degree progression for these populations, the university’s innovative 3+1 Pathways Program allows New Jersey community college students to transfer up to 90 credits to TESU where they can complete the remaining 30 credits required for graduation. Students enrolled in relevant associate and bachelor’s degree programs can potentially qualify for up to $10,000 in scholarship support under the agreement.
The NRC and the entire nuclear energy community recognize a direct link between proper training, education and safe operation of nuclear facilities.
“Our curriculum is proven to meet the academic and career needs of a diverse pool of students who are current or future employees in the nuclear energy field where technical currency, practical knowledge and applied skills are mandatory in order to meet emerging workforce demands,” added Coe.
Students who receive NRC Scholarship support and can also apply for additional funding during upcoming scholarship cycles. The application period for these scholarships is open now through Feb. 28, 2023. Learn more about the NRC Scholarship and how to apply