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Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Scholarship

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship was established in 2014 by a grant from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC has once again awarded scholarship funding to Thomas Edison State University to provide support to qualified School of Applied Science and Technology students enrolled in one of the following nuclear-related academic programs:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Scholarship

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Bachelor of Science degree programs in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology (ABET-accredited); Nuclear Engineering Technology with a concentration in Radiation Protection; Nuclear Engineering Technology; Energy Systems Technology; Electronics Systems Engineering Technology (ABET-accredited); Radiation Protection; Radiation Protection/Health Physics; Cybersecurity; Information Technology; Technical Studies.

The University awards scholarships averaging $2,500 (each) to qualified students based on need and academic performance. The maximum scholarship award is $10,000.

Please note that students utilizing Military Tuition Assistance, veterans educational benefits or federal/state financial aid may still qualify for this scholarship

The online application may be submitted at any time during the application period and will be processed on a first come, first serve basis. Students receiving a scholarship must sign the NRC Service Agreement, the details of which are listed below.

Qualifying Criteria:

  1. Be admitted or enrolled under one of the following categories:
  1. Complete the online NRC Scholarship Application
  2. Sign the required TESU NRC Scholarship Counseling Agreement and attach it to the Application.

For more information on determining whether you are eligible for this scholarship, contact Donald Cucuzzella assistant dean in the School of Applied Science and Technology at Thomas Edison State University.

Award Criteria:

To be selected for an award, a scholarship applicant must:

  • Meet all three (A, B, and C) qualifying criteria defined above for the scholarship, submit a completed NRC Scholarship Application, and submit all supplemental documentation during the application period.
  • Have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours (online or Guided Study) in their chosen scholarship-approved program. (See exception below).
  • Students enrolled in a scholarship-approved associate degree programs must be making satisfactory academic progress overall at Thomas Edison State University as determined by the NRC Scholarship Committee.
  • Students enrolled in a scholarship-approved bachelor’s degree program at Thomas Edison State University must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall. (See exception below).
  • A scholarship applicant applying under the category of NUCP graduate must have been admitted to Thomas Edison State University into one of the approved programs prior to applying for the scholarship.
  • Credit hours and/or GPA requirements may be waived for any applicant who demonstrates by transcript and resume sufficient experience and education in the nuclear field. Such waiver will be at the discretion of the School of Applied Science and Technology.

Supplemental Documentation Required:

Selection, Notification, and Acceptance:

  • Applications will be reviewed and considered for selection on a rolling basis until such time as the application period closes or funds are no longer available.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon submission and via email.
  • Applicants will be notified by email regarding an award decision.
  • If awarded, applicant must sign and return the Service Agreement, provided at the time of notification, within one week of notification and before funds are disbursed.

Disbursement of Scholarship Funds:

  • Scholarship funds will be disbursed to the student’s account after receipt of the student’s signed Service Agreement.

Use of Scholarship Funds:

  • Funds may be used for tuition, fees (including graduation fees), books and lab kits incurred after the notification of award date, for the scholarship-approved program at Thomas Edison State University.

Monitoring Compliance with the NRC Service Agreement:

If you are awarded and accept a NRC Scholarship, you are obligated to fulfill the requirements of the NRC Service Agreement. The University will monitor these as NRC penalties may be imposed due to non-compliance.

  • Serve 6 months in nuclear related employment for each partial or full year of academic support. An inability to comply must be communicated to the NRC by the student with justification for any request for an exception.
  • Remain matriculated in the degree program for the field of study for which the scholarship was approved. At TESU, this means the student will maintain continuous enrollment until graduation. Withdrawal, Stop-Out, or becoming an Inactive student will cause the full amount of the scholarship to be cancelled and you will be billed the amount of any funds used.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in the recipient’s field of study, as demonstrated by maintaining a 3.0 GPA overall and within the major (area of study). Failure to maintain the minimum GPA will initiate academic probation for the next term of courses, and could result in cancellation of the scholarship if the GPA is not sufficiently improved.
  • Maintain a course load of at least 6 credit hours per term, four times per year. At TESU this means a minimum of 24 credits earned during your 12 month enrollment year. Failure to complete 24 credits each enrollment year may affect the scholarship award including cancellation.

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