Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Scholarship

2017 - 2019 Award Cycles

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 bachelor of science degree programs:

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); Electronics Engineering Technology; Radiation Protection; Radiation Protection/Health Physics; Cybersecurity and Information Technology. The scholarship funding will also support students enrolled in the School's master of science degree programs in Nuclear Energy Technology Management, Information Technology and Technical Studies.

The amount of scholarship funding available to students for the current award period is $197,900. During the 2017-2019 scholarship award cycle, the University will award scholarship amounts averaging $2,500 (each) to qualified students based on need and academic performance. The maximum scholarship award is $10,000. Once available funds are awarded, the scholarship will no longer be available.

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

Award and Application Periods:

The 2017-2019 scholarship cycle will be divided into two (2) award periods: Aug. 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018 or until all scholarship funds have been awarded and accepted and Aug. 1, 2018 through July 29, 2019 or until all scholarship funds have been awarded and accepted. The online application may be submitted at any time during the application period. Students receiving a scholarship in the first award period may also apply for a scholarship during the second award period. A separate application and new NRC Service Agreement are required for each award period.

Qualifying Criteria:

  1. Be admitted or enrolled under one of the following categories:
    1. Currently enrolled Thomas Edison State University students in one of the following School of Applied Science and Technology bachelor of science or master of science degree programs:
    2. A graduate of the School's BS degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology program who wishes to upgrade their degree status to an ABET-accredited BS degree in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology. Or, a graduate of the School's BS degree in Electronics Engineering Technology program who wishes to upgrade their degree status and earn an ABET-accredited BS degree in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology.
    3. Admitted/Not Enrolled bachelor's or master's degree student in one of the University's approved NRC Scholarship bachelor of science programs.
    4. Admitted/Enrolled bachelor's or master's degree student in on one of the University's approved NRC Scholarship graduate-level programs.
    5. NUCP graduate of a Community College Member Institution in a program approved under the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program and who graduated with at least a 3.0 GPA from the University Member Institution.
  2. Complete the online NRC Scholarship Application and sign and submit the required Nuclear Regulatory Commission Service Agreement.  Note: Please read the service agreement as it contains additional requirements for the student who is awarded a scholarship. Only complete the section pertaining to the Scholarship program as the "Fellowship" section does not apply in this instance. Thomas Edison State University considers a student taking six (6) credits per semester term, four times a year (or 24 credits) equivalent to full time status for purposes of the NRC Scholarship Service Agreement. This position has been accepted by the NRC and modifies paragraph 3.c of the NRC Service Agreement.
  3. Submit a personal resume

For more information on determining whether you are eligible for this scholarship, contact Dr. Richard Coe 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 Thomas Edison State University Scholarship Application, and submit all supplemental documentation during the application period.
  • Have submitted a FAFSA for the current financial aid award year.
  • Have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours (online or Guided Study) in their chosen scholarship-approved program. (See option below)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and in their chosen scholarship-approved program at Thomas Edison State University. (See option 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, (other than Electronics Engineering Technology program), 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:

  • Complete, sign and submit the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Service Agreement. Email to or fax it to (609) 984-8447.

  • Submit a personal resume. Email to or fax it to (609) 984-8447.

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 Scholarship Acceptance Form, 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 Scholarship Acceptance Form.

Use of Scholarship Funds:

Funds may be used for tuition, 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 12 credit hours per semester. At TESU this means a minimum of 24 credits 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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