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Scholarships

The PEO Educational Foundation is a non profit charitable corporation in Oregon whose mission is to provide scholarships to Oregon citizens pursuing engineering degrees at any one of Oregon’s five ABET accredited colleges. It has its own Board and raises funds both in concert with PEO and independently.  EIN 93-0666849

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Neal Rose, Senior in Mechanical Engineering from Coos Bay. He writes: “I have been fortunate to intern with HGE Architects & Engineers where I helped on a wide variety of projects with  AutoCAD. PSE Consulting Engineers in Klamath Falls hired me to help with projects from structural analysis of commercial buildings, to the design of a home to meet current seismic regulations. I also had the opportunity to work on a project that was going out to bid for a seismic retrofit. … I recently interned at the City of North Bend and was able to get a feel for how a Public Works Department in a municipality operates”.  Neal has completed his FE exam and plans to obtain his PE license as soon as he is qualified to take the exam.

Over the past 40 years the Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships. Goal to provide the scholarships to the engineering student(s) attending:

  • Oregon State University
  • George Fox
  • Oregon Tech / Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Portland State University
  • University of Portland

The dean’s office at each of the schools selected the students for these scholarships.

They select students based upon the Foundation’s preference policy as follows:
A. Oregon Students. Applicants must be citizens of the USA and either (a) graduates of an Oregon high school, or (b) be the child of a parent who is a bona fide permanent Oregon resident.

B. Membership in the NSPE & PEO- Students are to join for free at:
http://www.nspe.org/membership/type-membership/student-membership

C. Scholastic Level – Preference shall be given in order of descending priority to students in their:

  1. Fifth or final undergraduate year;
  2. Fourth undergraduate year;
  3. Third undergraduate year;
  4. Second undergraduate year;
  5. Students entering their freshman year may not be considered for scholarships.

D. Potential Contribution – Potential of the student candidate to make a significant contribution to society and the engineering profession shall be the principle consideration.

E. Financial Need – Financial need shall be the secondary consideration. In addition to financial need, the candidate must show reasonable expectation of being able to complete the scholastic year with the total financial aid available and such self-help (employment) as is reasonably available.

F. Grades – Cumulative grade points shall be of tertiary consideration.

Matters Not To Be Considered – Sex, race, and religion shall not enter into the award.

For details on scholarship requirements for individuals please see the attached Bylaws or contact the Financial Aid office at the eligible schools.

Central Oregon Chapter has a separate Scholarship Program.
The Central Oregon Chapter of Professional Engineers of Oregon (C.O.C. of P.E.O.) established a scholarship program in 2002.  The founders intended the program to raise money to fund a scholarship for Central Oregon seniors to attend engineering schools in Oregon.  A scholarship committee was to be compiled of past presidents and president elect. Chairmen of the committee are to be the current chapter president.

2020/2021 Board Members:
President – Matthew Cash, PE
Vice President – David Etchart, PE
Treasurer/Secretary – Ralph Dunham, PE
Board Members:
Tom Headley, PE
Charlie Rowles, PE
David Reece, PE
Stephen Anderson, PE, FNSPE
David Bassett, PE