About the Award
The IEEE PES G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship, was established in 2009 in memory of G. Ray Ekenstam and his professional career in the fields of power engineering and industry applications. The Scholarship Fund awards, on an annual basis, a scholarship to a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree in the field of power or a related discipline, from an ABET accredited US university or college. The annual selection of scholarship recipients is administered by IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES).
A gift of US$100,000 from Elizabeth Moore was used to establish the G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund is administered by the IEEE Foundation.
2022 Award Recipient
To be Announced
Nominate a Student! Submission Deadline extended to Mar 1
To recognize a qualified undergraduate student who seeks an electrical engineering degree in the field of power or a related discipline, from an ABET accredited US university or college. The annual selection of scholarship recipients is administered by IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES).
The Scholarship Fund will be used to fund on an annual basis the following annual expenses: A maximum of US$5,000 for one student for school expenses (tuition, books, student fees) and IEEE Student Membership for twelve months for one student
The applicants must:
- Be considering a career in electric power and energy engineering.
- Be working toward an electrical engineering bachelor’s degree.
- Be a full-time student at a U.S. university or college that offers undergraduate courses in power engineering.
- Be willing to take at least three of the power engineering courses for a total of nine or more credits.
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and reside in IEEE Regions 1 through 6.
- Be currently enrolled full-time at a university/college or community college.
- Have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
- Be an honorably discharged U.S. veteran
No relatives of current members of the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE-PES Governing Board, the IEEE-PES Awards and Recognition Committee, the G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship Committee, or IEEE staff may be candidates or nominate or endorse candidates for this Scholarship. Eligibility and Selection process shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and society governing documents, in particular with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Awards Limitations.
Selection criteria will be based on evaluation of the following criteria: Evidence of maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, one referral letter from an individual who is qualified to evaluate the applicant’s academic accomplishments (e.g. professor, administrator, employer, internship organization).
Submissions must be submitted via the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Program no later than 30 June to be considered for this year’s scholarship.
Each IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Regional Review committee will forward recommended candidates to the G. Ray Ekenstam Memorial Scholarship Committee who will make the final selection.
The Scholarship Fund, starting in 2013, shall provide annually, a travel stipend of up to $500 for the recipient to travel to and participate in the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting. The recipient will be recognized during the IEEE PES Meeting Faculty/Student/Industry Luncheon.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Nomination forms must be written in English. One per year. If no suitable candidate is proposed in a given year, the award will not be presented for that year.
PES, being one of IEEE’s Organizational Units, follows IEEE Policy 4.4H:
- Eligibility and Process Limitations. Individuals serving on any board or committee involved at any stage of the recipient selection or approval process for an award shall be ineligible to receive, or act as a nominator or reference for that award. This conflict of interest limitation shall apply to all awards given by the IEEE or any of its organizational units
Previous Award Recipients
2021 Award Recipient – Michael Farina, Arizona State University
2020 Award Recipient – Isaac Forest, Arizona State University
2019 Award Recipient – Bruce Yawn, Arizona State University
2018 Award Recipient – Brian Malone, Cleveland State University
2017 Award Recipient – Chris Calderwood, Boise State University
2016 Award Recipient – David "Shawn" Canady, Clemson University
2011 - Amelia Simpson, Louisiana State University
2012 - Jimmy Higgins, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
2013 - Hai Van Lu, University of South Alabama
2014 - Nial Khodra, University of Alaska-Anchorage
2015 - Zachary Hadsell, University of Nevada-Reno