Moses Ling with fifth-year architectural engineering students

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship recipients are announced each year in the summer. All awards are directly deposited into student bursar accounts for the following fall and spring semesters.

Scholarships are available for all undergraduate students currently in AE or those intending to enroll in AE within the 2022-23 academic year and to all AE discipline options (construction, lighting/electrical, mechanical, structural). While scholarships are available for current first-year students through fourth-year students many of the scholarships are targeted towards current third- and fourth-year students as they are discipline specific.

All undergraduate AE students, particularly those in the first three years of the program, are also encouraged to apply for scholarships through the University Financial Aid Office as there are several general University and College of Engineering scholarships available that are not processed through the AE department’s scholarship committee.

Requirements for receiving scholarships vary but include several factors such as academic performance, financial need, residence requirements, AE option, leadership experiences, honors, and extra-curricular activities. Several are merit-based which include factors such as academic performance, experience, and professional activity.

Forms to Complete

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Students must complete this form for any scholarship that includes a financial requirement. If you have questions about the FASFA form, please contact the Office of Student Aid by phone at 814-865-6301 or visit the Office of Student Aid website.
    • Deadline: This financial form should be filed as soon as possible, no later than April 1 for AE scholarship purposes.
  2. Department of Architectural Engineering Scholarship Application
    • Deadline: 2022-23 AE Scholarship applications are due by April 29, 2022.
    • To submit, complete the AE Scholarship application form and email it in pdf format to Barbi Emel at

Department of Architectural Engineering Endowed Scholarships

  • Gladys M. Baird Memorial Scholarship
  • James W. Bathgate Memorial Scholarship in Architectural Engineering and Chemical Engineering
  • Laraine and Jack Beiter Excellence Endowment Scholarship in Architectural Engineering
  • George L. and Hattie Burchlaw Trustee Scholarship
  • Charles A. Merica Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Clark Construction Group
  • Martin U. Dougherty Endowed Scholarship in AE
  • EwingCole Scholarship
  • Professor John Flynn Memorial Scholarship
  • Louis and Judy Geschwindner Endowed Scholarship
  • Ralph Petrino/Gilbane Building Company Award in AE
  • Robert J. McNamara Scholarship
  • McKamish Endowed Scholarship in AE
  • McKamish Family Trustee Scholarship
  • Professor Vincent Pass Scholarship sponsored by Joseph and Marlene Borda
  • Melvin H. Peters Endowed Scholarship
  • James M. Pohlen Memorial Scholarship
  • John R. Potter Memorial Scholarship
  • Franklin Ruth Memorial Scholarship
  • H.O. Smith Memorial Scholarship in AE
  • H.O. Smith Trustee Scholarship
  • Professor C. Herbert Wheeler Scholarship sponsored by Joseph & Marlene Borda
  • Sharron E. Williams Memorial Award
  • Michael J. and Virginia A. Youchak Scholarship
  • SmithGroup Scholarship Honoring George P. Karidis, Innovator
  • M. Dean and Jean L. Underwood Scholarship in Architectural Engineering

Department of Architectural Engineering Annual Gift Scholarships

  • AE Scholarship in Memory of Patrick Zuza sponsored by Daniel McGee
  • Barton Malow Fellowship in AE
  • Beabout Study Abroad Scholarship in AE
  • Bechtel Corporation Scholarship in AE
  • Borda and Fernsler Families Scholarship
  • BR + A Consulting Engineers – Professor Jack Everetts and Professor Melvin Isenberg Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by Eugene Bard
  • Cagley & Associates Scholarships
  • Clark Construction Group Scholarship
  • P.J. Dick Scholarship
  • AE Class of 1975 Scholarship
  • Herbert Duffield LLC Scholarship
  • Illumination Engineering Society - Philadelphia Section Scholarship
  • Peerless Lighting Scholarship
  • Pittsburgh Builders Exchange Scholarships
  • Ryan Biggs Assoc. Scholarship
  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Scholarship
  • Stantec Scholarship in AE
  • SmithGroupJJR Scholarship

Annual Awards

  • John J. Brinjac Memorial Award – Outstanding 5 Year Performance and Record of Study in AE; sponsored by Brinjac Engineering Inc
  • Cannon Design Outstanding Record of Study in Mechanical in the 5th year Class and Outstanding Performance in Mechanical in the 4th Year Class
  • Outstanding Performance in Lighting/Electrical in the 4th Year AE Class
  • James G. Davis Construction – Outstanding Capstone Project Electronic Portfolio (CPEP)
  • Forrester Construction Ethics Award
  • Hettema Leadership Awards – Sponsored by Turner Construction
  • Holbert Apple Associates – Outstanding Performance in Structures in the 4th Year AE Class
  • Michael J. Horman Memorial Award sponsored by Hensel Phelps
  • Howard and Callie Kingsbury Award for Excellence in Architectural Acoustics
  • Gershon Meckler Memorial Award – Innovative Building Mechanical System Design; sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Barry Weinstein
  • Charles A. Merica Award – Clark Construction Group
  • PACE Group – Outstanding Performance in CM – 4th year AE Class
  • PACE Group – Outstanding Record of Study in CM – 5th year Class
  • Peerless Lighting Award – Outstanding Record of Study in Illumination – 5th year
  • PSPE/PEPP – Professional Practice Award
  • Thornton Tomasetti – Outstanding Record of Study in Structures – 5th year
  • FE Exam Support Award 

Senior Thesis Awards

  • 1st Place Mechanical Thesis sponsored by William Glassmyer
  • Acuity Brands Lighting – 1st Place Lighting/Electrical Thesis in Memory of Mickey Woods
  • Balfour Beatty – 2nd Place CM Senior Thesis
  • Barton Associates – 2nd Place Mechanical Thesis
  • Barton Associates – 2nd Place Lighting/Electrical Thesis
  • Barton Malow Company – 1st Place CM Senior Thesis
  • Cagley & Associates – 1st Place Structural Thesis
  • Hope Furrer and Associates – 2nd Place Structural Thesis
  • PSPE/PEPP – Best Overall AE Senior Thesis
  • Southland Industries – Outstanding Senior Thesis in the Area of Specialty Construction

Department Scholarship Information

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Information



Globally recognized as a leading architectural engineering department, the mission of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to advance the built environment through the development of world-class architectural engineers and research. The vision of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State is to lead the world in innovative education and research to achieve high-performing built environments. Our program emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, and constructing buildings, providing our architectural engineering graduates with outstanding education and research opportunities. 

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394