Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors: Professionally Engineering the Future Scholarship


  • Applicants must be entering into a professional degree program (in any discipline of engineering) accredited by EAC/ABET or ETAC/ABET for Engineering or Engineering Technology by the time of the award distribution (available to rising third, fourth and fifth year students).
  • Applicants must be full-time students pursuing their first professional degree.
  • Applicants must attend an accredited institution of higher education in Oklahoma.
  • Applicants must have a collegiate GPA ≥ 2.5.
  • Applicants must be a legal resident of the State of Oklahoma for not less than 3 years prior to the date of application, OR, have graduated from an Oklahoma high school, OR, be an Oklahoma resident who has attended an Oklahoma college or university for 1 year prior to application.
  • Financial need is considered.
  • Preference for students who have graduated from an Oklahoma high school.

The OKPELS Professionally Engineering the Future Scholarship is a one-time award; recipients of this scholarship are invited to reapply. Recipients may not receive the award more than 3 times. Funds may be used for tuition, fees, required supplies, and book expenses at any accredited institution of higher education in Oklahoma. Payments are made in two installments (fall and spring semester) each academic year directly to the student’s school after proof of enrollment has been provided to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Payments are issued in the academic year immediately following the application year.

The OKPELS Professionally Engineering the Future Scholarship was established in 2018 to benefit and support creative and diverse student leaders entering their first professional degree program in the field of Engineering or Engineering Technology, in any discipline of engineering, whose goals are directed towards Professionally Engineering the Future through the principled practice of engineering as a future Engineer Intern (E.I.) and Professional Engineer (P.E.). This scholarship is an endowed fund of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Supplemental Questions
  1. What discipline are you studying, and what is your specific major?
  2. Read the following paragraphs and provide a written response in essay form to the following questions: Licensed professional engineers, (P.E.'s), are licensed by state boards to practice engineering in such a way as to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. As a licensed P.E., you must practice in a technically competent and ethical manner, complying with state laws and rules of professional conduct. Your first responsibility is always to the protection of the public. The first step towards licensure is taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, ideally during your final year of your degree program. The FE exam is offered in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Environmental, Industrial and Systems, Mechanical, and 'Other Disciplines'. The Principels and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam is currently offered in 17 disciplines of engineering. Even if you think you won't be required to obtain a P.E. License, it’s a great idea to prepare yourself to keep your future opportunities open and be as competitive as possible.
    • a. Why do you think it is important to pursue your P.E. License, OR if your discipline of engineering doesn't typically require a P.E. license, have you educated yourself regarding the pros and cons of pursuing your P.E. license? Did you discover anything regarding P.E. licensure in your discipline of engineering that may persuade you to pursue your P.E. license if you had not planned to do so?
    • b. What have you already done to pursue licensure in the state of Oklahoma (may include summer internships, preparation for the FE exam, passing the FE exam, educating and encouraging your peers as to the importance of taking the FE exam, etc.)
    • c. What leadership activities have you participated in as a college student to position yourself to practice engineering in the future as a professional? How would you define a 'professional'?
  3. OPTIONAL – Since financial need is considered when reviewing candidates for the scholarship, is there anything you would like to submit for consideration that may not be reflected on your FAFSA Student Aid Report?
  4. Are you receiving any other scholarships? If so, please provide the name(s) and award amount(s) below:
  5. Did you submit your household's FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) for the coming year when you completed the General Application? (NOTE: If you answered "no", please know that financial need may be considered for this scholarship, and to be eligible for this scholarship you need to return to the General Application/Student Profile and attach a FAFSA - or a 1040 if you cannot complete the FAFSA.)