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


  • Applicants must be attending a university in Oklahoma and enrolled in an undergraduate professional degree program accredited by EAC/ABET or ETAC/ABET for Engineering or Engineering Technology.
  • Applicants must be full-time students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.
  • The scholarship is available to all eligible applicants entering their third, fourth or fifth year of school in Fall 2023.
  • Applicants must have a collegiate GPA ≥ 2.5.
  • Financial need is considered.
  • Preference may be given to 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. Payments are made in one installment 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 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.

In 2022, OKPELS established the “*Bill Dickerson Memorial Award*” to recognize the top recipient of the OKPELS Professionally Engineering the Future Scholarship. In recognition of Bill’s passionate commitment to volunteer service and life-long love of engineering, this scholarship will be awarded and to the most deserving individual who displays the following characteristics.

  • Demonstrate a history of volunteer service
  • Demonstrate a history of honor and integrity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of engineering licensure
  • Are working towards licensure as a Professional Engineer in their career path
  • Demonstrate a history of leadership in engineering-related school activities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of diversity and professionalism in their school, community, and personal life

At least $2,000 for the Professionally Engineering the Future Scholarship / At least $4,000 for the Bill Dickerson Memorial Award recipient
Supplemental Questions
  1. What discipline of engineering are you studying, and what is your specific major?
  2. While we ask that all college students supply an official transcript through mail, the administrators of this scholarship will accept official and unofficial transcripts. If you are applying for this scholarship only, please upload a transcript (either official or unofficial) below for the committee to review.
  3. Are you receiving any other scholarships? If so, please provide the name(s) and award amount(s) below.
  4. Did you receive the OKPELS “Professionally Engineering the Future” scholarship for the current school year (Fall 2022-Spring 2023)?
  5. 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?
  6. (Optional) Financial need is strongly considered for this scholarship. Please submit any-and-all circumstances that may not be reflected on your FAFSA Student Aid Report or which were not already addressed in previous questions in the application.
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