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ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships are awarded to college or university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of automation and control. The scholarship awards support tuition and related expenses and research activities and initiatives. ISA awards scholarships from both the Educational Foundation Scholarship fund and funds provided through endowments of generous gifts from supporters. Amounts awarded vary.

Scholarship Award Categories

Educational Foundation Scholarship

Recipients of awards are full-time college or university students in either a 2-year, 3 or 4-year Undergraduate or Graduate (Masters) program with at least a passing average (“C”). Students should be enrolled in a program in automation and control or a closely related field.

ISA Executive Board Scholarship

These funds were provided by past and present members of ISA's Executive Board. Preference is given to applicants with demonstrated leadership capabilities. Award amount varies.

Named Awards

Funds are provided by families or groups in honor of specific people. The Scholarship Committee, a part of the ISA Educational Foundation, reviews all submittals to the Foundation and identifies scholarship recipients. These named awards are among the funds distributed through the Scholarship Committee. 

  • Norman E. and Mary-Belle Huston Scholarship - Funds provided by the family of Norman E. Huston.  Dr. Huston was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and President of ISA in 1979.
  • Bob and Mary Ives Scholarship - Funds provided by Executive Board action in honor of  Robert P. Ives, President of ISA in 2003.
  • Paros-Digiquartz Endowment - Paros-Digiquartz has donated funds to be distributed at the rate of $2,000 each year for ten years beginning in 2007.
  • Daris and Gerald Wilbanks Endowment - Provided by the ISA Birmingham Section, in honor of Gerald Wilbanks, President of ISA in 1995, and an active leader and volunteer of the Birmingham Section.
  • Richard E. "Dick" Morley Innovation Endowment - Endowment to honor Dick Morley whose breakthroughs in research and development blazed a pathway for ongoing discoveries and innovations in automation and control, computer design, artificial intelligence and factories of the future. This Endowment will be used to fund scholarships for meritoriously selected students pursuing degrees at accredited colleges and universities, preferably in technical fields related to instrumentation, systems and automation. The Endowment will support the education and R&D pursuits of the next generation of engineers and automation professionals determined to change the world for the better.

ISA Section and Division Scholarships

Funds provided by specific ISA Sections and Divisions. Learn more about ISA Section and Division Scholarships.

View 2022 Award Recipients of the Educational Foundation Scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Students enrolled for the 2023 academic year, in either a 2-year, 3 or 4-year Undergraduate or Graduate (Masters) program in instrumentation, systems, or automation discipline at an educational institution in their country of residence. Learn more about Scholarship Awards Criteria (.pdf)

How can I apply?

The scholarship application period is now open. The application portal will open in December.

What is the deadline for submitting applications?

The deadline to complete and submit the scholarship application is 28 February. Once the application period has closed, the application will not be available for revisions.

How will I know if I have been selected to receive a scholarship award?

Scholarship recipients for the 2022 application period have been notified by email. The 2022 recipients are listed here. Please contact awards@isa.org if you have additional inquiries on ISA Scholarships.

What supporting documents do I need?

The application requires a student transcript/educational records and two letters of reference. Letters of recommendations will be available to submit via the application portal.

How do I access the scholarship software? 

Visit the Wizehive website to access the software.