Scholarships

If you are passionate about pursuing a career in mining, we want to help you get there.

Each year the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) and the SME Foundation offer $1.3 million in scholarships to SME student members. Students who demonstrate academic success and a desire to pursue a career in the minerals industry should apply.

Multiple scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Be sure to view the full guidelines and applications to ensure you meet the requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact scholarships@smenet.org.

Grants

SME has implemented two grants to address the long-term challenges that threaten the sustainability of U.S. mining engineering, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy degree programs, as well as the looming future labor deficiencies associated with retirements over the next two decades. Click on the grant's name to view the full guidelines and application instructions.

The 2022 academic grant and PhD fellowship application period may open from December 2021 - January 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact academicgrants@smenet.org.

Academic Career Development Program

Ph.D Fellowship Program

SME Professional Section Grant Program

SME Section Grants support projects developed and executed by SME Sections.

Coal, Mine Ventilation

Environmental

Geology/Geological Science

Ground Control

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates

Innovation

Mining/Mineral Engineering

Mineral & Metallurgical

Underground Construction & Tunneling

WAAIME

Select the degree program to view the scholarships available.

Environmental

Mining/Mineral Engineering

Environmental Division Scholarship applicants may be considered for a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Veolia Water Technologies (Veolia). To be considered for the Veolia Scholarship, applicants must submit a short essay (approximately 250 words) explaining why water is an essential part of the mining process. To submit an anonymous application letter for a student, please email it to scholarships@smenet.org with the student's first and last name and the scholarship name as the file name.

Veolia Water Technologies Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have chosen a study program related to the field of mining and the environment.
  2. Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  3. Is an SME student member in good standing.
  4. Attends a school that is (1) ABET accredited, (2) has an SME Student Chapter, or (3) offers a B.S., B.A., or M.S., or Ph.D. in Geological Sciences.
  5. Must submit a short essay (250 words) explaining why water is an essential part of the mining process.

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates

Mining/Mineral Engineering

Mineral & Metallurgical

Coal, Mine Ventilation

The Richard Klimpel/MPD Scholarships are open to undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the area of mineral and metallurgical processing.

Coal, Mine Ventilation

Mining/Mineral Engineering

The Coal & Energy Division of SME annually awards scholarships to promising college students who have chosen as a career path the field of mining engineering with an emphasis on coal mining, coal processing, or other mining -related energy sources (including geothermal, oil sands, oil shales, coal bed/mine methane, uranium, unconventional oil sources through mining, etc.). Eligible students may submit one application in consideration for both the Coal & Energy Division Scholarship and the John Sidney Marshall Memorial Scholarship. The John Sidney Marshall Memorial Scholarship, funded by AIME, is administered by the Coal & Energy Division and awarded annually to one or more undergraduate mining engineering students planning to pursue careers in the coal mining industry.

Mining/Mineral Engineering

The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Foundation offer one significant scholarship (MMSA/SMEF Presidential Scholarship) on an annual basis to an outstanding student whose study program encompasses any aspect of the extractive minerals industry. 

Innovation

Mining/Mineral Engineering

The Robert E. Murray Innovation Scholarship was established in 2017 to encourage undergraduates, graduates and researchers in the academic pursuits in implementing innovation that can change the mining industry through the inclusion or adaptation of cutting-edge technologies and innovative processes.

WAAIME

Mining/Mineral Engineering

The WAAIME Scholarship fund provides scholarships to students pursuing earth science degrees including mining, geological sciences, metallurgy, petroleum, mineral sciences, materials science and engineering, mineral economics, chemical engineering, and other related studies.

Student members of any AIME Member Society (AIST, SME, SPE, TMS) attending universities in the United States are eligible and are encouraged to apply.

Underground Construction & Tunneling

The Rapid Excavation & Tunneling Conference (RETC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration annually awards one or more scholarships to promising college students who desire to develop their skills in the tunneling industry. The total amount of the award (approximately $5,000) is apportioned to one or more students at the discretion of the RETC Executive Committee.

Geology/Geological Sciences

Mining/Mineral Engineering

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates

The Gerald V. Henderson Memorial Scholarship (Henderson Scholarship) is open to undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing degrees in geology, mining engineering or mineral economics with special interests in an industrial minerals and aggregates-oriented program.

Geology/Geological Sciences

Mining/Mineral Engineering

Underground Construction & Tunneling

Environmental

The Eugene P. Pfleider Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Mining & Exploration Division and is awarded on an annual basis to students pursuing careers in mining engineering. 

Geology/Geological Sciences

Mining/Mineral Engineering

The Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students pursuing an undergraduate degree in geology or geological sciences. 

Coal, Ventilation

Mining/Mineral Engineering

The George V. Weisdack Memorial Scholarship (Weisdack Scholarship) was established in 2011 by James W. Boyd, Chairman of John T. Boyd Company, and the Pittsburgh Section of SME (SME Pittsburgh) for promising college students to continue their education in mining engineering, mineral engineering and mineral, ore and coal processing in memory of George V. Weisdack. The Weisdack Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing an undergraduate degree in mining engineering, mineral engineering and mineral, ore and coal processing. 

Innovation

Coal, Ventilation

The Robert E. Murray Innovation Scholarship was established in 2017 to encourage undergraduates, graduates and researchers in the academic pursuits in implementing innovation that can change the mining industry through the inclusion or adaptation of cutting-edge technologies and innovative processes.

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates

Mining/Mineral Engineering

Underground Construction & Tunneling

The J.H. Fletcher & Co. Scholarship is awarded annually to up to two students pursuing an undergraduate degree in mining or minerals engineering, with a desire to use their skills to apply technology to underground mine planning, operations, or maintenance. Students pursuing degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering may also be considered if they are minoring in mining engineering or show a strong desire for a career in the underground mining industry. 

Mining/Mineral Engineering

Underground Construction & Tunneling

The Stantec/McIntosh Engineering Scholarship is awarded annually to up to six promising undergraduate students entering their junior year of an accredited undergraduate degree program in mining engineering with a focus on underground mining. 

Underground Construction & Tunneling

The Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) is a biennial international conference dedicated to the exchange of new developments in the technology of underground rapid excavation and tunneling on a global scale. The RETC Attendance Award provides selected students with an opportunity to attend the RETC or NAT Conference. Applicants must be full-time freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate students with a designated major in an applicable field of engineering (civil, mechanical, mining, electrical, geological) or construction management. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the underground industry.

Underground Construction & Tunneling

UCA Young Members (UCAYM) Scholarship provides selected students with an opportunity to attend the NAT or RETC Conference in the same year.

Coal, Mine Ventilation

Underground Construction & Tunneling

The Scholarship (Mine Ventilation Scholarship) was established in 2014 by the SME Underground Ventilation Committee in honor of Dr. Malcolm J. McPherson, John R Marks and Dr. Rudolf Greuer, all world renowned ventilation experts; and all other ventilation engineers who have given their careers to the improvement of mine ventilation. The SME Underground Ventilation Committees gives this scholarship to improve the mine ventilation profession through education of mining engineers ultimately improving the safety and health of underground miners. The Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students pursuing a graduate degree in mining or minerals engineering, with a desire to use their skills to apply mine ventilation technology to improve the safety and health in the underground mining environment.

Ground Control

Coal, Ventilation

The Syd S. and Felicia F. Peng Ground Control in Mining Scholarship (Peng Scholarship) was established in 2009 to promote the science of ground control.

Geology/Geological Sciences

Steven C. Potter was a well-respected, well-liked, and highly successful economic geologist who worked his entire career in pursuit of discoveries, largely across North and South America, for companies such as Ranchers Development, Homestake, Bear Creek Mining, Kennecott Exploration, and BHP Billiton, in addition to several successful junior exploration groups. The Steven C. Potter Scholarship (Potter Scholarship) is to be awarded annually to a graduate student who is an SME student member, and whose thesis is directed toward furthering the understanding of ore deposit systems and their formation, geologic mapping and analysis of an ore deposit or mining district, or developing concepts or tools that may be used in economic geology or exploration.

Innovation

The Robert E. Murray Innovation Scholarship has been established in 2017 to encourage undergraduates, graduates and researchers in the academic pursuits in implementing innovation that can change the mining industry through the inclusion or adaptation of cutting-edge technologies and innovative processes.

Mining/Mineral Engineering

The Henry DeWitt Smith Graduate Scholarship (Smith Scholarship) was established in 1967 to assist worthy students in the pursuit of their graduate education in the mining, metallurgical, materials, or petroleum departments of leading universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.

Geology/Geological Sciences

The Stewart R. Wallace Memorial Scholarship (Wallace Scholarship) was founded in 2011 through a generous contribution from the estate of Stewart R. Wallace. The Wallace Scholarship is awarded annually to a master’s degree candidate in geology or geological science who plans to pursue a career in the field of exploration geology.

Mining/Mineral Engineering

   

Mineral & Metallurgical

   

Geology/Geological Science

The Raja V. and Geetha V. Ramani Graduate Students Award (Ramani Thesis Writing Award and Ramani Travel Award) was established in 2016 in honor of Raj Ramani.

Raj Ramani is a father, professor, author, and most of all, a great teacher and a superb mentor of numerous mining students worldwide. The award is granted from the Ramani Children, Deepak and Lakshmi Ramani and Gautam and Geetha Ramani and one of his Ph.D. students at Penn State University, Dr. Sukumar Bandopadhyay, now an Emeritus Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

After graduating from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, in Mining Engineering with First Class Honors in 1962, Dr. Ramani had a distinguished career as a mining engineer, and a First Class Mine Manager in India. He joined Penn State as a graduate student in 1966, obtaining a Master’s and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering. He stayed on at Penn State where he directed nearly 100 graduate students from 25 countries for graduate degrees, published over 200 research papers, co-authored an authoritative text on mine ventilation and air-conditioning, and contributed to 25 books, handbooks and encyclopedias. He has edited the proceedings of 15 national and international symposiums. Dr. Ramani's research has also resulted in over 125 research reports to the sponsoring agencies. Six of his graduate students have won the annual Society of Mining Engineers’ [SME] Graduate Student Paper Contest. Over 10 of his former students hold leadership positions in academic institutions around the globe.

Geology/Geological Sciences

The Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Scholarship was created as a tribute to the life and work of Dr. Rong Yu Wan, an internationally renowned metallurgist who made many important contributions in the field of metallurgical engineering and also tirelessly mentored many young scientists and students. It is presented to a recent Ph.D. recipient for outstanding dissertation research in the general area of metallurgical engineering, including mineral processing, hydrometallurgy and extractive metallurgy.

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If you have any questions related to scholarships through SME, please contact scholarships@smenet.org.