UCA Scholarships

If you are interested in a career in underground engineering, we can help you get there.

Scholarship opportunities exist to help further your career aspirations. Apply for conference participation and academic scholarships. Review the list of scholarships, guidelines and applications instructions below and apply by May 7.

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.
View the guidelines and apply here.

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.
View the guidelines and apply here.

UCA Young Members (UCAYM) Scholarship for RETC Attendance provides selected students with an opportunity to attend the RETC Conference where they can experience first hand the challenges, opportunities and rewards of a career in the field of tunneling and underground construction.
View the guidelines and apply here.

About RETC
Jump into the underground space and learn from professionals at the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference in Las Vegas June 13-16, 2021. The Nation’s largest underground construction conference, RETC, focuses on new trends and technologies as well as innovative concepts, new equipment, materials, management, financing, and design challenges.
Register for the RETC tunneling conference and see what's driving the industry.
Attendance scholarships and special students rates available!

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Underground Construction Association Scholarship
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