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SVEC Education Awards

Application for 2016 SVEC Education Awards now online

Deadline is February 11, 2016

Awards Eligibility and Criteria

The Silicon Valley Engineering Council Engineering Education awards recognize young engineering and technology students for their dedication, focus, and commitment to engineering. Engineering and Technology students graduating from high school (i.e. high school senior class) or presently enrolled in undergraduate community college or university programs are eligible to apply. Fulltime and part-time students are eligible. The one time award is $1000. Students may receive an SVEC Education award only once. Graduate students are not eligible. Undergraduate and High School students are judged separately.

While not all of these must be met by a successful applicant, it would be of advantage to the applicant if he/she can qualify most of the following criterion::

  • The applicant should be studying in one of the following 12 bay area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.
  • The applicant’s program of study is directly focused on engineering or technology.
  • The applicant has shown involvement in professional and/or student activities (i.e. engineering societies).
  • The applicant has shown involvement in community and/or social services activities.
  • The applicant has two letters of recommendations from faculty members (e-delivery details are listed in the reference section of the application)
  • The student exhibits strong academic performance as shown by GPA in the major and overall, as well as strong recommendations from faculty advisors.
  • A brief essay describing the student’s academic and professional goals is submitted for evaluation. The essay may list student’s financial need as well as any special circumstances specific to the student.

References (recommendations)

Please provide the names of your academic advisor and two references who know of your interest in engineering and technology. Details on Application page.

Granting of Awards

Awardees will be notified through e-mail by February 18, 2016 and will be awarded at the SVEC Engineers Week Banquet on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. It is expected but not required that awardees attend the banquet. They will be guests of SVEC.

If you have more questions, please contact Kiran Gunnam at email Please put “SVEC Education Awards” in the email title.

Please do not input or upload documents showing your Social Security number.


Using your best writing, please write a short essay (about 150 to 250 words) describing your academic and professional goals, and how your program and this award will help you achieve them.


Details on Application page.


Please list any experiences you have had in employment or service related to engineering, including title or description, date, and nature of work.

Please list offices you have held in engineering societies, and projects in which you have participated.

Please list any volunteer or service work you have done at your school or in your community.

Are there any special circumstances that you believe would help the Education Awards committee in its decision? Examples: Working while going to school, disabled sibling or parent, AB540 student, additional responsibilities at home, etc.

Deadline is February 11, 2016

If you have more questions, please contact Kiran Gunnam at email Please put “SVEC Education Awards” in the email title.

Please do not input or upload documents showing your Social Security number.

Download 2016 application form in MS Word here
Download 2016 application form in PDF here