Scholarship Program


This scholarship was established by the Tri-State Chapter of the Arab-American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA). The award is presented to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students in the fields of Engineering, Architecture or Computer Science.

The main purposes of the Scholarship are to promote Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science, foster stronger ties between the Tri-State AAAEA and the community at large, and provide assistance to outstanding college students throughout the Tri-State area of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

The scholarship recipients will be recognized at the annual Scholarship Gala of the Tri-State AAAEA and are required to accept the award in person.

Eligibility Requirements

The Tri-State AAAEA Scholarship is available to students who are attending an accredited four-year college or university in one of the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Previous recipients of the Tri-State AAAEA scholarship are not eligible to apply.

Application Instructions

The applicant must complete the Tri-State AAAEA Scholarship application, which consists of items A through E listed below. Item B shall be original copies in envelopes sealed by their originators. Advance electronic submission of a certified college transcript indicating course grades and cumulative grade point average is acceptable provided the original copy is transmitted via envelope sealed by its originator to the following address:

Tri-State AAAEA Scholarship Committee
23 Drake Road
Somerset, NJ 08873

A. The Application Form.

B. A certified college or university transcript indicating course grades and cumulative grade point average.

C. A letter of recommendation written by a faculty member, a registered professional engineer or architect, or by a computer science professional recognized by the members of the Scholarship Committee.

D. An adequate description of the applicant’s extracurricular activities. The description should highlight relevant work experience, publications, participation in Tri-State AAAEA events, student/campus activities, involvement in community organizations or a combination of the above.

E. Responses to all of the Short Answer Questions. Responses should be provided as concise, well- organized paragraphs of approximately three to five sentences.

F. Essay of no more than 300 words detailing why you want to become an Engineer/Architect or Computer Science professional.

Applicants should also be available for an in-person or telephone interview if required by the Scholarship Committee.

Selection Criteria


Short Answer Questions
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Letter of Recommendation
Quality of Presentation



Graduate (M.S.)

15 %
35 %
25 %
10 %
15 %

Graduate (Ph.D.)

15 %
30 %
30 %
10 %
15 %

The criterion “Quality of Presentation” will be an assessment of the applicant’s submittal for neatness, organization, spelling and proper use of English.

The amounts of the scholarship awards for graduate and undergraduate applicants will be determined by the availability of funds and the score attained on the basis of the above selection criteria.

Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted by October 10th, 2018.

All applicants will be notified of receipt of their application. The evaluation of all applications will be completed by the end of October 2018. All candidates will be notified by phone and/or email of the results.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do you support your interest in Engineering, Architecture or Computer Science? Include coursework and extra-curricular activities.
2. What has been the most rewarding or enjoyable college course you have taken and what was it about the course that made an impression on you pertaining to your field?
3. What do you believe is the most important issue currently being addressed by Engineers, Architects or Computer Scientists?
4. Describe what you would consider an ideal first professional position or first research project.
5. Describe the role of either the Engineer, Architect or Computer Scientist in the future of our cities as it relates to quality of life.

6. What do you think is the main responsibility that Engineers, Architects or Computer Scientists have towards society?

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Application Checklist

Make sure that your completed application package includes the following information:

□  Completed and signed application and release form including short answer questions.
□  An official transcript of your grades from all schools attended within the past Year. The transcript should list all grade points earned and academic work completed to date.
□  Original typewritten essay of no more than 300 words detailing why you want to become an Engineer/Architect or Computer Science professional.
□  Letter of recommendation from an advisor or college professor in support of the application that you are submitting. Additional letters of support may also be submitted, but are not required.

Thank you for completing this application and Good Luck!

Tri-State AAAEA Scholarship Committee