About the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA)

  • NFPA fosters awareness and involvement of middle and high school students, helping them understand fluid power’s potential as a technology and choose fluid power as a career path.
  • NFPA helps increase the number of technically trained people capable of integrating and applying fluid power, and connects them to careers in the fluid power industry.
  • NFPA supports universities in the development of fundamental fluid power knowledge and connects our industry to an increasing number of scientific and engineering leaders in our field.

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is offering up to $5,000 to help support NFPA member company fluid power internship/co-op programs. NFPA staff will collect applications and resumes from students interested in fluid power and provide members who apply with information on quality candidates for their open positions. If a member hires one of them, they will receive $5,000 from NFPA to help cover costs.

This program will help members find qualified candidates who are interested in fluid power and will help students get directly connected to fluid power internships, co-ops and full-time jobs.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an NFPA member
  • Have a quality, fluid power Internship or Co-Op program up and running at your company
  • Submit an application

Rules and Regulations

  • Award will be paid directly to the NFPA member company.
  • Money is awarded on a first come first serve basis, once your offer has been accepted by a student in the program. 
  • NFPA will notify members once the annual budget has been spent, but we will continue to send student resumes to members if they are interested in receiving them.

There is no application deadline. We will continue to accept member applications until the budgeted funds are depleted for the year.

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is offering one merit-based scholarship, for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years), to high school seniors who have participated on a 2022 FIRST® Robotics Competition Team or a 2022 National Robotics League (NRL) Competition Team and used fluid power in the challenge design or on the competition robot (pneumatics). This scholarship may be utilized for an Engineering course of study at any United States tech school/college or university that holds accredited status. Three (3) finalists will be chosen from essay entries. Phone interviews with the finalists will determine the ultimate scholarship winner.

 To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a senior in high school for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Have participated on a team during the 2022 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) or 2022 National Robotics League (NRL) Competition.
  • Provide evidence that your 2022 FRC or NRL team used pneumatics on its competition project.

 Renewal Eligibility:

  • Provide proof of enrollment in an accredited tech school/college/university Engineering program every year for renewal.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale at the accredited tech school/college/university.

 Submission of Scholarship Application:

  • A completed NFPA Online Application.
  • A 1,000 word or less essay to the NFPA 2022 Challenge Question: 

Please answer the essay question below: 

  • 2022 Essay Question: How did you use fluid power in your project this year? Please include specific examples of the fluid power applications used. Why did using fluid power result in a better outcome?

A 1,000 word or less letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST or NRL team which MUST CONFIRM the following:

  1. The use of fluid power in your challenge design or on the competition robot (pneumatics). Even if competitions are cancelled this year, please confirm the plan to use fluid power in your design choice or build process.
  2. And your participation in the 2022 FRC or NRL season.
  • Will be judged by a panel of NFPA association members.

 Rules and Regulations

  • Scholarships will be paid directly to a recipient’s educational institution.

 Applications are due May 1, 2022 (Midnight - Central Standard Time). Scholarship Award Winner will be notified in July.