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 one merit-based scholarship, for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years), to high school seniors who have participated on a 2020 FIRST® Robotics Competition Team or a 2020 National Robotics League (NRL) Competition Team. 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 2019-2020 school year.
  • Have participated on a team during the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) or 2020 National Robotics League (NRL) Competition.
  • Provide evidence that your 2020 FRC or NRL team used pneumatics on its competition robot.

 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 2020 Challenge Question.     
  • A 1,000 word or less letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST or NRL team:
  1.  Confirming the use of pneumatics on your competition robot.
  2. And your participation in the 2020 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, 2020 (Midnight - Central Standard Time). Scholarship Award Winner will be notified in July.