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The National Fluid Power Association is offering multiple $2,000 scholarships to help graduating high school seniors, and students enrolled in technical schools, community colleges and universities pursue their interests in fluid power.


The application will be available from December 22, 2022, to April 3, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST. After the application deadline, all applications will be reviewed by a Review Committee of NFPA Members. Scholarship applicants will be notified of decisions around May 15, 2023. Selected recipients will each receive up to $2,000* in scholarship funds after July 1, 2023, to be applied towards tuition costs for the 2023-24 school year.

*If tuition is less than $2,000, the remaining funds must be returned to NFPA

Scholarships are available to: 

  • Graduating high school seniors, and students enrolled in technical college, community college, or undergraduate university programs at an accredited U.S. school
  • Those who have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Those who are taking, or plan to take, a minimum of one fluid power course in their degree program

The applicant does not have to be enrolled in a dedicated fluid power degree program, but must be enrolled in a relevant program where fluid power is taught. Students enrolled in the following degree programs are welcome to apply (this list is not exhaustive):

-Agricultural Engineering

-Agricultural Systems Technology

-Automation Robotics, Engineering Technology

-Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering

-CNC Engineering Technician Certificate

-Computer Science

-Electrical Engineering

-Electro-Mechanical Engineering

-Engineering Design and Mechatronics

-Engineering Technology

-Fluid Power Technology

-Hydraulic Engineering Technician

-Industrial Engineering

-Industrial Maintenance Technician

-Industrial Technology

-Manufacturing Equipment Technician Certificate

-Mechanical Engineering

-Mechanical Engineering Technology

-Mechatronics Certificate

-Pneumatic Engineering Technician

Past scholarship recipients are eligible to apply again but have a different essay question than first-time applicants.

College Seniors/Graduating Applicants: Students graduating in May or June of the 2022-23 academic year are not eligible for a scholarship.  

Students enrolled in a Master's or PhD degree program are not eligible for this scholarship.


1) Admission Letter 

Applicants must provide an admission letter from the accredited educational institution proving enrollment. 

2) Official Transcript

Applicants must also provide an electronic copy of their official transcript provided by their school. This does not need to be uploaded with the application but must be sent to Haley Nemeth (hnemeth@nfpa.com) before April 15, 2023

3) One Letter of Recommendation

Examples of who can write your letter of recommendation include: 

  • Fluid power, science, math, or technology instructor
  • Principal, dean, or career counselor
  • Non-related adult who knows you outside of school

Note: Letters of recommendation written for high school senior applicants must address the student's intention to pursue a fluid power related degree program

4) Essay

Please give great care to your essay, it will be reviewed for grammar, spelling, proper length, and content.

First-time scholarship applicants: 

In 450-500 words, the essay must address the following questions:

  • What are your career goals and aspirations? Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?
  • What impact do you think you can have on the fluid power industry?
  • What extracurricular activities do you participate in? Are you in any leadership roles? 
  • How have you participated in community service and volunteering?

Things that are not required for the essay, but encouraged to include if applicable: 

  • What awards and honors have you received? 

Returning scholarship applicants: 

In 450-500 words, the essay must address: 

  • What class(es) did you take within the last year that expanded your understanding of fluid power? 
  • Did this class(es) impact your long-term career plans? If so, how? 
  • A detailed description of your planned fluid power educational track/career aspirations.

Please contact Haley Nemeth at hnemeth@nfpa.com with any questions. We are excited about your interest in fluid power education. 

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