The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative Works for Colleges and Universities!

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative is focused on the needs of academic institutions to attract and retain students in engineering departments, particularly in EE and ECE. The program conveys the rewarding aspects of power and energy careers, communicating that power and energy engineers are finding creative solutions to humanity's biggest challenges.

In academic environments, students, professors and advisors report that career opportunities and career experience may be the most important factors in helping a student decide on a major. Students receiving PES scholarships gain career experience through internships, co-ops, or other relevant career experience. Career experience is required in order for the scholarship to be renewed. PES Scholars also become members in IEEE PES, which provides opportunities for participation in their local PES chapter (if available). Many career engineers point to the value of this participation in gaining critical, work-related skills.

Promote the Scholarship to Your Students

In order to support faculty and administrators wishing to promote the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative at their school, we have created a PowerPoint overview presentation that can be presented or forwarded to your students.

  • Scholarship Plus Application Overview

Here are some additional materials you may download if you're interested in posting information about the PES Scholarship in your office or common area:

If you would like more materials, please contact

Power & Energy Education Committee Survey (PEEC Survey)

The PEEC Survey was developed by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) to help assess the current status of power engineering curricula. The purpose of this survey is to collect data on the state of power and energy engineering education in North America. Since it began, the survey has provided the engineering education community with valuable metrics and data on topics such as:

  • Programs teaching power engineering
  • Faculty members
  • Curricular trends
  • Research expenditures

A summary is published in the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.

Of interest related to the 2014 PEEC Survey:

  • State of Power Engineering Education in the U.S. and Canada: Overview of the 2013-2014 University Survey Results
    Presented by Dennis Ray, PSERC (Membership, Students Webinar Series, June 2, 2015)

The most recent PEEC Survey results can be found here.

Get Your School's Program Listed

IEEE PES keeps a list of schools in the United States and Canada that have power and energy engineering programs. If an academic institution offers courses in power and energy engineering and is not listed here, a listing can be secured by completing the PEEC Survey. It's not necessary for an institution to be listed in order for the student to be eligible for a PES scholarship. The student may apply as long as the college or university has substantial courses in power and energy engineering; however, the application may take longer to process.