Student Leadership Scholarship

Merrill W. Buckley, Jr., IEEE Student-Branch Leadership Scholarship Program

Philadelphia Section

IEEE Philadelphia Section Office
111 Presidential Blvd.,  Suite 231
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Tel: 484-270-5136

Deadline for Application Submission

All applications and supporting letters must be received by the Office of the IEEE Philadelphia
Section by June 3, 2019.


The Merrill W. Buckley, Jr, IEEE Student-Branch Leadership Scholarship Program of the Philadelphia
Section recognizes IEEE Student Members who have made, and are planning to continue to make,
significant contributions to the development, operation, outreach, and/or continuing vitality of their
respective Student Branches. This scholarship is awarded for excellence in Student-Branch (or
Student-Branch Chapter or Affiliation Group) leadership in the promotion of technical, professional,
educational, and personal development of its student members in IEEE-related fields of inter

The Leadership Scholarship

Up to three $6,000 scholarships are available for each academic year beginning in September, paid
in two installments (as early as August and January). The scholarship is awarded to an exceptional
applicant to assist in the pursuit of academic goals. If, in any year, there are no exceptional
applicants, no scholarship will be awarded


An applicant must: (1) have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in the development of
some aspect of an exemplary Student Branch, Student-Branch Chapter, or Student-Branch Affiliation
Group; (2) be an IEEE Student Member of at least six-months standing, with the intention to remain
an active member for the duration of the scholarship; (3) have at least one academic year of full-time
undergraduate study remaining before graduation in a discipline that qualifies for membership in the
IEEE; (4) be attending a college or university with an IEEE Student Branch in the Philadelphia
Section; and (5) have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 2.70 or higher on a 4.0

Up to two highly qualified applicants from the same Student Branch may be selected to receive
Leadership Scholarships in the same year. Only under special circumstances, as determined by the
Scholarship Selection Panel, shall a past recipient of an IEEE Student-Branch Leadership
Scholarship be selected to receive a second such scholarship in a subsequent year.

Basis for Judging

Selection as a recipient of the Student-Branch Leadership Scholarship is based on a review of the
following submissions: (1) A completed Leadership Scholarship Application Form; (2) An official copy
of the applicant’s latest Academic Transcript; and (3) Up to three one-page Letters of Reference from
persons familiar with the applicant’s activities in the Student Branch, the Philadelphia Section, or the
Community at Large. The Scholarship Selection Panel will be composed of three senior engineering
executives from government or industry. All will be free of any close affiliation with a college or
university with an IEEE Student Branch in the IEEE Philadelphia Section.

Application Form

IEEE Student Branch Leadership Scholarship Application Form 2019-20