emPOWERing Students – GCPA Scholarships

The Gulf Coast Power Association Scholarship Program was initiated in 2007 to provide assistance to students with expressed interest in pursuing a career in the electric power industry.  The program’s goals are to:

(1) assist deserving students in attaining their educational goals,
(2) encourage participation in the Texas electricity industry,
(3) increase awareness of GCPA by investing in education within Texas.  In 2008, the program was renamed the Gulf Coast Power Association David Olver Memorial Scholarship Program in recognition and memory of the founding Executive Director of GCPA, David Olver,
(4) promote diversity,
(5) support educational institutions across the regions in which GCPA provides programs.

Eligibility Requirements

The GCPA emPOWERing Foundation provides each partner educational institution with the eligibility requirements that the board has determined meet these goals.  Scholarships are funded through the annual operating budget of the Foundation.  These eligibility requirements are:

1. US citizen or a foreign national with permanent residency.
2. Award based on merit, not financial need.
3. Target students interested in careers in the electric power industry, with a preference to students specializing in electric power industry related fields of study.
4. Preference for undergraduate sophomores and those finishing the 1st year of their post-graduate degree.
5. Technical students will be enrolled in power industry trade programs.
6. Scholarships for universities and law schools shall be in $2500 increments.
7. Scholarships for technical schools shall be in $500 increments.
8. Alternative disbursement arrangements can be made in consultation with and consent of the GCPA Executive Director.


Scholarship recipients are generally selected based upon merit by faculty members at our partner universities.  The first university partnership was established with the University of Houston Law Center, followed by partnerships with Texas A&M University's School of Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering, the University of Texas at Arlington School of Engineering, Texas Tech University - University Program (wind), and  Texas State Technical College.  Scholarships are funded through the annual operating budget of GCPA.  Tax deductible gifts and contributions to the program are also welcome.

The GCPA, which originally started with a modest $3000 award, is now proud to announce that their distribution for 2017 will be $77,500 in scholarship funding.  As a result of this growth the GCPA and its Foundation will in 2017 surpass $500,000 in total scholarships since it began.

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Partner Institutions

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a nationally recognized school focused on leadership, college readiness and project-based, STEM-focused curriculum. With 100% of students engaged in STEM curriculum, ARS prepares its young women to become leaders in careers where women are traditionally under-represented. Its Summer Internships program enables high school students to further cultivate 21st century skills while exploring careers in the fields of Biomedical Science, Engineering and Media Technology. Through summer internships, students engage with business professionals in the field and gain real-world workplace experiences, mentorship and professional development. The emPOWERing Students scholarship provides a stipend for each student to cover expenses related to her internship, such as meals, transportation and professional attire, as well as to supplement income she would otherwise earn through a summer job.

Atlas Scholars

Established as a scholarship recipient in 2014, Atlas Scholars provides motivated students with mentorship, scholarship and exposure to the energy and finance industry in a performance based environment. Recruitment is focused on top performing students from high schools in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Applicants endure a highly competitive selection process consisting of essay responses, teacher recommendations, and a series of interviews to earn their place in the program. Once accepted the students are a part of a dynamic three year program that connects them with industry leaders and exposes them to state of the art technologies and environments.

LSU - Louisiana State University

The GCPA emPOWERring Students David Olver Memorial Scholarship was established at the LSU College of Engineering in 2015.  Awarded to one student per year in the Electrical Engineering department, the scholarship seeks to inspire students to pursue a career in the electric power industry, promote diversity, and assist deserving students to reach their educational goals. The LSU College of Engineering is pleased to partner with the GCPA emPOWERing Foundation in this endeavor.

LSU Center for Energy Studies

The Louisiama State University (LSU) Center for Energy Studies is pleased to offer two scholarship opportunities for LSU students interested in future careers in the electric power industry. The emPOWERing Women Scholarship and the David Olver Memorial Scholarship, both provided by the Gulf Coast Power Association, are each awarded to one student (sophomore, junior, senior or graduate) who shows dedication to a power-industry-related career, research or coursework.

Prairie View A&M University

The GCPA scholarship award program was established with Prairie View A&M University in 2018.  Candidates for the award are chosen based upon the following criteria:

  • Students interested in electric power industry careers, with a preference to students specializing in electric power industry related fields of study
  • US citizen or foreign national with permanent residency
  • Merit, not financial need
  • Preference for undergraduate sophomores and those finishing the 1st year of their post-graduate degree

 
Prairie View A&M University College of Engineering is delighted to partner with the GCPA emPOWERing Foundation to support our students.


Texas A&M University - College of Engineering / Energy Systems Laboratory

The GCPA scholarship award program was established with the Texas A&M University College of Engineering in 2007.  Candidates for the award are chosen based upon the following criteria: 1) recipient plans to enter a field within the power industry after graduation; 2) candidates must be in a graduate or undergraduate program and not on a PhD track; and 3) preference  will be given to a US citizen or a foreign national with permanent residency. The award is granted through the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) which is a division of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and a member of the Texas A&M University System. The ESL is affiliated with the Energy Systems Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Agrigulture.  The ESL will advertise, solicit nominations, and make the final decision. Students are drawn from EE and ME, and solicitations are made to ESL students and the Electric Power Lab.

Texas State Technical College

Established in 2011, the scholarship will be directed at students enrolled in academic offerings related to the power industry. The scholarship is administered by the financial aid office with awards based on both need and merit. Awards will be made to students enrolled in the following programs: TSTC Harlingen - Wind, TSTC Marshall - Electric Utility Construction and Maintenance, TSTC Waco - Electrical Power and Controls, TSTC West Texas - Wind.

Texas State University Ingram School of Engineering

Established in 2013, the following criteria will be used to select award recipients:   

  • Must be a full-time student in good standing enrolled at Texas State University.
  • Must have a cumulative Texas State G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Must be majoring in Electrical Engineering.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who has been in the United States lawfully for at least 18 years. 
  • Must be committed to pursuing a career in the power industry.

Administration:  Selection of the recipient shall be the responsibility of the scholarship committee in the Ingram School of Engineering.


Texas Tech University - University School (Wind Energy Program)

Established in 2010, the scholarship criteria are as follows: 1) the purpose of the gift is to award scholarships to eligible full-time undergraduate students earning a Bachelor of General Studies degree with an area of concentration in Wind Energy or a minor in Wind Energy through University College; 2) the recipient will be selected on the basis of merit and will have expressed an interest in a career in the electric industry; 3) GCPA will provide the funds to Texas Tech University’s University College for administration and distribution to the recipients; 4) eligible students will be classified as full-time students in good standing at Texas Tech University and must be currently enrolled in the degree programs described in item 1; and 5) preference will be given to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Tulane University Energy Institute

In 2015 the GCPA scholarship award program was established at the Tulane Energy Institute, a unit of the A. B. Freeman School of Business here at Tulane University. The first two grants were awarded to graduate students enrolled in our Masters of Management in Energy program for the 2016-2017 academic year. The criteria used by faculty when selecting recipients include: 1) the student must be U.S. Citizens or have Permanent Resident status and 2) must be enrolled in the Masters of Management in Energy program. In addition, one grant is restricted to a female recipient. Eligible students must also have a demonstrated interest in a career in the energy industry. Both awards are based on merit.

University of Houston Law Center

The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) was the initial partner in the GCPA Scholarship program in 2007. The Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA) established the “Gulf Coast Power Association Scholarship Program in Electric Power” to be awarded annually to a UHLC student(s).  The student chosen to receive this award will be selected by UHLC faculty.  The student chosen for this award will have demonstrated meritorious work in course(s) (including seminars) that has a significant electricity component involved.


University of Texas Arlington School of Engineering

Established in 2009, the terms of the scholarship are: 1) recipient will be selected on the basis of merit and will have expressed an interest in a career in the electric utility industry; and 2) the scholarship will be awarded to an EE or ME major who will be either a junior or senior in the following academic year.

University of Texas Austin Cockrell School of Engineering

The GCPA scholarship award program was established with the University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering in 2007. The criteria used by faculty when selecting a recipient include: 1) students must be enrolled in or have completed courses relating to electric power; 2)  student must have a declared major in electrical or computer engineering; 3) preference is given to Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Master's level students; 4) awards are based on merit; 5) student must have U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident status; and 6) student must have a demonstrated interest in a career in the electric power industry.


University of Texas Austin Energy Institute

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin awarded the first recipient of the GCPA Scholarship in 2007.  Donations from the GCPA support undergraduate and graduate students studying power systems engineering within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the UT Energy Institute.  Additional consideration for scholarships is given to undergraduate students participating in the Women in Engineering Program, with one of the scholarships honoring Edith Clarke.

University of Texas Austin McCombs School of Business

The University of Texas Austin McCombs School of Business began contributing to the GCPA emPOWERing Students Women's Scholarship in 2014 when they partnered with the GCPA to offer a $2500 scholarship to a first year MBA student with an energy focus.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly UT) Pan American - College of Engineering and Computer Science

Established in 2013, UTRGV select a student with the best qualifications with the following stipulations:

  • Student must have U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident status
  • Specializing in electric power industry related fields of study

University of Texas San Antonio College of Engineering

The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering received a gift from the GCPA emPOWERing Students to establish the David Olver Memorial Scholarship in 2015. It is awarded to one student each year in the College of Engineering, who has an interest in the electric power industry and specializes in related fields of study.  This scholarship is open to sophomore, juniors, seniors and Master’s students.  Each scholarship recipient is awarded a $5,000 scholarship for the academic year.

GCPA Scholarships

To be considered for a GCPA scholarship, students must have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the electric power industry. See the left column for additional eligibility requirements.

Contact Info

To inquire about a GCPA scholarship, please email the appropriate contact at your campus:

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders — Jennifer Long at School@AnnRichardsSchool.org

Atlas Scholars — Tejpal Singh, Partner, Atlas Commodities LLC at tejpal.singh@AtlasCommodities.com

LSU - Louisiana State University — Jennifer Lane at JLane@lsu.edu

LSU Center for Energy Studies — Marybeth Pinsonneault at mpinsonn@lsu.edu

Prairie View A&M University — Diedra Fontaine at DBFontaine@pvamu.edu

Texas A&M University - College of Engineering / Energy Systems Laboratory — Jim Eggebrecht at jimeggebrecht@tees.tamus.edu

Texas State Technical College — Mike Harder at mike.harder@tstc.edu

Texas State University Ingram School of Engineering — Dr. Harold Stern at hstern@txstate.edu

Texas Tech University - University School (Wind Energy Program) — Andy Swift at andy.swift@ttu.edu

Tulane University Energy Institute — Lorraine Landry at llandry1@tulane.edu

University of Houston Law Center — Jacqueline Weaver at jweaver@central.uh.edu

University of Texas Arlington School of Engineering — Mat Tonne at mtonne@uta.edu

University of Texas Austin Cockrell School of Engineering — Ross Baldick at ross.baldick@engr.utexas.edu

University of Texas Austin Energy Institute — Tom Edgar at TFEdgar@austin.utexas.edu

University of Texas Austin McCombs School of Business — Amy Holland at Amy.Holland@mccombs.utexas.edu

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly UT) Pan American - College of Engineering and Computer Science — Brenda Solis at bgarcia15@utpa.edu

University of Texas San Antonio College of Engineering — Lindsay Land at lindsay.land@utsa.com