Robert B. Oliver Scholarship

Award Information

This scholarship is named in honor of ASNT past President and Honorary Member, Robert B. Oliver. When Oliver retired, his company donated a $1,000 scholarship to ASNT in his honor, which the ASNT Board voted to use to to create a larger scholarship fund, now known as the Robert B. Oliver Scholarship.

Purpose

To provide an incentive to students currently enrolled in course work related to nondestructive testing (NDT) in a program of study learning to an associate degree or a post-secondary certificate at a US university, college, or technical school.

Eligibility

Students applying for the scholarship must be officially enrolled in an undergraduate degree, associate degree, or certificate program which includes studies in NDT.

Nomination

Students applying for the Award must submit the following:

  • Completed application form – signed by applicant & school official;
  • Original copy of the student’s NDT manuscript (see manuscript criteria below);
  • Curriculum of student, showing classroom hours of NDT course work (may attach school’s published curriculum if available;
  • Transcript of grades showing all of student’s completed course work; and,
  • Letter from an instructor or school official verifying the student’s enrollment

Manuscript Criteria

*Manuscripts should develop an original concept in NDT and may be based on practical experience, laboratory work or library research. Papers may be classroom assignments for work outside NDT, such as an English class.

*Submission of a manuscript means that it has not been published elsewhere and that it will not be published elsewhere while under consideration by ASNT. Manuscripts from the scholarship winner will be copyrighted by ASNT and submitted for publication in Materials Evaluation, one of the Society’s technical journals. No payment is made for the use of articles. A complimentary copy of the journal containing published manuscripts is provided to the student. Details of manuscript submission are outlined below:

  • The manuscript must be submitted as an electronic file.
  • The manuscript must contain title, author and complete references.
  • The manuscript is limited to 5,000 words and a maximum of ten illustrations.
  • Photographs should be high resolution digital images.
  • Photographs and line drawings, if submitted, must be original (not taken from a published source).
  • The International System of Units or SI, the approved international metric system, is preferred for all measurement.

Materials Submitted

  • Completed application form – signed by applicant & school official;
  • Original copy of the student’s NDT manuscript (see manuscript criteria below);
  • Curriculum of student, showing classroom hours of NDT course work (may attach school’s published curriculum if available;
  • Transcript of grades showing all of student’s completed course work; and,
  • Letter from an instructor or school official verifying the student’s enrollment

Method of Selection

The Financial Awards Committee selects up to three $2,500 scholarships each year to students who have submitted the most outstanding manuscript about NDT research, investigation or development (provided all applicants have met the established guidelines). 

Selection is based on creativity (10 points), content (50 points), format and readability (25 points) and the student’s hands-on involvement in the project (15 points) – totaling 100 points.

Award Timeline

  • Announcements are made in the: October Issue of Materials Evaluation
  • Nomination deadline: 15th of February
  • The Financial Awards Committee will provide its recommendation to the ASNT Board of Directors during ASNT’s Research Symposium
  • Recipients will be notified following the Research Symposium
  • Funds will be made available in: July
  • Awards will be presented at ASNT’s Annual Conference

Form of Award

$2,500 in funding and a Framed Certificate

The Robert B. Oliver Scholarship was not awarded in 2017.

Past Award Recipients

Past Robert B Oliver Scholarship Recipients

ISC Contact

Jessica Ames
Awards and Honors Program
ASNT, Inc.
1711 Arlingate Lane
PO Box 28518
Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-274-6003 Ext. 233 Fax: 614-274-6899
Email: james@asnt.org