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SMRP Scholarships

SMRP is committed to helping the next generation of maintenance, reliability and physical asset management students achieve their professional goals through our scholarship program. Because of this commitment, the SMRP Foundation was created to provide students with financial resources. Scholarship applicants are judged on grade point average, work experience, extra-curricular activities and merit. See below for the description of available scholarships and deadlines for application.

Congratulations to Our 2023 Scholarship Winners 

SMRP Legacy of Excellence Scholarship

German Felipe Laiton Hernández
Civil Engineering Student
Illinois Institute of Technology

German Laiton expressed: "I am truly humbled and immensely grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of The SMRP Legacy of Excellence Scholarship. Your generosity and the support of organizations like SMRP play an indispensable role in enabling students like me to chase our dreams and aspire to make meaningful contributions to the world. I eagerly anticipate being an active member of the SMRP community, attending the SMRP conference, and immersing myself in educational resources".

The SMRP Legacy of Excellence scholarship is the highest scholarship to be awarded in SMRP's history. One student will be awarded this $10,000 USD scholarship for demonstrating a commitment to the highest level of excellence in their studies, work and extracurricular activities. The application is available to rising juniors and seniors in a four-year maintenance-, reliability- or engineering-focused program as well as to students in graduate studies.

SMRPCO Dorothy and Jack Nicholas Scholarship

Eberardo Trejo
Mechanical Engineering and Minoring in Computer Science
University of Texas at San Antonio

"My name is Eberardo Trejo, I’m a first generation Mexican American studying mechanical engineering and minoring in computer science at the University of Texas at San Antonio! I’m currently in my junior year. At a young age of 11 years old I faced an enormous obstacle which was my father's incarceration, which resulted in my mother having to raise 3 children on her own during this time. Which forced us to go from place to place due to my mother not being able to afford housing for us. Throughout this time I felt very sad that my family and I didn’t have a place to truly call our own. But as time went on we were fortunate enough to have several friends and family who helped bring us from the ground to the sky! Now that I’m 21 years old I can officially say that me and my family have a 4 bedroom house to truly call our own ! On top of this I’m also leading and creating a new path for my siblings to follow being the first stepping stone to a beautiful bright future full of endless opportunities! My story is the definition of overcoming adversity and financial hardship!"

Named for one of the founding members of the SMRPCO certification programs and his wife, the SMRPCO Dorothy and Jack Nicholas Scholarship is awarded to one rising junior or senior in a four-year maintenance- and reliability-focused program, as well as to students in the second year of a two-year maintenance program. 

SMRP Scholarship

Oluwasemire Olatunde-Salawu
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Missouri Kansas City

"I'm Oluwasemire Olatunde-Salawu, a sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMKC. Honored to receive the SMRP scholarship, I'm driven to excel academically. Inspired by my family's engineering legacy, I'm passionate about using science and math to create transformative technologies. I aim to blend technical skills with social impact for innovative community-driven ventures."

The SMRP Scholarship is awarded to a single student who demonstrates a strong desire to learn about and pursue a career in maintenance, reliability and physical asset management profession. It is available to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and rising seniors in four-year maintenance- and reliability-focused programs, as well as to students in a two-year maintenance program. 

SMRP Higher Standards Scholarship

Aidan Hofeldt
Mechanical Engineering - Idaho State University

Aidan is currently a Junior attending Idaho State University in the Mechanical Engineering program. He works as an Intern for FA Engineering; an engineering consulting firm located in Pocatello Idaho. FA does engineering and drafting work generally in the food industry. Typical work for Aidan includes marking up drawings and P&IDs, analyzing pumping systems, and helping in any way to meet deadlines with quality work. He enjoys spending time with his family and partner, specifically outdoors.

Samuel Cedeno

"I'm Samuel Cedeno, I was born in Venezuela. I moved to the United States when I was 8 years old, and I'm fluent in both English and Spanish. My list of interests include music, cars, video games, and technology. Currently, I'm in my final year of high school, and I want to pursue mechanical engineering in college."

SMRP is committed to supporting university students in the families of SMRP members, regardless of concentration. The SMRP Board of Directors has authorized two (2) $2,000 USD scholarships for children of SMRP members—high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and rising seniors are welcome to apply. SMRP also encourages students in a two-year community or technical college program to submit an application. One Higher Standards scholarship will be granted to a rising junior or senior at an accredited four-year college or university, and a second Higher Standards scholarship will be awarded to a freshman, sophomore or student in a two-year program. The officers, directors and the scholarship chairperson of SMRP, SMRP Foundation or SMRPCO and their direct dependents are ineligible to apply for scholarships funded by SMRP, the SMRP Foundation and SMRPCO.

See Past Scholarship Recipients