David Olver Memorial Scholarship


The Center for Energy Studies (CES) at Louisiana State University is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity for LSU students interested in future careers in the electric power industry. Since the fall of 2015, CES has directed the annual award of the David Olver Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship that is financially supported by the Gulf Coast Power Association emPOWERing Foundation. The annual award amount is $2,500.


The scholarship will be awarded annually to at least one student who will be enrolled full time as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student in the upcoming fall semester, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Graduating seniors are not eligible. While the award will preference either electrical or mechanical engineering majors, students from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, provided they are able to show past and/or current dedication to a power-industry related career and/or past power industry-related research and/or coursework.

Application & Essay Requirements

Each applicant is required to submit an essay of no more than one single-spaced page of type expressing his or her educational and career goals as they relate to the electric power industry.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

  • Must be U.S. citizen or a foreign national with permanent residency.
  • GPA/academic achievement.
  • Essay: Quality of content and writing and interest in a power-industry-related career.
  • Extracurricular activities related to or demonstrating past and ongoing interest in a power-related career.

Recipient Expectations

  • Recipient will agree to provide name, résumé, and contact information and agree that the essay submission will be made available to the public.
  • Recipient will complete GCPA's Scholarship Acceptance Agreement and return by May 11 of the year the scholarship is awarded.
  • Recipient will attempt to attend at least one Center for Energy Studies/GCPA event or another Center gathering, such as a conference or lunch meeting.

Required Application Information*

*NOTE:  Applications are not being accepted at this time.

To apply, email the Center at ces@lsu.edu with the following information:

  1. Email subject: David Olver Memorial Scholarship Application
  2. Name
  3. Address
  4. City
  5. State
  6. Zip Code
  7. Telephone Number
  8. Email Address
  9. LSU ID Number
  10. Classification (Sophomore, Junior, Senior)
  11. GPA
  12. Degree Pursuing (Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate)
  13. Major
  14. Minor or Concentration
  15. Electric Power Industry Related Research
  16. Electric Power Industry Related Work Experience
  17. Attach an Essay of no more than one single-spaced page of type expressing your educational and career goals as they relate to the electric power industry. It should be formatted as a Microsoft Word or PDF document.
  18. Consent: By submitting this information, I authorize that all information provided on this application, including any and all personal and academic data may be shared with the CES scholarship committee and the scholarship's sponsor for review. If awarded the scholarship, I acknowledge that all of the above referenced data may be included in public announcements of the award. Your data will be securely retained indefinitely.
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