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NRC Scholarship

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Scholarship is a two-year project to fund Engineering (Electric Power or Mechanical) and Electrical Engineering students at Western Carolina University, with preference given to Electrical Power majors.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP: Friday, November 3rd, 2023 at 11:15am in Belk 266A.

Please contact Dr. Karayaka for questions or comments at

About the Scholarship

This is an undergraduate research opportunity that provides participants with a $5,000 scholarship per semester. Scholarships are renewable each semester if academic milestones are met and recipients must also agree to work in nuclear-related employment for 6 months for every completed or partial year of scholarship awarded.


Applicants must be U.S. citizen and permanent U.S. residents and a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing a WCU degree in Engineering (Electric Power or Mechanical) or Electrical Engineering.

Application Requirements

Completed applications are due on Friday, November 17th, 2023

  1. Completed application form
  2. Include current resume
  3. Results of completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  4. Official transcript (College or Early College), attached as a PDF to application.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from your teachers/ instructors/employers emailed by recommender to Dr. Bora Karayaka at
  6. Personal statement explaining future education and career plans, as well as the reason for majoring in Engineering (Electric Power or Mechanical) or Electrical Engineering
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