Engineer Scholarship Program

Scholarship program

Positions open Sept. 7, 2016, and close Nov. 30, 2016.
Cohort begins end May 2017.

The Civil Engineering Scholarship Program (CESP) provides civil engineering students the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world work experience, earn money over the summer and receive stipends to assist with educational expenses.

Engineering scholars at orientation

Scholars at orientation, June 2016, Richmond, Virginia.

Why This Program?

CESP provides participants with a $3,500 stipend for the fall and spring semesters. Stipends are issued based on continued program eligibility.

CESP participants spend summers working in a challenging and interesting VDOT position. This is a paid position providing real-world work experience within a variety of disciplines and throughout Virginia.

Districts include:

  • Bristol
  • Salem
  • Lynchburg
  • Richmond
  • Staunton
  • Hampton Roads
  • Fredericksburg
  • Culpeper
  • Staunton
  • Northern Virginia
  • Central Office 

Please visit VDOT district offices for more information.

Students work directly with a professional engineer to ensure their experience contributes to their studies, career goals and developmental needs. 

In addition, participants get the opportunity to network with other CESP participants. This allows them to learn from each other about the diverse needs of the organization.

Requirements to apply:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Maintain residency in Virginia or attend an accredited civil engineering school in the commonwealth .
  • As of May 2017, be a rising junior (third year) or senior (fourth year) doing undergraduate study in an ABET accredited four-year college or university.
  • Must need at least two semesters of coursework before graduation. Graduation date must be on or after May 2018.
  • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale or 3.0 or above on a 6.0 scale.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Declare and pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or civil engineering technology.
  • Agree to begin his or her civil engineering career with the Virginia Department of Transportation following graduation.

Click the following link if you are eligible and interested in the Civil Engineering Scholarship Program.

Note:  VDOT also offers an internship program for business and engineering students. If you meet program requirements and want to be considered for both programs, you must apply to all programs.

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Page last modified: Sept. 20, 2016