$2K Scholarships

The National Fluid Power Association is offering $2,000 scholarships to help students enrolled in high schools, technical colleges and engineering schools pursue their interests in fluid power.


NFPA offers multiple $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors, and students enrolled at community colleges, technical colleges, and universities. The Fluid Power Scholarship aims to help students pursue their interests in fluid power. The money awarded is used to study at any accredited technical college or university in the United States.

The applicant does not have to be enrolled in a dedicated fluid power degree program but must be enrolled in a relevant program where fluid power is taught. Students enrolled in the following degree programs are welcome to apply (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Systems Technology
  • Automation Robotics, Engineering Technology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • CNC Engineering Technician Certificate
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Mechatronics
  • Engineering Technology
  • Fluid Power Technology
  • Hydraulic Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Industrial Technology
  • Manufacturing Equipment Technician Certificate
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Certificate
  • Pneumatic Engineering Technician

Past scholarship recipients are eligible to apply again but have a different essay question than first-time applicants.

College Seniors/Graduating Applicants: Students graduating in May or June of the 2023-24 academic year are not eligible for a scholarship.

Students enrolled in a Master's or PhD degree program are not eligible for this scholarship.

Please contact Haley Nemeth at hnemeth@nfpa.com with any questions. 

Funding for the Fluid Power Scholarship comes, in part, from donors to the Tom Wanke Legacy Fund.

Please consider making a donation.

2023 Scholarship Winners

  • Matthew Brooks close up

    Matthew Brooks

    Tarleton State University
    Stephenville, Texas

  • Deboer 77-2

    Olivia DeBoer

    Harvey Mudd College
    Claremont, California

  • Evan Fender

    Evan Fender

    Wright State University
    Dayton, Ohio

  • Giovanni Hernandez

    Giovanni Hernandez

    University of California-Irvine
    Irvine, California

  • Tony Hicks copy

    Tony Hicks

    Morehouse College
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Tom Wanke Legacy Fund

  • Albert Ly

    Albert Ly

    Illinois Institute of Technology
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Mason Maile

    Mason Maile

    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Brendan McCluskey

    Brendan McCluskey

    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Richard Misner

    Richard Misner

    Macomb Community College
    Warren, Michigan

  • James Oosterhouse

    James Oosterhouse

    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Kaedyn Peterson-Rucker

    Kaedyn Peterson-Rucker

    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Madison, Wisconsin

  • April Polston

    April Polston

    Murray State University
    Murray, Kentucky

  • Ben Quade cropped

    Ben Quade

    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA

    Raymond F. Hanley Memorial Award

  • Gabriel Schroepfer

    Gabriel Schroepfer

    Northern Illinois University
    Dekalb, Illinois

  • Athena Shier

    Athena Shier

    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, South Carolina

  • Hannah Shu

    Hannah Shu

    Stanford University
    Stanford, California

    Tom Wanke Legacy Fund

  • Ethan Smoes

    Ethan Smoes

    LeTourneau University
    Longview, Texas

  • Bentley

    Bentley Soukhaphaly

    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Madison, Wisconsin

    Robert Mackey Memorial Award

  • Connor Stonerock

    Connor Stonerock

    Ohio University
    Athens, Ohio

  • Chip Swarner

    Christopher Swarner

    California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
    San Luis Obispo, California

  • Tatiyana Timmons

    Tatiyana Timmons

    Murray State University
    Murray, Kentucky

    Tom Wanke Legacy Fund

  • Marco Vanoni

    Marco Vanoni

    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan

  • Sonnet Xu

    Sonnet Xu

    Stanford University
    Stanford, California