The Portland Cement Association Scholarship

Scholarship Description

For students performing research on concrete systems to improve home resilience, impacts of housing stock loss post disaster and financial/social life cycle cost analysis of concrete home construction.

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Scholarship is available to master and doctorate degree students performing research on any Portland cement based wall or floor system including castin-place concrete (conventional/ICF), concrete masonry, precast, tilt up, or autoclaved aerated systems. Suitable resilience based research on Portland cement based exterior wall and/or roof finishes will also be considered. Research topics must demonstrate concrete’s ability to mitigate the effects of, response to, and/or recovery from natural disasters. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
· Cost effective use of concrete systems to improve the resilience of new production homes through demonstrated improvement to resistance to natural hazards like wild fire, high wind, or seismic events
All topics are subject to the requirements listed below. Award of the scholarship is at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee and their decision is final.

1. Before the start of the proposed period of study (but not necessarily at the time of application), the applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from a higher education institution which is accredited by the responsible regional or national agency.
2. At the time of acceptance of the scholarship (but not necessarily at the time of application), the applicant must be accepted for graduate study at a college or university.
3. The proposed faculty member who will direct the applicant’s graduate study during the year in which the scholarship is applied for and awarded must complete and return an appraisal of the student’s capabilities as part of the application process. This faculty advisor must take responsibility for guiding the student’s research program and must ensure the student meets
the requirements of the scholarship by preparing and presenting a poster at the FLASH Annual Conference during the year the scholarship is awarded.
4. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the entire application package has been received by FLASH. The application package must include:
a. A fully completed application form. The applicant must respond to all questions on the application form. Do not attach additional sheets. Responses must be typewritten.
b. Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records.
c. A statement of appraisal and agreement to direct the applicant’s graduate research program from the proposed faculty advisor.

Year of Need: 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad, 3rd Year Grad, Beyond 3rd Year Grad,

Type: Merit Based

Num Awards: 1

Min Award: Varies

Max Award: 1,500

Deadline: 2019-12-31


Sponsoring Organization Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.
1427 E. Piedmont Dr., Suite 2
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Contact Person: Tim Smail

Phone: 850-728-0348