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George P. Kelley Memorial Scholarship Application Instructions

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust is pleased to request applications for the LANGAN/George P. Kelley Memorial Scholarship which provides scholarship funding to undergraduate and graduate civil engineering students attending Drexel University.  DFI is an industry association dedicated to the advancement of the design and construction of deep foundations. DFI recognizes that the future of our industry will depend upon our ability to encourage and engage promising young engineers to consider careers in civil engineering.

The 2023 Fall Application period is now open.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a graduate or undergraduate civil engineering program at Drexel University.
  • The minimum GPA required is 3.0/4.0 or, alternatively, a “B” or its equivalent.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, and/or the deep foundations industry.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must provide the Trust will all required contact information.

Scholarships are awarded based on standards that do not discriminate relative to the applicant’s race, color, religion, age, gender, orientation, nationality or ethnic origin.

Online Application Requirements:

  • Complete all items on application.

Required Documents (to be uploaded with application):

  • Personal essay, no more than 500 words,  highlighting why the applicant chose to pursue a deep foundations- related career, extra-curricular activities, leadership capabilities, long term plans and goals, and any special financial need.
  • One-page résumé, including work experience, honors, activities and organizations.
  • One official transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be completed by a faculty member at the applicant’s school.

Submission Requirements

  • The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted no later than October 31, 2023. Applications missing any of the required items will not be considered.
  • The DFI Educational Trust will notify all applicants of the result of their applications no later than Dec 15, 2023.
  • Applicants, as a condition of eligibility for being considered for a scholarship, must consent to their resume being posted on the DFI website for review by DFI members as potential employers.
  • Applicants may be required to participate in a personal telephone interview with a Trust Board member.
  • If selected as a recipient, as a condition of funding, applicant agrees to participate in a follow-up career survey that will be sent by the Trust at some point after the applicant’s graduation.

Deadline: A completed online application and all supporting documentation must be submitted no later than October 31, 2023.


One scholarship, in the amount of US$6,250, will be awarded in 2023. Award may be used for funding tuition, fees, books, and/or educational living expenses.

Scholarship checks, payable to the students, will be sent in January 2024 after proof of enrollment and other required information is received by the DFI Educational Trust.