NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,500.00
Application Deadline: February 6, 2018

Each year, the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) and the AESF Foundation awards financial scholarships to academically well-deserving students studying in the areas of: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Chemistry.

Each scholarship award is in the amount of $1,500.00 and requires:

  • A statement describing applicant’s career objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors
  • A professional resume
  • Official undergraduate or graduate transcript

Students are judged on four major factors: (1) Academic record, (2) Personal Statement, (3) Working Experience, and (4) Extracurricular Activities. Selection is based on, but limited to: career interest in surface finishing, academic achievement, motivation and potential.

To qualify for the undergraduate scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.

To qualify for the graduate scholarship, students must have a 3.3 GPA or higher and be currently enrolled in an accredited university.

To learn more about the NASF/AESF Foundation Scholarship Program or to submit an application, click here or contact Annika Mikkelsen at Deadline to submit an application is February 6, 2018.

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NASF Scholarships Awarded Under AESF Foundation

Washington D.C. – The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Education Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Yunfei Xu, PhD candidate at Harvard University, and Shinde Manish, PhD candidate at Wichita State University, have been chosen as the 2014 Scholarship Award Program recipients for their research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering. Undergraduate and graduate applicants were chosen on the basis of four major factors: academic record, personal statement, work experience and extracurricular activities. Both honorary scholarship recipients will receive a $1,500 USD award toward their study and/or research related to the advancement of the plating and surface finishing technology.


Yunfei Xu

Yunfei XuYunfei Xu is a PhD candidate in chemistry at Harvard University. Having previously studied noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for water splitting reactions, his current research is focused on surface chemistry and catalysis. Passionate about extracurricular activities, Yunfei Xu co-authored 10 publications, including research articles, reviews, a book chapter and 2 patents during his undergraduate. In 2013/2014, he served as a fellow in both Venture Club and the Alumni Relations board of the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association (HCSSA). Xu is now the 2014/2015 co-chair of Alumni Relations for HCSSA.

Manish Shinde

Manish ShindeManish Shinde is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University. After being introduced to studies in nanomaterial as an undergraduate, Shinde applied his curiosity to produce his master’s thesis work with nanomaterial in dye sensitized solar cells. Pursing this curiosity, Shinde’s doctoral dissertation will focus on creating a replacement for hexavalent chromium products that would be best suited for the metal finishing industry. Aside from educational research, Shinde is a research engineer for the National Institute of Aviation Research where he is involved in different aspects of coating as well as research and development. Presently, he is involved in research of aviation coatings for increased performance for corrosion and heat reflective coatings.

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