Awards Details

RETC Executive Committee Scholarship
The Rapid Excavation & Tunneling Conference (RETC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration annually awards one or more scholarships to promising college students who desire to develop their skills in the tunneling industry. The total amount of the award (approximately $5,000) is apportioned to one or more students at the discretion of the RETC Executive Committee.
Award Description

Also receives:

  • • RETC or NAT Conference Registration
  • • Round-trip airfare to the Conference
  • • Hotel Accommodations at the conference hotel
  • • Conference Proceedings
  • • Social Function Tickets
  • • $200 stipend for miscellaneous cash needs

Recipients are responsible for their own ground transportation and for any other expenses, including meals, other than the social functions provided.

Documentation Information

To submit an anonymous recommendation letter, the file must be labeled with your LastName-FirstInitial_ followed by Industry_Ltr or Prof_Ltr.pdf and send to

Files submitted should follow the format below:

  • • LastName-F_Resume.pdf
  • • LastName-F_Transcript.pdf
  • • LastName-F_Essay.pdf
  • • LastName-F_Industry_Ltr.pdf
  • • LastName-F_Prof_Ltr.pdf

PLEASE DO NOT PUT &, ., or any other characters in your file label. It will not download properly and WILL CORRUPT YOUR APPLICATION.
RETC Executive Committee Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Completed at least two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
2. Be enrolled in a program of study in an applicable field of engineering (civil, mechanical, mining, electrical, geological) or construction management.
3. Be a U.S., Canadian, or other NAFTA country citizen.
4. Must submit a short essay addressing the applicant's desire for a career in the tunneling industry.
Additional Information


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