The purpose of the Tau Beta Pi is to recognize engineering students of superior scholarship and exemplary character and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, the Association's largest national philanthropy is its fellowship program, which has provided $7,809,000 in advanced-study grants to 1,706 students, and the scholarship program that has provided $6,557,000 in awards to 3,369 engineering seniors.
To be eligible, applicants must: be a U.S. resident; be an incoming freshman; have a 3.75 GPA; pursue an engineering or related science degree through an ABET accredited program; provide two letters of recommendation (one that focuses on academics and one that speaks to your involvement in extra-curricular activities or employment); and detail their participation in a community service project during their junior or senior year that is not related to a high school project. Applications open in February. Recipients of SAE scholarships will be notified by July.