Northeastern: Donald E. Harley Memorial Scholarship

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The Donald E. Harley Memorial Scholarship

Donald E. Harley was one of eight Harley children who attended Northeastern Junior College. Donald attended Northeastern from 1959-1961. During that time, Donald studied engineering and was a member of student council, the men’s basketball team, the Brown and Gold Club, the Newman Club, choir, and pep club. He was a Plainsman Top Hand, served as sophomore class president, and was a Smythe’s General Store nominee. After Northeastern, Donald studied at the University of Colorado, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Later, while working for the Federal Highway Administration in Austin, Texas, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and obtained a Master of Science in Engineering. He worked for the Federal Highway Administration for 30 years and retired on June 1, 2001. Donald passed away on April 19, 2018, at the age of 76. His wife of 47 years, Emma R. Harley, posthumously established The Donald E. Harley Memorial Scholarship Fund in his honor.

This scholarship provides funds to Northeastern students who are pursuing careers in engineering (preferred but not required). This scholarship may either be awarded to two students of $1,500 each, or to a single recipient at $3,000 for an entire academic year at Northeastern. The scholarship may be awarded to either a Northeastern freshman or sophomore. A major consideration of this scholarship is the financial need of the student who applies for the award. 

Eligibility requirements for this scholarship include:

  1. Be an engineering major, or plan to pursue engineering (preferred but not required);
  2. Demonstrate financial need as established by Northeastern's Financial Aid Office;
  3. Maintain an overall 3.2 grade point average.

Application requirements

  1. Submit a cover letter that includes:
  •  a statement of why the applicant should be considered for this scholarship;
  • identification of the degree the applicant has chosen and a brief description of the applicant's future plans after graduating from Northeastern;
  • identification of other scholarships or financial aid received while at Northeastern (if applicable).   

     2. A transcript from most recently-attended school and/or Northeastern for continuing students.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: April 1, 2022 by 5:00 p.m

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