National Foundation Scholarships

Funding Agency:
Recycling Research Foundation

The Recycling Research Foundation (RRF) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI). Our mission is to “promote the art and science of scrap processing and recycling through research, sponsorships, technical assistance, and educational programs for the purpose of advancing the industry.” 

Since 2010, RRF has sponsored a graduate scholarship to individuals seeking a graduate degree in programs that support the scrap processing or the recycling industry as a whole. Recognizing the need for affordable graduate education, the foundation created a $5,000 national scholarship open to graduates regardless of their affiliation with ISRI.

The U.S. scrap recycling industry is a sophisticated industry that completes the recycling chain between obsolete materials and new manufacturing. The industry itself is both labor and mechanically intensive, as scrap recyclers take old and new scrap metal, paper, plastics, electronics, textiles, glass, and rubber, and sort it into tradable and highly-valued commodities that manufacturers use as raw material to make new products. Scrap recyclers process more than 130 million tons of recyclable material each year into raw materials used in manufacturing around the world. For more than 200 years, scrap recycling has been, and continues to be, integral to the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development. 

Deadline: Jun. 1, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

1. The applicant must be admitted to an accredited graduate educational institution as listed by the U.S. Department of Education at Furthermore, the applicant must be taking courses toward a graduate degree.

2. Board Members and their dependents of the Recycling Research Foundation, as well as employees and their dependents of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc are not eligible to receive a scholarship.

3. The applicant should be studying in one of the following fields listed below. However, if the applicant’s field of study is not listed and he or she feels it should be included, an application may still be submitted, provided it includes an essay answering how the field of study is applicable to the industry as a whole.

  • Architectural Engineering and Construction Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • GeoEngineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Technology
  • Law
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Software Engineering
  • Transportation and Engineering Management



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

June 1, 2018