The Al-Ben Scholarship fund was established by the Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers (LACBPE) in 1976 to provide awards and incentives to technically inclined pre-college and undergraduate students enrolled in engineering, mathematical computer studies or applied scientific studies.
The objective of the program is to stimulate and support the student's interest in these technical areas that traditionally have an under-representation of minority professionals. The program therefore seeks to encourage the student through scholarship awards and public recognition to maintain the high level of academic performance needed for successful careers in these fields.
The scholarship is open to students attending college in the United States however preference will be given to students attending college in Southern California or students that are Southern California residents.
Three types of awards will be granted:
Scholastic Achievement Award - granted based primarily upon the superlative scholastic achievements in the academic pursuits of an engineering, math, computer studies or scientific studies education. A minimum of two awards will be given in this category, one at the high school level, one at the undergraduate college level.
Professional Merit Award - granted based upon exemplary actions in campus organizations, or community activities, while maintaining an excellent grade point average thereby demonstrating their dedication to professionalism. A minimum of two awards will be given in this category, one at the high school level, one at the undergraduate college level.
Academic Incentive Award - granted based on the student's notable academic achievements, interests in engineering, math or science, and demonstrated desire and commitment to succeed in technical fields. Two awards may be given in this category, one at the high school level, one at the undergraduate college level.