TRI provides academic scholarships to qualified students enrolled in degree programs who have expressed interest in refractory manufacturing through their coursework or related activities. Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students each year based on academic merit and the recipients’ demonstrated experience and interest in the field of refractories.

Scholarships consist of one-time grants of $5,000 per student. Previous scholarship recipients are ineligible.

Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in pursuit of an undergraduate or advanced degree in ceramic engineering, materials science, or a similar discipline at a North American college, university, or technical institute. To be considered, individuals must submit a letter of application with the following information included in or appended to that letter:

  • A résumé that includes, at minimum, the applicant’s mailing address, phone number, email address, school, major, grade point average, anticipated date of graduation, part-time or summer employment experience, awards and recognitions, and extracurricular activities.
  • An explanation of the applicant’s interest in the field of refractories, including courses taken; papers written; research projects; related employment, co-ops, or work-study programs; and any other information that might inform the Scholarship Committee’s deliberations.
  • A recommendation from a department chairperson, faculty advisor, or professor familiar with the applicant’s academic experience and achievements confirming the applicant’s interest in refractories.
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s current academic transcript.

For the 2024-2025 school year, completed applications must be received by TRI no later than April 15, 2024. TRI’s Scholarship Committee and board of directors will review applications and may require telephone or in-person interviews with applicants to further the review process. Successful applicants will be notified and scholarships awarded in June 2024.

Completed applications can be submitted by email, mail, or courier service via the following addresses:


Contact Us:

The Refractories Institute
Attention: Scholarship Committee
1300 Sumner Ave.
Cleveland, OH  44115

For more information about TRI’s scholarship program, write to, or call 216-241-7333.