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Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs Global Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

The Joseph J. Jacobs Global Scholarship Program (the “Program”) was created in 2009 and is sponsored by the Jacobs Collectively Global Oversight Committee as a tribute to Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs (the founder of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.) for his commitment and goal to make higher education affordable for children who seek it.

The Program is available to dependent children of employees (Vice President and below)  of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and all of its Lines of Business (LOB), subsidiaries, operations, and departments (hereinafter, “the Company”) but excluding employees subject to collective bargaining agreements unless specifically required by the collective bargaining agreement or legally required. It seeks to encourage recipients to further their education in any of the science, technology, engineering, art, or mathematics (STEAM), finance, legal, IT or human resources fields of any accredited college or university (or the international equivalent), to honor them for their achievements, and to assist them in financing that education.

This program is independently administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, disability, national origin, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


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Applicants to the Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs Global Scholarship Program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a dependent* child, age 25 and under, of a Jacobs employee who has a minimum of one year of continuous employment with Jacobs when the scholarship is initially awarded.
  • A high school, secondary school, or similar institution graduate who plans to enroll, or a student who is already enrolled in, full-time post-secondary undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university or the international equivalent located in any country.
  • The applicant must apply to and be accepted, or be enrolled in, a four-year accredited college or university, or the international equivalent.
  • Major in any of the science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics (STEAM), finance, legal, IT or human resources fields of study.

*A dependent is defined as a person who is under 25 years of age, not regularly employed on a full-time basis, and primarily dependent upon a parent or grandparent employed by Jacobs for support and maintenance (i.e., with the employee providing at least 50% of the dependent’s overall support and maintenance).  Dependents include any of the following: a natural child or grandchild, stepchild or step-grandchild, child or grandchild of a domestic partner, legally adopted child or grandchild, child or grandchild placed for adoption, or a child or grandchild for whom legal guardianship has been awarded to a Jacobs employee or the spouse/domestic partner of a Jacobs employee.  A dependent does not include anyone who is also a Jacobs employee unless that employee is not benefits eligible.

Dependents of a Foundation director or officer or a member of the Foundation’s Scholarship Administrative Committee are ineligible to apply.



If selected as a recipient, the student will receive $3,000 USD, or the local economic equivalent. Up to 20 awards will be granted.

Awards may be renewed for up to three years or until a certificate, diploma or undergraduate degree is awarded, whichever occurs first.

Renewal is contingent upon maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent, in a full-time undergraduate science, technology, engineering or mathematics curriculum at a four-year accredited college or university, or the international equivalent.  Renewal is also contingent on continuation of the program by Jacobs Engineering Foundation.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Students may only receive one award from a Jacobs or Foundation-sponsored scholarship program in any year.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of past academic performance* and future potential, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, and unusual personal or family circumstances.

*The academic evaluation for international applicants will include a review of the grade/mark-average based on the grading system used in the applicant’s country and a review of the results of academic examinations.

Financial need will not be considered in the selection of recipients.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Jacobs or the Foundation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

All applicants will be notified in June.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Jacobs Engineering Foundation.  Checks are mailed to U.S. recipients in August and wire transfers are made to non-U.S. students in September.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • U.S. Applicants: a current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.
  • Non-U.S. Applicants: transcript of grades/academic record, secondary school credential/diploma/certificate if earned, and results of examinations. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken. English translations must be provided for all non-English documents.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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