Ralph K. Hillquist Honorary SAE Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Ralph K. Hillquist, a retiree from General Motors Proving Grounds, and is funded by the SAE Noise & Vibration Conference and related activities. Hillquist was the founder of the conference, and served on its general committee. Contributions to this scholarship fund may be directed to the SAE Foundation.

Applications will be judged on the basis of academic performance and leadership activities, with additional consideration given for special study or honors in the field of the award.

  • U.S. Resident
  • Incoming Senior at the time of application
  • Pursuing a degree in the area of Noise & Vibration through an ABET accredited program.
  • Provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation - one (1) that focuses on academics and one (1) that outlines involvement in extra-curricular activities or employment

  • Applicant must be a Mechanical Engineering Major or majoring in a related automotive discipline focusing on automotive development, design, and testing

  • Applicant should be grounded in system dynamics (at least sophomore or junior level), strength of materials, system optimization or controls, experimental methods or instrumentation, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and vibration, acoustics, or noise control

  • Applicants should have a strong background in the areas of dynamics, vibration, control, modeling, and acoustics through course work, extra-curricular/club activity, internships or employment

  •   One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually.
  • Recipient will be selected by the SAE Scholarship Committee and notified by the end of June.
  • Applicants not selected will be notified by the end of July.
  • This scholarship will be paid into your account at your selected university in July/August.
  • It can be used for tuition or any other incidental school expenses.

Applications now being accepted through March 15th for the 2021/22 Academic Year


Application Deadline: March 15

Application Form