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NAPA Research and Education Foundation Scholarship Program

    The NAPAREF Scholarship Program was initiated in 1994 to encourage young people to take elective courses in asphalt technology and management and to encourage institutions to make such courses available.  The Scholarship Program is the keystone for assuring the future of the Hot Mix Asphalt industry through the education of tomorrow’s industry leaders and the establishment of opportunities to expand knowledge and training in asphalt technology. 

Who is Eligible?
• The scholarship program currently provides funding for undergraduate or graduate students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled in a full-time civil engineering, construction management, or construction engineering curriculum at an accredited four-year college or university or two-year technical institution
• Financial need will not be considered and scholarship awards are renewable up to two years or graduation, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance and continued eligibility for the program
• The institution selected by the student must offer, and the student must take, at least one course on Asphalt Pavement Technology

• Participants in the NAPAREF Scholarship Program will be selected utilizing standard recipient selection procedures as developed by a leading scholarship management firm
• Selection criteria include consideration of past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of career and educational aspirations, goals, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal

Guidelines for Asphalt Pavement Technology Courses

Undergraduate Colleges and Universities
Courses offered in the schools of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or Construction Engineering should include these minimum requirements:

The university must provide or agree to provide 2-3 semester or quarter hours of asphalt pavement instruction to include:
A. Properties of liquid asphalt;
B. Properties of mineral aggregates;
C. Production of aggregates;
D. Mix design and testing;
E. Mix production, placement, and compaction;
F. QA/QC; and
G. Structural characteristics of asphalt pavement mixes.

Instructors must meet the following criteria:
A. Published at least five referred papers on the general subject of asphalt pavement, or
B. Must have attended or agree to attend the NCAT Professor Training Course.

Suggested texts, include either:
A. Hot Mix Asphalt Materials, Mixture Design, and Construction by Roberts, et all, and/or
B. Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook.

Graduate Courses
A. Must attend an approved university;
B. Must be doing his/her research on asphalt pavement technology; and
C. Student's major professor must be experienced in asphalt pavement technology as described under criteria for participating universities.

Technical Schools
Students must take the following course or courses that include the following to qualify:
A. Aggregate and asphalt cement testing as it related to HMA mixtures;
B. HMA mix design and analysis;
C. Mixture production and placement operation; and
D. HMA pavement design.
All portions of this course(s) should include lecture, lab, and fieldwork.


Instructors must:
A. Have Professor Training at NCAT, or
B. Have field experience and be certified by a state DOT.


Suggested texts, include either:
A. Hot Mix Asphalt Materials, Mixture Design, and Construction by Roberts, et all, and/or
b. Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook.