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Memorial Scholarship

NIBA – The Belting Association honors the memory of past officers, directors, and committee members for their strong dedication to the NIBA organization, with $2,000 scholarships for employees and children of employees of NIBA Distributor/Fabricator and Manufacturer member companies who make a difference in their communities, churches and schools, through service.*

Award: $2,000
Application deadline: March 15, 2021

* The number of scholarships given changes each year based on the previous year's net income from the Scholarship Fund.


  • Applicant must be an employee, or child of an employee, in an active NIBA company.
  • Distributor/fabricators, conveyor belting manufacturers, and component manufacturer's employees and their children are all eligible to apply. Affiliates not eligible.
  • Applicant must be planning to attend and use the scholarship for a two-year or more, accredited college, university, or technical school.
  • Applicant must be a high school senior (or have GED equivalent), or a college student.
  • Applicant may not be a previous winner.


Selection Criteria

20% - Community/school service history
20% - Personal history of leadership in family/school/work
60% - Essay

Required Submissions

  • Community, school, and personal leadership activity history
  • One-page essay (500 words) on one of these topics:
    1. How will this scholarship impact your future?
    2. Explain the importance of (your major) in today’s society.
    3. Pick a controversial problem on college campuses and suggest a solution.
  • Eligible community and school service

* Essays must be submitted in .pdf format. DO NOT include your name anywhere within the .pdf document. Please follow the naming convention for your submission: “lastname_Essay” (ex. For John Doe: Doe_Essay.pdf)

**While we encourage active participation in sports, band, choir, and religious groups, the time spent in these are not eligible unless if they are doing some type of active outreach in the community, such as benefit concert, car wash for charity, Vacation Bible Schools, etc. The applicant shall only state the hours spent with these affiliations for actual outreach; do not include general hours. Service must have been performed in past three years.

Scholarship Rules

  • Application must be completed online
  • Application must be completed in English
  • There is no limit to the number of years a person may apply

Applications will be deemed to be disqualified for the following conditions:

  • Incomplete application
  • Application doesn’t meet the requirements outlined above
  • Application not submitted by deadline
  • Plagiarism
  • Applicant did not answer one of the provided essay questions


All applicants must submit their application using an official online form distributed by NIBA, and also available on the NIBA website. All applicants will receive a letter from NIBA informing them of the results of their application (both winners and losers).



For all NIBA scholarships, NIBA maintains a rigorous method of double blind evaluation.

All submissions must meet the requirements of submission, including all fields completed and attachments included properly.

Reviewers receive a packet of blinded applications to review and score with a standard grading sheet.

  • Leadership (20 points)
  • Community Service (20 points)
  • Essay (60 Points)

A committee of at least three judges will be selected to choose the winners. Jusges typically include NIBA Past-Presidents, current Board and Committee members, and more.

NIBA staff provides a list of the top submissions from the first round with a new grading sheet to score the essay again to select the winners.

  • The average of the judges score will determine the winners.
  • In the event of the tie, the tiebreaker will be the first round scores. The applicant with the highest average score from the first round wins.

Winner(s) will be sent a form to complete so that the check may be issued to your chosen school.  Winners must notify NIBA of where funds to be sent by August 1. All funds will be paid directly to the school. Funds will be awarded in $USD on August 15. Scholarship funds must be used within 12 months of Award Date. Winner must notify NIBA if institution is changed. NIBA will send the award to the new institution once funds are received back from the original institution. Scholarships must be applied for on an annual basis. Recipients of scholarships to be chosen annually. Scholarship winners will be published online, in NIBA marketing materials and broadcast at Convention. Winner(s) agrees to submit a photo, course of study and institution they will attend.