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Presidential Scholarship

Each year, NIBA – The Belting Association honors all of the past Presidents of NIBA, for their dedication to NIBA and Distributor/Fabricator and Manufacturer members. This scholarship provides $4,000 scholarships for children with a parent employed by a NIBA Distributor/Fabricator or Manufacturer company, and who will be or are attending a two-year or more accredited college, university or technical school.*

Award: $4,000
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.

Criteria of Candidate Eligibility

  • Must be a child of an employee of an active NIBA Distributor/Fabricator or Manufacturer Member company.
  • Must attend 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

30% = Academic Achievement (15 GPA, 15 SAT/ACT score)
15% = Leadership
15% = Community Service/Activities
40% = Essay

Required Submissions

  • Academic Achievement:
    1. SAT or ACT Scores (completed within the past 6 years)
    2. GPA (4.0 scale. Please use this link to convert your GPA to the 4.0 scale if necessary.)
  • Leadership Roles
  • Community Service/Activities
  • One or two-page essay (maximum 1,000 words) on one of these topics:
    1. Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.
    2. Choose a book or books and that have affected you deeply and explain why.
    3. How has your family background affected your choice of study?

*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 cut-off date
  • 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.

  • Academic Achievement (30 points)
  • Leadership (15 points)
  • Community Service (15 points)
  • Essay (40 points)

A committee of at least three judges will be selected to choose the winners. Judges 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 a 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.