IRI Scholarships

Announcing the 2019 IRI Scholarships!


Submit PDF (preferred) or MSWORD Document. Attached the document to the letter. DO NOT LINK to an external storage location.


These naming conventions make it much easier for the sponsoring companies to read your essay and recommendation and know who you are. Don’t make this hard for them!!!


For 2019, we will award multiple Technical/Open Scholarships and 1 Teaching Scholarship. We expect each scholarship’s values to be $2000.

These scholarships are for 2018-2019 school year seniors who will attend post-high school education institutions (college, community college, university, and technical school). You must attend in the Fall 2019 – the check will be written to you and the school and must be deposited into your “school account”.

The sponsoring companies/organizations will read the applications and make their award decisions.  Each sponsor has their own criteria they use for their selection process.

It is very important that you follow the guidelines below and be sure you have included all the requested information. Don’t make it hard on the sponsoring companies!

Technical / Open (Sponsoring company determines the area of study requirements)
Sponsors – IFI, AndyMark, Rolls-Royce

1 – Teaching (Must go into a teaching / educational field of study). Includes someone working toward a teaching degree/certification as a second career.
Sponsor – Marcia Beatty Memorial and the IRI

Requirements / Actions
1. Student must submit answers to the questions (below) and answer an essay question.
2. Student must obtain a letter of recommendation from 1 adult MENTOR. This reference should not be a family member of the student. The requirement for a reference from a MENTOR is to further recognize the value of the MENTOR/STUDENT relationship in FRC. Make sure your reference includes your FULL NAME AND TEAM NUMBER ON THEIR LETTER!
3. The team must attend the 2019 IRI, and it is preferred that the student also is attending. If you cannot attend with your team, please include a statement as to “why not” at the end of your essay.

Please be sure that you and your reference include your name and team number on the letters and don’t mix given names and nicknames – we may not know that the letters go together).

Applications and references must be received by TUESDAY, JULY 2.

Email all materials to


Include the following information on your application.

Team Number:
College / University Attending:
Expected Major:
Scholarship You’re Applying For: Technical/Open or Teaching
Years on FIRST Team:
Primary Roles on Team:
Name of Individual Providing Reference Letter:

Technical / Open Scholarships
Answer the following question:
How my FIRST experience has prepared me to be successful IN college. (Please add a short statement if you are NOT able to attend the IRI.)

Marcia Beatty Memorial Teaching Scholarship
Answer the following question:
How my FIRST experience has prepared me to be successful as a future educator. (Please add a short statement if you CANNOT attend the IRI.)

Include the following information on your letters of reference.

Name of Student:
Relationship with Student:
FIRST Affiliation (if any):
Answer the following question:
Why do you believe this student is deserving of IRI / FIRST Scholarship Recognition?


2019 IRI Scholarship Winners


2018 IRI Scholarship Winners


2017 IRI Scholarship Winners

Total IRI Scholarships since 2014 – $110,500!

AndyMark – Connor Loveless, Team 292
Rolls-Royce – Connie Wentworth, Team 1987
Innovation First / VEX – Valerin Hernandez, Team 51
Allison Transmission – Mitchel Huang, Team 503


2016 IRI Scholarship Winners

All scholarships were $2000.

Total IRI Scholarships to date – $102,500!

Marcia Beatty – Abigail Mescher, Team 1086
AndyMark – Perry Outman, Team 33
Rolls-Royce – Elizabeth Bremer, Team 234
Innovation First / VEX – Ethan Elliott, Team 2056
IRI / IRI Teams – Morgan Brunsting, Team 3620


2014 Scholarship Winners

Louis Bertoncin – Team 1730, Team Driven
Jeffrey Pflueger – Team 2468, Team Appreciate
William Blaser III – Team 359, Hawaiian Kids
Mariah Smith – Team 1741, Red Alert


2011 Scholarship Winners

At the 2011 IRI, we awarded eight scholarships, totaling $15,000 to graduated high school seniors.

Seven students received technical/open scholarships, while one student received the Marcia Beatty scholarship for education.

Congratulations to our eight scholarship winners! (Row 1: Kendra Grossman, Rachel Goubert, Stacey Willick, Katie Widen; Row 2: CJ Burchfield, Niklas Olsen, Samir Shaikh, Matthew Coffey)

  • $2,500 Interactive Intelligence Foundation scholarship: CJ Burchfield of CyberBlue, FRC team 234
  • $2,000 AndyMark, Inc. scholarship: Samir Shaikh of Team THRUST, FRC team 1501
  • $2,000 Innovation First VEX Robotics scholarship: Stacey Willick of Simbotics, FRC team 1114
  • $2,000 IRI Teams + 4FX Designs scholarships: Niklas Olsen of Wave Robotics, FRC team 2826
  • $2,000 Techpoint Foundation scholarship: Kendra Grossman of Kil-a-Bytes, FRC team 1024
  • $1,500 Rolls-Royce scholarship: Rachel Goubert of the Fighting Pi, FRC team 1718
  • $1,500 Allison Transmission scholarship: Kathryn Widen of UPS, FRC team 1675
  • $1,500 Marcia Beatty Memorial scholarship: Matthew Coffey of Simbotics, FRC team 1114

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the scholarships!

Pictured to the left are representatives from the Techpoint Foundation, with scholarship winner Kendra Grossman.