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Robert B. Oliver Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of ASNT past President and Honorary Member, Robert B. Oliver. When Oliver retired, his company donated a $1,000 scholarship to ASNT in his honor, which the ASNT Board then approved to use to create a larger scholarship fund, now known as the Robert B. Oliver Scholarship.

The Robert B. Oliver Scholarship provides an incentive to students currently enrolled in course work related to NDT in a program of study leading to an associate degree or post-secondary certificate at a U.S. university, college, technical school, or company whose primary workforce is education.


Students applying for the scholarship must be officially enrolled in a U.S. associate degree or certificate program which includes studies in NDT.


The Scholarship is awarded to the students submitting the best original manuscript on nondestructive testing. The submission of a manuscript means that it has not been published elsewhere and that it will not be published elsewhere while under consideration by ASNT. The manuscript should develop a concept in NDT and may be based on practical experience, laboratory work, or library research.

The following documents must be submitted for a nomination to be complete:

  • Completed application form, signed by applicant and school official. (DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM HERE) (PDF)
  • Original copy of the student’s NDT manuscript.
    • The manuscript must contain title, author, and complete references.
    • It is limited to 5,000 words and a maximum of 10 illustrations.
    • Photographs should be high resolution digital images.
    • Photographs and line drawings, if included, must be original.
  • Curriculum of student, showing classroom hours of NDT coursework (may attach school’s published curriculum if available).
  • Transcript of grades showing all of student’s completed coursework.
  • Letter from an instructor or school official verifying the student’s enrollment.


The Scholarship is judged on creativity (10 points), content (50 points), format and readability (25 points), and the student’s hands-on involvement in the project (15 points). Up to three (3) recipients will be selected each year.

Award Timeline

  • Nominations are due 5 March.
  • Manuscripts from the scholarship recipient(s) will be copyrighted by ASNT and submitted for publication in Materials Evaluation or The NDT Technician.  A complimentary copy of the journal containing published manuscripts will be provided to the student recipient(s).
  • Funds will be made available in July.

For any questions regarding the award process or timeline, please contact ASNT’s Program Specialist at

Form of Award

$2,500 in scholarship funds. Recipients who are not current members of ASNT shall be given a complimentary one (1) year student membership.

Oliver Scholarship Past Recipients

Past Recipients

Check out the full list of past recipients for the Robert B. Oliver Scholarship