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About the NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship

As close to real-world engineering as a student can get.

The NFPA Robotics Challenge is a scholarship program that launched with the 2016-17 school year. In support of the missions of FIRST® Robotics and National Robotics League (NRL), NFPA will be offering one merit-based scholarship, for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years), to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2018 FIRST® Robotics or NRL Competition Team. This scholarship may be used to study engineering at any accredited technical college or university in the United States.

The goal of the NFPA Scholarship is to bring an awareness of fluid power options in robotics to high school students and to stimulate increased use of fluid power products in these competitions.



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About FIRST® Robotics

Print FIRST® Robotics combines the excitement of sport with the precision of science and technology. Previous participants have called the event the “hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST® Championship.

Sport & the precision of science.


About National Robotics League

Teamwork & Competition.

The National Robotics League (NRL) is a manufacturing workforce development program of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) where students design and build remote controlled robots (Bots) to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of Bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. Through this hands-on effort along with industry partnerships, students gain practical knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – all essential skills for manufacturing.

And the 2017 winner is…

We are happy to announce that the winner of the NFPA Robotics Challenge scholarship is Spencer Tiegs of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Spencer graduated from Waukesha West High School in June 2017. During his senior year, he took PLC classes at WCTC – Waukesha County Technical College​, and has held an internship at a local engineering company for the last two years. Spencer will be attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)​ for Mechanical Engineering. He will be part of MSOE’s University Scholars Honors Program.

Read more about Spencer in this blog post.

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