Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where will I work during the summer?
A. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) understands you may need to live at home or at school during the summer. The program manager will work with you to find a work site location within 30-45 minutes from your home.
Q. What will I be doing while working for VDOT?
A. Depending on your interests and summer housing location, you will be assigned to an area of VDOT that will help you achieve the most rewarding educational experience.
Your work experiences may include:
- Assisting in design and inspection of new road and bridge projects
- Planning for future transportation needs by conducting traffic forecasts
- Sampling and evaluating road and bridge materials
- Determining requirements for citizen safety and performing traffic impact analysis
- Using the latest engineering technology
- Working in a high-performance, values-based team environment to accomplish meaningful work and Keep Virginia Moving!
Q. Do I have to reapply each year to continue receiving the scholarship?
A. No, you do not have to reapply each year to continue receiving the scholarship. However, once you are in the program, you must continue to meet the eligibility requirements (e.g. GPA, semester hours, major, etc.).
Q. What if my grade point average falls below 2.5?
A. If your cumulative grade point falls below 2.5, you will be put on probation for one semester.
During this time, your academic advisor will be notified and you will be advised to seek tutoring and other study aids. While on probation, you will not receive the scholarship.
If your cumulative GPA does not improve while on probation, you will be removed from the Civil Engineering Scholarship Program.
Q. Can I pursue a master's degree right after finishing my undergraduate program?
A. When you receive your undergraduate degree, you can defer your obligation to VDOT while attending graduate school full time (nine hours minimum each semester).
Q. What is my obligation to VDOT when I graduate?
A. For each semester you received a stipend, you are obligated to work with VDOT for six months.
Click the link if you are eligible and interested in the Civil Engineering Scholarship Program.
Email questions or comments to PipelinePrograms@vdot.virginia.gov.