Art Bender Scholarship

The Art Bender scholarship fund was established in 1987 by a generous grant arranged by Art Bender and the Indianapolis section of the ASQ. The society manages the scholarship fund and is responsible for the selection of the scholarship recipients.

Art Bender, Jr., for whom the scholarship is named, is a founding father of the Indianapolis Section ASQ (1945) and of the National ASQ Organization (1946). He served as Executive Chairman of the Indianapolis Section in 1946-47 and was National President of ASQ in 1955-56. Art is a fellow of the Society, and has received numerous quality-related awards, including the Edwards Medal (1973), the Edward Oakly Award (1974), and the Claude E. Adair Award (1957-58). Art was instrumental in obtaining a generous grant to initially fund the Scholarship. He remained active in ASQ enthusiastically and unselfishly supporting the work of the Indianapolis Section and the National ASQ until his death in 2003.

Application deadline:  May 15 (for Spring) or November 15 (for Fall).

Purpose of the award

The scholarship was created to assist individuals who are attempting to learn and advance concepts found in the realm of the quality profession. To this aim, the ASQ will provide funding to help support individuals pursuing an academic program that leads to employment in the quality disciplines.

Up to $1000.00 per award

The section’s board of directors has authorized the scholarship committee to grant awards of up to $1000.00 to successful applicants based on their academic participation and long-term goals.

Benefits of the Award

The successful applicant will receive an academic scholarship that will be applied to the cost of tuition at their institution of higher learning. The amount of a designated award will be determined by the Indianapolis Section’s Executive Committee.

The scholarship award(s) winner will receive a student’s membership to the ASQ for the duration of the scholarship award year and will also be invited to attend a dinner meeting as the guests of the Indianapolis section of ASQ.

Eligibility Considerations

This scholarship is intended to provide support individuals who are either employed or intend to be employed in Indiana where he or she will apply the concept of quality that was learned during the academic experience. To this end, the following criteria will be applied to all applications received by the scholarship committee.

  • The academic institution of attendance must be located in the state of Indiana with preference to institutions located in the area typically served by the Indianapolis section of ASQ.
  • The applicant must be pursuing a quality profession-related curricula.
  • The scholarship is open to students in all academic grade levels.
  • Full or part-time students are eligible. No restrictions.
  • Only individuals with a demonstrated financial need will be considered for this scholarship award. Applicants receiving full tuition support for an employer are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the state of Indiana. Preference will be given to individuals residing in the area served by the Indianapolis section of the ASQ.

Award Year and Application Process

Individuals who wish to apply for this scholarship are required to complete an “Art Bender Scholarship Award” application. Only fully completed applications will be considered appropriate by the scholarship committee. The application includes 4 essay questions that describes your interest in quality, your personal career plans, and why you should be considered for this award. You can include any related background information you think maybe appropriate and necessary to your application.

The application must be returned to the chairperson of the scholarship committee, whose address will be located on the award application. The application must be received by the specified date. Applications arriving late will not receive a hearing in front of the committee and will not be considered for the scholarship.

Selection Process

The accuracy of the application will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Only complete applications will be considered for the award. The committee will judge the candidate applications based on the criteria listed below.

  • The degree to which the application meets the stated eligibility requirements.
  • The demonstrated financial need of the applicant.
  • The strengths of the applicant’s essay.

Once the committee has completed their review, they will develop a recommendation and deliver it to the section’s executive committee for the final selection of the award winner(s).

Indy ASQ donates Quality resources for public use.  We recommend applicants read one of the following books on Quality available via the Marion County Library:

Success Through Quality:  Support Guide for the Journey to Continuous Improvement
Author:  Timothy J. Clark
Milwaukee, Wisconsin : ASQ Quality Press, 1999
Call Number:  658.4013
3 Copies available

A History of Managing for Quality:  the Evolution, Trends, and Future Directions of Managing for Quality
Editor in Chief:  J.M. Juran
Milwaukee, Wisconsin : ASQ Quality Press, 1995
Call Number:  658.562 HIS
5 Copies Available

Quality Management Demystified
Author:  Sid Kemp
New York, McGraw-Hill, 2006
Call Number:  658.4013 KEM
2 Copies Available

The Man Who Discovered Quality:  How W. Edwards Deming Brought the Quality Revolution to America:  The Stories of Ford, Xerox, and GM
Author:  Andrea Gabor
New York : Penguin, 1992
Call Number:  658.562
3 Copies Available

Award and Administration Process

The officers of Indianapolis Section of the ASQ have full administration responsibility for the Art Bender Scholarship Fund. The number of awards, the time of year, and the monetary size of each award is at the discretion of the executive committee.

The scholarship award recipient(s) will be notified in writing by a representative of the Indianapolis section of ASQ and the award will by sent to the academic institution of attendance to be applied to the award winner’s tuition requirements and financial aid.

The award winner(s) will be recognized for their academic achievement during an Indianapolis section of ASQ dinner meeting and in the section’s news letter.

Click here to download application in print-ready format, or Click here to download in Microsoft Word format.

 Recent Recipients

For a list of recent winners of the Art Bender Scholarship click here

Please remember that all of the materials received by the American Society for Quality Scholarship Committee become the property of the ASQ section 0903 and will not be returned.