ASCO Numatics, a manufacturer of fluid automation solutions, flow control, and pneumatics, today announced the beginning of the 2010/2011 academic year application period for two $5,000 scholarships available to U.S. engineering students pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. ASCO Numatics will also make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled.

The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate”s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technology. A panel of ASCO Numatics and independent judges will select the finalists.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2010/2011 academic year. At the time of application, they must have completed at least their sophomore year in a bachelor”s degree program, have at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. Complete application details and forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

ASCO Numatics will present the scholarship awards at the 2010 ISA Automation Week: Technology and Solutions Event, October 4 – 7, 2010 at the Westin Galleria Complex in Houston. The ASCO Numatics award presentation will be part of the annual ISA Young Automation Professionals Festival (YAPFEST). ISA hosts YAPFEST for automation professionals between ages 18 and 30.