The Scholarship

Bob Maher spent his 48-year career at the Savannah River Site in technical and managerial assignments. He was a tireless and able manager who died September 14, 2002. At the time of his death, he was Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Planning and Mission Development for Washington Savannah River Company. Bob Pedde, President of WSRC said, “Bob Maher was a phenomenal resource to me and to everyone who preceded me.” Early in 2002, Mr. Maher was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent by the South Carolina Governor at the time, Governor Jim Hodges.

Starting in 2003, CNTA has awarded college scholarships in memory of Bob Maher. Winners are honored at the annual Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet each fall.


To award annually a scholarship to a student who demonstrates outstanding college level academic achievement in nuclear science/engineering or a related field. Scholarship amount that will be awarded is $5,000.

Financial Need

Financial need will be considered. The candidate may submit evidence of unmet need as part of the application.


  • Candidate must be enrolled as a junior or senior in a university or college within the states of South Carolina or Georgia.
  • Candidate must have a “B” average overall grade and a “B” average in science/engineering and mathematics for college level course work.
  • Candidate must be pursuing a B.S. degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or an engineering or science discipline, with coursework and/or research directly related to the nuclear field. Examples include: nuclear applications associated with chemistry or chemical engineering, environmental science or environmental engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, etc. The candidate may also demonstrate their interest and involvement in the nuclear field by describing a summer research project or their junior/senior thesis topic (see page 3 of application).
  • Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen.

Application Process

The application (including transcripts, letter of recommendation, and answers to questions on page 3 of the application) must be received by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, Inc. (CNTA) by June 7, 2019. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30.

Download the application here.

Download the scholarship flyer here.

2018 Award Winner

Dull, who is from Cincinnati OH, is a mechanical engineering student at USC. Additionally, he will be minoring in Nuclear Engineering next year. CNTA Chairman Jim Marra said CNTA is proud to award this $5,000 scholarship to such a deserving and passionate student. 

“Lucas’ academic and research achievements, experience in the nuclear field, and his motivation to change the nuclear scenery in our country, set him apart from the distinguished set of applications we received,” Marra said. “He is exemplary of the kind of young, energetic students we need to sustain the nuclear industry into the future.” 

Dull is currently a mechanical engineering support intern at the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at SRS. In this role, he assists with evaluation of piping clearance issues for quality inspection. At school, he has conducted research opportunities in the field of spent nuclear fuel drying. 

Dull is aiming for a career in low-carbon energy to help solve the growing energy crisis. He has a passion to help bridge the gap between nuclear research and nuclear application. 

“We as nuclear scientists and engineers need to educate the public on the benefits of nuclear power and solidify a plan for the future of safe nuclear facilities,” Dull said. “By expanding on my lab and on-site work, I hope to address the quality concerns that cause roadblocks in nuclear construction.” 

For a list of previous winners, check out our archive