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 $5,000 scholarship to a student who demonstrates outstanding college level academic achievement in nuclear science/engineering or a related field.

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 30, 2020.

Download the 2020 CNTA Maher Scholarship Application.

2019 Maher Scholarship Winner

Manhardt, who is from Eutawville, S.C., is a nuclear engineering student at S.C. State University. CNTA Executive Director Jim Marra said CNTA is proud to award this $5,000 scholarship to such an ambitious, enthusiastic, and deserving student.

 “Amelia has a great passion to pursue nuclear research, continue her education, and grow her knowledge and experience in the field,” Marra said. “All these go-getter qualities make Amelia the ideal candidate to award this scholarship. No doubt she will be an exemplary addition to the nuclear industry.”

 This summer, Manhardt has interned at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, assisting in digitizing information that was recorded on film from experiments that were done in the 1940s and ’50s. Manhardt also interned with SRR in the summer of 2018 as a land surveyor.

“I was fascinated by how the fields of land surveying and nuclear engineering overlapped,” she said. “Because my late mother was a land surveyor, this field is of interest to me. Seeing these two fields coincide opened my eyes to how there is more to nuclear engineering than just the inner workings of a reactor – it made me interested in the infrastructure encapsulating the technology within.”

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, Manhardt plans to go to graduate school to study materials then eventually on to receive her Ph.D.

“No matter where my research takes me, I want to eventually spread my knowledge to others, and help more student rise to the challenges faced in the field of nuclear engineering,” she said.

For a list of previous winners, check out our archive

In 2019 CNTA also awarded (with the gracious support of Savannah River Remediation) a Special Merit Award.

CNTA awarded Alisa Machiwalla, a junior at Kennesaw State, a Special Merit Award in 2019. 

She is a studying mechanical engineering with a minor in nuclear engineering. The scholarship committee felt that her academics and internships were deserving of a $1,000 award and recommend she apply for the 2020 Maher Scholarship when she will be a senior.