Established in fall 2008, the BTEC scholarship program provides financial assistance to selected students pursuing an undergraduate minor in biomanufacturing. Scholarships are funded by biomanufacturing and biotechnology companies that do business in the RTP area and beyond. Currently, scholarships are between $2,000–$3,000 per academic year.


To be considered for a BTEC scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

Additionally, sponsors may specify additional requirements, such as:

  • Specific majors (e.g., engineering and/or life sciences)
  • Junior and senior standing only
  • Merit based
  • Financial need

Students may be awarded only one BTEC scholarship per academic year. Funds are disbursed on a semester basis to the recipient's university account. Students who are attending for only one semester during an academic year are still eligible for a BTEC scholarship as long as they meet all eligibility requirements.

Apply for a BTEC Scholarship

To be considered for a BTEC scholarship, students need to register with Pack Assist and fill out the general scholarship application. There is not a specific application for BTEC scholarships, so it is important to fill out the essay portion indicating your interest in biomanufacturing.

The scholarship committee considers the following items when selecting recipients:

  • Specific requirements based on scholarship sponsor
  • Interest in careers in biomanufacturing, evaluated through scholarship essay, co-curricular activities, and internships
  • Overall GPA and/or grades in BEC courses

Networking and responsibilities

Receiving a BTEC scholarship is an excellent opportunity for students to network with their sponsor. As such, we ask that students send a thank-you letter to their sponsor. In addition, students typically have an opportunity to attend a networking event with BTEC scholarship sponsors. (No scholarship networking event in fall 2021 due to COVID-19.)

Current sponsors

Novartis logo

Novartis Gene Therapies

Formerly known as AveXis, Novartis Gene Therapies is dedicated to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases.

Well known for its Zolgensma gene therapy treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Novartis Gene Therapies has developed a reproducible manufacturing process to address rare genetic disorders.

Novartis Gene Therapies has a manufacturing site in Durham, N.C.

MilliporeSigma logo

EMD Milliporesigma

MilliporeSigma aims to solve the toughest problems in life science by collaborating with the global scientific community—and through that, aims to accelerate access to better health for people everywhere.

MilliporeSigma supports over 300,000 products, 60 manufacturing sites, 130 life science distribution centers, and 20,000 employees worldwide through its three business sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Life Science
  • Electronics

MilliporeSigma offers support to students worldwide.

Past Sponsors

Biogen logo
BioMerieux logo
Celgene logo
Fujifilm Diosynth logo
GSK logo
KBI logo
Merck logo
Novo Nordisk logo
Patheon logo
Saint-Gobain logo
Ssartorius Stedim logo
Steris logo


For companies interested in supporting our students, please contact BTEC's assistant director of academic programs to discuss funding opportunities.

For students with questions about scholarship eligibility, contact the manager of student programs.