Beginning in 1976, scholarship awards were given by the Donald S. Kingery Memorial, Inc., and each scholarship recipient received $500.
In 1986, the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) assumed sponsorship of this award program. Scholarship recognition increased to $1,000 in 1986, and up to $2,000 for each recipient beginning in 1987. The scholarship check and certificate are presented at the annual luncheon of the PCMIA which is normally held in late October.
The PCMIA Awards Committee annually solicits nominations from ABET accredited mining engineering school department chairs or other important points-of-contact typically in mid-August of each year.