Scholarships for engineering students may seem few and far between. However, there are in fact many scholarships out there for students in this field. Additionally, students who are engineering majors who are also part of an underrepresented group (such as women or minority groups) are even more likely to find a grant that matches their financial needs. Engineering students should first check with their college or university to see whether they are eligible for any scholarships. If no opportunities are available through your program, consider the following funding opportunities:
Siemens Foundation offers grants ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 to eligible high school students majoring in a STEM field.
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship aims to increase the number of STEM scientists. Instead of applying for this award, students are nominated by a faculty member at their college. Nominations must be submitted before the student’s junior or senior year in college. The program funds about three hundred scholarships, each worth $7,500. More information can be found at the following website: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/.
Many scholarships exist for engineering majors who are from minority groups. For example, the Hispanic College Fund provides grants of up to $2,500 to Latino students who have graduated high school and who intend to major in an engineering program. Additionally, the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association awards eight scholarships to Korean-American students based on their academic record, essays, and letters of recommendation.
Additionally, minority students may be interested in pursuing funding through the Minority Scholarships and Engineering Scholarships for Minorities program. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must be African American, Native American, or Latino and reside in the U.S. Additionally, the student must be a graduating senior who has at least a 3.0 grade point average. Furthermore, high scores on standardized tests are required. The scholarship provides students with $2,500 that can be used to defray the cost of their tuition. The Association of Cuban Engineers also offers scholarships for minority students.
The Association for Women in Science Scholarships provides awards of $100 to $1,000 to women who are in their senior year in high school and who plan to complete a degree in the STEM field. Other grants, such as those offered by the Society for Women Engineers, also provide funding for women who plan to major in engineering or related fields.
NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program affords lucky undergraduate and graduate students funding to decrease the cost of their studies. Undergraduate students are offered $15,000 for educational expenses as well as a $10,000 summer internship located at NASA’s research center. Graduate students are awarded a $35,000 stipend, $11,000 for school expenses, and a $10,000 summer internship at NASA’s research center. In order to apply, students must provide their transcripts, letters of recommendation, and information regarding any awards or honors they have received. These scholarships are highly coveted and therefore the competition is steep given the high value of these awards.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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