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Many science fields are seeking to increase the number of women scientists. In an effort to achieve this goal, many funding opportunities exist for women entering science fields. Below are a few of the many scholarships available for women in science:
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship provides funding for women in science. The award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students will receive varying amounts of funding based of the quality of their application. In addition to a financial award, recipients will be invited to a Google retreat to develop networking opportunities. More information is available at: http://www.google.com/anitaborg/.
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides up to $42,000 in funding to full-time students. Students must plan to pursue a degree in a field related to oceanography and must hold at least a 3.3 grade point average. Applications must be submitted prior to December 10th. Applicants will be reviewed based on their previous academic performance, their statement of purpose, their research proposal, recommendation letters, experience, financial need, and communication. More information is available at the following website: http://fosterscholars.noaa.gov/aboutscholarship.html#eligibility/.
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Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarships providing funding ranging from $500 to $2,000. In order to be eligible, students must be in at least their second year in college. Students are required to hold at least a 3.0 grade point average and be majoring in engineering or a related field. More information is available here: http://www.aoefoundation.org/scholarships.php.
Society of Women Engineers Scholarships provide grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Many students are eligible, including incoming students, graduate students, students re-entering the fields, and/or non-traditional students. Students must enroll in a degree program full-time and must major in a field related to STEM. More information is available at this website: http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/scholarships#activePanels_.
The Clare Boothe Luce Program seeks to encourage women to enter STEM fields. Students must enter a degree program at a four year university. Highest priority is given to underrepresented fields such as physics and mathematics. Students must be citizens of the U.S. in order to be eligible and students in medical or social science fields are not eligible for this award. This award is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors. More information is available from this website: http://www.hluce.org/cblprogram.aspx.
Maria Goeppert Mayer Award provides an award of $2,500 plus an additional $4,000 travel stipend to an outstanding early-career woman physicist. The individual must have graduated within the past ten years from a PhD program. More information is available at: http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/awards/goeppert-mayer.cfm.
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation provides 750 students with STEM scholarships worth $2,500. These awards are open to both graduate and undergraduate students who are citizens of the United States. In order to be eligible, students are required to have at least a 2.75 grade point average, demonstrate financial need, be enrolled in a STEM degree program at a college or university, and demonstrate financial need. More information about this award can be found at the following website: https://www.mygreatlakes.org/.
Author: Jeff Gitlen