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This major is often referred to as aeronautical or aerospace engineering. These degree programs are designed to teach degree candidates the fundamentals behind  designing and building aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, deep space probes and other high-speed transportation vehicles. Aerospace engineering is an exciting major with graduates working in a cutting-edge field designing next-generation air and spacecraft. Continue reading to find out more about this major and about aerospace scholarships.

Like most engineering degree programs, with aerospace engineering your first two years of coursework consists mostly of engineering and science basics. In your 3rd and 4th years you'll enroll in your core aerospace courses. You'll take classes such as intelligent systems, space mission design, flight mechanics, aerospace propulsion and flight controls. Lectures and traditional classroom instruction will be the mode of teaching for some of the courses. You'll also have plenty of lab work and instruction. In your final year you'll most likely have a Capstone project in which you'll work as part of a team on a vehicle design project.

Many aerospace engineering programs feature degree concentrations. These include propulsion, aerospace structures, vehicle design, intelligent systems and others. If you want to specialize in advanced topics such as numerical modeling or theoretical mechanics you'll have to go to grad school. Whatever program you choose, be certain it's accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). You might also want to find out what sort of labs and design facilities the college has.

The growth of job opportunities in this field should increase at a slow but steady rate over the coming decade. Research and development funded by the Department of Defense and other governmental agencies will fuel much of this growth. Also, the aviation industry will need engineers to help keep the commercial fleet in working order. For some advanced positions you'll need a graduate degree in addition to professional experience. Still, there should be plenty of career opportunities with jobs such as design engineer, flight test engineer or research engineer.

Follow the links below to begin exploring the exciting array of aerospace engineering scholarships.

Buckingham Memorial Scholarship

U.S. citizen, children of air traffic control specialists enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher. Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Scholarships are awarded to help support the financial needs of those deserving students who have chosen to seek higher education in the science of air traffic control and other aviation disciplines, as well as children of air traffic control specialists.

Goddard Historical Essay Award

This is an annual nationwide competition, with a $1,000 prize. It is open to any United States citizen. Essays may explore any significant aspects of the historical development of rocketry and astronautics, and will be judged on their originality and scholarship. They may bring new information to light or may cast a new and different light upon events or individuals influencing rocketry and astronautics.

Candi Chamberlin Kubeck Award

The Candi Chamberlin Kubeck Award is presented annually to the Top Women Pilot in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Capt. Candi Kubeck's heroic acts and exceptional flying skills as captain of Value Jet Flight 592 are honored with this award. Candi was an NIFA competitor and team captain at Metro State College when she won the National Top Women Pilot Award in SAFECON 1981. The National Intercollegiate Flying Association Foundation is pleased to sponsor the annual $1,000 scholarship in her honor. (Scholarship value $1,000) Submission Requirements: Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International and may apply for no more than two scholarships. Internships are not included in the two per member scholarship limit. All application materials can be submitted in the same envelope. These requirements are the minimum for all scholarships unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships may require additional information, please read the description thoroughly to make sure you meet all requirements. For each scholarship include three stapled (no folders) complete application sets (one original and two copies) of the following information: Official WAI application form Two one-page recommendation letters (originals - no photocopies) Typed, descriptive 500-word essay Professional résumé Copies of all aviation and medical certificates and the last three pages of your pilot logbook (if applicable)

AIAA Foundation Graduate Awards

The following eligibility requirement should be met by applicants for the AIAA/Graduate Awards: 1. Applicant must have completed at least one (1) academic year of full-time graduate college work. 2. Applicants must have in place, or underway, a university department approved thesis or research project specializing in one of the listed technical areas. 3. Applicant cannot be a previous winner of this award. If the applicant has previously applied, but was not selected, then he/she may reapply. 4. A postdoctoral candidate is not eligible. 5. Applicant must have a graduate grade point average of not less than the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 6. Applicant shall be enrolled in an accredited college or university graduate program under one of the related technical courses of study. 7. Applicant's graduate study program plan shall be in support of the field of science and engineering encompassed by a specialized area. 8. Applicant does not have to be an AIAA student member in good standing to apply, but must become one before receiving an award. 9. Candidate's application package must be endoresed and/or cosinged by his/her Graduate advisor and the appropriate University Department Head. 10. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States, except for Willy Z. Sedah and GN&C Awards.

Dr. Robert H. Goddard Scholarship

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, in at least the junior year of an accredited university, and have the intention of pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in science or engineering during the interval of the scholarship. The selection for the award is made by the NSC Committee on Scholarships on the basis of the following: a. Official transcript of college record; b. Letters of recommendation from faculty; c. Accomplishments demonstrating personal qualities of creativity and leadership; d. Scholastic plans that would lead to future participation in some phase of the aerospace sciences and technology; e. Proven past research and participation in space related science and engineering; f. Personal need is considered, but is not controlling.

NASA Administrator's Fellowship Program

The NAFP is designed to enhance the professional development of NASA employees and the science and engineering faculty of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). To be eligible for the faculty fellowship, applicants must be US citizens, tenure-track faculty members at an HCBU, HSI, or TCU, and must hold a PhD or ScD (less than 10 years) in science, engineering or mathematics with expertise in NASA-related fields. To be eligible for the NASA employee fellowship, applicants must be full-time career employees at the GS-13 level or above.

Conrad Martin Memorial Scholarship

Provides supports for two – three young people to attend an EAA Air Academy session. This scholarship was established by EAA Chapters 170 (San Luis Obispo), 465 (Paso Robles) and 499 (Santa Maria). Marty served as a dedicated Young Eagles Coordinator for the California Central Coast Region for many years. Special considerations: Financial need.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact wufoundation@iie.org with any questions.

SSPI Scholarship Program

The SSPI Scholarship Program assists deserving high school and university graduates with meeting the high costs of undergraduate and post-graduate study in satellite-related disciplines. Through the generosity of Scholarship Sponsors, SSPI provides scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $3,500 to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students from locations around the world.Applicants must be current high school seniors, college or university undergraduate students or graduate students who are studying or intend to study satellite-related technologies, policies or applications. Successful scholarship applications have been received from students pursuing studies in these areas related to telecommunications, remote sensing, imaging, space law, business, distance learning, meteorology, energy, navigation, business, government, and broadcasting.Qualifications * Commitment to pursue education and career opportunities in the satellite industry or a field making direct use of satellite technology * Academic and leadership achievement * Potential for significant contribution to the satellite communications industry * A scientific, engineering, research, business or creative submission meeting high standards * Must be matriculated or accepted in an accredited college or university program at the time of the scholarship issuance.General scholarship requirements are: * Must be an SSPI Member to apply (Membership is free for fulltime students). * Must be pursuing studies related to satellites or the satellite communications industry. * Most scholarships give consideration for financial need.

Bunny M. Connors Memorial Scholarship

Bunny M. Connors was a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, Massachusetts, area. She later chose to pursue her lifelong dream of flying. She became a flight instructor, enthusiastically sharing her love of flying with her students. She went on to a commercial flying career with Bird Aviation and Cape Central Airways. The scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member pursuing a private pilot certificate or instrument rating. Flight training must be completed within one year of receiving scholarship. (Scholarship value $1,000) Submission Requirements: Applicants must be a member of Women in Aviation, International and may apply for no more than two scholarships. Internships are not included in the two per member scholarship limit. All application materials can be submitted in the same envelope. These requirements are the minimum for all scholarships unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships may require additional information, please read the description thoroughly to make sure you meet all requirements. For each scholarship include three stapled (no folders) complete application sets (one original and two copies) of the following information: Official WAI application form Two one-page recommendation letters (originals - no photocopies) Typed, descriptive 500-word essay Professional résumé Copies of all aviation and medical certificates and the last three pages of your pilot logbook (if applicable)

Olin E. Teague Scholarship

The National Space Club offers a scholarship each year in memory of the Honorable Olin E. Teague, a Representative in Congress who aggressively supported our national space program, to encourage talented young people to pursue careers in aerospace fields. The scholarship, in the amount of $4,000.00, is awarded to a graduating high school senior at an accredited U.S. high school. The student must be a U.S. Citizen. This scholarship program is intended to encourage talented young people to pursue careers in aerospace fields.

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