Chemical Engineering Scholarships

The academic major of chemical engineering involves the application of math and the natural sciences to create new products and technologies and also to analyze and meliorate global issues such as pollution. If you're creative and enjoy quantitative analysis, creative reading and writing and teamwork, chemical engineering could be the major for you. Continue reading to find out more about this major and about the world of chemical engineering scholarships.

These programs are designed to train degree candidates how to create and design the products and processes that power our world. We're talking about semiconductors, fuel cells, antibiotics, petroleum-based fuels and environmental pollution cleanup methods. Typical courses you're likely to encounter include thermodynamics, engineering economics, microbiology, statistics, calculus, physics, organic chemistry, chemical plant design and differential equations.

Your program will most likely begin with some broad introductory courses in math and the natural sciences.  As you advance in your studies your courses will become more focused as you study the chemical and biological processes behind chemical engineering. Concentrations are available at the bachelor's degree level.. These include biomedical engineering, materials engineering and pharmaceutical engineering.

As you investigate the chemical engineering degree programs you are interested in, keep in mind that there are a wide variety of programs out there. Find out what sort of internship opportunities the college offers. Also make sure that the campus computer facilities and the other labs are up-to-date and sufficient to support the program. Finally, make sure that the program in question is accredited by an engineering accreditation board, such as ABET.   

When looking for chemical engineering scholarships keep in mind that some segments of the field are currently more popular than others. Relatively new areas such as nanotechnology, information systems and biotechnology represent the cutting-edge of the industry. These areas may be better represented in both degree programs and scholarships opportunities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for chemical engineering careers should be strong over the coming decade. Careers will be available in industries such as the pharmaceutical, chemical, materials and fuel industries. Job opportunities will be most robust for those with advanced degrees.

Follow the links below to continue exploring the world of chemical engineering scholarships.  

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program

Students who have completed at least three (3) semesters of graduate study toward the Ph.D. and who have no more than three (3) years remaining to obtain the Ph.D. degree in a graduate program in the pharmaceutical sciences administered by a U.S. college of pharmacy. Students enrolled in joint Pharm.D./Ph.D. programs are eligible to apply if they have completed the equivalent of three full semesters of graduate credit toward the Ph.D., and if the Ph.D. degree will be awarded within three (3) additional years. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Number of awards and stipends: Up to eighty (80) Fellowships (renewals and new awards) are awarded annually. Fellowship stipends can range from $6,000 to $10,000 annually. The Fellowship stipend may be used for any purpose decided by the awardee and college that will enable the student to make progress in their pursuit of the Ph.D. - e.g. student stipend, laboratory supplies, books, materials, travel, etc. None of the funds shall be used for indirect costs by the institution. No support is provided beyond a maximum of three years. The number of AFPE Pre-doctoral Fellowships awarded each year depends on the availability of funds.

Ada I. Pressman Memorial Scholarship

SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico. US citizenship required. Availability dependent upon renewals. Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Graduate students. A few main eligibility points: Only women are eligible. You must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year. You must be planning to attend full time (exceptions are made for reentry and non-traditional applicants). You must not be fully funded for tuition, fees, and books and equivalent.

Arlyn Scales Award for Science and Technology

Inspired to support education and the future of science and technology in New York state, Arlyn Scales is offering two $1,000 scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors who will pursue a undergraduate degree in a four-year math, science, engineering or computer science program at a New York college or university.

Chemical Systems Division Awards

College/Department: Engineering - Chemical Award: Annual Criteria: Call 408-924-4000 for more information.

McGrew-Gruecht Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in chemistry or physics. 2. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

General Scholarships

1. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in either a four-year college or a two-year technical program. 2. Applicants must be graduates of public or private high schools. Criteria: 1. Applicants must have a demonstrated or expressed interest in the plastics industry. 2. Applicants must be majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in the plastics industry. This would include but is not limited to plastics engineering, polymer science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and business administration. 3. An applicant must be in good academic standing with his or her college. 4. Financial need of applicant will be considered.

Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Scholarship

The Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Scholarship was developed to provide educational opportunities for talented individuals pursuing advanced degrees at the master's level and to acknowledge and honor the unique contributions of Dr. Ralph W. Shrader, the only AFCEA Chairman of the Board to be elected to two different two-year terms. Dr. Shrader championed increased opportunities for women and minorities in the communications and electronics fields. The AFCEA Educational Foundation is grateful to Booz Allen Hamilton for providing the initial investment to establish the Dr. Ralph W. Shrader Scholarship fund. The Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Scholarships will be provided directly to the winners and is in addition to any other funds which the students may receive. Presentation will be made by a representative from the AFCEA Educational Foundation and whenever possible, Dr. Shrader or a designated representative from Booz Allen Hamilton. Scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded to full-time graduate students currently working toward a master's degree in the following or related fields of electrical, electronics, chemical, systems or communications engineering; physics; mathematics; computer science; technology management; or information technology. Majors directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence or national security enterprises with relevance to the mission of AFCEA will also be eligible. Please Note: Distance Learning or Online Programs will not qualify. Eligibility: Candidate must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled full time in a master's degree program at an accredited university in the United States. Primary consideration will be given for demonstrated academic excellence. Important: The AFCEA Graduate School scholarships seek to reward excellence for demonstrated effort at the master's level of study, rather than the potential for such excellence. Please read the requirements carefully to determine specific eligibility before submitting an application. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Educational Foundation via the email below. Contact Info: Name: Norma Corrales Phone: (703) 631-6149 or (800) 336-4583 ext. 6149 E-mail:

John Neptune Fund

College of Science - Chemistry For undergraduate declared Chemistry majors who attended SJSU one semester and will register the next semester after the award. Based on scholarship and economic need.

GE's Women's Network Scholarship

US Citizenship & SWE membership required. Leadership roles outside of academics and involvement in engineering professional organizations, discipline related internships, presentation skills. Recipients willing to intern at GE. 20 @ $5,000. Preferred list of schools include: Boston College, Boston University, Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western University, Clarkson University, Clemson University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rose-Hulman University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, University of Wisconsin, University of California at Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Dayton, University of Florida, University of Illinois, University of Maryland (College Park), University of Maryland (Baltimore County), University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Puerto Rico, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Hertz Foundation Fellowships

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a Ph.D. in Aeronautics/Astronautics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Applied Science, Astronomy, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, Physics, Quantitative Biology, or Statistics. 2. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. 3. Must be a graduating college senior or current graduate student. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

UNCF/Merck Science Initiative

Classifications: Undergraduate Junior, Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate DoctoralMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Pre-Medicine, Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnical, Biomedical Research, Health, Medicine, Comp Biology, Animal Science, Chemical EngineeringEligible Schools: OpenEligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail:This $20 million, 10-year program is dedicated to expanding the pool of African American biomedical scientists. Students must be undergraduate juniors (3.3 GPA), graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows majoring in the life or physical sciences. Donor/Sponsor Name: Merck Company Foundation

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