Civil Engineering Scholarships

Civil engineering is one of the most popular of the more than 40 varieties of engineering offered at the bachelor's level. In this field you learn about the science and math behind  large-scale public and private construction. We're talking about bridges, dams, highways and water purification systems. If you like thinking big and thinking about how things work (or if you like thinking about how big things work) this could be the major for you. Continue reading to find out more about this field as well as the world of civil engineering scholarships.

Unlike many academic disciplines, in the field of civil engineering there is little program variation from college to college. There is really only one way to safely build a dam and in this program, you'll learn it. Core courses include dynamics, surveying, material strength, soil mechanics, construction materials, water resources and fluid mechanics. 

Many programs allow you to choose a civil engineering concentration so that your education can line up with your vocational goals. Examples of these concentrations include water resources, transportation engineering, construction or hydrosystems. Your coursework will consist of both lecture and lab courses.

This is an intellectually demanding major that will probably take over your life for the duration of your college studies. It will probably take up all the time you have and some of the time that you don't. In other words, you will not have the free time that your friends in the humanities have. But with great rewards must come some sacrifice. 

The career outlook for civil engineers is slightly better than average. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, civil engineers can expect a 19% increase in employment opportunities over the coming decade. Maintaining our nations infrastructure will contribute to much of this growth. To advance to senior leadership positions you may need a graduate degree in either engineering or business.

Follow the links below to learn more about the exciting world of civil engineering scholarships.

ASDO Senior Undergraduate Scholarship

Scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded for the 2014/2015 school year. Successful recipients must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at the senior level in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a related field as determined by ASDSO, and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams. Minimum Criteria - Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for the first three years of college and be recommended by their academic advisor. Basis for Award - The basis for selection will generally follow these guidelines: o Academic Scholarship o Financial Need o Work Experience/Activities o Essay

R.J. Hill Consulting

Scholarship Instructions for Tennessee Students 1. The R.J. Hill Consulting Scholarship is an award of $500.00. This scholarship is intended for award to a student who intends on pursuing a career in (1) mechanical engineering or (2) any engineering discipline. These instructions apply to any Tennessee high school student desiring to attend any Tennessee public university where a course of study in engineering is available. These instructions also apply to students who are residents of Tennessee and are already enrolled in an engineering curriculum, in a Tennessee public university, and desiring to obtain additional financial aid by applying for this scholarship. 2. High school students must graduate from high school no later than May 31, 2014. 3. The student must also make application to their university of choice by the school’s deadline date in time to be enrolled for the fall semester beginning in August of 2014. 4. Acceptance by the university will be verified. It will be the student’s responsibility to make sure that the registrar at the university has all the information it needs in order to identify the student when verification is attempted. 5. In order to be considered for the R.J. Hill Consulting Scholarship, all students must submit a brief letter of introduction. The letter should also be addressed to R.J. Hill Consulting, 240 Mayfield Dr. Suite 102, Smyrna, TN 37167. Our address is also given in our website, on the “Contact Us” page. 6. The letter should state why the student is interested in the scholarship and should serve as a brief introduction to the essay that will also be required. The letter should also give the student’s contact information in the event that the student is selected for award. The contact information given should include the student’s full name, address, telephone number, and email address if possible. 7. Along with the letter of introduction, all students will be required to submit an essay of not more than 500 words in length. The essay will describe what the student’s area of concentration will be and what they intend to do with their degree. 8. In addition, high school students will submit an official transcript of their high school grades through at least the first half of the school year. The first half of the school year is assumed to proceed from the first day of the school year through the last day in December prior to the Christmas and New Year’s break. Enrolled college students should submit an official transcript of their grades through the last semester attended. 9. Furthermore, ACT/SAT scores are also required. Since ACT and SAT exams are administered throughout the year and students can retake the exams in order to get the highest score possible, the student should consider the testing schedule in order to make sure that they don’t miss the submission deadline of March 31, 2014. Enrolled college students should make sure that their ACT/SAT scores are on their official transcript. If not, please provide verifiable proof of your test scores. 10. The entire application package consisting of the letter of introduction, essay, transcript of grades and ACT/SAT exam score has to be received by R.J. Hill Consulting by March 31, 2014 in order to be considered. 11. Beginning on April 1, 2014, the applications will be reviewed. 12. It is anticipated that the award winner will be announced sometime in May. 13. If there are any questions about the procedure, R.J. Hill Consulting can be contacted either by phone or email as stated in our website,

General Scholarships

To qualify, you must be a woman and have COMPLETED at least your first year in architecture; landscape architecture; civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering as related to architecture; urban and land planning; interior design; environmental design or architectural rendering and illustration. You must be attending a California school or be a California resident attending an out-of-state school. You must be enrolled for the ensuing year. A maximum of ten students will be chosen as finalists. They MUST APPEAR, at their own expense, for a mandatory interview in Los Angeles.

The Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program

Established in 1999, the Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program provides post-high school financial assistance to help the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. Purpose: The American Road & Transportation Builders Association- Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program” provides financial assistance to help the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty pursue post-high school education. Scholarships are awarded annually. Eligibility: Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to the sons, daughters or legally adopted children of highway workers who die or have become permanently disabled in roadway work zone accidents. The applicant’s parent must have been employed by a transportation construction firm or a transportation public agency at the time of his or her death or disabling injury. Educational Institution Requirements: The applicant must use the scholarship award to attend a post secondary institution of learning that requires a high school diploma or Graduate Equivalent Degree (G.E.D.) for admission. This could include any public or private: (a) four-year accredited college or university; (b) two-year accredited college; or (c) vocational technical college or training institution. M.B.A. candidates and master’s degree students in civil engineering, construction management and other construction-related programs will also be considered. Amount of Scholarship More than $100,000 in financial aid has been awarded to worthy students from around the country since inception of the Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship fund. The scholarships, which are competitive, have a value of up to $5,000. Application Criteria and Supporting Materials: All applications must be submitted online and include the following information: Applications that do not provide all of the following information will not be considered. 1. A completed and signed online application form. 2. An official copy of the applicant’s transcript and grade report from the school currently attended or most recently attended. A minimum, cumulative academic performance of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required for consideration. 3. At least two letters of recommendation from teachers in support of the candidate’s application. Additional letters from a school administrator, counselor, clergy, work or military supervisor, who can address the qualifications and academic aptitude of the applicant, may also be submitted in support of the candidate, although they are not necessary for consideration. Do not send letters of recommendation from immediate family members, close family friends, blood relatives, or relatives by marriage. 4. Proof of parent’s death in line of duty. (This may be a newspaper clipping with a date the article appeared, a letter from the deceased parent’s former employer, etc.) 5. If parent is permanently incapacitated, submit appropriate documentation, including, but not limited to, a physician certification form stating that the injury was directly related to on-duty job-site injury or documentation from the Social Security Administration disability insurance program. It must show that the disability was work-related, along with a statement of injury from the employer. 6. Proof of guardianship if not living with surviving parent. 7. A typewritten statement, no longer than 200 words, prepared by the applicant that explains his/her reasons for wanting to continue his/her education. For previous scholarship recipients, please provide a reflection on how the scholarship has affected you and your family, and your future educational goals. The personal statement must be updated every application year. 8. A recent high resolution photo of the applicant. Electronic photos are preferred. Files must be 300 dpi or higher and in full-color JPEG, TIFF, or PDF format of less than 10MB. Files can be e-mailed to Hard copy photographs are also acceptable, but will not be returned. 9. A completed and signed “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) forms for the current year. The FAFSA can be obtained at school guidance offices or via the Internet at 10. Applicant must provide a copy of his/her most current year’s federal tax return and a copy of parent’s most current year federal tax return. 11. A copy of the acceptance letter from the college, university, technical school, etc. where the applicant plans to attend. 12. A statement providing the approximate cost of annual tuition and room and board to attend school where scholarship will be applied. Disclosure By applying for the ARTBA-TDF “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship” and providing copies of a personal statement and photograph, the applicant thereby grants permission for ARTBA-TDF to use the statement and photographs for scholarship-related publicity and promotional purposes.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Applicant must be a college freshman, a first or second-year student at a two-year school who is planning to transfer to a four-year program for the fall term, or a college sophomore, junior, or beginning senior in a five-year program. Junior and senior level applicants must have one full academic year of coursework at the beginning of the fall term. Applicant must desire a career in construction. Applicant must pursue a BS degree in construction or construction/civil engineering. A dual degree with construction or construction/civil engineering as one part is acceptable. Student must be a U.S. citizen or documented permanent resident of the United States (i.e. must possess a green card).

REMSA Scholarship

General criteria for all scholarship applicants include having an interest in railway engineering, maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0, and being available for interview by the AREMA Scholarship Committee. Enrolled student who has completed at least one quarter or semester in an accredited four or five year engineering or engineering technology undergraduate degree program.

George Edward Watters

In memory of George Edward Watters. Awards $5,000 to a civil engineering student.

Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship

Purpose To provide an incentive to engineering undergraduate students enrolled in ABET accredited engineering programs to choose nondestructive testing and evaluation as their field of specialization. The Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship is a monetary award. Eligibility Undergraduate students enrolled in an engineering program of an ABET accredited university at the time the application is submitted for this scholarship. Each potential candidate for this award must show their anticipated graduation date to be later that the date the award funds are to be distributed. Each potential candidate must also show an active interest in the field of nondestructive testing and evaluation. Method of Selection The University Programs Committee selects up to three $3,000 scholarships each year, pending merit and number of submissions. Form of Award $3,000 in funding and Certificate in Walnut Frame Materials Submitted * Materials must now be submitted electronically. Completed application form – signed by the Administrative Officer (department head or chairman), or his/her designee, of the program in which candidate is enrolled. Outline of student’s program of study; Official school transcript showing all completed coursework; if educational institution will submit electronically then have them submit the transcript to ASNT using the webpage for submission of application; if educational institution does not submit transcripts electronically then mail transcript to ASNT HQ. Three letters of recommendation, signed by separate faculty members; and, Student’s original essay describing how he/she envisions the role of NDE/NDT in his/her studies and career. Award Timeline Announcements are made in the: August Issue of Materials Evaluation Application deadline: 15 December (ASNT office is closed Saturdays and Sundays) The University Programs Committee will provide its recommendation to the ASNT Board of Directors during ASNT’s Research Symposium Recipients will be notified following the Research Symposium Funds will be made available in: July Awards will be presented at ASNT’s Annual Conference Nomination Students applying for the Award must submit the following: Completed application form – signed by applicant & school official; DOWNLOAD: Engineering Undergraduate Application Form Outline of student’s program of study; Official school transcript showing all completed coursework; Three individual letters of recommendation, signed by three faculty members; and, Student’s original essay describing how he/she envisions the role of NDE/NDT in his/her career.

Anne Maureen Whitney Barrow Memorial Scholarship

Awarded once per renewal cycle. 1 @ $7,000 Renewable 5 yr. max. Open to Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior students. All Engineering majors. 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.

National Geographic Society Award in Cartography

Description:Established to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and master’s degree students who demonstrate excellence in the art, science, and technology of mapping. Eligibility:This program is open to undergraduate students and master’s candidates in cartography. Applicants must submit a statement of how the award would help them with their educational plans, an example and a brief description of a recent map or mapping project that they have completed, and copies of transcripts.

AACE International Competitive Scholarships

AACE International is dedicated to advancing the study of cost engineering, and cost management through the integrative process of total cost management. To promote this objective, AACE awards academic scholarships to full-time students pursuing a related degree in engineering, construction management, building construction, computer sciences, business, quantity surveying, information technology, etc. The cost engineering profession uses the process of total cost management to identify and define those areas of business in which the discipline of cost engineering and cost management principles may be applied to plan and control resources, assets, costs, profitability, and risk. The major elements of the cost engineering discipline include estimating, project/product controls, planning and scheduling, business sciences, and project/product management.Scholarship Descriptions:AACE International scholarships are available in amounts ranging from $2000 to $8000. Specific awards will be determined based on your overall scholarship and collegiate accomplishments.Eligibility:Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time students who are enrolled in a program related to cost engineering/cost management. These programs include: * Agricultural Engineering * Architectural Engineering * Building Construction * Business Administration * Chemical Engineering * Civil Engineering * Industrial Engineering * Manufacturing Engineering * Mechanical Engineering * Mining Engineering * Electrical Engineering * Quantity SurveyingApplicants in their final undergraduate year must have been accepted to attend a full-time graduate program in the next academic year to qualify for a scholarship.

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