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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

AREMA Educational Foundation Scholarships

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.

Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund

The Nebraska Section established the Colonel Theodore A. Leisen Memorial and Training Endowment Fund in 1993 to encourage water industry professionals to obtain additional training and encourage graduate students to choose the water industry as their field of work. To help with expenses for any training seminar or workshop, including the Nebraska Section AWWA Annual Fall Conference. The section awards three $500 scholarships at its annual fall conference. Deadline for applications is September 1. Send completed application to: Lynn Wegehaupt Metropolitan Utilities District 1723 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102 Phone: 402.504.7855; Fax: 402.504.7709 E-mail: lynn_wegehaupt@mudnebr.com OR Larry Andreasen Fremont Department of Utilities 3000 E. First St., Fremont, NE 68025 Phone: 402.727.2821; Fax: 402.727.2675 E-mail: l_andreasen@fremontne.net

Ginger and Fred Deines Mexico Scholarship

Award Amount: $500-$1,000 Requirements: * Award can be used at institution in Mexico of the US. Must attend a four year institution. * Must intend to pursue career in logistics, civil engineering, transportation. * Must have finished at least one year of undergraduate studies.

James Doohan/Montgomery Scott Engineering Scholarship

This is the second most popular scholarship and covers any field related to engineering.

Bechtel Undergraduate Fellowship Award

The Bechtel Undergraduate Fellowship Award is financial support program that encourages and recognizes high academic achievement of students interested in pursuing a corporate career in a construction-related engineering discipline. The award is accompanied by internship and mentoring opportunities. Two students are selected in their junior year. The recipients are awarded $2,500 each for up to two years. The minimum grade point average required is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship

In memory of George E. Watters. Awards $5,000 to a civil engineering student. Students who are attending or have been accepted into appropriate college/university programs at the undergraduate and graduate level are eligible to apply. Applicants must be members of NEWWA. Applicants must reside in New England or attend a college/university in New England to qualify. Student Application Requirements Student applicants must submit the following: • Official student application form • A two-page (maximum) résumé (that includes educational history) • Official transcripts of all university education (if applicant has not started higher education, official transcript from high school is required) • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a teacher/professor; the second may be from a teacher/professor or professional reference such as an employer) • A one-page (maximum) statement of educational plans and career objectives demonstrating how these plans are beneficial to water works practice in New England • Copy of FAFSA (Free Applications for Federal Student Aid) confirmation Selection Criteria – Students The NEWWA Scholarship Committee considers application on the basis of merit, character and need to members and student members of the New England Water Works Association, with preference given to applicants whose programs are considered by the Scholarship Committee as beneficial to water works practice in New England.

Charles W. Davidson Scholarship Endowment

Collge/Department: Engineering - Civil Civil & environmental engineering major, a U.S. citizen; must have demonstrated excellent leadership qualities, strong work ethic and strong interest in applied engineering; financial need; academic merit and GPA considered, but not determining factor.

Committee 5 - Track 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. Undergraduate student enrolled full time in an accredited civil, mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineering curriculum, having completed at least one year.

Eric M. Bergtraun Facilities Engineering Excellence Award

College/Department: Engineering - Civil Based on overall academic performance, with additional weight to course work related to facilities engineering; performance on related engineering projects or co-op programs; demonstrated leadership and involvement in the student chapter of the Association for Facilities Engineering.

The Francis X. Crowley Scholarship

($3,000) – Civil engineering, environmental engineering, or business management at a 4-year college or university STUDENT APPLICANTS Students who are attending or have been accepted into appropriate college/university programs at the undergraduate level are eligible to apply. Applicants must be members of NEWWA. Applicants must reside in New England or attend a college/university in New England to qualify. Student Application Requirements Student applicants must submit the following: • Official student application form • A two-page (maximum) résumé (that includes educational history) • Official transcripts of all university education (if applicant has not started higher education, official transcript from high school is required) • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a teacher/professor; the second may be from a teacher/professor or professional reference such as an employer) • A one-page (maximum) statement of educational plans and career objectives demonstrating how these plans are beneficial to water works practice in New England • Copy of FAFSA (Free Applications for Federal Student Aid) confirmation Selection Criteria – Students The NEWWA Scholarship Committee considers application on the basis of merit, character and need to members and student members of the New England Water Works Association, with preference given to applicants whose programs are considered by the Scholarship Committee as beneficial to water works practice in New England.

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