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

Gilbane Scholarship Program (New Jersey)

Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: New York, New Jersey Scholarship Detail: Gilbane provides a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 after students have successfully completed a paid internship. Gilbane has a preference for majors in the field of civil engineering or construction engineering technology. Gilbane is also considering candidates from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Howard University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Syracuse University. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: Gilbane Building Company Giving limited to New York and New Jersey.

BHP-Coal New Mexico Scholarship

Requirements: 1. Enrolled member of Navajo or Ute Mountain Ute Indian. Certification of Tribal membership is required. 2. High school senior admitted to college, students currently atteding or admitted to a four-year college. 3. Minimum cumulative B average or 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. GPA must have been attained as a high school senior or from current college performance. 4. ACT SCORE: 22 or better 5. Must be registered as a full-time student and show proof of full-time student status prior to award payment. 6. Major course of study must be in the following areas: engineering (mining, civil, mechanical, electrical), business/accounting, environmental/reclamation sciences, labor/industrial relations, purchasing, or occupational safety.

Jere W. Thompson, Jr. Scholarship

Background: Established by the North Texas Tollway Authority and a group of North Texas businesses to provide scholarships to disadvantaged students in civil engineering programs at universities in Texas. Any recipient of the Thompson Scholarship will be given an opportunity for a paid internship in the Dallas area with one of the scholarship’s sponsors during the summer between the student’s junior and senior years. Work offered during the internship will be relevant to the student’s course of study. Amount: Up to $2,000 per semester, beginning in the winner’s junior year. Maximum award is $8,000 over four semesters. Funds may be used for: Tuition, fees, and books. Geographic limitations: None, although special consideration may be given to applicants residing in counties in the service area of the North Texas Tollway Authority: Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant Counties, Texas. Eligibility: At the time of the original application, the student must be a sophomore enrolled full-time pursuing a B. S. in civil engineering or construction engineering at a public or private college or university in Texas, and must be able to demonstrate financial need Renewals: Scholarship may be renewed for three additional semesters after initial award if the student remains a full-time student, maintains a 2.5 GPA while enrolled under the scholarship, and submits a grade report within 45 days after the end of each semester.

Betty Shanahan Scholarship

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. A one-time only graduate student scholarship to recognize SWE's Executive Director & CEO Betty Shanahan's outstanding accomplishment over 10 year's of service. SWE membership required. Amount: TBD 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.

Anthony Anderson Scholarship Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA 2.5 RESIDENCY STATUS U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES HBCUs ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, College 5th Year Senior, Master's Student, Doctoral/Professional Student MAJORS Actuarial Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Animal Science, Applied Mathematics, Art, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnical, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Science/MIS, Computer Technology, Construction Engineering, Controls Engineering, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Engineering Construction Technology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science(s),, Food Science, Forestry Engineering, Geological Engineering, Geoscience, Geotechnical, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Marine Sciences, Material Science, Materials Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Packaging Engineering, Paper Science, Petroleum Engineering, Physical Sciences, Planetary Science, Plastics/Polymers Engineering, Pulp & Paper Engineering Engineering, Science, Science Technology, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Wood Science

William H. Becker Memorial Scholarship

An enrolled student pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, or Construction Management at an accredited institution, who has demonstrated an interest in a railroad industry career through participation in an AREMA student chapter, or through co-op, internship, or summer employment experience. 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.

Ginger and Fred Deines Mexico Scholarship

Requirements: *Award can be used at institution in Mexico or 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. *Must send a self-addressed stamped envelope.

AREMA Presidential Spouse 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 female student who has completed at least one quarter or semester in an accredited four or five year engineering or engineering technology undergraduate degree program.

NAMEPA Scholarships

Criteria: 1. Must be African American, Latino or American Indian. 2. Must be majoring in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, and mechanical engineering (undergrad). 3. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 4. Must be transferring to a four-year university. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

The Michael Garofano Memorial Scholarship

($1,500) – Civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a water operations or related science-program 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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