Engineers create, design and build the things that make our lives easier and more manageable. When they are at the top of their game, the things they create may even make our lives better. As a college major the field of engineering is as varied as it is challenging. You'll find over 40 varieties of engineering offered at the university level. Hopefully you'll find just as much variety in the engineering scholarships listed below.
While engineering fields cover everything from farms to space there are a few things they have in common. They all rely heavily on math and science. If you're thinking of this as a major you'll need to be strong in both these subjects. In most programs your first two years will be spent on math and science courses along with considerable lab time. In your final two years you'll enroll in the bulk of your core engineering courses.
Examples of the most popular engineering fields include mechanical, civil, electrical and computer engineering. Some of the newer kids on the block include robotics and nanotechnology. Other varieties include software, nuclear, mining and architectural engineering.
The employment prospects for many of these fields are quite robust for the coming decade. In addition, engineers have some of the highest earning potential of college graduates at both the bachelor and graduate levels. But be prepared for a lot of difficult academic work. As an engineering major you're going to have to spend more time in the lab and at the books than your friends studying social work or English literature. Less than 40% of engineering students finish their bachelor degree studies in four years. Make sure that you can count patience and fortitude among the attributes you're bringing to the college experience.
You'll also want to explore your desired programs with extreme care. Make sure that this is the program for you. Ask lots of questions. Is the program more theoretical or practical? Is it didactic or hands-on? Is there a senior thesis or Capstone project as a degree requirement? If so, what sort of projects have students submitted in recent years? You'll also want to be certain that the program in question is accredited by ABET, the leading engineering accreditation board.
If you want to continue your education after your bachelor's you'll have plenty of options. Graduate level engineering programs spend more time on the research end of things. But there's still plenty of scope for hands-on problem solving in emerging and exciting areas such as pharmaceutical, wireless or hydrosystem engineering.
Follow the links below to explore the world of engineering scholarships.
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women in the final year of graduate study in designated fields where women's participation has been low. Women in engineering master's programs are eligible to apply for either first or final year of study. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Special consideration is given to applicants who show professional promise in innovative or neglected areas of research and/or practice in areas of public interest. All women are eligible to apply for fellowships in the following degree programs: architecture (M. Arch.), computer/information sciences (MS), engineering (ME, MS, PhD), mathematics/statistics (MS).
Student Eligibility: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement to incoming freshmen pursuing a degree in engineering. Criteria include ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA. Financial need is considered.
Terms: Two $1,000 freshman scholarships will be offered.
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The Economic Club of Grand Rapids established a fund in 2000 to provide financial assistance to students pursuing study abroad in business. The Economic Club is an association of individuals interested in and contributing to the growing economic health of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area. One (or more) scholarships of up to $2000 will be awarded annually. The applicant must meet the following criteria:
• Applicant must have sophomore or above standing at the time of application in an undergraduate business program or in a
graduate level business program at any public college or university of their choice. Applicant must have a declared major in
accounting, business administration, economics, managerial science (all areas), mathematics, computer science,
engineering, marketing, or fields of study related to business or economics.
• Applicant must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
• Applicant must be a resident of Kent, Allegan, Ottawa, or Muskegon counties for the prior three years or must be a resident
student at a public college or university in the West Michigan area for the prior two years or more consecutively.
• Foreign study programs must be endorsed and accepted as a part of or as a credit course in the applicant's degree granting
college or university. Funds must be administered through the home college/university financial aid office.
• The recipient may be asked to deliver a brief oral presentation to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids within six months
of return to the United States.
Description:Scholarship is administered through the Society of Plastics Engineers Foundation to be awarded annually. Eligibility:Undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing a career in the plastics industry. Have experience in the thermoforming industry, such as, research conducted or jobs held. Must be planning to major in plastics engineering, polymer sciences, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and business administration.
The IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) established the Ph.D. Student Fellowship Program to promote, recognize, and support graduate level study and research within EDS.
At least one fellowship will be awarded to students in each of the following geographical regions every year: Americas, Europe/Mid-East/Africa, Asia-Pacific.
EDS field of interest:
The field of interest for EDS is all aspects of the physics, engineering, theory and phenomena of electron and ion devices such as elemental and compound semiconductor devices, organic and other emerging materials based devices, quantum effect devices, optical devices, displays and imaging devices, photovoltaics, solid-state sensors and actuators, solid-state power devices, high frequency devices, micromechanics, tubes and other vacuum devices.
US$5,000 to the student, and if necessary, funds are also available to assist in covering travel and accommodation cost to attend the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) for presentation of an award plaque.
Candidate must: be an IEEE EDS student member at the time of nomination; be pursuing a doctorate degree within the EDS field of interest on a full-time basis; and continue his/her studies at the current institution with the same faculty advisor for twelve months after receipt of award. Nominator must be an IEEE EDS member. Previous award winners are ineligible.
This program serves as a tool to encourage members to continue to strive for academic excellence, while developing themselves through worthwhile organization and community involvement. The awards are given to approximately 75 students who have held high scholastic standards, dedicated service to the Society and other organizations, and who possess high professional promise. Of all applications received, now will be designated as the Mike Shinn Distinguished Fellow. Previous Fellow winners may only apply for the Mike Shinn Distinguished Fellow Award. Award recipients will be selected from a combination of the following criteria: University academic achievement, service to NSBE (local, regional, and/or national), and other professional, campus and community activities.
ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in animal nutrition, animal or dairy science, agricultural business management, finance, sales and marketing or agricultural engineering. Preference given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in a dairy-related career. Must exhibit strong leadership skills. Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale U.S. residency required.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.
The Department of Defense (DoD) mission of STEM is to foster an interest in and raise awareness in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce. In support of this mission, the DoD has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to offer twenty-five (25) full scholarships to qualified high school graduating seniors.
Applicants must demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and MUST chose to study in one of these fields to apply.
Full, 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $15,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $60,000)
Full Scholarship is defined as: in-state tuition plus all mandatory fees, room & board factoring in other available non-loan resources
Recipients must meet certain GPA, conduct, and STEM degree persistence goals each academic year to remain eligible for renewal
All students nominated for this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship:
Graduating high school senior at time of application
Have a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Have taken and earned a grade of “B” or better in Pre-calculus or higher math course
Have a demonstrated financial need ● Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
Students must plan to and remain enrolled full-time at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), with a preference for students attending publicly-supported HBCUs
Students must pursue an undergraduate degree in a STEM related discipline, including but not limited to the following: mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, physics, civil engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, computer science/technology, computer engineering, environmental science and geosciences
The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following:
Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA)
Personal (video) and/or telephonic interview
Submit resume showcasing community service, jobs/internships, leadership
Submit high school transcript indicating (cumulative GPA, weighted and unweighted, must appear on the transcript)
ACT and/or SAT score
Two Recommendation Letters
Academic - a STEM teacher who is able to discuss academic achievements and potential for success in a STEM major once enrolled in college
Character - a mentor/advisor/community leader who can speak to leadership potential and character
Essay: In a minimum of 750 words, please address the following:
Describe your interest in STEM studies, commitment to achieving a degree in this area, and long-term professional goals
- You must be a child, grandchild, sister, niece or nephew of a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local #157. Such family members shall include step-relatives.
- You are pursuing a degree in a construction or engineering-related field.
Purpose * The purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage and commend college students who display exceptional interest, desire, ability, and aptitude to enter the profession of surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, or geospatial information and technology. In addition, the Scholarship recognizes students who excel at an aspect of the profession that Ken Osborn demonstrated so very well, that of communications and collaboration.Eligibility * The Scholarship is made to an under-graduate student currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in the United States, who is pursuing a program of study in preparation for entering the profession in the general area of surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, or geospatial information and technology.Award * This annual Scholarship consists of a certificate and a check in the amount of $2,000 and a one year student membership (new or renewal) in the Society. * This award is presented by the ASPRS Foundation, with funding provided by donations from friends and colleagues of Kenneth Osborn as a tribute to him.ApplicationA student who wishes to be considered for the Award must submit an application that includes the following items: * A listing of courses taken in surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, and geospatial information and technology and the academic grades received. * An official transcript of all college or university level courses completed and grades received to demonstrate scholastic ability. * Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or professionals having knowledge of the applicant’s capabilities (demonstrated or potential) as a professional in this field. * Papers, research reports, or other items produced by the applicant that may support the capabilities in this field. * A statement of work experience that may include internships, other forms of work experience, or special projects that demonstrate excellence in these fields and in communications and collaboration. The statement should include the nature, location and date(s) of the experience. * A statement, not to exceed 2 pages, detailing the applicant’s plans for continuing studies towards becoming a professional in surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, or geospatial information and technology.Award Selection * The Committee evaluates each application, applying equal weight to each of the items listed above. The applicant who, in the opinion of the majority of the Committee, has the highest overall ranking is designated as the winner.
The purpose for this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to those individuals demonstrating his/her leadership abilities, and interested in pursuing a career in welding engineering or welding engineering technology. Eligibility The Praxair International Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student demonstrating leadership abilities and pursuing a minimum four-year bachelors degree in welding engineering (WE) or welding engineering technology (WET); however, priority will be given to welding engineering (WE) students. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements. * Applicant must be a minimum of eighteen years of age. * Applicant must have a minimum high school diploma. * Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours). * Applicant must submit all required application information. * Financial need is not a criteria in order to apply; however, it would be a primary consideration in prioritizing top candidates. * Applicant must maintain a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average in order to qualify. * Applicant should have demonstrated leadership abilities through clubs, organizations, extra-curricular academic activities, community involvement, etc. * Applicant must be a United States or Canadian citizen and plan to attend an academic institution within the United States or Canada. * Applicants may reapply; however, persons who have received this award may reapply and may be granted the award for a maximum of four years. The award will be presented to individuals nationwide. Applicant does not have to be a member of the American Welding Society. The AWS Foundation does not discriminate by age, race, color, national origin, disability, creed, or gender. Selection Applicant will be chosen by the Named Scholarship Selection Committee comprised of five (5) members, which have been selected by the National Educational Scholarship Committee. Selection committee will determine award recipient in February of each year. Recipient will be announced at the National Awards Luncheon Awards One $2,500 award will be given annually. No awards will be paid to the recipient. All awards are for tuition and books only, and will be paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation. Deadline Deadline for application is January 15, for the following Fall Term. (Please confirm the deadline before filing an application.)
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