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).
Selection will be based on high school grades and SAT (1350 minimum) or ACT (31 minimum) scores. Two $3,000 scholarships will be awarded annually. Recipients may not accept other scholarships from UT (except National Merit). Recipients must maintain a grade average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale to continue the scholarship for three subsequent years. To initiate the admission process, students must have their SAT or ACT test scores sent to the University of Texas at Austin by February 1.
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.
Awarded to a graduate student pursuing an advanced degree in engineering management within the welding and cutting industry. Applicant must have completed a Bachelor of Science degree or be in the final year, and have been accepted for graduate work in engineering management at an accredited graduate school. Applicant must have graduated within a minimum overall grade point average of 2.8. Financial need is not required, however, priority will be given to those demonstrating a financial need. The applicant must complete a personal statement with text addressing a proposed advanced academic and post-academic plans. The applicant may be citizen of any country and plan to attend an academic institution located in any country. The award is $2,500, and is granted on an annual basis. The application deadline is January 15, for the following fall term. (Please confirm with the foundation the deadline upon filing an application.) Funding is made available June 1- May 31.
Requirements: * Have at least a 3.0 grade point average; * Tribal college students must be majoring in math; science; engineering; business; teacher training; or environmental science; * American Indian or Alaskan Native with proof of enrollment or descendancy; * Enroll full-time at an eligible tribal college; * Award based on exceptional academic achievement or financial need.
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.
Undergraduate scholarship for student who have completed two or more years in a course of study leading to a degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field.
The eligibility requirements are as follows:
You must be an ANS student member (U.S. or non-U.S. citizen) attending a qualified university in the United States.
Completed application with a grade transcript, and three confidential reference forms must be received by February 1.
If you feel that you qualify, please fill out the application and mail to the Scholarship Coordinator. The address is found on the application. If you have any questions, please call 708-352-6611, fax to 708-352-8238, or submit them via e-mail to the Outreach Department.
Applicants must be students accepted or enrolled in an institute of higher learning. Applicants must seek a major, and declare intention to pursue a professional career, in engineering, mathematics, or physical or biological sciences.
The purpose for this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to those individuals interested in pursuing a career in welding engineering.
The Donald F. Hastings Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student 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 have a minimum 2.5 overall grade point average.
Student may be enrolled full or part time.
Proof of financial need is required to qualify.
Applicant must submit all required application information.
Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and plan to attend an academic institution located within the United States.
Priority will be given to those individuals residing or attending school in the states of Ohio and California. (A resident is defined as having lived in the specific area for a minimum of one year.)
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.
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.
One $2,500 award will be given annually.
No awards will be paid directly to the recipient. All awards will be paid directly to the academic institution by the AWS Foundation.
Two $2,500 scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years, who are majoring in metallurgical and/or materials science and engineering with an emphasis on manufacturing from product design to production, integrating process control technology into manufacturing, and basic and applied research into key materials technologies that impact manufacturing processes. Additionally, each recipient receives up to $500 for travel expenses to attend the meeting and luncheon to accept the award. Recipients are known as MPMD Scholars.
ELIGIBILITY AND JUDGING REQUIREMENTS
The applicant must be a student member of Material Advantage.
Applicants must be undergraduate sophomores or junior unless otherwise noted.
Applicants must be enrolled full time in a metallurgical/materials science engineering program at a qualified college or university.
Relatives of members of the funding committee/division are not eligible.
Submitted coursework must be relevant to the scholarship for which the student is applying.
Scholarship recipients are chosen by specially appointed selection committees. The following judging criteria are employed:
Relevance of Coursework/Experience to division's focus
Activities in and out of School, Including Work Experience
Personal Profile Statement
Letters of Recommendation
($1,500) – Civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a related science program or business program applicable to public water supply at an accredited college
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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