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Mechanical Engineering Scholarships

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.

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.

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 http://www.namepa-e.org/scholarship.htm for more information and an application form.

CDM Scholarship/Internship

Scholarship Value: $6,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Science Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: CDM and its subsidiaries, CDM Federal Programs Corporation and CDM Constructors, Inc. in association with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have established a scholarship/internship program for six students who have a 3.0 grade point average or above and who are majoring in a variety or engineering, science or construction disciplines, such as chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, geology/hydrogeology, geography, GIS, mechanical, mining and structural or will be pursuing a masters degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: CDM Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.cdm.com Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be either a woman or a member of a minority group underrepresented in the sciences. 2. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. 3. Must be a graduating college senior or a first-year graduate student. 4. Must be pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the following: Chemical engineering, chemistry, communications science, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, information science, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, operations research, physics or statistics. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.lucent.com/news/foundation/blgrfp/index.html for more information and an application form.

Committee 15 - Steel Structures Professor Wallace Sanders Scholarship

General criteria applies for an engineering student in the field of structural engineering pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. 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.

F.W. Beich Beichley Scholarship

One (1) $2,000 scholarship to an ASME Student Member for study in the Junior or Senior year in a mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology program in the U.S.

William J. and Marijane E. Adams, Jr. Scholarship

# of awards available: 1 award $ Amount: $3,000 Student Status: for study in the sophomore, junior or senior year. Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a mechanical engineering baccalaureate program. The award recipient will be selected on the basis of scholastic ability (minimum GPA 2.5), demonstrated interest in product development and design, and financial need. Locations: Attending a college or university in California, Hawaii or Nevada and demonstrates a special interest in product development and design. Scholarship Description ASME will award annually one scholarship to an ASME Student Member attending a college or university in California, Hawaii or Nevada and demonstrates a special interest in product development and design.

The Michael & Anna Kurty Scholarship for Students of Engineering

Mr. & Mrs. George Kurty created this scholarship in honor of Mr. Kurty’s parents.Criteria:? Be a junior, senior, or graduate student in the fall enrolled at Ball State University, Purdue University, University of Evansville, Tri-State University, or Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology? Be pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or any of their sub-disciplines? Demonstrate a GPA of 2.5 or higher? Demonstrate financial need through completion of the FAFSA

Thermoforming Division Memorial Scholarship (Chemistry)

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.

Bayer Scholarship

Criteria: Under-represented, financial need, and veteran candidates preferred. Schools in Pennsylvania and Texas. Class: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Major: ChE, EE, ME, MSE

ASHRAE David C. J. Peters Scholarship

A one-year $5,000 scholarship available annually to a qualified undergraduate mechanical engineering student enrolled full-time in a four or five year bachelor degree program at one of the institutions listed below. The scholarship was created by Southland Industries in honor of David Peters, a tireless advocate of recruiting quality and ASHRAE member. California State University (CSU) at Chico San Diego Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Cal Maritime Long Beach Pennsylvania State University North Carolina State University Virginia Tech Clemson University University of Nebraska at Lincoln Omaha University of Nevada at Las Vegas Reno Oklahoma State University University of Texas at Austin Applicants must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class standing of no less than the top 30% and submit the following on or before the application deadline: Official transcript of college grades (College freshmen whose grades are not available by the application deadline must submit an official transcript of high school grades and verification of enrollment in a post-secondary educational institution). Transcript must be mailed. Photocopies will not be accepted. Three signed letters of recommendation as follows: one from an instructor or faculty advisor, one from a current or past employer, and one from another character reference (other than a family member). In the case of institutions with an ASHRAE student branch, a letter from the faculty advisor of that branch may be one of the three letters of recommendation.

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