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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.

Alfred Chisholm/BASF Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Value: $5,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 2.7 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Accounting, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Law, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Pulp and Paper Engineering, Systems Engineering, Construction Engineering Eligible Schools: HBCU Schools Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: This scholarship was created in 1997 in memory of Alfred Chisholm, a leader in his community. With the support of the BASF African-American Employees Group (AAEG), one deserving student will receive $5,000 toward college assistance. Candidates must also have a relative employed with BASF.

Thurmond Woodard/Dell/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

Scholarship Value: up to $10,000Classifications: Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate Student, MBA StudentMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Business, Finance, Marketing, Computer Science/MIS, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Business Sales , Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Management Information SystemsEligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities, Selected HBCUs and majority institutionsEligible Locations: OpenScholarship Detail:The Thurmond Woodard/Dell/United Negro College Fund Corporate Scholars Program was established in association with UNCF to increase student interest in technology and Dell, while expanding the company's pool of prospective diverse employees. The Program focus this year is on MBA candidates. There are limited opportunities for sophomores and juniors majoring in majors listed in eligibility criteria above. Candidates must be enrolled in degree granting programs at four year institutions. As part of the award, scholars will receive: Up to a $10,000 scholarship, Paid summer internship, Housing accommodations in a Dell US location and round trip transportation to and from the designated location. Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: Dell(Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.)

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.

ASHRAE New Jersey Chapter Scholarship

A one-year $3,000 scholarship available annually to an undergraduate mechanical or architectural engineering student enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational institution within the geographic boundaries of the New Jersey chapter and/or who has graduated from a high school in the chapter area. General Criteria: Available to full-time undergraduate engineering or pre-engineering students pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession. 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 be enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution that meets one of the following: The institution hosts a recognized ASHRAE student branch or The program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). For a list of eligible schools or accredited programs recognized by ASHRAE for the purpose of granting a scholarship, click on the links provided above or contact Lois Benedict at lbenedict@ashrae.org or call 678-539-1120 (direct).

ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter Peter Potvin Scholarship

A one-year $3,000 scholarship available annually to an undergraduate mechanical or architectural engineering student enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational institution within the geographic boundaries of the Minnesota chapter and/or who has graduated from a high school in the chapter area. General Criteria: Available to full-time undergraduate engineering or pre-engineering students pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession. 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 be enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution that meets one of the following: The institution hosts a recognized ASHRAE student branch or The program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). For a list of eligible schools or accredited programs recognized by ASHRAE for the purpose of granting a scholarship, click on the links provided above or contact Lois Benedict at lbenedict@ashrae.org or call 678-539-1120 (direct).

HSF/General Motors Scholarship Program

Program Description: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and General Motors (GM) have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latinos pursuing degrees in Engineering and Business. The award amount is $2,500. Eligibility Requirements: Be of Hispanic heritage. Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired). Be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a four-year U.S. accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands for the upcoming academic year (enrollment is verified in the Fall). Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Be majoring in Engineering (electrical, industrial, manufacturing and mechanical) or Business (accounting, business administration, economics and finance). Must complete the GM Online Assessment (required of semifinalist only).

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.

Toyota/UNCF Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $7,500Classifications: Undergraduate FreshmanMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Engineering, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Information Systems, Education, Marketing, Communications, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Political Science, English, Business-Related, Architecture, History, Psychology, Supply Chain Management, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Business Sales , Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Management Information Systems, Construction EngineeringEligible Schools: Bethune-Cookman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Tuskegee University, Xavier UniversityEligible Locations: OpenScholarship Detail:Toyota is recognized as one of the worldwide leaders within the automobile industry. Toyota has partnered with UNCF to provide scholarship opportunities to students at the targeted institutions. The selected recipients will receive a scholarship in the amount of $7,500. The additional majors include Biomedical Engineering, International Business, Manufacturing Engineering and Network Administration and Public Administration.Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division Scholarship

1. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in either a four-year college or a two-year technical program. 2. Applicants must be graduates of public or private high schools. Criteria: 1. Applicants must have a demonstrated or expressed interest in the plastics industry. 2. Applicants must be majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in the plastics industry. This would include but is not limited to plastics engineering, polymer science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and business administration. 3. An applicant must be in good academic standing with his or her college. 4. Financial need of applicant will be considered.

Hallmark/UNCF Scholars Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA 3.0 ETHNICITIES African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Junior, College Senior MAJORS Graphic Arts, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Illustration, Photography/Video, Mechanical Engineering, Business, English, Marketing, Computer Engineering, Computer Science/MIS, Industrial Design, Electrical Engineering, Interactive Design, Finance, Economics

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