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.

SMART Scholarship for Service Program

The SMART Program aims to increase the number of scientists and engineers in the DoD. The program is particularly interested in supporting individuals that demonstrate an aptitude and interest in conducting theoretical and applied research. As such, the program primarily targets "hand-on-the-bench" researchers and engineers. Individuals applying to the program should have a strong interest in working for the DoD as a civilian research scientist or engineer. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page. All Awardees Must Be; a U.S. citizen at time of application, 18 years of age or older as of August 1, able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories, willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD, a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and, pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page. In Addition; *Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply. **Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall.

NDSEG Fellowship Program

The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. Persons who hold permanent resident status are not eligible to apply. NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering. Applicants must receive or be on track to receive their baccalaureate degrees by the upcoming Fall. Preference to applicants pursuing doctoral study and research in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, biosciences (including toxicology), chemical engineering, chemistry, cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences, computer science, electrical engineering, geosciences, materials science and engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering, oceanography, and physics (includes optics). Recommended GPA is 3.0 and higher. Applications are encouraged from women, persons with disabilities and minorities, including ethnic minority groups such as American Indian, Black, Hispanic, Native Alaskan (Eskimo or Aleut) or Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian). NDSEG Fellows may choose as their fellowship institutions appropriate United States institutions of higher education offering advanced degrees in science or engineering. During part of their tenure, fellows may study or engage in research or field work away from their academic institutions if, in the judgment of the faculty, such arrangements further the fellow's education and contribute directly to the attainment of an advanced degree, and the fellow is officially enrolled and earning academic credit.

General Scholarships

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.

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Materials Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and their subdisciplines, and related engineering fields: Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical. 2. Must be a United States citizen. 3. Must either be in your senior year with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA OR be in your first year of a graduate program pursuing a Ph.D. OR be in a terminal masters program (your university offers no Ph.D. in your discipline) OR be returning from the workforce with no more than a masters degree. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

York College of Pennsylvania/IAC Scholar/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: Incoming first-time freshman pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering are eligible. Requirements include a combined critical reading and math SAT score of 1210 or higher with a minimum score of 540 on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 29 (optional writing test required) with a minimum score of 24 on the math and English sections), top 1/5 of high school graduating class, and full admission to York's engineering program. These students will also be eligible to compete for a full tuition scholarship. Terms: One one-third-tuition scholarship will be awarded each year. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required to renew the scholarship each year for up to four years. One-half of the scholarship will be awarded to the student maintaining a GPA of 3.0 to 3.24. Candidates must be accepted to York College by February 1.

Committee 18 - Light Density & Short Line Railways 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 student who has completed at least one quarter or semester in an accredited four or five year engineering or engineering technology undergraduate degree program.

Oklahoma State Univ (CEAT)/SAE Engineering Schp

High school graduates with a 3.75 or greater and an ACT of 28 (SAT 1250) or above who plan to major in mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineering. One scholarship valued at $1,000 will be awarded. This scholarship is renewable for three additional years.

J.H. Fletcher & Co. Scholarship

The J.H. Fletcher & Co. Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students pursuing an undergraduate degree in mining or minerals engineering, with a desire to use their skills to apply technology to improve safety and productivity in underground mining. Students pursuing degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering may also be considered if they are minoring in Mining Engineering or show a strong desire for a career in the underground mining industry. Fletcher Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 2. Be an SME student member in good standing. 3. Attend a school that is ABET accredited and/or has an SME Student Chapter. 4. Demonstrate a desire for and a probability of success in a career in underground mining. Application Requirements: Fletcher Scholarship applications must be submitted online via SME’s Scholarship portal: The online application requires the following information: 1. Demographic and contact information. 2. Short statement (one page) describing applicant’s interest in/passion for a career in underground mining. 3. Two references, one from university faculty and one from an appropriate industry professional. 4. Résumé detailing past education and work experience. 5. Copy of most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are OK 6. Anticipated expenses/income for the current academic year The J.H. Fletcher & Co. Scholarship is a renewable scholarship with total funding determined annually by the SME Foundation Scholarship Committee.

UNCF/Cargill Scholarship-Internship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be enrolled in a UNCF member institution, or one of the schools specified by the sponsor. 2. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. 3. Must demonstrate financial need. 4. Must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior. 5. Must be majoring in chemical or mechanical engineering, MIS, computer science, accounting, finance, chemistry, biochemistry, food science, microscience, agriculture, or animal science. Contact Information: Student interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

General Scholarships

To qualify, you must be a woman and have COMPLETED at least your first year in architecture; landscape architecture; civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering as related to architecture; urban and land planning; interior design; environmental design or architectural rendering and illustration. You must be attending a California school or be a California resident attending an out-of-state school. You must be enrolled for the ensuing year. A maximum of ten students will be chosen as finalists. They MUST APPEAR, at their own expense, for a mandatory interview in Los Angeles.

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