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.

Melvin R. Green Scholarship

Two (2) scholarships of $3,500 each to ASME Student Members for study in the Junior or Senior year in an ABET accredited or substantially equivalent mechanical engineering program in the U.S.

AIST Ohio Valley Chapter Scholarship

Objectives Administered by the AIST Ohio Valley Member Chapter, available to students who are dependents of Ohio Valley Member Chapter members or to student members pursuing an education in engineering, metallurgy, physical science, computer technology or an engineering technology field.Awards – One or two US$1000 scholarships will be awarded. The scholarships are renewable for a total scholarship of four years at $1,000 per year.Eligibility – The student must be the child (including step-children, adopted children or wards) of a member in good standing of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the AIST or a Student member in good standing. The student must be accepted into, planning to attend, or currently enrolled in an eligible, full-time curriculum at an accredited university or college. Degrees eligible for the AIST scholarship include: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering / Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering / Sciences, Metallurgy, Physical Sciences, Computer Technology, Computer Programming, Information Systems Technology, Chemistry, Biology / Microbiology, Physics, Other Engineering-Related fields, or other related fields approved by the committee.

HENAAC Ford Motor Company Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or aeronautical engineering. 2. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student. 3. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Communications & Signals Functional Group Scholarship

Student pursuing a four or five year Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Technology, Computer Science or Information Technology undergraduate degree program at an accredited institution who has demonstrated an interest in railroad Signaling and Communications. Priority is given to AREMA C&S Functional Group family members, including grandchildren. 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.

Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Scholarship Fund

To be eligible for a scholarship from the Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Scholarship Fund: a) The applicant must be an American citizen not younger than 17 and not older than 35 on the date that the scholarship application is submitted. b) The applicant must be a female member or the daughter or granddaughter of a member of Sons of Norway, provided that such membership shall have been of at least three years duration on the date the application is submitted. c) THE APPLICANT MUST BE A FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE WHO HAS COMPLETED AT LEAST ONE TERM (QUARTER, SEMESTER) OF HER STUDIES AFTER BEING ACCEPTED AS A MAJOR EITHER IN CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS OR IN CHEMICAL, ELECTRICAL OR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. THE GRANT IS INTENDED TO BE USED FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDY. d) The applicant must have attained a SAT score of at least 1800, a math score of 600 or better, or an ACT score of at least 26. HOW ARE THE WINNERS SELECTED? Final selection of the scholarship winners will be made by the Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarship Committee. The criteria for selection are: a) long-term career goals and clarity of study plan b) academic potential and evidence of ability to succeed c) letters of recommendation giving specific evidence of good character, eagerness and earnestness and ambition in the field of science and engineering. Note: Previous holding of the Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Scholarship gives priority to the applicant. Please include all items from the checklist in one envelope. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

ITT Corporation Scholarship Program

Eligible Majors: Finance, Mathematics, Marketing, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities, HBCU Schools (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: ITT Corporation Scholarship Program will support UNCF and HBCU students in the fields of Chemistry, Chemical, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, Marketing, Mathematics, Optics and Physics. The candidates must be classified as a sophomore or junior. Apply Online Donor/Sponsor Name: ITT Corporation Donor/Sponsor URL: Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.

Arlyn Scales Award for Science and Technology

Inspired to support education and the future of science and technology in New York state, Arlyn Scales is offering two $1,000 scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors who will pursue a undergraduate degree in a four-year math, science, engineering or computer science program at a New York college or university.

Dell Computer Corporation Scholarships

Awarded to entering juniors and seniors majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering who demonstrate financial need. All SWE scholarships are open only to women majoring in engineering or computer science in a college or university with an ABET-accredited program or in a SWE-approved school, and who will be in a specified year of study during the academic year the grant payment is made. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or above.

Chapter 52 - Wichita Scholarship

Criteria: All applicants must be seeking an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate degree in manufacturing, mechanical, or industrial engineering, engineering technology, or industrial technology at an accredited public or private college or university in Kansas. Scholarship applicants must possess an overall minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 point scale. When making the selection of recipients, the scholarship committee will give consideration to the following preferences: First preference will be given to scholarship applicants who are a child, grandchild, or relative of a current SME Wichita Chapter No. 52 member. Second preference will be given to scholarship applicants who reside within the state of Kansas. Third preference will be given to scholarship applicants who are planning to attend a college or university located in the state of Kansas

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