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.

Frank William and Dorothy Given Miller ASME Schp

Two (2) scholarships of $2,000 each to ASME Student Members for study in the Junior or Senior year in an ABET accredited mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, or related program. Applicants must be North American residents or U.S. citizens.

Department of Defense (DoD) Scholarship

The Department of Defense (DoD) mission of STEM is to foster an interest in and raise awareness in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce. In support of this mission, the DoD has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to offer twenty-five (25) full scholarships to qualified high school graduating seniors. Applicants must demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and MUST chose to study in one of these fields to apply. Scholarship Full, 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $15,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $60,000) Full Scholarship is defined as: in-state tuition plus all mandatory fees, room & board factoring in other available non-loan resources Recipients must meet certain GPA, conduct, and STEM degree persistence goals each academic year to remain eligible for renewal SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA All students nominated for this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship: Graduating high school senior at time of application Have a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale Have taken and earned a grade of “B” or better in Pre-calculus or higher math course Have a demonstrated financial need ● Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 Students must plan to and remain enrolled full-time at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), with a preference for students attending publicly-supported HBCUs Students must pursue an undergraduate degree in a STEM related discipline, including but not limited to the following: mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, physics, civil engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, computer science/technology, computer engineering, environmental science and geosciences APPLICATION PROCESS The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following: Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA) Personal (video) and/or telephonic interview Submit resume showcasing community service, jobs/internships, leadership Submit high school transcript indicating (cumulative GPA, weighted and unweighted, must appear on the transcript) ACT and/or SAT score Two Recommendation Letters Academic - a STEM teacher who is able to discuss academic achievements and potential for success in a STEM major once enrolled in college Character - a mentor/advisor/community leader who can speak to leadership potential and character Essay: In a minimum of 750 words, please address the following: Describe your interest in STEM studies, commitment to achieving a degree in this area, and long-term professional goals

Michael W. & Jean D. Franke Family Foundation Scholarship

Engineering student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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.

John J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship

Junior or Senior college student pursuing an undergraduate degree in a professional field that has direct applications in the passenger rail sector. 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.

Milwaukee School of Engineering/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Located in Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering is a small, independent, non-sectarian college located near the center of downtown Milwaukee and just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. With an enrollment of 3,000 students, MSOE's mission is to provide a balanced education in technical and non-technical areas for men and women in disciplines of engineering, management, nursing, communication, and technology. In completing this mission, MSOE is very proud of its close working relationship with business and industry. Student Eligibility: Applicants should be incoming freshmen accepted into either the Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Terms: One $1,000 scholarship renewable for three additional years if the student maintains a 2.5/4.0 cumulative grade point average.

Corporate Fellowships and Rotation Programs

Must be a U.S. citizen attending a Hughes approved college or university studying engineering (EE, ME, SYS, AE), Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics. GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Master of Science Fellowship, Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellowship and Engineer Degree fellowship are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified individuals in Engineering Sciences. Most fellowships are awarded on a work-study basis.

Committee 24 Education & Training 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. Current AREMA Student Member who has completed at least one quarter or semester in an accredited four or five year engineering or engineering technology undergraduate degree program.

Committee 5 - Track 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. Undergraduate student enrolled full time in an accredited civil, mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineering curriculum, having completed at least one year.

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.

ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowships

The ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program serves to encourage outstanding graduate students, especially women and minorities, to pursue a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering and to select engineering education as a profession. A teaching assistantship commitment from the applicant's department is required. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, hold an undergraduate degree from an ABET accredited program, and be ASME Student Members. The Society maintains up to four (4) fellowships per year, each with a stiped of $5,000, which can be renewed for a second year.

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