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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.

James Doohan/Montgomery Scott Engineering Scholarship

This is the second most popular scholarship and covers any field related to engineering.

Ada I. Pressman Memorial Scholarship

SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico. US citizenship required. Availability dependent upon renewals. Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Graduate students. 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.

E.C. Fisher Scholarship

In 1926, Margaret Fisher established a scholarship with the United Advisory Scholarship Commission in 1926 in the name of her late husband, E.C.Fisher, a former member of the Saginaw Board of Education. Mr. Fisher received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell University. To honor Mr. Fisher’s great interest in engineering, this scholarship will assist a graduating senior from any high school in the City of Saginaw pursuing a degree in engineering. Qualifications: ● Graduating senior from a Saginaw Public School ● Pursuing a degree in Engineering ● Must reside in the Saginaw Public School District ● Full-time enrollment Criteria: Scholastic record; financial need; overall involvement in community, school and work activities.

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.

United Technologies Corporation Scholarships

The two awards presented each year are renewable for two years. Recipients must be U.S. citizens entering their sophomore year and majoring in electrical or mechanical engineering. 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 3.5/4.0 or above.

Ford / UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

Scholarship Value: up to $5,000 Classifications: College Sophomore Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligible Majors: Accounting, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Management Eligible Schools: Open for 4 Year Colleges Only Eligible Locations: Open How to Apply : Apply Online Scholarship Detail: The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Ford Motor Company have partnered to provide selected African American college students a unique educational opportunity through scholarships and networking opportunities with Ford. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition to the online application, applicants must provide an official transcript, an essay detailing his/her personal and professional goals, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and a resume. All documents are uploadable to the application. Students who have participated in Ford Motor Companys Partnership for Advanced Studies program (Ford PAS) are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Donor/Sponsor Name: Ford Motor Company Donor/Sponsor URL: http://www.ford.com

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.

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.

American Society of Naval Engineers Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in one of the following areas of study: Architecture, marine, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aeronautical engineering, ocean, electrical and electronic engineering, and physical sciences. 2. Must be entering their last year. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.navalengineers.org/Programs/Scholarships/sc_info.htm for more information and an application form.

D.J. McDonald Memorial Scholarships

To qualify, students must be nominated by a faculty member. These nominees must be either college juniors or seniors and majoring in one of the following engineering fields: mechanical, nuclear, or welding. College transcripts and a statement detailing course of study, accomplishments, professional affiliations and goals, and financial need must accompany nominations.

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