Mining 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.

The Heinlein Society

Three $1,250 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The other two scholarships may be awarded to either a male or female, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study.

2018 Straight North STEM Scholarship

With Internet marketing becoming more complex and challenging by the day, successful execution requires a solid education. As an industry leader, Straight North supports students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Through the Straight North STEM Scholarship, we award the winning student $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, we award $250 book scholarships to the two runners-up. The deadline to apply for the Straight North STEM Scholarship is August 1, 2018. Winners will be announced August 15.

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.

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.

WAAIME Scholarship

On an annual basis, the Women's Auxiliary to AIME (WAAIME) Scholarship fund provides scholarships to students pursuing degrees in the earth sciences as related to the minerals field. Fields recognized by WAAIME may include mining, geological sciences, metallurgy, petroleum, mineral sciences, materials science and engineering, mining economics, chemical engineering, and other related studies. The number and amount of scholarships awarded yearly shall be dictated by the funds available and by the financial needs of the applicants. Students are eligible to receive a maximum of two years of funding from WAAIME. The two years may be two undergraduate years, two graduate years, or one undergraduate year and one graduate year. Should extenuating circumstances occur, the student’s sponsoring section’s scholarship chair may recommend that the WAAIME Executive Committee approve a third year of funding for a student. Students wishing to receive funding must reapply annually. WAAIME Scholarship applicants must be attending accredited colleges or universities within the United States. The list of schools accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, shall be used as a general guideline. There are no requirements regarding age, sex, citizenship, race or religion. Candidates may first apply in their second year of study. Preference will be given first to those needing aid for their final year and secondly to those requiring aid for their junior year. Undergraduate assistance will have priority over graduate work. All candidates must be full-time students and must maintain full-time status to receive WAAIME assistance. All candidates must be members or student members in good standing with an appropriate AIME member society, which consist of the following: SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration), website at SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)- website at TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society), website at: or AIST (Association for Iron & Steel Technology), website at: Each website above provides information on student membership. If you are not currently a student member of one of the societies listed above, please contact the appropriate society for more information. Student membership ID number must be included on the WAAIME Scholarship application and membership will be verified.

University of Detroit Mercy/College of Engineering & Science/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: Applicant must be an incoming freshman or transfer student admitted directly into an engineering program at UDM. Selection will be based on academic and leadership achievement. Terms: Two $500 scholarships will be awarded each year. Scholarship may be renewed for one additional year if a 3.0 GPA is maintained and student remains in the engineering program.

Outstanding Student Paper Contest

The contest is open to both undergraduate and graduate student entries. A first prize of $1,000 ($750 cash + $250 travel expenses), and a second prize of $500 ($250 cash + $250 travel expenses) will be awarded in each division. Both North American and international students are eligible for this contest; however, all applicants must be TMS student members. Students not currently holding memberships may enclose with their paper entry a completed membership application, with dues payment, to become eligible. Papers must not have been published prior to the deadline of May 1st. Only one paper contest entry per student is acceptable.

Edward J. Dulis Scholarship

AM I ELIGIBLE? To be eligible for all awards you must meet ALL of the following general eligibility requirements: • Must be a Material Advantage student member. • Must have an intended or declared major in metallurgy or materials science engineering. Applicants majoring in related science or engineering disciplines will be considered if they demonstrate a strong academic emphasis and interest in materials science. • Must have completed at least 1 year of college to apply for all awards. • Must have junior or senior standing in the fall at a North American University to be eligible for the Roberts, Woodside, Wert, Dulis and Haniak scholarships need-based awards. University must have an accredited science and engineering program leading to a bachelor degree.

MMSA/SMEF Presidential Scholarship

The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Foundation offer one significant scholarship (MMSA/SMEF Scholarship) on an annual basis to an outstanding student whose study program encompasses any aspect of the extractive minerals industry. The scholarship will be awarded to a student whose study program is directed toward: a. Mining or geological engineering. b. Metallurgy, metallurgical engineering, or chemical engineering as related to metal recovery. c. Mining or mineral exploration geology. d. Environmental science or engineering as related to mining activities. Applicant Qualifications: MMSA/SMEF Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. 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 the minerals industry. Application Requirements: MMSA/SMEF Scholarship applications must be submitted online through SME’s scholarship application 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 the extractive minerals industry. 3. Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from university faculty. 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.

R.J. Hill Consulting

Scholarship Instructions for Tennessee Students 1. The R.J. Hill Consulting Scholarship is an award of $500.00. This scholarship is intended for award to a student who intends on pursuing a career in (1) mechanical engineering or (2) any engineering discipline. These instructions apply to any Tennessee high school student desiring to attend any Tennessee public university where a course of study in engineering is available. These instructions also apply to students who are residents of Tennessee and are already enrolled in an engineering curriculum, in a Tennessee public university, and desiring to obtain additional financial aid by applying for this scholarship. 2. High school students must graduate from high school no later than May 31, 2014. 3. The student must also make application to their university of choice by the school’s deadline date in time to be enrolled for the fall semester beginning in August of 2014. 4. Acceptance by the university will be verified. It will be the student’s responsibility to make sure that the registrar at the university has all the information it needs in order to identify the student when verification is attempted. 5. In order to be considered for the R.J. Hill Consulting Scholarship, all students must submit a brief letter of introduction. The letter should also be addressed to R.J. Hill Consulting, 240 Mayfield Dr. Suite 102, Smyrna, TN 37167. Our address is also given in our website, on the “Contact Us” page. 6. The letter should state why the student is interested in the scholarship and should serve as a brief introduction to the essay that will also be required. The letter should also give the student’s contact information in the event that the student is selected for award. The contact information given should include the student’s full name, address, telephone number, and email address if possible. 7. Along with the letter of introduction, all students will be required to submit an essay of not more than 500 words in length. The essay will describe what the student’s area of concentration will be and what they intend to do with their degree. 8. In addition, high school students will submit an official transcript of their high school grades through at least the first half of the school year. The first half of the school year is assumed to proceed from the first day of the school year through the last day in December prior to the Christmas and New Year’s break. Enrolled college students should submit an official transcript of their grades through the last semester attended. 9. Furthermore, ACT/SAT scores are also required. Since ACT and SAT exams are administered throughout the year and students can retake the exams in order to get the highest score possible, the student should consider the testing schedule in order to make sure that they don’t miss the submission deadline of March 31, 2014. Enrolled college students should make sure that their ACT/SAT scores are on their official transcript. If not, please provide verifiable proof of your test scores. 10. The entire application package consisting of the letter of introduction, essay, transcript of grades and ACT/SAT exam score has to be received by R.J. Hill Consulting by March 31, 2014 in order to be considered. 11. Beginning on April 1, 2014, the applications will be reviewed. 12. It is anticipated that the award winner will be announced sometime in May. 13. If there are any questions about the procedure, R.J. Hill Consulting can be contacted either by phone or email as stated in our website,

TMS J. Keith Brimacombe Presidential Scholarship

One $5,000 cash award scholarship will be made to an undergraduate student majoring in metallurgical engineering, materials science and engineering or minerals processing/extraction programs. In addition, a travel stipend of up to $1000 is also available for the recipient to attend the TMS Annual Meeting, to formally receive the scholarship. The recipient of the TMS Presidential Scholarship will be chosen by a specially-appointed selection committee of the TMS Student Affairs Committee of TMS. The following criteria will be assessed by the Scholarship Selection Committee to select the recipients of this scholarship: - Scholarship Application - Academic Achievement - Activities in and out of school, including work experience - Leadership - Personal Profile Statement - Letters of Recommendation Both North American and international students are eligible for this scholarship; however, all applicants must be TMS student members. Students not currently holding memberships may enclose with their scholarship entry a completed membership application, with dues payment, to become eligible. Applicants must be enrolled full time in a metallurgical/materials science engineering program at a qualified college or university. Relatives of members of the TMS Student Affairs Committee or of the funding committee/ division are not eligible.

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