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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.

ISS Foundation Scholarship Program

1. A full-time student and major in metallurgy, metallurgical engineering or materials science. Other majors will be considered when application is accompanied by letter from academic advisor on official letterhead regarding program's preparation for advancement of steel production, steel application or the use of steel in material design. 2. Applicants should have a genuine interest in a career in ferrous-related industries as demonstrated by internship, co-op or related experiences and/or demonstrable plans to pursue such experience during college. 3. Junior and senior applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale within declared major. Undeclared students should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. 4. Applicants should be unquestionably high moral character and demonstrate leadership abilities. 5. Financial need is considered but is not a major factor.

McIntosh Engineering Scholarship

The McIntosh Engineering Scholarship is awarded annually to up to six promising undergraduate students entering their junior year of an accredited undergraduate degree program in mining engineering with a focus on underground mining. The McIntosh Engineering Scholarship is a renewable scholarship with total potential funding of $12,000 per student: $5,000 for junior year and, subject to renewal approval, an additional $7,000 for senior year. Applicant Qualifications: McIntosh 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: Scholarship applications must be submitted online via SME’s Scholarship portal: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/smeapp. 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. 7. McIntosh applicants must submit the required essay (see website for detailed information).

BHP-Coal New Mexico Scholarship

Requirements: 1. Enrolled member of Navajo or Ute Mountain Ute Indian. Certification of Tribal membership is required. 2. High school senior admitted to college, students currently atteding or admitted to a four-year college. 3. Minimum cumulative B average or 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. GPA must have been attained as a high school senior or from current college performance. 4. ACT SCORE: 22 or better 5. Must be registered as a full-time student and show proof of full-time student status prior to award payment. 6. Major course of study must be in the following areas: engineering (mining, civil, mechanical, electrical), business/accounting, environmental/reclamation sciences, labor/industrial relations, purchasing, or occupational safety.

Richard Klimpel Memorial Scholarship (Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division

The Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration offers up to six scholarships on an annual basis to students interested in pursuing careers in the area of mineral processing. The Richard Klimpel/MPD Scholarships are open to undergraduate or graduate students. Applicant Qualifications: Klimpel/MPD 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 mineral processing. Application Requirements: Klimpel/MPD Scholarship applications must be submitted online via SME’s Scholarship portal: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/smeapp. 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 mineral/metallurgical processing. 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 first place recipient receives the Richard Klimpel Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 plus expenses to attend the SME Annual Meeting. Up to five additional MPD scholarships may be awarded annually at the discretion of the MPD Scholarship Committee.

Desk and Derrick Educational Trust Honor Scholarships

To be eligible for a scholarship from the Desk and Derrick Educational Trust, applicants must meet the following criteria: Complete at least two years or are currently enrolled in the second year of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university. Maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 grading system Demonstrate need for financial assistance in pursuing a college degree Be a citizen of the United States or Canada Plan a career in the petroleum, energy or allied industry, or research and development of alternative fuels such as coal, electric, solar, wind hydroelectric, nuclear, and ethanol.

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.

Pebble Project - BBNC EF Scholarships

The foundation awards college and vocational scholarships to Alaska Native shareholders of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Established through funding received from Northern Dynasty Mines, Inc. to encourage further education or career advancement and interest in the mining industry. Eligibility Requirements: *BBNC shareholder *entering freshman enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college, university or vocational institution (preference given to graduates from the four Bristol Bay school districts) *cumulative 2.0 grade point average or better *able to show financial need.

Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship

The Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship in petroleum engineering is supported by the Nico van Wingen fund of the SPE Foundation. All award recipients are nominated by the SPE Student Chapter Faculty Advisor or Department Chair. Up to two awards are given in the amount of USD 5,000 each per year. Eligibility Must be an SPE member at an official student chapter Must be at the Ph.D. level Must intend to pursue a career in academia If awarded, recipients must submit annual confirmation from advisor showing progress and a justification for renewal. Comply with sanction policy To nominate SPE Student Chapter Faculty Advisor or Department Chair must: Submit your nomination by filling out the online nomination form. After completing the nomination form, you will receive an electronic confirmation. Your nominee will be contacted by email with a link to complete an online application. The nominee must: Use the link provided in the email to complete and submit the online application. Gather, scan and upload official transcripts for all institutions attended, two letters of recommendation and a resume. Submit all documents electronically by 1 November.

Environmental Division Scholarship and Veolia Water Technologies Scholarship

The Environmental Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration annually awards scholarships to promising college students who have chosen as a career path the field of mining and the environment. The Environmental Division Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Environmental Division Scholarship applicants may also be considered for a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Veolia Water Technologies (Veolia). To be considered for the Veolia Scholarship, applicants must submit a short essay (approximately 250 words) explaining why water is an essential part of the mining process. Applicant Qualifications: Environmental Division 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 mining and the environment. Application Requirements: Environmental Division Scholarship applications must be submitted online via SME’s Scholarship portal: https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/smeapp. 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 mining and the environment. 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. Questions may be directed to: Scholarship Coordinator, SME Member Services Department Phone: 303-948-4208 E-mail: scholarships@smenet.org

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.

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