Aerospace Scholarships

This major is often referred to as aeronautical or aerospace engineering. These degree programs are designed to teach degree candidates the fundamentals behind  designing and building aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, deep space probes and other high-speed transportation vehicles. Aerospace engineering is an exciting major with graduates working in a cutting-edge field designing next-generation air and spacecraft. Continue reading to find out more about this major and about aerospace scholarships.

Like most engineering degree programs, with aerospace engineering your first two years of coursework consists mostly of engineering and science basics. In your 3rd and 4th years you'll enroll in your core aerospace courses. You'll take classes such as intelligent systems, space mission design, flight mechanics, aerospace propulsion and flight controls. Lectures and traditional classroom instruction will be the mode of teaching for some of the courses. You'll also have plenty of lab work and instruction. In your final year you'll most likely have a Capstone project in which you'll work as part of a team on a vehicle design project.

Many aerospace engineering programs feature degree concentrations. These include propulsion, aerospace structures, vehicle design, intelligent systems and others. If you want to specialize in advanced topics such as numerical modeling or theoretical mechanics you'll have to go to grad school. Whatever program you choose, be certain it's accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). You might also want to find out what sort of labs and design facilities the college has.

The growth of job opportunities in this field should increase at a slow but steady rate over the coming decade. Research and development funded by the Department of Defense and other governmental agencies will fuel much of this growth. Also, the aviation industry will need engineers to help keep the commercial fleet in working order. For some advanced positions you'll need a graduate degree in addition to professional experience. Still, there should be plenty of career opportunities with jobs such as design engineer, flight test engineer or research engineer.

Follow the links below to begin exploring the exciting array of aerospace engineering scholarships.

Buckingham Memorial Scholarship

U.S. citizen, children of air traffic control specialists enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher. Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Scholarships are awarded to help support the financial needs of those deserving students who have chosen to seek higher education in the science of air traffic control and other aviation disciplines, as well as children of air traffic control specialists.

Non-Employee Student Scholarship

Students enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in an aviation-related course of study.

Full-Time Employee Student Scholarship

Full-time employees enrolled in advanced study programs to improve their skills in air traffic control or an aviation discipline.

Gabriel A. Hartl Scholarship

Students enrolled half- to full-time in a two- to four-year air traffic control program at an institution approved and/or licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as directly supporting the FAA's college and training initiative.Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Scholarships are awarded to help support the financial needs of those deserving students who have chosen to seek higher education in the science of air traffic control and other aviation disciplines, as well as children of air traffic control specialists.

AIAA Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Must have completed at least one academic quarter or semester of full-time college work. Must have college GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university. Must become a member of AIAA before receiving a scholarship award. Applicant's scholarship plan shall be such as to provide entry into some field of science or engineering encompassed by the technical activities of AIAA. Applicant shall not have, or subsequently receive, any other scholarship award which, when combined with the AIAA award, would provide a stipend greater than their tuition plus educational expenses (such as books, lab fees, etc.) estimated by the educational institution he/she plans to attend. Sophomores and juniors who receive one of these awards are eligible for yearly continuation of the awards (until completion of their senior year) provided they maintain at least the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have excellent references, and submit well defined aerospace/aeronautical career goals. It should be stressed that regardless of GPA, renewal is not automatic. To apply for renewal, an individual must submit a completed application, career essay, official transcript and two (2) letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters must be from a professor from the student's university or college. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

FELLOWSHIP DESCRIPTION Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. ELIGIBILITY Women of any nationality pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering are eligible. Please note that post-doctoral research programs are not eligible for the Fellowship. Members and employees of Zonta International or the Zonta International Foundation are also not eligible to apply for the Fellowship. Current fellows may apply to renew the Fellowship for a second year and will undergo the same application and evaluation procedures as first-time applicants. Applicants must be registered in a full-time Ph.D./doctoral program when funds are received in September and will not graduate before April. APPLICATION PROCESS The Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee reviews the applications and recommends recipients to the Zonta International Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April.

Goddard Historical Essay Award

This is an annual nationwide competition, with a $1,000 prize. It is open to any United States citizen. Essays may explore any significant aspects of the historical development of rocketry and astronautics, and will be judged on their originality and scholarship. They may bring new information to light or may cast a new and different light upon events or individuals influencing rocketry and astronautics.

GE's Women's Network Scholarship

US Citizenship & SWE membership required. Leadership roles outside of academics and involvement in engineering professional organizations, discipline related internships, presentation skills. Recipients willing to intern at GE. 20 @ $5,000. Preferred list of schools include: Boston College, Boston University, Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western University, Clarkson University, Clemson University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rose-Hulman University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, University of Wisconsin, University of California at Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Dayton, University of Florida, University of Illinois, University of Maryland (College Park), University of Maryland (Baltimore County), University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Puerto Rico, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship

Was established in 1988 in memory of astronaut and active SWE member Judith Resnik who lost her life aboard the Challenger space shuttle. The scholarship is awarded to a student entering her senior year majoring in aerospace, aeronautical or astronautical engineering who is also an active SWE Student Member. Minimum GPA is 3.0. 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.

Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships

Annual scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing careers in some technical aspect of the helicopter or vertical-flight engineering. Open to Junior and Senior level undergraduate students interested in pursuing engineering careers in the helicopter or vertical flight industry and graduate students. Applicants must be full-time students at accredited schools of engineering.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact with any questions.

NDSEG Fellowship Program

The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. Persons who hold permanent resident status are not eligible to apply. NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering. Applicants must receive or be on track to receive their baccalaureate degrees by the upcoming Fall. Preference to applicants pursuing doctoral study and research in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, biosciences (including toxicology), chemical engineering, chemistry, cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences, computer science, electrical engineering, geosciences, materials science and engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering, oceanography, and physics (includes optics). Recommended GPA is 3.0 and higher. Applications are encouraged from women, persons with disabilities and minorities, including ethnic minority groups such as American Indian, Black, Hispanic, Native Alaskan (Eskimo or Aleut) or Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian). NDSEG Fellows may choose as their fellowship institutions appropriate United States institutions of higher education offering advanced degrees in science or engineering. During part of their tenure, fellows may study or engage in research or field work away from their academic institutions if, in the judgment of the faculty, such arrangements further the fellow's education and contribute directly to the attainment of an advanced degree, and the fellow is officially enrolled and earning academic credit.

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