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.
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women in the final year of graduate study in designated fields where women's participation has been low. Women in engineering master's programs are eligible to apply for either first or final year of study. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Special consideration is given to applicants who show professional promise in innovative or neglected areas of research and/or practice in areas of public interest. All women are eligible to apply for fellowships in the following degree programs: architecture (M. Arch.), computer/information sciences (MS), engineering (ME, MS, PhD), mathematics/statistics (MS).
Cyber Security Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing academic degrees in cyber security, cyber attack, computer science, information technology, digital forensics, or electronic engineering from an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States.
Applications are requested from qualified sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled full time in an eligible degree-granting program. Must be at least second-year student, regardless of academic hours accumulated.
Applicants must be currently enrolled at the time of application in a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States. Distance-learning programs are eligible.
U.S. citizenship required.
A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
Candidates must be majoring in a field directly related to the support of U.S. cyber security enterprises with relevance to the mission of AFCEA such as cyber security, cyber attack, computer science, digital forensics, information technology, or electronic engineering.
These are merit scholarships based on demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and financial need.
PLEASE NOTE: Two letters of reference are required. At least one letter of recommendation must be from a field-of-study professor; an additional letter may be from a second faculty member or an employer.
Instructions on electronic submission of the Recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers as part of the on-line application process - please do not mail separately. Letters will be addressed to:
Vince Patton, Ed.D.
MCPOCG, USCG (Ret.)
AFCEA Educational Foundation
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033
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.
Each summer, research interns from universities all over the US come to AT&T Labs Research for 10 weeks to work with technical staff members on research projects, presenting talks of their work at the end of summer. Learn about one intern's summer experience in Inside the Labs: A Summer Intern Making A Difference.
Applicants for summer internship may be members of an existing university collaboration or may apply as individuals. Candidates are typically graduate students but advanced undergraduates will also be considered in exceptional cases. All other applicants or anyone interested in learning more about other internships with AT&T, visit the AT&T corporate employment pages (www.att.jobs).
Housing can be arranged for students at nearby universities according to the universities’ summer schedules (typically first week of June to mid August). Students may also arrange their own accommodations, usually by renting a room in a local home. (Opportunities for short-term apartment rentals may be limited.) Summer interns pay for their own housing; however, AT&T Labs covers the costs for travel within the United States
Internship eligibility qualifications:
Currently enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a graduate school program leading to a PhD.
Major field must be in computer science, math, statistics, electrical engineering, operations research, systems engineering, industrial engineering, or related fields.
Students must have a US social security number. US citizenship or residency is NOT a requirement.
Each year, ACWA awards two $3,000 scholarships to deserving students in a water-resources related field of study.
Eligible students must be California residents attending a four-year, publicly funded college or university in California full-time as a junior or senior during the year the scholarship is awarded. Applications must be postmarked no later than APRIL 1 of each year, or the following business day if it falls on a weekend or holiday.
Applicants must be:
• A California resident
• A full-time junior or senior in the year the scholarship will be applied
• Attending an accredited, publicly funded college or university in California
• Studying a water-resources related field or discipline
• Planning to attend school for the complete academic year
Awards are based on a combination of scholastic achievement and a commitment on the part of the applicants to their chosen fields, best demonstrated by pursuing a degree related to or identified with engineering, agriculture or urban water supply, environmental studies and public administration associated with resources management. Financial need is also considered.
Our student trainee program seeks motivated undergraduate students to serve internships in a team environment working with customers and network engineers to design, develop, and implement new network architectures and enhancements to the Agency's networks. These projects span technologies in local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and video teleconferencing. Responsibilities include hardware and software integration, analysis, testing, documentation, problem resolution, requirements definition, and project documentation. Candidate will also participate in engineering reviews, staff meetings, and other activities, which will increase their network understanding and the issues and challenges facing a telecommunications service provider.
Students will work along side engineers and get to use or enhance their knowledge of a range of communications technologies, network systems and certifications, such as Wide Area Network (WAN) (DWDM, SONET, ATM, MSPP, etc), Local Area Network (LAN) (IP, Ethernet, etc.), Video, Satellite, Network Security, Encryption, Enterprise Systems.
Minimum requirements: Students should be pursuing undergraduate or graduate level degrees in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a similar IT Engineering discipline.
Students should have computer proficiency, good interpersonal and communication skills, some working knowledge of network topologies and protocols and the ability to work in a team environment. Interns generally are required to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship or two 90-day summer internships. Co-Op Students work on an alternating semester or quarterly basis and are expected to spend a minimum of three semesters or four quarters (this can include a summer tour) on the job prior to graduation. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological examination, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.
For graduate students who focus primarily on international affairs, languages, economics, geography, cartography, physical sciences and engineering; other majors may be accepted
Should be entering their first or second year of graduate studies in an accredited college or university
Active participation in projects with potential to have work disseminated throughout the Intelligence Community
3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
Foreign language skills and previous international residency are pluses
Medical/polygraph examinations and background investigation required
Assignments are ONLY in the Washington, DC metro area
Because of safety concerns for the prospective applicant, as well as security and communication issues, the CIA Recruitment Center does not accept applications, nor can we return phone calls, e-mails or other forms of communication, from US citizens living outside of the US.
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.
The Paul W. Ruckes Scholarship provides one (1) grant of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student who is blind or visually impaired pursuing a degree in engineering, computer, physical, or life sciences. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen and submit: 1. Written documentation of a visual impairment from an ophtalmologist or optometrist. Applicant need not be legally blind. 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance at a college or university 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.
AWIS offers undergraduate women the opportunity to apply for the Dr. Vicki L. Schechtman Scholarship. The Schechtman Scholarship awards $1,000 to an undergraduate woman interested in pursuing a career in scientific studies. Preference is given to applicants who wish to pursue research. Any female student matriculating at a college or university, who meets the qualifications, is eligible to apply. Entering and current freshmen are especially encouraged to apply. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and hold United States citizenship. Chosen field of study must be recognized by the National Science Foundation. Restrictions are subject to change. This scholarship awards $1,000 to an undergraduate woman interested in pursuing a career in scientific studies. Applicants must be high school seniors or college freshmen, enrolled at a U.S. institution, have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 and studying in the life or physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer and information sciences, or psychology. The award can be used for any aspect of education.
- You must be a child, grandchild, sister, niece or nephew of a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local #157. Such family members shall include step-relatives.
- You are pursuing a degree in a construction or engineering-related field.
Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Preference will be given to those studying architecture or engineering. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.
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