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Engineering students seek financial aid from conventional sources like stalwart federal programs: Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans, but additional financial assistance is often required to meet the costs of higher education. State-specific financial aid helps bridge the affordability gap for college students across the country; including engineering majors. And privately funded education initiatives from corporations and industry groups provide career-specific college tuition aid.
Who you are, and where you go to school are relevant financial aid concerns, but what you study is equally important. STEM subjects – those relating to science, technology, engineering and math – provide fertile ground for targeted career-centric student aid. Grants and scholarships for the best and brightest talent drives these forward thinking fields. Engineering scholarships are usually tied to academic performance, but other applicant characteristics are also used to determine who earns the awards. Your background, location, civic engagement, marital status and a host of other factors can be used to open financial aid doors within engineering education.
This diverse set of examples illustrates the wide range of organizations that provide scholarship support for student engineers.
Siemens Foundation is the philanthropic branch of the familiar company that is responsible for originating student aid for engineers and scientists. The company Foundation distributes over seven million dollars worth of academic assistance annually, to students engaged in STEM education. Maintaining a focus on innovation, the awards are granted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics applicants in three distinct categories. The Foundation’s newest educational initiative encourages secondary school students to advance green ideas and practices.
Department of Naval Research Internship
Engineering students are invited to compete for several annual 10-week internships working at one of 21 Naval Research Laboratories. The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) provides mentoring and real-life experience working in professional research environments. 275 students benefit from the program annually, working in roles that can lead to employment with the Department of the Navy.
Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Each year, 300 students from the United States receive scholarships valued at $7,500 each from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The awards are part of an effort to increase numbers of highly trained scientists, engineers, and mathematicians for the future technological workforce. To honor Mr. Goldwater, outstanding college students who intend to pursue careers in STEM fields are recognized with educational scholarships.
To qualify for Barry Goldwater Scholarships, students apply prior to the start of their junior or senior years. Students enrolled in engineering and other approved courses of study at accredited universities are encouraged to seek the awards. Students do not apply for this award directly. Instead, they are recommended by the designated faculty representative at their college or university.
Hispanic College Fund
To encourage education among promising technology students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers awards of up to $2,500 to Hispanic high school graduates entering engineering related educational programs. Awards are open to Hispanic community college transfer students, four year college students, and Hispanic graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and the potential for professional success in tech fields.
Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association Scholarships
Korean-American engineering students benefit from eight $1,000 scholarships offered annually by the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association. Scholarships are awarded based on each applicant’s record of academic success and professional potential as demonstrated by transcripts, essays and letters of recommendation. Candidates are also required to submit detailed resumes outlining work experience and extracurricular activities.
Undergraduate and graduate students compete for scholarships offered by the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association, and successful applicants are members of the organization, or have a parent who is a member. For additional information, please visit the KSEA Scholarship page.
Association for Women in Science Scholarships
Female high school seniors who plan to study engineering, science, and mathematics at accredited colleges are aided by scholarships from the Association for Women in Science. All applicants must be pursuing careers in either research or teaching to qualify for awards ranging from $100 to $1,000. Additional women-only engineering scholarships are illuminated further on our Women’s Scholarships Page.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Scholarship Program
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers offers a number of scholarships for students who wish to pursue careers in heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R). Scholarship awards are between $3,000 and $10,000. Some scholarships offer renewal option to participants who show satisfactory academic progress.
To be eligible for ASHRE Scholarships, students must be enrolled full-time in programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In addition, all applicants must have cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, leadership, potential for professional success, and each applicant’s answers to a series of short essay questions. Official transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted alongside application materials.
Society of Women Engineers is a strong advocate for higher education in technology fields. Scholarships benefit women enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering and computer science degree programs at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The umbrella of SWE scholarships is wide, so students are invited to fill out a single application that places them in line for all available awards.
American Radio Relay League Foundation Scholarships
The American Radio Relay League Foundation offers a number of college scholarships to students who plan to study engineering. Valid ham radio licensees are invited to apply for scholarships in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The awards can be used for tuition, room, board, books, and other related educational expenses. Most awards require enrollment at a four-year college or university, but some scholarships provide support for community college applicants.
Scholarships awarded by the American Radio Relay League Foundation are issued based on financial need, academic achievement, ham radio activities, and potential for scholastic success. A copy of your official transcript is required with your completed application, along with an essay sample. Letters of recommendation are optional.
Scholarships From the American Society of Naval Engineers
The American Society of Naval Engineers issues scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing engineering careers. The scholarships are worth $2,500 for undergraduates and $3,500 for graduate students. Only United States citizens are eligible to apply for ASNE scholarships.
Scholarships winners are judged by the American Society of Naval Engineers based on academic record, extracurricular activities, work history, letters of recommendation, and demonstrated aptitude for naval engineering. Financial need may also be considered. All graduate student applicants must be members of ASNE and all undergraduate applicants must be entering their final year of study. Military careers open scholarship doors for engineers and other professionals. Our Military Scholarships Page sheds light on specific opportunities.
NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program supports future leaders in engineering and science through educational initiatives for high achievers. Prestigious NASA fellowships benefit undergraduates, as well as graduate students pursuing degrees in supported fields like:
- Aeronautical and Aerospace
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Engineering Mechanics
- Engineering Science
- Industrial Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science
To those talented enough to land them, NASA scholarships are valued at:
- $15,000 annually for school-related expenses
- $10,000 summer internship at NASA Research Center
- $35,000 stipend
- $11,000 annually for education costs
- $10,000 summer internship at NASA Research Center
Application for NASA Scholarships requires students to include academic transcripts, publications, letters of recommendation, civic recognition, awards and honors and NASA essays. The valuable grants are highly competitive and reward only the cream of the crop in tech-related fields.
Xerox Student Center
Xerox offers a leg-up to engineering hopefuls pursuing technology related educational credentials. In addition to valuable internships, the philanthropic arm of the company administers Xerox Technical Minority Scholarships. The scholarships are worth 1-10K annually for qualified program participants who are enrolled in technology and science study tracks at U.S. universities.
Some college financial aid originates as an employee benefit for certain company staffers. Raytheon, for instance, reserves educational funding for dependent children of company employees. If you are following in mom’s or dad’s footsteps; training in his or her field, don’t overlook scholarships and grants from the company store. The Raytheon program offers flexible options for vocational and technical career training, as well as funding for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. To be considered, applicants must be in their freshman, sophomore or junior years; seniors are not eligible to apply.