Materials Science Scholarships
Work with Ceramics, Nano-Materials and Traditional Metals
Materials are the stuff of products, industry and business. Students in Material Science programs learn chemical composition and physical properties of all types of materials from ceramics and glass, to emerging metals, electronic and nano-materials and traditional metals and materials.
Material Scientists analyze the ways in which various materials are currently used to make components, products and almost everything we use in life. Concurrently, they explore innovative uses for traditional and emerging materials that may improve industry, business and associated processes and technologies.
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) maintains a vigorous student branch that offers scholastic funding opportunities to students pursuing materials science and closely related majors. Students must be society members and at least in their junior year of studies to be considered:
- J. Keith Brimacombe Presidential Scholarship is given annually to an undergraduate student in materials science. Awards are up to $6,000 and include money to attend the annual conference.
- Light Metals Division Scholarship provides students with $4,000 scholarships to help offset the cost of their programs. Applicants must be specializing in traditional and "emerging" light metals to qualify, as well as possess superior academic records. Stipends for textbooks and conference travel are included.
- Materials Processing and Manufacturing Scholarships are $2500 awards. Eligible applicants must be specializing in the manufacturing aspects of materials processing or be engaged in related research to be considered.
- Students emphasizing the physical properties of materials may qualify for the Structural Materials Division Scholarships. Up to $2500 available.
The IBM Scholarships sponsored by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society offers students in the materials science major a generous monetary opportunity. Students must be academically motivated in their major. Applicants must also be able to prove Native American heritage. The AISES supports the professional and educational development of Native Americans in the fields of engineering. Scholarships help insure the next generation of Native American engineers.
ASM International awards dozens of scholarships to students studying Materials Science. Awards are privately endowed and range between $1500 and $10,000. The organization also offers student travel and expense scholarships. Regional chapters sponsor their own brand of student scholarships. High school National Merit scholars may also qualify for National Merit Scholarships through ASM.
Materials Science students with a concentration in ceramics should explore the scholarships sponsored by Material Advantage. The organization is committed to student engineers in material science and engineering specialties.
The Association for Iron and Steel Technology provides scholarships for students majoring in materials science as well as related programs. Scholarships include:
- AIST Ronald Lincoln Memorial Scholarship is funded by the Chaparral Steel Company. Students with demonstrated leadership abilities will have an advantage in competing for the $2,000 awards.
- AIST Willy Korf Memorial Scholarship is funded by Korf Lurgi Steeltec, Inc. $2,000 awards are given to undergraduates with outstanding academic records in the materials science major.
The Department of Engineering at the University of Michigan provides a long list of private, endowed scholarships targeting students majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. Students may qualify based on a range of criteria including academics, financial need, leadership and extracurricular activities and even areas of concentration.
The Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Missouri-Rolla sponsors departmental scholarships for new students in the major. Awards vary based on academic and financial need. Upper level students are eligible for scholarships through the Ceramics and Metallurgy program. And graduate students may apply for fellowships.
There are many colleges and universities that offer majors in Material Science. Most award department scholarships as well as a stable of well-endowed scholarships.