Aerospace Engineering majors can lead to some very exciting careers but the level of precision required in these fields requires many years of study and hard work. Fortunately, there are several generous scholarships available to help cover the expensive college tuition.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics or AIAA Foundation awards generous financial aid to current AIAA student members interested in pursuing careers as aerospace professionals. Every year the AIAA Foundation offers several awards of varying amounts, including two scholarships of $10,000 each, two of $5,000 each, 4 of $2,000 each and several smaller awards.
To qualify for this scholarship you must be enrolled in a full-time undergrad science or engineering program that provides entry into an aerospace related field. You must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30. While each scholarship is only awarded for the current year of study, applicants are not restricted from reapplying in subsequent years provided that they meet all eligibility requirements.
The USRA Scholarship Awards Program has established four scholarship programs to support students pursuing majors related to aeronautics-related sciences, space science research, or space science education. Each of the programs offers a one-time award of $4,000 to the winning applicant. Students are matched to the scholarship most appropriate for their specific field of study.
To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a full-time undergrad student enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. and you must be within two years of earning a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering or science at the time of receiving the award.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), in collaboration with NASA, provides financial aid to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans majoring in aerospace engineering and other related fields.
Only students of Asian and / or Pacific Islander ethnicity can apply for this $2,900 award. Applicants must also have a cumulative 2.8 GPA to qualify.
The Women in Aerospace Foundation aims to encourage women to pursue careers in the aerospace field through their scholarship program.
Female applicants of any nationality can apply for this $2,000 award, which is to be applied during the upcoming academic year. You must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university at the time of application and show that you plan to continue with your course of study in the following academic year.
The AFCEA Washington, DC Chapter Scholarship provides financial aid to students enrolled in a four-year, full-time STEM program leading to careers in aerospace or systems engineering among others. Only students who are residents within the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments can apply for this scholarship.