6 Scholarships for Engineering Majors

In recent years, the Engineering major has exploded to become one of the most popular in the country, due to interest in science, more institutions offering the major and, of course, great job prospects upon graduation. This has also lead to a rash of applications towards every highly-ranked institution in the country offering the popular major. Ultimately, students now believe they may be lost among a sea of transcripts. Worry no more, engineers; there are many engineering scholarships and grant opportunities out there to help you stand out, including, but not limited to:

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AMS Scholarship Program

Amount: Varying

Deadline: March 31, 2020

The Allegheny Mountain Section of the Air & Waste Management Association (AMS) offers a scholarship to students pursuing a career in Engineering, Environmental Science, or Law after getting their undergraduate degree. Interested students should check out AMS’s website, as they provide a list of eligible colleges.

Illuminating Engineering Society Grants & Scholarships

Amount: Varying

Deadline: Varying

Whether you’re a fan of Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison, everyone can agree that the incandescent lightbulb is one of the most impactful inventions of all time. Seriously, where would we be if we still had to study by candlelight?

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) focuses on lighting and architectural lighting design. They aim to grow interest in their field by reaching out to younger engineers. To accomplish this goal, they offer several scholarships, varying in monetary reward and guidelines, for young, eager engineers interested in lighting. Check out their website for a full list, including deadlines, grants, and eligibility.

American Nuclear Society Scholarships

Amount: Varying

Deadline: Varying

If you’re planning on studying nuclear engineering, check out the scholarships the American Nuclear Society (ANS) offers! From two-year program scholarships to awards for undergraduates, ANS provides a wide variety of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

SMART Scholarship Program

Amount: Varying

Deadline: TBD for 2021 (Opens August 2020)

Sponsored by the United States Department of Defense, the SMART (Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation) offers graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue a science or math degree financial rewards and internship opportunities with the Department of Defense. Those applying to the program must be US citizens at least 18 years of age, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and should demonstrate “a strong interest in working for the Department of Defense as a civilian research scientist or engineer.”

Included in the program are summer internship opportunities, where scholars will work hands-on in practical situations at the Department of Defense lab environments. Upon graduation, scholars must also serve one year of civilian employment with the DoD for every year they received the scholarship benefits.

Great Minds in STEM Scholarships

Amount: Varying

Deadline: April 1, 2020

The spike in engineering interest over the past decade coincides with the steadily growing Hispanic population of the United States. Great Minds in STEM, a branch of HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation), noticed and explored the trend. Great Minds in STEM aims to grow interest in engineering among Hispanic students by offering incentives, as well as awards, to those who demonstrate a commitment to their programs. The flagship Great Minds in STEM Scholarship awards underrepresented students who show excellence in academia, community activity, and scientific achievement.

Additionally, students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA through their academic careers at the point of application. The application requires the student to submit a 700-word essay, academic test transcripts, a resume, letters of recommendation, and other stipends. The amount awarded depends on which school the applicant intends to enroll in. However, it is renewable for up to eight semesters.

ASME Scholarships

Amount: Varying

Deadline: March 8, 2020

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) states that their foundation “enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods”. In order to stay true to their goals, the ASME offers multiple mechanical engineering scholarships of varying amounts. Students interested should check out their website for more details!

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