Specialized Engineering Scholarships and Grants

Last updated: April 23, 2019

If you’re in pursuit of a degree in engineering, then you are among nearly 40 percent of the population working towards a career in science and engineering. Undergraduate enrollment continues to rise in the U.S., with overall numbers at all education levels rising by over one million every year.

It is so important that growth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields continues to increase for students of all backgrounds, regardless of gender or race. The application of these fields have the power to revolutionize national and international industries, ultimately transforming the way our world operates.

Some of our world’s most revolutionary thinkers developed their foundation in applied engineering, such as Elon Musk, the CEO and lead designer of SpaceX and Tesla, or the CEO and founder of Google, Larry Page—minds who have influenced the way we live today. If you’re an undergraduate or graduate engineering student looking for ways to fund your college degree, use our guide to learn more about what it takes to become an engineer, and sort through over 80 engineering scholarships based on your specialization.

While working towards his Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, Larry Page reverse-engineered the ink cartridge and built an inkjet printer made of LEGO® bricks. It wasn’t until his time at Stanford University where he began exploring mathematical properties of the World Wide Web, and where he met computer scientist, Sergey Brin. Together, they co-founded and developed a search engine they would later call “Google.”

“Optimism is important. You have to be a little silly about the goals you are going to set. There is a phrase I learned in college called, ‘having a healthy disregard for the impossible.’ That’s a really good phrase. You should try to do things that most people would not do.”
Larry Page, CEO of Google

Every success story starts with the drive and commitment to education to get there. Take the next step towards your career in applied engineering by reading our breakdown on how to become a licensed engineer.

How to Qualify to be an Engineer

1

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

The first step towards becoming a licensed engineer is earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

 
2

Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

The FE exam is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-accredited program. This is the first step towards becoming a professionally licensed engineer (PE).

 
3

Engineering Experience

Once you’ve passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam, you must complete at least four years of engineering experience before you can take your final exam towards an engineering license.

 
4

Pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam

Upon passing the PE exam and meeting any other eligibility requirements that may vary by state, an engineer can then become registered in their state to stamp and sign engineering drawings and calculations as a PE.

 
 

Types of Engineers

 

Mechanical: Applies engineering, physics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.

 
 

Civil: Deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

 
 

Chemical: Applies physical science and life science together with applied mathematics and economics to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy.

 
 

Electrical: Deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

 
 

Industrial: Deals with the optimization of complex processes, systems, or organizations.

 
 

Aerospace: The primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft.

 
 

Biomedical: Application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes.

 
 

Environmental: Uses scientific and technological principles to prevent or repair harm to the environment, complying with federal and local regulations in the process.

 
 

Resources for Engineers

Engineering.com

This site has information and connections for the global community of engineers. Find engineering games, videos, jobs, calculators, articles, and more.

NSPE Student Resources

Find free on-demand courses for students, job resources and checklists, exam preparation, and the opportunity to sign-up for NSPE’s student e-newsletter for weekly information and news.

MIT OpenCourseWare

This website gathers publications of all curriculum content from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

GlobalSpec

The Engineering Search Engine: Search over 38 million engineering and technical web pages through this search engine.

Ethics Center

Provides engineering and science students with resources for understanding and addressing ethical considerations.

Science Daily

A daily news site for scientists and engineers. This publication covers development and research in all STEM-related fields.

 
 

How to Pay for College

1

Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for engineering students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
2

Grants

Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.

 
3

Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
4

Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
5

Federal Work-Study Program

Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.

 
 

If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 

Engineering Scholarships

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by your engineering specialty, award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 15, 2020

First generation college prospective students who are underrepresented, low income, and passionate about pursuing a career in health related fields. Students are not required to be U.S. citizens, but must have a 3.5 GPA to be considered.

Great Minds in Stem Scholarship Program

Amount: $500-$10,000

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community. Applicant must also be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4-year undergraduate or graduate program and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Must be pursuing a STEM degree.

U.S. Navy STEM Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a STEM program that is related to the needs of the NAVSEA workforce. Must be attending a school that is considered a Hispanic-Serving Institution with an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Memorial Scholarships

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: May 1, 2020

This scholarship is available to incoming female freshmen who are majoring in computer science or computer engineering. Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Women Forward in Technology

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: June 15, 2019

Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the U.S. in a STEM-related field. Students will be reviewed based on GPA, originality, creativity, and emotional impact.

Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: June 19, 2019

Awards are given to women pursuing a career in the aerospace field. Applicants must be juniors or seniors in high school and planning to attend an undergraduate institution in the upcoming academic year.

Burlington Business and Progessional Women's Organization Science and Technology Scholarship

Amount: $500-$1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Funded by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, this scholarship assist women pursuing a career in science, technology, math or engineering. All students who reside in the Vermont region and are single parents are eligible to apply.

Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Amount: $7,000

Deadline: July 15, 2019

This scholarship opportunity is open to students with a design-oriented degree such as architecture or engineering. Must not have graduated any earlier than 2015 to be eligible.

Florida Stormwater Association Educational Foundation’s Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: August 2, 2019

The scholarship awards financial aid to qualified students attending Florida colleges and universities who are interested in pursuing stormwater research, management or finance. Graduate student applicants in colleges or schools of engineering, natural science, public administration (or closely related fields) are eligible to apply.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 27, 2019

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students who desire to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the K-12 level.

Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Awards are given to current female undergraduate candidates who excel in mathematics and are pursuing a career in mathematics. Candidates can be freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time of their application.

Olin E. Teague Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: October 12, 2019

This annual scholarship will be awarded to graduating high school seniors at an accredited U.S. high school interested in pursuing a career in the aerospace field. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

SimpliSafe STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2019

SimpliSafe scholarship is for students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The program provides financial assistance to Bachelors, Masters, or PhD students enrolled in STEM degree programs. Applicant must be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident.

Hawai'i Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Hawaii Community Foundation is providing a wealth of financial support to qualified students throughout Hawaii. With over 250 scholarships, Hawaii students can surely find a scholarship that applies to them.

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Students must be nominated by faculty in their engineering program to be considered for this award. Students do not need to be pursuing an astronaut career to be eligible for this award. Check website for participating institutions.

Proton OnSite Clean Energy Scholarship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline:

This scholarships is for high school seniors and college students enrolled in a U.S. high school or university. Must be a U.S. citizen, and submit an essay responding to renewable energy.

Siemens Competition

Amount: up to $100,000

Deadline:

The Siemens Foundation offers the nation's premier science research competition for high school students based on team research projects. Finalists will win awards over $25,000 towards their education.

Daedalian Foundation Descendants Scholarships

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Descendants of Daedalian members are eligible to apply. Students must be pursuing a degree in the fields of aerospace engineering and flight.

WISE (Women in STEM Excel) Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: June 28, 2019

Dr. Alexander Sobel created this scholarship to encourage and inspire women in Washington to pursue STEM fields. The scholarship is open to female Washington residents studying a STEM-related field and applicants must write an original essay as well as submit one letter of recommendation. For more information, visit their website.