STEM Scholarships for 2019

Last updated: April 23, 2019

Innovation and entrepreneurship have long been called the backbone of the American economy with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fueling national progress. Over the past decade, a growing focus has been placed on STEM in education and training future experts in these fields. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates, employment in STEM industries is projected to grow by another 13.5 percent through 2026. In turn, this would introduce over half a million new jobs in STEM-related fields, but without experts to fill these roles, we could continue to face a skills gap.

This sense of urgency for the U.S. to develop a stronger workforce of STEM experts starts at the primary and secondary levels of education and is only possible when opportunities for students exist. STEM-educated professionals determine our nation’s capacity to innovate, so many organizations, companies and private benefactors offer STEM scholarships to help support students pursuing their degree.

In a speech at the fifth White House Science Fair, former president, Barack Obama, addressed the importance of STEM in education, its impacts on our ability to grow as a nation and creating more student accessibility.

“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world...”
— Barack Obama, former president of the U.S. on STEM education

Obama’s remarks are a reminder to us all that through STEM, innovation is possible and we must work to create opportunities that allow students to reach their educational goals. Explore our STEM scholarship guide below to learn more about merit-based opportunities and use our interactive scholarship tool to sort through scholarships based on award amount and concentration.

STEM Concentrations


Science: Science is about discovering and describing the world we live in often with a focus on answering the “how” and “why” questions. Various different kinds of sciences can fall under this umbrella of STEM. Students can focus on anything from physics, chemistry, life sciences, geoscience, astronomy, social sciences and environmental studies to name a few.


Technology: With a growing focus and dependency on technology, this category has become one of the fastest growing and most popular concentrations within STEM. A large part of the technology umbrella includes computer sciences such as information technology, programming, web development, software development, IT architecture, database administration and security and systems analysis.


Engineering: This category is generally divided into six major branches: mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, management, and geotechnical with hundreds of subcategories based on major.


Math: Math prepares students for many careers in academia or business. As an essential component to science, technology and engineering concentrations, math includes the subcategories of applied and theoretical mathematics, statistics, calculus, finance and probability.


Resources for STEM Students

STEM Undergrads

A source for searching federally-sponsored opportunities for undergraduate students and undergraduate programs in STEM areas.


Pairs college students in STEM disciplines with a mentor to guide them through their courses and prepare for a career transition.

iLecture Online

Hosts video lectures in physics, astronomy, chemistry, math and engineering.


Offers free online math courses from MIT, Caltech, Tsinghua and other leading math and science institutions.

MIT OpenCourseware

Lists audio and video lectures from MIT faculty on a variety of STEM subjects from aeronautics to mechanical engineering.

Class Central

Offers free online courses in computer science from a variety of Ivy League schools.


How to Pay for College



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



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.



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


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.


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.

STEM Scholarships

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by concentration, 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.

Anna N Dosen Serbian Educational Fund

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Graduating seniors and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this award. Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and pursue a degree in health related fields. Preference to students of Serbian heritage.

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.

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.

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

Amount: $6,700-$7,500

Deadline: June 15, 2019

Applicant must be enrolled in an approved SC public or private high school, an approved SC home school program of study or a preparatory high school located outside the State while a dependent of a legal resident of South Carolina. Must be planning to or enrolled to pursue a postsecondary education in South Carolina.

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.

MyBioSource Inc. Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 28, 2019

Must have a documented learning disability. Candidate must be enrolled as a freshman, undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university for the 2018 Fall semester.

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. Academic Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Applicants must be currently enrolled at a university or college recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Awards are granted to female students studying, or planning to study, the fields of engineering, mathematics, technology or science (excluding the social sciences).

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.

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Any full-time graduate or undergraduate accredited student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher is welcome to apply. Applicants are asked to discuss their vision for electronic design, engineering and manufacturing in the global economy.

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.

Creative Biolabs Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 20, 2019

Students worldwide are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students, majoring in a science related field such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and molecular biology, are encouraged to apply. Must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered.

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


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


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.

NACME Scholars Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

To be eligible for the NACME Scholars Program, students must be currently enrolled in an engineering program at a partner university and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher. Transfers must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 to be eligible.

NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Project

Amount: $18,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and be classified as a member of an underrepresented group. Students must be within the first three years of graduate study and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for consideration.

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.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established to support Hispanic community in Silicon Valley. This program will give up to 100 Latino student to graduate from college with an educational opportunity. The scholarship is need-based specifically for residents of specific Northern California counties.

CleverFiles Data Recovery and Protection Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2019

This scholarship is offered to students that are interested in data protection and management. Students that apply must be enrolled in college and submit a 750 word essay that discusses the important of data in the digital age. Students must also submit a letter of recommendation. For more information visit their website.

Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship

Amount: $7,500

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Simplr is offering a $7,500 scholarship to the student that writes the best essay on Artificial Intelligence. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science, math, information technology (IT) or a law degree. Students studying under the DACA program are eligible. For more information and for the essay prompt, visit their website.

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.

Isaacs & Isaacs Scholarship Awards

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Isaacs and Isaacs is offering a scholarship to students in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana (one from each state). In order to apply, students must be seniors in high school planning on enrolling in college or must be a current college student. Application includes (but is not limited to) a short bio of yourself, a photo of yourself, as well as an essay (promt can be found on their website).