65 STEM Scholarships for 2018

Last updated: March 19, 2018

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.

MentorNet

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.

edX

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

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Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for STEM 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.

 
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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.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 28, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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.

Association for Iron & Steel Technology Scholarships

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: October 15, 2018

AIST sponsors this scholarship for a paid summer internship including a one-year non-renewable scholarship. Students must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Career in STEM Scholarship Contest

Amount: $500

Deadline: November 10, 2018

Only fully complete STEM Scavenger Hunt entries will be considered. Funds from this scholarship can be used to support college tuition expenses, trade school education, online coursework, educational materials, or entrepreneurial endeavors.

Science Talent Search

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 14, 2018

This talent search offers hundreds of applicants the chance to win more than just $1,000 towards their education, but receive recognition for their science research projects for the chance to win additional awards.

Young Innovators to Watch Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 19, 2018

The Young Innovators to Watch awards individual students or small teams under 20 students, for developing projects that demonstrate exceptional creativity and innovation in technical or scientific contexts. Winners will be flown to CES in Las Vegas for an awards ceremony.

Foundation for Science and Disability Student Award Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Students pursuing a degree in the STEM fields are eligible for this award. Students must have a documented disability and can be of the undergraduate or graduate level. All candidates must plan to pursue a graduate degree.

Alwin B. Newton Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students enrolled full-time in an ABET accredited program Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.

C. William Hall Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 1, 2018

This scholarship opportunity is open to junior or senior undergraduate students pursuing a bachelors degree in bioengineering. Students must be actively participating in biomedical research to be considered.

Duane Hanson Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students enrolled full-time in an ABET accredited program Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.

Frank M. Coda Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students enrolled full-time in an ABET accredited program Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.

Gordon V. R. Holness Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students enrolled full-time in an ABET accredited program Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.

Henry Adams Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students enrolled full-time in an ABET accredited program Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.

Lynn G. Bellenger Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

This scholarship will be awarded to one undergraduate female enrolled full-time in an ABET accredited program Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.

Reuben Trane Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students enrolled full-time in an ABET accredited program Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.

Willis H. Carrier Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate engineering students enrolled full-time in an ABET accredited program Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 11, 2018

Females enrolled in an accredited STEM program in the U.S. or Canada are eligible for this award. Must demonstrate strong academics and leadership for women in computer science to be considered.

ASNT Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Undergraduate students enrolled in universities pursuing degrees in engineering are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Candidates must show an active interest in the field of nondestructive testing and evaluation to be considered.

Association of Cuban Engineers Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 16, 2018

This award is for students of Hispanic heritage. Applicants must have completed 30 credits toward their undergraduate degree to apply. U.S and Puerto Rico residents are eligible to apply.

Civil Air Patrol School-Specific Scholarships

Amount: up to $110,000

Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Civic Air Patrol Scholarship distributes this opportunity to students interested in aerospace engineering. Must be a CAP cadet and earn the Billy Mitchell Award to apply.

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Students must be within one year of completing a degree in any science related field. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

BMW/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: January 15, 2019

This annual scholarship is for students pursuing an engineering or related science degree through an ABET accredited program. Must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher and be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Amount: $7,500

Deadline: January 30, 2019

Applicants must be nominated by his/her/their university as opposed to filling out a traditional education. Must be majoring in computer science or another STEM field. Applicant must be a college sophomore or junior.

Michigan Council of Women in Technology Undergraduate Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Applicant must be a female undergraduate student residing in Michigan. Must be studying STEM and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Vincint and Catherine Sansalone Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Students must be enrolled in a math or science program at an accredited U.S. university. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for consideration. Preference for students of Italian descent.

Microsoft Tuition Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 9, 2019

Applicant must be pursuing a four-year bachelor's degree program in computer science, computer engineering, or a related STEM field. Student must be attending a full-time school in the US, Canada, or Mexico and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

AWS Airgas Terry Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 15, 2019

This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student pursuing a four-year bachelor's degree in welding engineering. Must have at least a 2.8 GPA and a citizen of the U.S. to apply. Priority will be given to students with interest in a career in industrial welding.

AWS Arsham Amirikian Engineering Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Selection for this scholarship will be decided based on financial need, a GPA of at least 3.0, and U.S. citizenship.

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Amount: $10,000

Deadline:

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.

Future Scholarship

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline:

Women pursuing an undergraduate or masters degree in STEM are encouraged to apply. Recipients will be invited to Palantir HQ for a workshop and internship opportunity.

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.

Steinman Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline:

Applicants must be entering their junior year at a four-year ABET accredited engineering program. Students must be in good standing and a U.S. citizen to apply.

The Virtix IT STEM Studies Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline:

One high school senior demonstrating academic achievement, financial need, and interest in STEM will be awarded with the scholarship. Must be attending school in the U.S. to apply.

Two Ten Higher Education Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline:

Students planning on attending, or who are enrolled in an accredited four year institution are welcome to apply. This scholarship is renewable for U.S. citizens who have worked in, or are related to, employees of the footwear industry.

Women in Aviation International Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Scholarship awards for Women in Aviation International will be based on students recommendation letters, essays, and resume demonstrating aviation history and goals.

Women in Technology Scholarship

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline:

Women pursuing an undergraduate or masters degree in STEM are encouraged to apply. Recipients will be invited to Palantir HQ for a workshop and internship opportunity.

NACME Scholars Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

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:

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.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarships

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Deadline:

This need-based scholarship honors Hispanics pursuing a degree in STEM related fields. SHPE provides over $450,000 in scholarships to fill the gap in Hispanic education and successful career placement. Must have a 2.75 GPA and be a SHPE member to apply.

GE fund and GM Fund LULAC Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Minority students with an engineering or business major are eligible for this award. Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree at a full-time status in order to be considered.

Wah-Tiah-Kah Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Scholarships are granted through the Osage Minerals Council for the study of petroleum related subjects. Students must be of Osage Indian blood.

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Candidates for this award are full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing a degree in medicine, engineering, physical science, natural resources, math or science.

Association of Old Crows Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Students and prospective students who are interested in national defense or who are active duty members may apply. Current eligibility requirements are listed on the scholarship website.

Daedalian Foundation Descendants Scholarships

Amount: $2,000

Deadline:

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

Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,250

Deadline:

Candidates must be female undergraduate students at an accredited four year institution, with a major in math, engineering, or biological or physical sciences. Candidates may be the residents of any country.

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

High school sophomore and juniors in high school are eligible to apply for the free 7-week program in their respective location. Candidates must have a U.S. address and be able to commute to and from the Girls Who Code program.

UPS Scholarship for Female Students

Amount: $4,000

Deadline:

Eligible students are female undergraduates attending an accredited institution for industrial engineering. Schools may be located in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

The scholarship awards first-generation high school seniors who are underrepresented, need financial assistance and are passionate about furthering their education as a means to help out their family, community and themselves. The candidate must be graduating a high school, who will pursue a full-time undergraduate degree in the United States at any 4-year university by fall semester and plan to study in listed concentrations such as Transportation Management, STEM, Psychology, Spanish, Architecture Language/Literature, Environmental Design, Pre-Med.

SPS Leadership Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The scholarship program wants to encourage the study of physics among the students. The SPS Leadership Scholarships awards students who are physics majors in the latter stages of their undergraduate careers and who are undergraduate members of the SPS national organization.

SPS and AAPT Mary Beth Monroe Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The scholarship program wants to encourage the study of physics among the students. The program awards students who are physics majors in the latter stages of their undergraduate careers and who are undergraduate members of the SPS national organization.

Peggy Dixon Two-Year Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The scholarship program wants to encourage the study of physics among the students. Interested applicants must be undergraduate members of the SPS national organization and must be transitioning from a two-year college into a physics bachelor's degree program.

Herbert Levy Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The scholarship program wants to encourage the study of physics among the students who need financial assistance. Interested applicants must be undergraduate members of the SPS national organization and intend to continue scholastic development in physics.

AWIS Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

This merit-based scholarship program wants to encourage undergraduate female students who are majoring in physics, including space physics and geophysics, or geoscience. Interested applicants must be undergraduate members of the SPS national organization and intend to continue scholastic development in physics.

SPS Future Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

This merit-based scholarship program wants to encourage undergraduate students who are majoring in physics. Interested applicants must be members of the SPS national organization and be participating in a teacher education program and ultimately intend to pursue a career in physics education.

Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

This merit-based scholarship program wants to encourage undergraduate female students who are majoring in STEM fields. Interested applicants must be US citizens and members of the SPS national organization. While awarding this scholarship, preference will be given to a student with a disadvantaged economic background or someone who overcame significant obstacles in her life or someone who is the first person in her family to go to college or major in a STEM field.

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) Academic Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The scholarship wants to encourage the study of physics among the students who are undergraduate members of the SPS national organization. The program awards students who are US citizens, currently majoring in physics or a related science and intend to contribute to scholastic development in physics.

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) Underrepresented Student Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The scholarship wants to encourage the study of physics among the groups that are underrepresented in science and engineering. U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are undergraduate student members of the SPS national organization are eligible to apply. The program awards students who are majoring in physics or a related science and intend for continued scholastic development in physics in future.

GEICO Achievement Awards

Amount: $2,500

Deadline:

GEICO rewards most outstanding undergraduate college students by providing awards and recognizing their dedication to academic success, leadership and community service. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States and Are majoring in Business, Computer Science, or Mathematics.

SimpliSafe STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 30, 2018

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.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

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.