STEM Scholarships for 2020

Last updated: December 30, 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.

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.

 
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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.

ASMZINE Scholarship

Amount: $350

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Applicants must submit an essay, 1,000 words or less, to apply. See details for formatting and delivery of essay on website.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarships

Amount: varies

Deadline: April 30, 2020

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.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

Amount: $1,000-$15,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women pursuing a degree in engineering, technology or computer science at an ABET-accredited university. Students who are re-entering college after two or more years, part-time students and full-time students are eligible to apply.

Indiana Engineering Scholarships

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Student must be an Indiana resident and be attending an Indiana educational institution or commute from Indiana to a college or university outside of the state. Applicant must have half the credits or credit hours required for an undergraduate EAC/ABET accredited engineering degree at the time of applying.

Ashrae Society Scholarship Program: Freshman Engineering

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 1, 2020

A one-year $5,000 scholarship available annually to a full-time undergraduate pre-engineering or engineering student entering their sophomore year of college and pursuing a Bachelor of Science or Engineering degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession.

Ashrae Society Scholarship Program: High School Senior

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: May 2, 2020

Four one-year $3,000 scholarships are available to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in their first year of college in a pre-engineering, engineering, or engineering technology program leading to a bachelor’s degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession.

NextStepU STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Applicant must be between the ages of 16 and 22 and be currently enrolled in an accredited high school or university. Must be majoring or planning to major in STEM.

Accenture American Indian Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 1, 2020

This scholarship is for undergraduate students applicants seeking a degree and career in fields of study including engineering, management and other business-oriented fields. Applicant must be an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group member or provide documentation of ancestry to possession of one-fourth degree Indian blood of a federally recognized tribe.

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 1, 2020

The specific purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and professional degree candidates to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research.

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 6, 2020

This scholarship is intended for STEM majors who identify as LGBTQ or are active allies of the LGBTQ community. One award is given to an undergraduate student and one is awarded to a graduate or professional level student. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college or university level education and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Women Forward in Technology

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 15, 2020

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association awards one student this non-renewable scholarship to a student in their first year of law school. Students can register on the scholarship website to learn more about specific eligibility requirements.

Van Nattan-Hansen Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 15, 2020

Applicants must provide official transcript showing a 3.0+ GPA, dated and signed letter of intent with interest and declared major in astronomy/physical sciences, and letters of recommendation from at least 2 reputable sources.

Women Forward in Technology

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 15, 2020

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association awards one student this non-renewable scholarship to a student in their first year of law school. Students can register on the scholarship website to learn more about specific eligibility requirements.

Horizons Scholarship

Amount: $3,500

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Student residents in the state of Michigan enrolled at the junior level or above are eligible for this award. Must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher, financial need, and interest in national security or defense.

Buffered Scholarship for Women in STEM fields

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: July 1, 2020

The scholarship is available to all students who identify as women and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. All applicants must be currently pursuing, or plan to pursue, a degree with a focus on science, technology, engineering, or math.

Vincent Bennett Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Awarded annually to an incoming freshman who is the child of a law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Must demonstrate financial need, scholarly achievement, leadership and community service. Preference will be given to engineering majors.

Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Amount: $7,000

Deadline: July 15, 2020

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.

Creative Biolabs Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 20, 2020

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.

Creative Biolabs Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 20, 2020

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.

The Virtix IT STEM Studies Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: July 31, 2020

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.

Isaacs & Isaacs Scholarship Awards

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 1, 2020

Scholarship is available to students in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana (one from each state).Students must be seniors in high school or current college students. 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).

Frederick A. Tarantino Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited university within the field of science or engineering. Must be within 2 years of earning a degree to apply.

James B. Willett Educational Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited university within the field of science or engineering. Must be within 2 years of earning a degree to apply.

John R. Sevier Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited university within the field of science or engineering. Must be within 2 year of earning a degree to apply.

Thomas R. McGetchin Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited university within the field of science or engineering. Must be within 2 years of earning a degree to apply.

Florida Stormwater Association Educational Foundation's Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

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.

Thomas R. McGetchin Memorial Scholarship Award

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be within two (2) years of earning a B.S. or a B.A. in a field of science and engineering.

John R. Sevier Memorial Scholarship Award

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be within two (2) years of earning a B.S. or a B.A. in a field of science and engineering.

James B. Willett Educational Memorial Scholarship Award

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be within two (2) years of earning a B.S. or a B.A. in a field of science and engineering.

Frederick A. Tarantino Memorial Scholarship Award

Amount: $5,001

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be within two (2) years of earning a B.S. or a B.A. in a field of science and engineering.

USRA Scholarship Awards

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 7, 2020

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in science or engineering, and within two years of earning a B.S. or B.A. in a field of science, engineering, life science and/or science education.

CleverFiles Data Recovery and Protection Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 15, 2020

These scholarships (one for a US student, one for a non-US student) are offered to those interested in data protection and management. Students must submit a 750 word essay discussing the importance of data in the digital age. Students must also submit a letter of recommendation. For more information visit their website.

Capital Auto Auction STEM Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 15, 2020

To qualify, undergraduate students must be majoring in a STEM field of study (or related field) as well as attending an accredited college or university.

Capital Auto Auction STEM Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 15, 2020

To qualify, undergraduate students must be majoring in a STEM field of study (or related field) as well as attending an accredited college or university.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 25, 2020

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.

Net Spot Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Eligible applicants for this award include full time college students with a 3.0 GPA or higher, who are studying, working on and genuinely interested in wireless technologies.

Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize

Amount: $250 - $1,000

Deadline: October 1, 2020

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 9, 2020

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.

Harold Taft Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 15, 2020

The Lone Star Emmy Chapter proudly offers a scholarship program for college students pursuing meteorology and atmospheric science.

Association for Iron & Steel Technology Scholarships

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: October 31, 2020

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.

Women in Aviation International Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 12, 2020

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

IISE Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: November 15, 2020

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

California Medical Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Scholarships are awarded to underrepresented students pursuing a medical profession in the state of California.

Young Innovators to Watch Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: November 22, 2020

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, 2020

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.

The Science Ambassador Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 1, 2020

A full tuition scholarship is awarded to a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in engineering, science or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. A video is necessary for entry and candidates must be attending college next academic year to be eligible.

Civil Air Patrol School-Specific Scholarships

Amount: varies

Deadline: December 31, 2020

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.

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Amount: up to $31,200

Deadline: January 15, 2021

This fellowship program is funded by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Must provide references towards your program of study, transcripts, and the comprehensive online application to be considered.

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 15, 2021

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

Association of Cuban Engineers Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 31, 2021

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.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program: esports Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: March 1, 2021

This year, as part of its 2020-21 scholarship program, the ESA Foundation introduced its first-ever esports scholarship, offering academic support for women and minorities competitively gaming through their U.S. colleges and universities.Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.