STEM Scholarships for 2019

Last updated: January 04, 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.

 
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.
 

STEM Scholarships

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

STEM Scholars Scholarship Overview

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 3, 2019

The scholarship provides scholarship and academic support for talented African American high school students who aspire to earn STEM degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields. Applicant must be an African-American having a U.S citizenship or permanent residency.

Society of Women Engineers Brill Family Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 15, 2019

The SWE Scholarship program offers scholarship opportunities for women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above to qualify. Only women are eligible for this program, and you must be enrolled full-time.

Honeywell Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

This scholarship awards students who want to pursue a degree in a STEM field. Applicant must be a current college freshman at a Honeywell Partner School or Horatio Alger Collegiate Partner institutions.

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 1, 2019

The Paul and Ellen Ruckes scholarship is applicable for both undergraduates or graduates who are studying in the field of engineering or in the computer, physical, or life sciences. Students can use one application form to apply for more than one scholarships listed on the site. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

Amount: $1,000-$15,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019

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, 2019

Applicant must be a resident of Indiana 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. Applicant cannot be a legal dependent of any member of the Scholarship Committee.

Out to Innovate Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 1, 2019

Applicant must identify as LGBTQ and be pursuing a degree in STEM. One scholarship will be awarded to an undergrad and one will be awarded to a graduate student. Must hold at least a junior undergraduate status and actively promote LGBTQ inclusion and visibility.

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).

ASDSO Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 29, 2019

The ASDSO Scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens enrolled in accredited programs in engineering or fields related to the design, construction, or operation of dams. Students must be enrolled in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a related field as determined by ASDSO. Also, the applicant must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines.

Masergy STEM Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in STEM. Must be attending a 4 year university.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: March 1, 2019

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.

Association of Old Crows Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 30, 2019

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: 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.