Scholarships for STEM Majors
In the past few years, there’s been an emphasis on skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—collectively known as STEM. In 2009, the Obama administration even announced the 2009 “Educate to Innovate” campaign to motivate and inspire students to excel in STEM subjects. And for good reason! By 2018, projections (per livescience.com) estimate the need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs. Do you have students that are interested in pursuing a STEM field in college? Below, we list five scholarships for STEM majors that students can apply to right now. Some scholarships are open to everyone, while some are aimed at women or minorities, two groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. Take a look and see which ones are a good fit for your students!
AISES Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is nonprofit focused on increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations, and other indigenous people in STEM studies and careers. This scholarship includes a paid internship opportunity for the summer of 2019 and employment opportunities with Intel upon successful graduation. Along with this scholarship, AISES offers a variety of other scholarships, which are all listed on their website.
Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time students studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Students must be an enrolled member of a recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village; or Native Hawaiian or decedent from a Native Hawaiian; or Pacific Islander or decedent from Pacific Islander; or Indigenous person of Canada. Students must be an AISES member and have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Prize: $5,000 for undergraduate students and $10,000 for graduate students
Date: March 31, 2018
NSHSS Foundation Scholarship
The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation aims to provide scholarships for students who express interest in pursuing careers that fuel the global economy, stimulate innovation and creativity, or yield a strong ethical foundation for decision-making. Through their scholarships, the NSHSS aims to increase the representation of under-represented groups in STEM.
Eligibility: High school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated desire to major in any area of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
Deadline: April 1, 2018
BHW Women in STEM Academic Scholarship
When it comes to STEM fields, men outnumber women. But the BHW Group, a mobile app development company, is aiming to change that. Their academic scholarship is for women who are pursuing a degree in any STEM subject.
Eligibility: Women who are pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics during the 2018 school year
Deadline: April 15, 2018
The Brown and Caldwell Eckenfelder Scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Wesley Eckenfelder, who trained thousands of students in industrial wastewater treatment. This scholarship is open to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.
Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time students in either their junior or senior year of college or in a graduate program. They must have a declared major in civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical, or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences, and at least a 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: April 15, 2018
The Society of Women Engineers offers a scholarship for women entering their freshmen year who are studying engineering, engineering technology, or computer science. Scholarships are awarded in July for use during the following academic year.
Eligibility: Women entering their freshmen year of college pursuing a career in a STEM field
Prize: Between $1,000 and $15,000 (some scholarships are also renewable)
Deadline: May 1, 2018