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12 Top Scholarships for Engineering Students

Dec. 20, 2012
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Just as there is always a need for engineers, there is always a need for engineering scholarships. School isn’t getting any cheaper. Fortunately, if you’re pursuing an education in engineering, there’s a good chance you’re eligible for some hefty financial awards. You can begin your search by taking a look at this list that includes a few of our favorites.

»MORE: How to Get a Scholarship

National scholarships

SAE International Scholarships

SAE International is an excellent resource for engineering scholarships. They offer both regional and national scholarships, including an award specifically for female engineers and another for past participation in a Ford PAS program. Before you search elsewhere, be sure to swing by the SAE site and see if you qualify for any of their annual awards. Be warned, these scholarships are competitive and require high-level academic performance.

Eugene C. Figg, Jr. Civil Engineering Scholarship

The American Society of Civil Engineers issues $3,000 scholarships to junior and senior civil engineering students at 4-year, ABET-accredited universities. Applicants must have a “passion for bridges,” be academically successful and demonstrate leadership and financial need.

Arsham Amirikian Engineering Scholarship

In memory of  Dr. Arsham Amirikian, the AWS Foundation awards a $2,500 sum to a student in a 4-year undergraduate civil engineer or welding-related program. Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and demonstrate financial need. Recipients are eligible for continued financial support by maintaining a 3.0 GPA in successive years.

CI Construction Engineering Student Scholarship

The Construction Institute provides a multi-year scholarship to undergraduates enrolled in a civil engineering program with a concentration in construction engineering or construction management. Applicants must be a member of the CI and/or ASCE. Selections are made based on recommendations, a statement of goals, a professional resume and leadership and research accomplishments. Preference is given to construction management students.

National Society of Professional Engineers Scholarships

The National Society of Professional Engineers awards a number of annual scholarships to engineering scholarships. Categories include awards for minority students, female engineers and students of various regions. The Paul H. Robbins scholarship, for example, is worth $10,000 and goes to a student attending a college or university that participates in the NSPE Professional Engineers in Higher Education Sustaining University Program

Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (RMCMI) Engineering Scholarships

The RMCMI offers scholarships to residents of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Students entering their junior or senior year in a 4-year program are eligible. Applicants must express intentions to pursue a career in the coal industry. The award is $2,500 per year and may be given for up to 2 years.

Vertical Flight Foundation Technical Scholarships

The Vertical Flight Foundation–philanthropy arm of the American Helicopter Society–provides generous scholarships to engineering students interested in pursuing a career in vertical flight. Scholarships, ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 are awarded once during undergraduate study, once during graduate study and once as a Ph.D. student.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Google Scholarship

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society issues a $10,000 financial award to students of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and people of First Nations from Canada heritage. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering or a related programming field. Recipients will be invited to attend the 2012 Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, CA.

ASHRAE Engineering Scholarship

ASHRAE awards scholarships to students enrolled in engineering or engineer technology programs. Application requires a 3.0 minimum GPA and 3 letters of recommendation. Candidates must be ASHRAE members and have an evaluation form submitted by the Student Activities Chair of his/her chapter. To be selected, students should demonstrate financial need, leadership and strong work ethics.

Regional scholarships

CTF Civil Engineering Scholarship

The California Transportation Foundation offers civil engineering students an annual financial award. To be considered, students must be involved with Caltrans as interns, volunteers, student assistants or employees. Awards are worth $1,000 each.

West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program

The College Foundation of West Virginia grants up to $3,000 awards to students pursuing degrees in engineering, science and technology. Applicants should have a 3.0 minimum GPA. Recipients must “agree to work full-time in an engineering, science or technology field in West Virginia for one year for each year the scholarship was received or begin an approved program of community service related to engineering, science or technology.” If the recipient cannot fulfill this promise, he or she will be expected to pay back the scholarship amount complete with interest and fees.

Russell W. Ligon Memorial Engineering Scholarship

The Four County Community Foundation in Minnesota offers this scholarship to graduating high school seniors in the Almont, Armada, Capac, Dryden, Imlay City, Oxford and Romeo school districts. Selections are based on engineering promise, academic achievement, community involvement and extra-curricular activities. Application requires 3 recommendation forms and an essay.

More ways to pay

The scholarships on this list are all great ways to help pay for college. But be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid so you get other sources of financial aid, too. The FAFSA is the key to unlocking grants, work-study opportunities and even additional private scholarships. Learn more about the FAFSA.

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