Do you have the brains and passion to become an engineer but worry about the cost of the education? You're not alone. But luckily, you can help offset those costs by applying for scholarships that can help you pay for college.
The following list of scholarships will show you that you have nothing to fear. Students of all backgrounds will find that there is an engineering scholarship out there for students like them that will help to make your education more affordable.
In this article, we'll cover many of the prominent engineering scholarships, as well as others that you may not have heard of before. You'll find them in the following categories:
- General Engineering Scholarships
- Mechanical Engineering Scholarships
- Civil Engineering Scholarships
- Aerospace Engineering Scholarships
- Nuclear Engineering Scholarships
Read on to see what engineering scholarships you may be eligible for!
An Introduction to Engineering Scholarships
Engineering is becoming one of the most popular majors in the United States. In fact, about 98,000 students earned a degree in an engineering field in 2015, and that number is only expected to grow. It's not surprising that students are seeking out engineering degrees: not only can a degree in engineering lead you into a high-paying job after graduation, but these degrees help place you and the country at the forefront of technological innovations.
Because of this, there are many engineering scholarships available, sponsored both by private organizations and the national government. The scholarships on this list are aimed at graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates. They are also aimed at U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and are open to almost all students studying engineering in accredited programs, with the main restrictions being location and grade level.
One quick note: there are many other engineering scholarships available that are specifically targeted at underrepresented groups in this field, such as women, minorities, and international students than the few that appear on this list. We've tried to keep our list as genera as possible, so you're part of one of these groups, be sure you search for additional scholarships you might qualify for.
For the purposes of this article, we're focusing on a list of more general scholarships that are open to a large proportion of students. But keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive. There are hundreds of engineering and STEM scholarships out there. If you still don’t see one on this list that seems right for you, don’t despair. Try searching for what you're looking for—there is a good chance that it’s out there!
Tips for Using Our List
Scholarships are listed in order by deadline (when available). We've tried to include the pertinent details for each scholarship to make them more searchable. All you have to do is hold down Command + F, then type in the search term you're looking for.
Let's say you're planning to major in electrical engineering and want to apply for scholarships in that field. If you search for "electrical" using Command + F, you'll be able to find what you're looking for much more quickly.
Also, we've selected a mix of scholarships for both high school seniors and current college students. If a scholarship is open to high school students, we've marked it with an asterisk (*). That way you can tell if you meet the minimum eligibility criteria at a glance!
General Engineering Scholarships
These scholarships usually stipulate that you need to be in an engineering or related degree (like information technology), but they don't stipulate a specific field. As long as you're majoring in some sort of engineering, you can apply!
Students must be nominated by faculty for this $10,000 award. Students must be majoring in engineering, natural or applied sciences, or math, and intend to do research after graduation. Students should be sophomore college students or higher who have done lab work, research, and have excellent grades. They should also show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their field of choice. Note that you do not have to pursue a career as an astronaut to be eligible.
Students must be attending one of the following schools: Auburn University, Brown University, Clemson University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Florida Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvey Mudd College, Louisiana State University, Johns Hopkins University, Louisiana State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Miami University of Ohio, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, Tufts University, University of Arizona, University of California at Berkeley, University of Central Florida, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Oklahoma, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Tech University, or Washington University in St. Louis.
ASHRAE awards several scholarships to students studying engineering degrees that could lead to work in the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, or refrigeration fields. To be eligible, you should have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be in the top 30% of your class, and be enrolled in or planning to enroll in an accredited engineering program. Top applicants will have demonstrated experience with the HVAC&R field, excellence in character and leadership, and demonstrate financial need.
Please note that the specific scholarships listed below may have additional eligibility criteria, so be sure to read through each one carefully.
- * High School Senior Scholarship: Deadline is May 1. Includes four $3,000 scholarships.
- Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships: Deadline is December 1. Includes two $10,000 scholarships, seven $5,000 scholarships, and one $3,000 scholarship.
- University Specific Scholarships: Deadline is December 1. Includes three scholarship awards ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.
- ASHRAE Society Chapter Scholarships: Deadline is December 1. Eligible chapters include ASHRAE Minnesota Chapter, ASHRAE New Jersey Chapter, ASHRAE Central New York Chapter,
ASHRAE Houston Chapter, and ASHRAE Ottawa Chapter Scholarship. Award values vary.
- Regional Scholarships: Deadline is December 1. Applicants must be part of Regions I, III, IV, or VIII. Awards range in value from $3,000 to $5,000.
- Engineering Technology Scholarships: Deadline is December 1. Includes five $5,000 awards.
Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to engineering students based on their potential for leadership and making a contribution in the engineering and automation professions, particularly related to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. Eligible students must have completed their sophomore year in college and winners are not eligible for future scholarships.
The application deadline and procedure changes every year, so be sure to check the website for specific information.
One award of $2,750 (which can be renewed for a second year) will be given to a student who is a legal resident of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Utah, or Wyoming. You’ll need to be pursuing a degree in engineering or a mining-related field and have an interest in Western coal as a career path. The application deadline is February 1.
One award of $2,500 will be given to a undergraduate student entering their junior year. Eligible students must be female, a U.S. resident, an NSPE Student Member, and enrolled in a four-year engineering program. Along with a completed application, students must also submit a resume, two faculty recommendations, a transcript, and a short essay. The application deadline is March 1, but deadlines can vary from year to year, so be sure to check with the NSPE Education Foundation for more information.
The Steinman Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship awarded to one undergraduate entering their junior year. Applicants should be U.S. citizens, have a strong grade point average, internship experience, and faculty recommendations. To apply, students have to submit a completed application form, a resume of activities and experience, at least one recommendation letter (more is better), a transcript, and a 500-word essay on the importance of ethics in engineering. The deadline for application is March 1.
The number of awards and the award amount varies from year to year, though awards will not exceed $3,000. This program is intended to help West Virginian students pursue careers in engineering. You should have a GPA of at least 3.0 from high school or your first two semesters in college, be enrolled or planning to enroll in an engineering or related science program. Winners must agree to work full-time or participate in community service related to engineering in West Virginia for at least one year per number of years you receive the award. The application deadline is March 1, but deadlines can vary from year to year, so check with the College Foundation of West Virginia for more information.
This scholarship varies in amount from year to year with a maximum award of $2,500 and is open to both U.S. and international students. Eligible applicants must be a full-time student at an accredited university, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and be majoring in building construction, building management, business administration, quantity surveying, or engineering. Deadline for applications is March 5.
This annual scholarship is provided by BMW. You must be a US resident with a GPA of 3.75 or higher, and have scores in the 90th percentile or above on both the SAT I or the composite ACT. You must be pursuing an engineering or related science degree in a ABET accredited program. One recipient each year will receive $1,500. The prize can be renewed for up to three additional years for a total of $6,000. The deadline is March 15, and the winner is notified in June of the same year.
Recipients of this award receive $2,500 toward their freshman year of college. Eligible recipients must be a member of an underrepresented ethnic minority who's entering an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four-year university. Beyond completing the application, students must also submit their ACT/SAT test scores, a high school transcript, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. All applications must be received by March 1.
This scholarship grants one $2,500 non-renewable award each year and is available to college sophomores who are pursuing an engineering or related degree through ABET accredited program. Applicants must also have a GPA of 3.5 or better. The deadline for application submission is March 15.
One $5,000 award is given every year. Current high school seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or above and have scores in or above the 90th percentile on the SAT or ACT are eligible for this scholarship. You should be planning to pursue a BA or AA in engineering or technology through an accredited program. Additionally, you should be a past or present student of a Ford Next Generation Learning Community, or a past or present student of an after school, weekend, summer or college or Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies program. Applications are due no later than March 15.
Up to seven awards of $5,000 per year will be granted, and while students can win this award more than once, you have to apply again each year. This scholarship is open to high school seniors as well as college students pursuing degrees in engineering. You should have a GPA of 3.5 or better, an SAT score of 1220 or above, or an ACT composite score of 27 or above. You’ll also need to be able to show financial need through a completed FAFSA form and have a letter of recommendation. The deadline is March 15.
One student will be awarded $5,000 every year, and the awards are renewable for three additional years for a total of $20,000 in scholarship funding. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you should be a US resident with a GPA of at least 3.75 and SAT or ACT scores in the 90th percentile or above. You’ll also have to be pursuing an engineering or related science degree in an accredited program. Applications are due March 15.
This scholarship awards one student $1,000 per year, renewable for up to three years (for a total of $4,000). This scholarship is for students pursuing engineering degrees at accredited schools who have a GPA of 3.75 or better and at least 90th percentile scores on the SAT or ACT. The deadline is March 15.
One award of $1,500 will be granted every year. Applicants should be U.S. residents with a GPA of at least 3.25, an SAT score of 1220 or higher, or an ACT composite score of 27 or higher. The deadline is March 15.
This scholarship grants one $5,000 scholarship per year. Applicants must be U.S. residents, enrolled in an engineering program at an accredited university, have a 3.5 GPA (3.0 GPA for upperclassmen), have an SAT score of 1220 or an ACT composite score of 27. The application deadline is March 15.
Several $1,000 scholarships will be given every year. College juniors (who are engineering majors) who are SAE members and have been active supporters of SAE can apply for this award. The application deadline is March 15.
Six scholarships of $1,000 will be given to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college. Eligible applicants are US residents who have a GPA of 3.75 or higher with scores in at least the 90th percentile on either the SAT I or ACT. They should be pursuing degrees in engineering or a related science. Applications must be received by March 15.
This scholarship grants one award of $1,000 (renewable for up to two years). Eligible students are college juniors or postgraduate students who are getting an engineering degree and taking courses related to the conservation of energy in transportation, agriculture, and construction, and power generation. They are particularly interested in students researching internal combustion engines. Applicants will be judged on their academic performance, areas of study and research, awards, and leadership. The application deadline is March 15.
The American Nuclear Society awards two $1,000 scholarships to incoming freshman who are enrolling in a full-time course of study at a university. Eligible students must be majoring in a STEM field and have an interest in working in nuclear science and technology.
You will need to be a member of the ANS in order to be eligible for this award. The application deadline is April 1.
Mechanical Engineering Scholarships
These scholarships are specifically for students who are getting a degree in mechanical engineering. Also note that every American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) scholarship requires that applicants are student members of the organization.
This $2,000 scholarship is for a sophomore, junior or senior ASME member who is particularly interested in the oil and gas industry. Students will be judged based on academic ability and the potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering profession. Preference will be given to students who are enrolled at Villanova University. The application deadline is March 1.
Allen J. Baldwin Scholarship, Berna Lou Cartwright Scholarship, Sylvia W. Farny Scholarship, Agnes Malakate Kezios Scholarship, Charles B. Scharp Scholarship
Up to two awards of $3,000 each are granted annually. These scholarships are for a junior ASME students to help fund their final year of study. The deadline for submission is March 1.
This $4,000 award is given a mechanical engineering student entering their junior or senior year. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and will be chosen based on their scholastic ability and potential contribution to the mechanical engineering field. Special preference is given to applicants who reside or attend school in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The application deadline is March 1.
This $3,000 scholarship is for one sophomore, junior or senior ASME member who is particularly interested in fuels, combustion, or the power industry. Students will be judged based on need, academic ability, and the potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering profession. The application deadline is March 1.
This $3,000 scholarship is for a junior or senior ASME student. Students will be judged based on leadership, integrity, character, financial need, academic ability, and the potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering profession. Applications must be submitted by March 1.
Up to two awards for $2,000 will be given to sophomore, junior or senior ASME members who study in the United States. Students will be judged based on character, integrity, leadership, academic ability, and the potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering profession. The deadline is March 1.
Up to two $5,000 awards will be given to mechanical engineering juniors or seniors (or graduate students) who demonstrate financial need. Other selection criteria includes leadership ability, academic ability, and potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering field. Applications must be submitted by March 1.
This $3,000 award is given to one rising college senior, meaning applicants must apply during their junior year of college. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in a mechanical engineering or related four-year degree program. The application deadline is March 1.
Up to 11 awards of $2,500 each will be given to students who are freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering and are members of ASME. Students will be judged on academic ability, financial need, character, leadership, and potential contributions to the mechanical engineering profession. The application deadline is March 1.
This &3,000 scholarship is for a junior or senior ASME member who attends one of the following universities: City College/CUNY, College of Staten Island, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Manhattan College, NYC Technology College of City University, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, SUNY/Maritime College. Students will be judged based on academic ability, leadership, integrity, character, and the potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering profession. All materials must be submitted by March 1.
This $13,000 scholarship is awarded to one mechanical engineering student in their junior or senior year of college. Applicants must be members of ASME, and will be judged on their grades, character, leadership, integrity, and potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering profession. The deadline is March 1.
This $4,000 scholarship will be given to two mechanical engineering students in their junior or senior year based on leadership, academic achievement, potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering field. The submission deadline is March 1.
This $3,000 scholarship is for a junior or senior ASME member who attends a public college in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas (except for the University of Texas at Arlington), Utah, or Wyoming. Students will need to have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen by birth. Materials must be submitted by March 1.
This $3,000 award is granted to one mechanical engineering student. This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior student who is a member of ASME and has a minimum GPA of 2.5. You should be attending college in California, Hawaii or Nevada, and have a special interest in product design and development. The application deadline is March 1.
Up to three winners will be given $4,500 based on their academic achievements and potential to contribute to the mechanical engineering profession. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior mechanical engineering undergraduate who is a member of ASME. Preference is given to students who demonstrate an interest in the field of power generation. All application materials must be submitted by March 1.
This scholarship of $4,000 is given to ASME members who are juniors or seniors in college. You should be abelt to show an interest in power engineering. Preference will be given to students who are studying in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia. The deadline for submission is March 15.
One award of $5,500 will be given every year. Applicants should be high school seniors or above who have a GPA of at least 3.5 (3.0 for upperclassmen). Additionally, applicants need an SAT score of 1220 or an ACT composite score of 27, and they must be pursuing a mechanical engineering or related science degree. For the application you will need to include a completed FAFSA form, two letters of recommendation, and an essay that addresses financial need and interest. The deadline is March 15.
One $1,000 award is given out every other year at the SAE Noise & Vibration Conference. College juniors who are studying mechanical engineering or an automotive-related engineering discipline can apply for this scholarship. They particularly are interested in students who show interest in areas related to noise and vibration, such as statics, dynamics, vibration, and physics. The application deadline is March 15.
Civil Engineering Scholarships
These scholarships are specifically for students interested in pursuing a career in civil engineering.
The amount of this award varies annually, and although it's not renewable, you can apply and win the award more than once. College sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are in a civil engineering program can apply for this scholarship. You should be a student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and be in good standing.
You will have to submit a completed application form, along with a personal essay about why you want to become a civil engineer and how you have participated in the ASCE, a detailed annual budget, official transcripts, a resume, and a minimum of two sealed recommendation letters. The deadline is February 10.
This scholarship is available to college juniors or seniors who are enrolled in civil engineering degree programs and who are interested in bridge design and construction. You should be a student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in good standing.
You’ll have to complete an application, write a statement about your interest in bridge design/construction, provide a financial statement about how you will use the award as well as an annual budget. Yo'll also have to submit official transcripts, a resume, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation.
The award amount varies but is usually around $3,000. The deadline to apply is February 10.
A maximum of two awards of around $2,000 will be given to sophomore, junior, or senior college students who are focusing on water supply or environmental engineering. This scholarship is not renewable, but you may apply for and win it more than once.
You have to be majoring in civil engineering to be eligible, and also be a student member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. You will need to submit a completed application form, a personal statement detailing why you should receive the scholarship, including your financial need and plans for your education, an essay on how civil engineering can improve the environment, official transcripts, a resume, and at least two letters of recommendation. The deadline to apply is February 10.
Another scholarship open to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are majoring in civil engineering, this award of $2,000 given to one student annually and is not renewable.
You will need to complete an application form, a personal essay of 500 words about why you want to become a civil engineer and your long-term goals, a detailed annual budget, transcripts, a resume, and two recommendation letters. The deadline is February 10.
This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a maximum of 12 students every year who are college sophomores, juniors, or seniors. You’ll need to be pursuing a degree in civil engineering, and be a member of your local ASCE student chapter in good standing.
To apply you will have to fill out an application form, write a personal statement about why you should get the award and your plans for your education, a brief financial statement about how you will finance your education if you get the award, an official transcript, a resume, and at least two letters of recommendation. The deadline for applications is February 10.
College freshmen through seniors who are enrolled in a civil engineering or related program and are members of an ASCE Student Chapter can apply for this award. You will have to turn in a completed application form with a personal statement, a detailed annual budget, transcript, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation. The award amount varies annually, though applications are always due on March 1.
Available to students who are freshmen, sophomores, or juniors, and are enrolled in a civil engineering program with a concentration in construction engineering or construction management. Students should be members of either the Construction Institute or ASCE National and be members in good standing.
You will need to submit transcripts as proof of good academic standing, as well as three reference letters either from professors or professional internships. You will be expected to write a statement about your professional goals after graduation, and you'll also have to include a resume that highlights your professional, research, and leadership positions.
The award is renewable for two years (a total of three years). The amount varies based on the funds available and the student’s financial circumstances. The deadline for applications is April 1.
Aerospace Engineering Scholarships
If aerospace engineering is your thing, read on!
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics gives out several scholarships every year for college students who have completed at least one semester of college in aerospace engineering or a related science. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.3 or higher, be AIAA student members, be enrolled at U.S. college or university, and plan to enter a career field that's part of the AAIA. Awards are not renewable, but students may apply for and win these scholarships multiple times.
Students will be judged on their academic achievements, career goals (assessed in a 500-1000 word essay), three recommendation letters, and extracurricular activities. The deadline for these scholarships is January 31.
Keep in mind that some of the scholarships have additional requirements, which you can find here. Here are some of the individual scholarship's award amounts:
- Daedalus 88 Scholarship: $10,000
- David and Catherine Thompson Space Technology Scholarship: $10,000
- Vicki and George Muellner Scholarship for Aerospace Engineering: $5,000
- Wernher von Braun Scholarship: $5,000
- Liquid Propulsion Scholarship: $2,500
- Cary Spitzer Digital Avionics Scholarship: $2,000
- Dr. Amy R. Pritchett Digital Avionics Scholarship: $2,000
- Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship: $2,000
- Ellis F. Hitt Digital Avionics Scholarship: $2,000 Space Transportation Scholarship: $1,500
- Leatrice Gregory Pendray Scholarship: $1,250
- Rocky Mountain Section Scholarship: $500
Several awards are given each year, ranging from $1,000–$5,000. This scholarship is for students who are in at least their second semester at an engineering school and are interested in a career in aircraft engineering. Note that this award isn't renewable, but you can win it once as an undergraduate, once as a Master's student, and once while studying for your Ph.D.
You will have to complete an application form (including a personal statement about your academics and interest in rotorcraft or VTOL engineering), and also send a resume, transcript, and at least one letter of recommendation. The application deadline is February 1.
This scholarship is for $4,000. High school seniors planning to pursue aerospace careers are eligible to apply. You will need to submit your high school transcript, at least one letter of recommendation, a statement about your academic plans that could lead to a career in aerospace sciences and technology, and a research paper at least 3 pages long. The application deadline is October 11.
Nuclear Engineering Scholarships
If you're interested in nuclear engineering, these scholarships are for you! Note that all of the undergraduate American Nuclear Society applications must be sponsored by a faculty advisor of an ANS Student Section or Alpha Nu Sigma Chapter.
ANS gives out five scholarships of $2,000 each year. If you have completed at least one year of a nuclear engineering degree, you are eligible for several undergraduate scholarships offered by the ANS. The application deadline is February 1.
Four awards of $2,500 each will be given out annually to students who demonstrate greater than average financial need. If you are currently in community college but are hoping to transfer to a four year university to study nuclear engineering, this scholarship is for you. Special consideration is given to socioeconomically disadvantaged students. The application is due February 1.
Four awards will be given of $1,000This scholarship is for high school seniors who are going to enroll full-time in a nuclear engineering program. Consideration criteria includes your academic record, freshman courses that you have chosen, your letters of recommendation, and your 500-word essay. The application deadline is April 1.
Two $1,000 are handed out annually. This scholarship is for students pursing an associate degree (2 year degree) and who are interested in the nuclear power industry. You should show an interest in and commitment to a career in the industry. The application deadline is April 1.
Also check out our list of full-ride scholarships for more ideas on how to fund your college education.
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