Best Engineering Scholarships
By Jason Marshall
, last updated December 1, 2011
Studying engineering can be expensive, and even though engineering programs produce candidates ready to take on high paying jobs, scholarships are an excellent way to fund an engineering degree. The expense of an engineering is certainly worthwhile, but even the promise of high salaries down the road doesn’t make it any easier to pay for school. They could take out low interest student loans, but students who are wary of saddling themselves with debt so young need to look for other options. Luckily there are many scholarships available for engineering students, offering money they don’t have to pay back. There are five that stand out as some of the best scholarships to which engineering students should consider applying.
Alwin B. Newton Scholarship Fund
The Alwin B. Newton Scholarship Fund awards one undergraduate student each year with $3000 to be applied to his or her studies. Undergraduates in any engineering field or related field of study are eligible to apply. The appropriate candidate must demonstrate financial need and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0. Candidates must also provide recommendations and evidence of leadership ability.
ASM Materials Education Foundation Scholarships
Each year ASM International awards $1000 to 12 deserving undergraduate students who are enrolled in an engineering program or another related field. Candidates must be members of ASM International to be eligible. ASM also administers several other lucrative scholarship programs, so if you are interested in engineering or materials science, it would be worth it to become a member of ASM and apply for as many scholarships as you can.
ASHRAE Memorial Scholarship
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) chooses an undergraduate student from their applicants for this award. They distribute $3,000 to the winner for the educational expenses of a recognized engineering program. This is a great award for any student uneasy about how they will pay for school.
Institute of Electrical Engineers Scholarship
For students studying industrial engineering, the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) awards scholarships of up to $4,000. Students cannot apply for this one directly, they must be nominated by their Industrial Engineering Department head or faculty advisor. To be eligible, students must be a member of the IIE, be enrolled in an industrial engineering program, have a grade point average of at least 3.4, and must have a graduation date of May or June 2013 or later.
Lucille B. Kaufman Women’s Scholarship
Women have long been underrepresented in the engineering profession, so it is fitting that there are scholarships designed to help women complete college engineering programs. In the 1950s and 1960s, Lucille B. Kaufman was an engineering professor at Arizona State University. Due to the prevalence of discrimination she experienced, she established this scholarship to encourage female engineers. It awards $1,500 every year to two female students enrolled in a manufacturing engineering, technology, or related field. Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and, to ensure that recipients are serious about completing their degree and pursuing a career in manufacturing, they must have completed a minimum of 30 college credits.