Technology scholarships seek to encourage students to pursue careers in technology by rewarding them for their research and occasionally providing internships in technology-related careers while still in college. Most technology scholarships are classified as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) scholarships and open to students planning careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Siemens hosts an annual competition that encourages students to complete research projects related to math, science or technology. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to three students for a chance to win $100,000 in scholarship money. To enter the competition, students submit an abstract of a research project at the regional level for a chance to win $1,000 and, if a winner or finalist at that level, advance to the national level where they create a poster presentation and give an oral presentation about the project for a chance to win between $10,000 and $100,000 in scholarship money. Students in groups must split the scholarship money evenly.
The Gates Millennium Scholars program awards 1,000 scholarships each year with the focus of helping minority students attend college, particularly those who choose careers in computer science, engineering, public health, education and library science. The amount of each scholarship is based on the amount of tuition, living expenses, fees and books for each student and varies based on each student’s individual financial need. Students must have at least a 3.3 GPA and be nominated by an educator to apply for a scholarship through the program.
Great Minds in STEM offers the HENAAC Scholars Program which provides scholarships between $500 and $8,500 to students each year. The amount of students receiving the scholarships varies by year, but in 2010, the program awarded 101 scholarships. Student majoring in mathematics, engineering, computer science or applied science are eligible to apply for the program. The requirements to apply for the program changes each year as the specific donors for the program submit their requests. Most donors require that students have at least a 3.0 GPA in order to qualify for a scholarship.
The National Society of High School Scholars chooses STEM Scholars each year. Each scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship. In order to apply for the scholarship, students must be members of the National Society of High School Scholars and have a 3.5 minimum GPA. The society provides a list of acceptable majors in fields related to science, technology and mathematics and students must plan to major in one of those areas in order to receive the scholarship.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation sponsors STEM Teachers Scholarships which provides 50 scholarships per year for students planning on careers teaching in a STEM-related field. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. To apply, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and plan to teach at the secondary level. Students at the undergraduate and graduate level are eligible to apply. Recipients of the scholarship are also eligible to receive an additional $1,000 grant for up to three years while teaching in a STEM field.