Engineering Scholarships for Women
By Nan Werther
, last updated January 10, 2012
While more and more women are continuing their education and entering the workforce, there are many initiatives in place to assure them equal privilege. Typically, many areas in the math and science departments are dominated by men, including the field of engineering. Today there are more scholarships than ever to help women interested in the diverse world of engineering careers gain access to the field.
The Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers is dedicated to providing financial assistance to women enrolled in undergraduate or degree programs specializing in engineering. Additionally, non-traditional women scholars re-entering the workforce in the field of engineering are able to apply. Annually, they disburse more than 170 awards amounting to over 500,000 dollars. With scholarships that range from 1,000 to 10,000 dollars, women are able to pursue their passion for engineering, engineering technology, or computer science through this valuable program.
The Amelia Earhart Scholarship
The Amelia Earhart Scholarship aims to adjust the abysmally low percentage of women working in the field of aerospace-engineering by helping talented females further their educational goals in the field of aerospace and the related engineering sciences. Because resources such as textbooks and computers can be financially draining, this award helps offset the costs of these so that women can get the most out of their studies. Awarding fellowships to women across the globe totaling more than 7.5 million dollars, these individuals have gone on to professions and careers in fields such as aerospace, engineering, geology, business, and the government. This scholarship is granted to women pursuing doctorate degrees in specific fields related to aerospace engineering.
The American Nuclear Society
The American Nuclear Society awards the John and Muriel Landis Scholarship to eight women yearly who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. Distributed according to financial need, these scholarships focus on those women entering the fields of nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or other such related fields.
Microsoft awards a one-year scholarship to women graduate students in their second year of study. Granted by the Research department of Microsoft, the scholarship of 15,000 dollars covers one academic year and also includes a 2,000 allowance to travel to conferences of interest related to the field of study. Students are not allowed to apply directly and are only eligible if nominated by their department or university.
Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Internet wizards and company-of-the-future Google offers the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in honor of Dr. Anita Borg, a pioneer dedicated to empowering women and other minorities to participate in the traditionally under-represented fields of technology and computing. Several applicants will be awarded a scholarship covering one academic year along with the opportunity to participate in a Google retreat. Dr. Anita Borg's vision of women as active participants in developing innovative technologies is supported by this retreat. With activities such as workshops, panelists, and small group sessions scheduled, this retreat is meant to facilitate a network of support in the industry while building connections. Candidates are chosen based on strong academic performance and leadership capabilities.
While not technically a scholarship, the National Physical Science Consortium offers fellowships to students.