The top five scholarships provide science majors with an opportunity to showcase their skills and earn scholarships to help cover the cost of a science degree. Science majors have a wealth of career prospects upon graduation, but getting to graduation requires finding ways to pay for tuition and other fees. These scholarships appeal to undergraduate and graduate science majors, but the competition to win them is stiff.
The Siemens Foundation offers a competition for Math, Science, and Technology to encourage high school students to conduct scientific research. Students may compete as individuals or teams (2-3 students) to earn scholarship money at the regional or national level. All regional finalists receive $1,000 in scholarships with winners earning a $3,000 scholarship. National finalists have the ability to earn between $10,000 and $100,000 in scholarships. To apply, students submit an initial abstract of a research project to be read by a panel of judges for the chance to advance to the regional level. If selected, students move on to one of six regional competitions where they create a poster presentation and 12-minute oral presentation on the research topic for a chance to advance to the national competition.
Exxon Mobil’s Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships provide support to encourage African-American and Hispanic students to pursue degrees in mathematics and science related fields. Each year four $5,000 scholarships are awarded, two to an African-American male and female and two to a Hispanic male and female. Students, who must be seniors in high school and have at least a 3.0 GPA, are judged on their academic merit, the science and math coursework taken in high school, and two essays related to the effects of their math and science education and their desires to pursue a math or science career.
Established by the Department of Defense to help prepare more students to work in national laboratories, the SMART Scholarships for Service program help cover the cost of a college education in exchange for a guarantee to work with the Department of Defense upon graduation. The program is open to undergraduates and graduate level students. It covers full-tuition, provides a health insurance and book allowance, a summer internship, and stipend between $25,000 and $41,000 per year. Students must agree to work at least one year for the Department of Defense for every year the scholarship is received.
NASA offers numerous scholarships for students of all levels, including a wealth of scholarships to provide students with special internship opportunities. In addition to its internships, NASA’s Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Project encourages African-American and Hispanic students who are pursuing degrees in scientific fields. Approximately 100 students receive scholarships of up to $10,000 each year. Along with the scholarship, students have the opportunity to participate in a paid internship with NASA, as well as lectures and special mentoring courses throughout the year from science faculty.
The Association for Women in Science seeks to promote the increase of women who pursue careers in science and technology, particularly at the graduate and post-doctoral level. Each year, 25 scholarships ranging between $500 and $1,000 are awarded to undergraduate sophomores and juniors, as well as Ph.D. candidates. All applicants must demonstrate a desire for a career in scientific research or teaching at the college level.