Where to Find Technical School Scholarships
By Sabarri Haque
, last updated November 1, 2011
Technical scholarships are offered for those pursuing technical related degrees such as computer science, engineering, or physics. Several corporations, agencies, and organizations offer technical scholarships. A good place to start is by researching giant tech companies and your institution. Each organization often has an underlying motive for offering scholarships are research grants.
offers competitive scholarships for students who maintain competitive grade point averages. According to the Microsoft website, scholarships are offered in the categories of "General Scholarships, Women's Scholarships, Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities." Students who are offered scholarships from Microsoft join the ranks of others in North America, from countries such as Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Microsoft particularly favors applicants who have a strong potential to make a difference in the software industry. Microsoft will evaluate each applicant for their strength in displaying an interest in leadership, financial need, and the quality of the application. Underrepresented applicants are weighed favorably to diversify the tech industry.
Another giant company offering technical scholarships is the Shell Oil Company
. A reason oil companies are offering technical scholarships is because gas is a resource that is single handedly utilized by Americans. For this reason, the Shell Oil Company is offering scholarships to study fields of technology such as geoscience to innovate the field of engineering. Once awardees are offered a grant, applicants are asked to complete an internship with the Shell Oil Company. Terms are stated on the award.
Scholarships are available for women through the Society of Women Engineers each year. Funding by the organization is available as early as freshman year. Most winners are usually announced the summer before an academic year. Those who do not qualify for this particular organization should decide to pursue grants at other organizations that fit the profile of the candidate. Nearly $500, 000 has been awarded annually each year by organizations such as SWE.