Engineering Scholarships and Grants For Students

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The National Society of Professional Engineers has what I believe to be the best description of what engineers do in this statement: “Engineers are concerned with developing economical and safe solutions to practical problems, by applying mathematics and scientific knowledge while considering technical constraints.” Engineers must be problem solvers who have the skills necessary to break down project complexities to reach effective solutions.

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Without engineers our roads, bridges, aircraft, cars, space ships and virtually everything else related to construction just wouldn’t be. For that reason alone the engineering field continues to attract new students who enjoy the challenges they face while bringing fresh ideas to each project they undertake.

To help engineering majors pay for their schooling, a number of dedicated engineering scholarships and grants are available to prospective candidates. SayCampusLife.com keeps tabs on what is available to students including the following scholarship programs:

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – The AIChE currently awards five different scholarships. Scholarships are sponsored by AIChE chapters as well as Fortune 500 companies.

AIST Foundation – Established to help attract technology-oriented professionals to the steel industry, the AIST Foundation offers scholarships who are pursuing degrees in the iron- and steel-related industries. Annually, approximately $340,000 is awarded by the AIST to students.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) – Native Americans which includes American Indian, Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiians can benefit from AISES college scholarships provided that they are a member of this organization. Applicants must pursue degrees in Computer Science or Technology in order to be eligible.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – “A better world by design” is the tag line for the ASCE and to that end the society offers a number of engineering scholarships of note. Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as fellowships are available to eligible applicants.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) – Undergraduate and graduate scholarships application opportunities are available with most having a spring deadline. The value of scholarships awarded vary with some offering a one year award while others cover at least two academic years.

SAE International – The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is a professional organization for mobility engineering professionals in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries. Thus, they have a keen interest in ensuring that their field continually grows and welcomes new engineers. Applications are accepted September 1 through December 15. Applicant must be a high school senior at the time of application.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – To encourage women to enter engineering, the SWE provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In fiscal year 2008, SWE disbursed more than 130 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $400,000.

As always, visit each site to see which scholarships are available and the criteria for applying. Most college scholarships are awarded in the spring and summer with the fall/winter period when applicants can submit for the following academic year.

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Adv. — As recommended, collect all the information you can about college scholarships well before application deadline. SayCampusLife offers helpful tips and information about scholarship essay writing to help you make your college dreams come true.

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