Engineering Scholarships

Find Engineering Scholarships

Engineering scholarships range from general science and technology scholarships to awards as specific as engineering scholarships for women (also known as women in engineering scholarships).  When looking for an engineering scholarship in 2013, the most important thing is to plan in advance.  Students should already start looking for opportunities for engineering scholarships while in their junior year of high school.  It takes some time to get ready to apply for an engineering scholarship, because candidates often need to participate in contests, prepare scholarship essays, request letters of recommendation, submit test scores, and prepare financial forms such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Scholarships that Help Pay for an Engineering Degree

SMART Scholarships are awarded through the U.S. Department of Defense.  SMART stands for The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.  The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is in charge of awarding the SMART Scholarship. In addition the ASEE is a valuable resource for engineering students looking for college grants, scholarships, and fellowships.

The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation accepts applications for it annual scholarship from early December to early March each year.  There are a variety of scholarships, paid summer internships, and grants issued each year through the AIST and its associated endowments, funds, and local chapters.  For more information contact Lori Wharrey at 724-814-3044.

The Wire Reinforcement Institute awards engineering scholarships to high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students.

Field-Specific Engineering Scholarships

JETS and Power Engineering Magazine have gotten together to offer the Next Generation Scholarship Fund to help engineering students who are interested in the electric power industry.  The awards are of $5,000 each.

U.S. citizens are eligible for the Association of State Dam Safety Officials Senior Undergraduate Scholarships.  Each award is up to $10,000 and helps engineering students who plan to enter a career in dam safety.  Deadlines are in March.  Contact 859-257-5140 or for more details.

Emerson Industrial Automation sponsors the ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships.  Engineering students can be either undergraduate or graduate students to qualify if they seek a career in manufacturing and processing engineering.  There will be two $5,000 scholarships to students who will work in disciplines related to industrial engineering.  Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for an internship with ASCO Numatics.Undergraduate students should be entering their junior or senior year, be U.S. citizens or legal residents.

High school seniors who intend to pursue a degree in structural or civil engineering in the United States or Canada, current undergraduate students, accepted graduate students, and current graduate students, can apply for scholarships in the range of $1,500 to $3,000.  Applications must be postmarked by the 15th of April, 2013.  For more information, contact

For students of structural engineering, there is a  $1,000 scholarship is only valid at certain schools.  Check the sponsor Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc at to see if your school is eligible and to download the scholarship application.  For further questions about the scholarship, students can contact Structural Engineering/Architecture Student Scholarship Program at Scholarship Management Services, One Scholarship Way, Saint Peter, MN 56082 or call (507) 931-1682.

The Bentley Student Design Competition has a global focus to help students at the high school and technical school level with a $1,500 team-based scholarship and at the college level with a $2,000 team-based scholarship.  Students from any part of the world who are interested in using the engineering design software by Bentley can apply.  The deadline is March 6th, 2013.  Candidates should use Bentley software as the primary software to create the project, and list all the software used to create the project, write an essay of at least 250 words to define the problem at hand and how it has been solved with the project, create a PowerPoint presentation to explain the project, and send supporting design files with their application.  See for full details.

The Rees Scholarship Foundation (AHRI) awards scholarships for up to $2,000 to students who are enrolled in a program studying heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR).  The scholarship requires an essay of 150-200 words, two letters or recommendation, and a completed application, available through

Engineering Scholarships By Location

The Michigan Boating Industries Association has an annual scholarship for those who seek a career in a field such as marina management, marina facility design, construction, or naval architecture.  Students attending Michigan colleges have preference.  Applications are due the 15th of March.

The WWOAP Scholarship is for students from Pennsylvania.  Two scholarships of $2,500 are awarded each year. The deadline is early April annually.  Preferred applicants will be seeking a career to apply their engineering knowledge to the water supply industry.

The University of Maine Microelectronics Scholarship Consortium has merit-based scholarships for undergraduate engineering students interested in a career in the microelectronics or semiconductor industry.  The amount of the award varies depending on whether applicants are first-year students or have already completed several years of scientific or engineering studies.

In Manhattan, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciences and Arts offers full-tuition scholarships to all undergraduate students admitted.  Engineering is one of the specialities of Cooper Union and a full-tuition scholarship saves each student about $40,000 in tuition per scholastic year. 

Planning Ahead Helps Win Engineering Scholarships

Remember to plan ahead.  Complete your FAFSA forms in early January before entering college.  While still in high school, participate in science fairs and build a rapport with the school counsellor and science teachers to let them know you wish to study engineering.  Practice your essay writing and interview skills, as these are often a part of the scholarship process.  Participate in community service projects and use your love of science and technology to come with solutions to problems you encounter at home, within the community, and at school.   By being innovative, engineering students can see that there is a great variety when it comes to scholarships for engineering majors.


Engineering students can also find advice for their future careers from Career Success in Engineering: A Guide for Students and New Professionals.

We also recommend the following engineering scholarship books: Four scholarships awarded to outstanding ASABE student members.(PREPROFESSIONALS): An article from: Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World
Dollars for College : The Quick Guide to Financial Aid for Engineering: Scholarships, Fellowship S, Loans, OtherPrograms.’

“Dollars for College” will help students find engineering scholarships and financial aid for study within a particular state and within a particular engineering field of study.