Science, technology, engineering and math careers are in high demand, with employers of all types fighting to lure the best and brightest STEM graduates. While there is pent up demand among employers, the U.S. doesn’t produce enough STEM graduates to keep up with employer demand. Industries, governments at all levels, and philanthropies are all sponsoring new scholarship and financial aid programs to encourage students to major in STEM fields. Here are some of the top programs designed to cross-pollinate interest and resources in STEM.

Science and Engineering Scholarships and Grants for Students Pursuing STEM Fields

Scholarship Name Amount Eligibility Deadline Where to Apply
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Varies Open to low-income students who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. May 16 View
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program $25,000 per year for up to four years Open to students pursuing a degree in engineering, technology, design or other programs related to the automotive industry. Must demonstrate financial need. Feb. 29 View
Intertek Scholarship Up to $10,000 Open to undergraduate students pursuing engineering. Must have a GPA of 3.2 or better and be able to participate in an internship at one of Intertek’s offices. February View
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program Full tuition Open to students pursuing a undergraduate or graduate degrees in STEM. Must be able to participate in summer internships at Department of Defense laboratories. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Varies View
The Dream Award $5,000 – $15,000 Open to financially needy students who have overcome barriers to pursue a college education. Must be entering the second year or higher of college. Must have a GPS of 3.0 or better. October View
The ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship $2,000 – $20,000 Open to high school seniors who plan to pursue degrees in engineering. Recipients have to reside within 12 specific cities and must have a GPA of 3.5 or better, a 29 or higher on the ACT test or a 1350 on the SAT test. April 15 View
United Parcel Service Scholarship $4,000 Open to undergraduate students enrolled in industrial engineering programs. Nov. 15 View
NACME Pre-Engineering Scholarship Program $2,500 Open to high school seniors who will pursue a major in engineering. Applicants have to have a GPA of 3.0 and a 1650 SAT score. May View
The Generation Google Scholarship Up to $10,000 Open to high school seniors and enrolled college students who are pursuing careers in computer science, engineering or other technical fields. Must be a minority and demonstrate a strong academic record. Dec. 1 View
The ComEd STEM Scholarship Up to $6,840 Open to candidates enrolled in a STEM fields at any accredited four-year institution. October View
Siemens Competition: Math, Science Technology $1,000 – $100,000 Students compete in science fairs to win a college scholarship. All students chosen to compete in the regional and national events get awards. May View
Intel Science Talent Search $7,500 – $150,000 One of the oldest pre-college science competitions in the country, this program rewards students who show exceptional scientific potential. Nov. 11 View
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship $10,000 Applicants chosen based on their academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients are invited to the Annual Google Scholar’ Retreat in Mountain View, Calif. Dec. 1 View
ESA Foundation Scholarship $3,000 Open to women and minority students pursuing degrees that lead to careers in computer and video game arts. Must have a GPA of 2.75 or above. May 29 View
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program $42,000 For Master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and related fields. Full-time status and a GPA of 3.3 or higher is required. December View
ASCE Society Scholarships $2,500 – $5,000 Open to current student members in good standing who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering. Feb. 10 View
Google Lime Scholarship Program $5,000 – $10,000 Open to students pursuing degrees in computer science who have strong academic backgrounds and demonstrated passion for computer science. Candidates are considered for an internship at Google. Dec. View
The New York State STEM Incentive Program Full tuition Open to the top 10 percent of students in each New York state high school who pursue a STEM associate or bachelor’s degrees. Recipients agree to work in a STEM field in the state for five years after graduation. Aug. 15 View
The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship Varies Open to science, engineering and mathematic students. A ten week summer program places students at media organizations nationwide to enhance their communication skills. Jan. 15 View
The Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nickol Scholarship Fund Varies Open to Albuquerque High School students pursuing a degree in one of the STEM majors. Priority given to those pursuing engineering related careers. Must have a GPA of 3.6 or better. March 16 View
Alpha One Powering Education Scholarship Up to $2,000 Open to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. Must attend or be attending a high school in Maine. B average. April 1 View
Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship Up to $10,000 Open to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S. Must demonstrate a passion for computer science and have a strong academic background. Nov. View
Rose Building Undergraduate Diversity Varies Open to academically talented students majoring in computer science, computer, electrical or software engineering who demonstrate a financial need. Special emphasis placed on women and minorities. Must be accepted to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Feb. 1 View
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Varies Open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs. Have to be applying or accepted into a study abroad program or internship. Oct. View
Institute of Industrial Engineers Scholarship and Fellowship Program Up to $4,000 Open to graduate and undergraduate industrial engineering students who demonstrates academic excellence and campus leadership. Must be an IIE member and have a GPA of 3.4 or better. Nov. 15 View
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Department of Defense SMART Scholarship Up to $38,000 Open to undergraduate and graduate students pursing a degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Recipient is guaranteed internship and job placement. Dec. 1 View
APPLE HBCU Scholars Program Up to $25,000 Open to students pursuing a degree in business, communications, computer science, technology, public relations or engineering. Applicants have to be in their second-to-last year of study and have a GPA of at least 3.30. Sept. View
The Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship $1,000 Open to high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student at any level. Must be a U.S. citizen. Jan. 30 View
The Lillian Moller Gilbreth Engineering Scholarship $11,000 GPA of at least 3.0; Pursuing a career in chemical engineering. Granted by the Society of Women Engineers. Feb. 16 View
NCTM’s Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships Up to $10,000 Full-time college sophomores who are pursuing a degree as a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12. NCTM also offers grants for classroom teachers. May View

STEM Scholarships and Grants for Women and Minorities

Scholarship Name Amount Eligibility Deadline Where to Apply
National Society of High School Scholars Foundation STEM Scholarships Varies Open to members of under-represented groups who demonstrate financial need. Must be pursuing a degree in a STEM related field and show leadership potential. April View
Gates Millennium Scholars Varies Open to minorities who have a GPA of 3.3 or higher and has demonstrated leadership abilities. Applicants must meet Federal Pell Grant criteria. Jan. 13 View
National Action Council For Minorities In Engineering Scholarship $2,500 Must be an African American, American Indian or Latino high school graduating senior with a GPA of at least 3.0. Must be pursuing an engineering degree. Priority given to applicants who have been admitted to a NACME Partner Institution. March 15 View
Google Lime Scholarship Program $5,000 – $10,000 Open to students pursuing degrees in computer science who have strong academic backgrounds and demonstrated passion for computer science. Candidates are considered for an internship at Google. Dec. View
Technical Minority Scholarship $1,000 – $10,000 Open to minorities enrolled in technical degree programs at the bachelor or higher level. Must have a B average or better. Sept. 30 View
The P.O. Pistilli Scholarship $4,000 Open to minority high school seniors who have a 3.0 GPA or better and have demonstrated high achievements in math and science. Must have a strong desire to pursue a career in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science. Spring View
The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship $3,000 Open to students interested in pursuing a career in the library and automation fields. Have to be a qualified member of a principal minority group. The scholarship is for study in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science Program. March 1 View
The UNCF Merck Science Initiative Scholarship Up to $30,000 Open to African American undergraduate students interested in a STEM education. Must have a 3.3 GPA or better. Jan. View
The AMS Minority Scholarship $6,000 Open to underrepresented minorities in sciences. Applicants must be entering their freshman year of college in the fall of 2016. Feb. View
Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety Scholarship $4,000 Open to bilingual students who are pursuing degree in occupational safety. Preference is given to students who are in an ASAC/ABET accredited safety program. March View
ESA Foundation Scholarship $2,000 Open to women and minority students pursuing degrees in computer and video game arts. Must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate four-year program. A GPA of 2.75 or better is required. May 29 View
Dell Corporate Scholars Program Up to $5,000 Open to minority students enrolled in a full-time accredited degree program. Area of focus must be engineering, accounting, financing, marketing, business, computers or technology. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. End of Oct. View
Microsoft Scholarship Program Varies Open to underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study. A majority of the scholarships go to female and minority students. Jan. 31 View
The Generation Google Scholarship $5,000 – $10,000 Open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing computer science or computer engineering degrees or in closely related technical fields. Must be a student from an underrepresented group. Dec. View
Rose Building Undergraduate Diversity Varies Open to academically talented students majoring in computer science, computer, electrical or software engineering who demonstrate financial need. Special emphasis placed on women and minorities. Must be accepted to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Feb. 1 View
Xerox Minority Scholarship $1,000 – $10,000 Open to minority students pursuing degrees-in chemistry, information management, computer science, physics or engineering. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and be enrolled in a full-time four year accredited program. Sept. 30 View
Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Up to $2,000 Available for any African American U.S. citizen who is enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution and earning a degree in a technical field. Must have strong academic achievement June 15 View
Scholarship Name Amount Eligibility Deadline Where to Apply
The American Association of University Women $2,000 Accepted into an accredited college or technical program and have above-average previous academic standing. Varies View
The Lillian Moller Gilbreth Engineering Scholarship $11,000 GPA of at least 3.0; for women pursuing careers in chemical engineering. Feb. 16 View
Science Ambassador Scholarship Full-tuition Open to women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, engineering or math. The candidate serves as ambassador for her field. Dec. 1 View
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship $10,000 Applicants chosen based on their academic background and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients are invited to the Annual Google Scholar’s Retreat in Mountain View, Calif. Dec. 1 View
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program $42,000 For Master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and related fields. Full-time status and a GPA of 3.3 or higher is required. December View
The A.O.E. National Foundation Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarship Varies Female undergraduate students majoring in engineering or technical science. GPA of 3.0 or equivalent. None? View
Intertek Engineering Scholarship $10,000 Recipients get a scholarship paired with an internship at Intertek. Open to STEM undergraduates with a GPA of 3.2 or better. None View
Microsoft STEM Scholarship   The majority of awards go to underrepresented female minorities and those with disabilities. Students must be pursuing STEM degrees and maintain GPAs of at least 3.0. Oct. 1- Jan. 31 View
Women in Aviation Scholarship $5,000 For students pursuing a degree in aeronautical, electrical, or mechanical engineering with an eye toward working in the airline or aviation field. May 15 View
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship $1,500 – $3,500 This scholarship is to help students to take courses or to carry on research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station. Awards are limited to advanced undergraduates or first or second year graduate students Feb.? View
The Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship $1,500 The scholarship gives funding for women who are in their junior or senior year of studying chemistry or a related field. GPA of 3.5 May 1 View
Michigan Council of Women in Technology $15,000 – $20,000 Open to women actively pursuing degree sin a technology related field. October View
Dept. of Defense Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Full-tuition Students pursuing a number of science disciplines are eligible to apply. Recipients must be willing to work for the DoD upon graduation. GPA of at least 3.0 is required. Dec. 1 View
The Women’s Environmental Council Scholarship $1,000 For female graduates and under graduates pursuing degrees in the environmental field. Applicants need a GPA of at least 3.0. Varies View
NCTM’s Prospective 7-12 Secondary Teacher Course Work Scholarships Up to $10,000 Full-time college sophomores who are pursuing careers as mathematics teachers for grades 7-12. NCTM also offers grants for classroom teachers. May View
Siemens Competition: Math, Science Technology $1,000 – $100,000 Students compete in science fairs to win a college scholarship. All students chosen to compete in the regional and national events receive awards. May View
Intel Science Talent Search $7,500 – $150,000 One of the oldest pre-college science competitions in the country , this program rewards students who show exceptional scientific potential. Nov. 11 View
Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarships $6,000 – $30,000 For females that are entering graduate or post-graduate degree programs in STEM fields. Nov. 15 View
Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teacher Course Work Scholarship $3,000 Available to full-time female students who are pursuing a degree in math. The student has to be in the process of completing their junior year in college. May 6 View
Rose Building Undergraduate Diversity Varies Open to academically talented students majoring in computer science, computer, electrical or software engineering who demonstrate a financial need. Special emphasis placed on women and minorities. Must be accepted to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Feb. 1 View

Getting a STEM Scholarship: Questions and Answers

Lori Puehler Grandstaff Lori Puehler Grandstaff

Lori Puehler Grandstaff, director of customer care at Unigo Group shares some insights on how to identify the best scholarships and succeed at your application.

For students pursuing a STEM degree is there a lot of aid out there?

Yes! Scholarships abound for students pursuing STEM degrees and careers – corporate, private and school-based scholarship providers have responded to the emphasis on (and society’s overall need for) STEM studies in the last few years by creating scholarship programs designed to encourage and reward talented STEM students.

Why is there such an emphasis on STEM?

For several years now the labor market and our country’s overall economic needs have indicated that we should be developing workers and professionals who are more skilled and better trained across the STEM disciplines – STEM programs are key to developing a labor force rich with individuals who possess a strong base of knowledge in core areas and are high-level critical thinkers and experienced problem-solvers.

Where should students start looking for STEM scholarships?

Getting started with scholarship research is the key to winning scholarships, but it can consume a lot of time if students try to do everything on their own. In addition to the free online resources that offer scholarship matching services, students should check with the financial aid offices and websites at the colleges they attend or are interested in;, their guidance counselors or academic advisors; their employers; their parents’ employers; and local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, clubs, churches, and civic groups.

How can they maximize the amount of money they can get? Apply for every scholarship or narrow it down?

Applying for multiple scholarships is very important – your chances of winning scholarships are affected by how many applications you actually submit along with the quality of your applications and the number of other students applying for the same awards. To make the process a little more manageable for busy students, we have some advice that we share at college fairs and at financial aid workshops for parents. We typically tell students, parents and counselors that searching for and winning scholarships is a process, not an overnight thing: students should pick one day of the month as their “scholarship search day” (i.e., the 12th or 18th of each month). On that day each month, they should login to their accounts at each of the scholarship matching services they are using and review the list of updated scholarship results that match the student profile, then choose five to ten scholarships to focus on and apply for in that given month. Choosing five to ten per month will require some time each week, but keeps the process bearable and manageable. And keeping a constant stream of applications in the pipeline is a good way to increase the chances of winning.

This monthly scholarship search process can, and should, be used from the time students are in high school (often students can find scholarships to compete for as early as 9th grade), through their undergrad years, and until they complete their graduate degrees. Because there are scholarships out there for students at all levels of study, this process is something that can just become part of the student’s regular activities for as long as they are in need of scholarships to pay for any type of post-secondary classes. Getting students motivated to search for and apply to scholarship programs can be challenging, but we like to remind them that they cannot win scholarships if they don’t at least submit the applications.

What are the judges looking for when deciding who to award money too?

Each selection committee is looking for a specific type of award recipient when reviewing scholarship applications. Some will base their decisions looking mostly at academic accomplishments; others will be judging based on evidence of leadership and varied extra-curricular events and work experiences. Some may also be looking for applicants with financial need or students who demonstrate perseverance and overcoming some type of hardship. Your best bet when applying for scholarships is to put together the very best application possible as you try to follow directions and express yourself; pay attention to the details and requirements…and always submit your complete application on time!

How can students ace the essay?

Essays on scholarship applications are so very important – many scholarship committees use the essay as the primary factor in deciding which applicants to continue considering and which to push to the rejection pile. So be sure to write well, stay on topic, and be creative and original. Take some time to really think about what you could say that would be meaningful and how your written work could catch the reader’s attention from the opening sentence. Also, don’t turn in work that is full of spelling, punctuation, capitalization and other errors – take time to proofread and revise before submitting your final application essay.

What can a student do to stand out and win money? Is it all about the grades?

Grades and test scores are important, but many scholarship committees are looking at the applications holistically – students should do everything they can in the scholarship application to allow the scholarship committee readers or graders to really get to know them and to let more than just their numbers speak. One thing that some students may not realize when it comes to “standing out” and being “chosen as a winner” is that they can use any type of scholarship or award as a way to look more appealing to selection committees. Students should find a way to list any scholarships they’ve won on the scholarship applications for new programs they’re applying to because of this. Students should also keep in mind that being a recognized scholarship winner looks great on any résumé being submitted for a job, for college or grad school applications, and for other scholarship applications. Students should definitely mention their scholarships (even if the award is small or the program is only local) when asked about accomplishments and achievements.

Accelerating STEM: President Obama’s Efforts

To emphasize the importance of STEM to the U.S., the White House, led by President Obama, has launched several initiatives designed to get more boys and girls interested in STEM fields and increase the number of students pursuing secondary degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. The White House has set a goal of fostering a million more STEM college graduates over a decade. A key effort is the Department of Education’s Race to the Top Program, which awards grants to states that are adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the technology driven global economy.

FEDERAL AND STATE STEM INIATIVES

Scholarship Name Amount Eligibility Deadline Where to Apply
The New York State STEM Incentive Program Full tuition Open to the top 10 percent of students in each New York state high school who pursue STEM associate or bachelor’s degrees. Recipients agree to work in a STEM field in New York state for five years after graduation. Aug. 15 View
West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program Up to $3,000 Open to students pursuing degrees in engineering, science and technology. Priority is given to West Virginia residents. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or more and agree to work full time in a STEM field in West Virginia for one year for each year of the scholarship. March 1 View
Academic Competitiveness Grants Varies Offered by the Federal government. Open to first and second year undergraduates and must be eligible for a Pell Grant. Varies View
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Varies Open to low-income students who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. May 16 View
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program Full tuition Open to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in STEM fields. Must be able to participate in summer internships at Department of Defense laboratories. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Varies View
Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Varies Open to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. Must attend a HOPE eligible postsecondary school in Georgia. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Varies View

How I Funded My STEM Degree: Profiles of Students Pursuing STEM Careers

Jacob Brooks
Jacob Brooks, Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in electrical engineering and computer science

Enamored by technology since a young age, Jacob Brooks has long had a passion for creating and making new things work so pursuing a STEM degree was a no brainer. Given the cost of a STEM degree, Brooks won scholarships to ease the financial burden on him and his family.

He started by making the most of local resources to narrow down the list of options and pinpoint sources of aid that were right for him.

Applying to random scholarships online can work, but I didn’t see any success there,” says Brooks. “Local scholarships were much more attainable, because you most likely have connections and familiarity with those giving the scholarships.

Brooks won scholarship money; he attributes his success to his leadership in sports and extra-curricular activities. “I didn’t just focus on schoolwork – I played varsity athletics all through high school, and was in a leadership position on teams as an upperclassman,” says Brooks. “I was also an Eagle Scout, which entails more leadership responsibilities.”

He also had excellent grades, challenging himself with Advanced Placement classes and a few computer science courses at a local college (for free).

Brooks dove into the essays for his scholarship applications, writing a core first draft and then editing and asking for feedback on it from a variety of reviewers.

Have as many people read it as you can. Parents, teachers, counselors, friends, whoever. The more eyes you get on your writing, the better. Everyone has a difference perspective, and can offer valuable input to the essay process,

he says.

Israel Hernandez
Israel Hernandez, San Diego State, Majoring in health communications

Math and science don’t come naturally to Israel Hernandez, a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in health communications at San Diego State University.. In fact ,in high school Hernandez dreaded math and science. He has converted those fears to ambition.

“I have come to realize that nearly all of the jobs I want require STEM degrees, and for good reason,” says Hernandez. “Professions that require STEM degrees often do so because these jobs require subject matter experts with great skills.”

Despite the demand for STEM graduates, Hernandez says there’s a perception out there that STEM degrees don’t produce graduates with the so-called soft skills – communication, analysis, design, and interpersonal skills — that employers are looking for. While that may give a person pause, Hernandez says he’s confident the soft skills he already has coupled with the technical skills he’ll earn will open opportunities for him down the road. He has combined his strengths with his determination to pursue a career in health communications.

While Hernandez gets tuition assistance grants of $4,500 every fiscal year he has applied for scholarship money and is awaiting the results of his recent application. What Hernandez thinks will give him an edge over other scholarship seekers: using his goals and dreams as his best weapons.

Whether writing an essay, or submitting a resume style application for a scholarship, tell your audience all the great things you will do with your STEM degree and why this is so important to you,” he says. “STEM degrees are awesome in that they give us the opportunity to work in fields that help society in a multitude of ways. Let the scholarship granting institution know that with that money, you have big plans not just for yourself, but for the world.