Students who plan to major in mechanical engineering have a number of options to help them obtain scholarships. One of the first steps students should take is to complete the FAFSA application, as this can help students find out if they are eligible for federal or state funding. As a second step, students may want to ask their college or university whether they have any scholarships that are open to students who plan to major in engineering. Often, financial aid officers can help guide students to private and university-specific awards. Some of these awards are open to students in any STEM field while others are open only to students who plan to major in engineering. In addition to those options, engineering students may want to check out the scholarships below to see if they qualify:
Alaska Space Grant Program Fellowships: This award is open to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens. In order to be eligible, students must major in a STEM field and attend a college or university in Alaska. Students from minority backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants are chosen based on a combination of the merit of their proposed project, their previous grades, and their letters of recommendation. Additional information can be found at the following website: http://spacegrant.alaska.edu/student/undergrad.
Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship: This award can provide up to $6,000 for a female engineering major. This scholarship is open to female college students who hold at least a 3.0 grade point average, are enrolled on a full-time basis, show financial need, and are studying a STEM field. Students must be at least 18 years-old to apply. Additional information can be found here: https://www.zenefits.com/scholarship/tos/.
The National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship: This award is open to students in a number of different fields, including mechanical engineering. Students must plan to obtain a doctoral degree. Funding is provided to students for three years and covers the full cost of tuition, student fees, and stipends for medical insurance and living expenses. In order to be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens who are at starting their doctoral degrees. Students must submit a completed application prior to December 18th. Students are selected based on a number of criteria, including: their application, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, academic history, and personal statements. Additional information can be found here: http://ndseg.asee.org/about_ndseg/evaluation_and_selection.
Many individual colleges and universities offer their own scholarships through their Mechanical Engineering Departments. For example, UW-Madison offers several awards that are open to any of their Mechanical Engineering students. Some of theses awards, such as the Dickie, John Adams Scholarship is open only to female students. Other scholarships, such as the Edwards F. Obert Scholarship, require students to hold a minimum grade point average of 3.3 in order to apply. Still other awards, such as the Esser, Donald J. Scholarship help both undergraduates and graduate students afford a degree in mechanical engineering. Several of these awards are open only to students from Wisconsin. Additional information can be found here: https://scholarships.wisc.edu/Scholarships/org?orgId=450.