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These are just some of the thousands of available nation-wide engineering and STEM-related scholarships. There are various apps and scholarship search engines that are catered specifically to helping students locate scholarships. Students are encouraged to search beyond what is mentioned here.
The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential. Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth. Applicants for the Ron Brown Scholarship MUST be graduating high school seniors at the time of their application. For more on scholarship conditions click here: Ron Brown Scholarship Conditions. The final application deadline is January 9th each year.
The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. These students will graduate from a public high school located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents. Hagan Scholars currently attend one hundred ninety four colleges and universities including The University of Kentucky. Students MUST be a student in a high school graduating class to apply.
The Vanguard Women in Information Technology Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to female students entering their junior or senior year of college. The program's goal is to remove financial barriers for female students who demonstrate academic excellence and are pursuing studies in computer science, computer engineering, web design or other IT-related disciplines. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.
Great companies are built on a shared set of values. Over time, those values may evolve and grow, but the underlying message stays the same: create a great product that customers love. As members of the tech community, we also believe that the best engineers, designers, and developers define themselves by the above values. Which is why we award one $2,500 scholarship each semester to a student who tells us about a company they admire that exemplifies any of the above core values.
SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States.
The NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) was established in 1963 by NAWIC to assist in providing the construction industry with trained employees through higher education. Construction is the only industry that encompasses almost every professional discipline. Literally every career sector is available to you: trades, project management, administrative, legal, financial, insurance, business owner…the list is virtually endless. Once someone decides on a career in construction, they then have to find ways to pay for their education. The NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) is here to help. Each year we are pleased to award over $25,000 to worthy recipients in construction-related programs.
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.
The Toyota/SAE Engineering Scholarship was established by Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America for University of Kentucky students with the mission of supporting and nurturing students' enthusiasm for science and technology education, building bridges between corporations, individuals and classrooms. SAE will award one $2,000 scholarship each year to a student enrolled in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.
Deadline March 15
Scholarships actualize each of SHPE’s mission’s components by increasing student access and support to higher education in STEM programs. Our aim is to bridge the disparities in STEM degrees between Hispanics and their non-Hispanic counterparts. With over 10,000 active members including over 8,000 student members, SHPE serves 178 student and 54 professional chapters. Our primary goal in scholarships is to fill the gap in the Hispanic education pipeline from K-12 education to successful career placement as well as advanced degree offerings in STEM fields.
At Google, we believe information should be universally accessible. Our education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields.
The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive $10,000 for the school year. As part of the scholarship, current high school seniors who are entering their first year of university will be required to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer prior to the start of their Freshman year. Current undergraduate or graduate students will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer before their award year.
The scholarship assists undergraduate students from ethnic groups that are under-represented in the fields of actuarial science, data science, computer science, economics, programming, mathematics, statistics, data analytics, or finance.
Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International. In the past 20 years, WAI has disbursed more than $10 million to its members to help them reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about.
Currently there are 80 scholarship openings each year and they are filled with returning students and new students. KYTC awards 10-20 scholarships to new students each year who are either attending or planning to attend the University of Kentucky (UK), Western Kentucky University (WKU), or University of Louisville J. B. Speed School of Engineering (UofL) to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). Students may also attend pre-engineering courses at Kentucky State University (KSU), Kentucky Community and Technical College System, or other Kentucky state colleges or universities, and then finish their Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering at UK, WKU, or UofL.
Deadline is February 1.
The association, established in 1975, provides numverous scholarships each year to qualified students majoring in engineering and science areas.
The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers is offering a $2,500, one-time scholarship to one college student that meets the eligibility requirements described within the application.
Applications are available each year in January with a March deadline.
Scholarships have ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 in recent years. Successful recipients must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at the senior level for the award year in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a related field as determined by ASDSO, and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams.
Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students. That’s why we offer a Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.
Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program - formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program - Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer science by encouraging women to excel in computing and technology and become active leaders and role models in the field.
Women Techmakers Scholars will each receive $10,000 USD for the academic year. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership and impact on community. All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California in 2018 to connect with fellow scholars, network with Googlers and participate in a number of development workshops.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) was established in 1902 by Michigan public official Horatio Earle with this express purpose: to advocate for construction of a federally-led “Capital Connecting Government Highway” that he said would connect “every state capital with every other state capital, and every capital with the United States Capital—Washington.” Their site offers a list of various scholarships and awards, including some specifically for women.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college but also to guide them through the process of higher education.
Career One Stop is an online source for career exploration, training and jobs. Their site offers a nation-wide scholarship search tool. Visit the site to access their list of over 600 Engineering specific awards.
AffordableColleges.com is site dediated to helping students avoid student loan debt. Their Affordability Center includes links for Diversity Scholarships, scholarships for women, financial aid guides, and more.
Fastweb is an online resource to help students find college funding from 1.5 million scholarships nation-wide.
The Dean’s Scholarships for Transfer Students are used to support outstanding transfer students. The University of Kentucky College of Engineering awards scholarships to incoming engineering students transferring from another college, community college or university. Students from Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are available for students entering UK during both the fall and the spring semesters.
Instructions for application:
- Make certain to submit official transcripts from each school attended to the UK Admissions Office. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be completed to be considered.
- Include with your scholarship applicaiton one letter of recommendation from a math and/or science instructor at your current school
- Also incude with your applicaiton a double-spaced, 250-word essay which includes your educational and career goals, specific financial needs and any special circumstances
- Applicants must have taken calculus and physics receiving at least a B letter grade in each. In addition, candidates must have a 3.0 or above GPA at their current institution since that is the GPA requirement in order to maintain the scholarship in the College of Engineering
Each applicant must satisfy all University of Kentucky requirements for entrance into a College of Engineering degree program before being considered for these scholarships. Download the Fall 2019 Application here.
Fall deadline: June 15
Spring deadline: November 15
The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has scholarships specifically for our students who are majoring in biosystems engineering in addition to those scholarships offered by The College of Engineering and the Academic Scholarship office. Visit here to learn more.
The Ernest B. Ellis Foundation is a perpetual charitable trust established for the purpose of educating and defraying expenses during the course of study in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.
Students applying for the Ellis Honor Loan must:
- Be a graduate of a Kentucky high school
- Be enrolled in one of the undergraduate departments of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering as a full-time student
- Be a resident of the State of Kentucky
- Show financial need (must have a current FAFSA on file)
Students need to re-apply each semester. Approval of loans for subsequent semesters will require satisfactory progress through the Engineering curriculum. All beneficiaries of this Foundation shall be pledged to regard the loan as a debt of honor, without note or interest, to be repaid whenever able. Applications must include the original student signature (not electronic copies) as it is a loan document.
- For fall semester: June 15
- For spring semester: November 15
Ellis Honor Loan Application (applications must be handwritten)
You can mail applications to:
Scholarship Director/Student Records Office
University of Kentucky
College of Engineering
355-R F. Paul Anderson Tower
The University of Kentucky Academic Scholarship Office awards scholarships univeristy-wide for freshmen, current students and transfer students, as well as non-traditional and part-time students. Visit here for more information.
All students are eligible for government student loans (amounts based on year in school) by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The application opens October 1 of each year and students apply at that time for the following school year.
The FAFSA also determines whether you are eligible for need-based funds such as grants and work study. In-state students should apply as soon as the application is available since some in-state grants are limited in funding.
Thank you to our generous donors who make the College of Engineering scholarships possible!
Ronald and Setsuko Adams
The Allen Company
Deann Stivers Allen
Pamela S. Allen
Alliance Coal, LLC
Alpha Natural Resources, LLC
Elizabeth Rose and Lee Roy Anderson
Lee Anderson Carlisle on behalf of all donors
Ralph G. Anderson
Arkema Chemicals, Inc.
Bettye Arnsparger Page
Estate of James A. Aurand
John and Karina Bailey
Marcia L. Baulch
William A. Bauman
Bechtel International, Inc.
Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass
L. Berkley Davis
Victoria T. Bewley
Jamieson Blythe, on behalf of certain friends
Laura Leibfried Borne, Gretchen Brandy and Lance Reid
Bottoms Engineering & Service, Inc.
Margaret Branson Layson on behalf of friends & family
John A. Brittain
William T. Bryan
Rudolph G. Buchheit
Harry E. Bullock
Martha A. Clarke
Jane E. Cosgriff
Creech Family Foundation, Inc.
John A. Creech, Jr.
Donald E. Crowe
Robert M. Cundiff
Alice C. Dannecker
Trustee of the Frank Daugherty Fund
Estate of Clarence Deweese
Ruby Boogher Duggan
William Hale Evans and Margaret H. Evans
Margaret L. Faulkner on behalf of friends and family
Friends of Coal
Florence R. Giovannoli
C. Michael Garver
Francis R. Hammack
Georgia V. Hamon
Nancy Fish Hanna
Estate of Edith H. Harmon
Estate of Helen W. Harp
Herbert and Sue Hatfield
Hazelet and Erdal Consulting Engineers
Pearl Bastin Herring
Hinkle Construction Services LLCC
S. Charles Hite
HMB Professional Engineers
Kevin L. and Susan C. Hobbs
Vincent and Charlotte Holloway
Paul W. Honeycutt
Eva Jane Houchin
Rocky and Mary Beth Hudson
Thomas E. Jenkins
The Robert B. and Helen P. Jewell Scholarship Foundation
Donald, Barbara and Terry Johnson
Larry and Ludy Judy
E. Keith & Jan A. Koenig
Komatsu Mining Corp.
Lexington Coal Exchange
Ruth M. Maddox
MAPCO Coal, Inc.
Marathon Petroleum Company, Catlettsburg Refining LLC
Michael L. Marberry
Martin Marietta Materials
John and Karen Maxwell
Aubrey Donald and Karen Swartz May
Charles E. and Lynn Gray May
Fred and Darlene May
Robert B., Jr. and Valerie L. May
Robert C. McDowell
Heirs, friends and associates of Jerry L. Mercer
James R. and Diana M. Miller
Dr. William E. Murphy and Dr. Marie Petrites-Murphy
George T. and Tonny Murray
New York City Post of the Society of American Military Engineers
Gerald L. and Jacqueline W. Nichols Foundation
North Carolina Coal Institute, Inc.
Zoe Dell Nutter, Kenneth Nutter and Robert Nutter
O.E., Jr. and Sally Philpot
L. Stanley Pigman
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 184
Raymond and Betty Preece
Ben T. Quinn
Oliver H. Raymond Foundation
H. Lester and Edith Reynolds
Kenneth N. and Carol Lee Robertson
The Rodeo Committee
Mildred F. Romanowitz
James L. Rose
Patricia M. Ross
Clifford and Jane Roy
Mrs. M. Hawkins Rush, Mrs. D. Hawkins Coblin and Mrs. B. Hawkins Pettus
James and Andrea Schier
Oscar L. Shultz
Benjamin M. Smarr
Southern Coals Conference, Inc.
Alice S. Sparks, friends and associates
Michael L. Strain
Mrs. Kathleen M. Strunk
Summit Engineering, Inc.
Beverly Sweeny on behalf of family and friends
James E. and Denise H. Tharp
James W. Tipton
William M. Tonkin
Buddy and Mary Ann Upshaw
Henry C. Vickers
Marjorie D. Wade
Jacqueline Wahrmund on behalf of friends, family and colleagues
Estate of Dr. Roger C. Westman
Audrey Fields White
Mark D. and Janice B. Whitley
James L. and Barbara C. Wyatt
Gurram Yoga Sundara Valli
D. Ralph and Janice Young
Louise J. Zegeer