Hey, y'all! Did you know that according to this study, of the 1.8 MILLION bachelor's degrees that were awarded back in the 2015-2016 school year, 18% were in STEM fields?
How cool is that?!
As a non-STEM person over here, I may be just geeking out a little bit, but I do think it's cool that nearly 1/5 of students were majoring in something related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
I think the hope is that over the past 5 years or so, this percentage has grown even more and that it will only continue to grow over the many years to come so that we can continue to innovate, create, and do amazing things.
Because so much emphasis in recent years has been put on teaching students about careers in STEM, it only makes sense that a lot of large companies and organizations out there have been doing the same; teaching students about STEM through scholarships opportunities, and of course, awarding students who have shown interest and commitment to their field. If you're a current or incoming STEM student, luckily for you, there is no shortage of scholarships out there for you to apply for.
In this post, I highlight just a few of the main ones to help you get your search started.
Deadline: Quarterly (applications accepted all year round)
High school students who have been accepted to college and students who are currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to apply for the Employment BOOST college scholarship program.
Applications are accepted year-round, with quarterly deadlines of April 1st, July 1st, October 1st, and January 1st, and must be received within the time frame to be considered eligible to be awarded that quarter.
Deadline: January 29
This STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Allied Health Sciences majors are not eligible for this program.
Deadline: January 31
NextStepU is looking for students who are interested in pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) major. Entrant must be a 16-22 year old at the time of entry and be a registered user of NextStepU.com.
Deadline: February 1
Eligibility: Current undergraduates pursuing a manufacturing career and matriculating in engineering-related courses at four-year colleges and universities within the United States or Canada. Some of the scholarships are also open to high school seniors.
Deadline: varies, but some close around February 14
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to those who identify as a female/woman and are studying community college, baccalaureate, or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science. In 2019, SWE awarded nearly 260 new and renewed scholarships valued at over $810,000.
SWE provides one application for sophomores through graduate students and one application for freshmen. Applicants complete an application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.
Amount: up to $2,400
Deadline: February 25
The American Honda Foundation Scholarship is directed to male students, who are classified as undergraduates at any accredited four-year colleges or universities within the United States. All of the candidates must be enrolled in one of the targeted fields of STEM and have permanent residency within the city of Los Angeles or Southern California.
African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American
Deadline: March 1
This scholarship is for a full-time college student pursuing an Engineering degree, a STEM degree, or a Business degree with a marketing emphasis. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and be a citizen of the United States.
Amount: up to $5,000
Deadline: March 9
This scholarship is focused on providing financial assistance to ensure students have access to quality education that will lead them down a pathway toward a successful career in one of the many sectors within the STEM industries.
The candidates must be enrolled as undergraduate students during the 2020-21 Academic year.
Deadline: March 12
The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000 for students enrolled full time during the award period at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission including careers in the aerospace sector.
Students must apply during their second semester of freshman year of community college enrollment for an award that will begin in the sophomore year.
Deadline: March 15
The increasing role of technological innovations in our daily life cannot be understated, and by recognizing the significance of the arts, the STEAM field provides a vast amount of opportunity for those interested in it. NSHSS created this scholarship to honor those students who embrace and celebrate the STEAM field and thrive within it.
This scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to major in a STEAM field (science/medicine, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics)
Amount: Up to $30,000 (paid over three years, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met)
Deadline: March 19
This scholarship is for Latino(a) students who have a declared major in a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related field. This program will give up to 100 Latino students the support they need to graduate from college; an educational opportunity they would not have access to otherwise.
Amount: up to $15,000
Deadline: March 19
For undergraduate or master’s students with a declared major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Must be planning to enroll on a full-time basis (as defined by the program of study) in a California, public four-year college/university.
Amount: Up to $75,000 ($25,000 for silver medalists, $75,000 for gold)
Deadline: March 26
The Emmy Noether Awards seek top aspiring female research scientists in any STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) field to help realize their potential careers through financial and networking assistance.
Up to 13 awards will be given out. Must be a current senior in high school either living in or attending school in one of the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana.
Deadline: March 31
To be eligible, a student must also be eligible for a Stride ISA. These criteria include:
-Currently enrolled full-time as either an undergraduate college junior or senior (graduating in the fall or spring of 2021 or 2022), or a graduate or masters degree student within 2 years of graduating
-Studying in the following majors: STEM, Healthcare, or Business (Note: Undergraduate business majors are not eligible to apply)
-Attending one of over 1,000 qualifying universities (check the list of universities on the Stride application to see if you qualify).
Amount: approximately $52,000
Deadline: March 31
The Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program attracts high-achieving postdoctoral scholars from premier universities in the United States and Canada to do research at one of seven Israeli universities. Once they complete their research, many Zuckerman postdocs are expected to accept faculty positions at top North American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation.
Deadline: March 31
The graduate award is designed for aspiring individuals from the UK or Texas, USA who are intent on furthering their education in their chosen STEM or business field.
This is an opportunity for students to study at graduate level, whether Texas residents in Texas, Texas residents in the UK or UK residents in Texas.
Amount: up to $2,500 per recipient
Deadline: April 1
Must be planning a career in computer science, information technology, management information systems, or other related fields. 3.0 GPA or higher required. The WITS Program will grant multiple scholarship awards that value up to $2,500.00 per recipient.
Deadline: April 1
The Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship program provides opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world! Lockheed Martin will award up to 200 renewable scholarships of $10,000 each.
Awards are open to individuals studying eligible engineering or computer science majors, who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Applicants must also be open to outreach from Lockheed Martin recruitment teams regarding possible internship opportunities.
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 or higher
-An intent to study computer science
Deadline: April 15
The Women In STEM Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate female students. You must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be eligible for this award.
International students can apply as long as they are attending a US-based school. If your college is not a US-based organization, you cannot apply at this time. US-based programs offering study-abroad are allowed.
Amount: $500 - $10,000
Deadline: April 30
-Applicants must demonstrate merit through academic achievements, leadership and campus/community activities
-Applicants must be pursuing a science, technology, engineering or math degree
-Applicants must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
-Applicants must be of Hispanic descent and/or must demonstrate significant leadership or service within the underserved community
-Recipients must be enrolled in a STEM undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming fall semester, at an accredited 2-yr or 4-yr college/university in the U.S. or its territories.
The GMiS Scholars Program accepts applicants who are U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, F1 Visa, or DACA status.
Deadline: May 31
The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering competitive based scholarships of $2,500 each to students actively pursuing a graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. school in grades K-12.
Amount: $2,500 - $5,000
Deadline: May 31
The AFCEA offers four STEM scholarships for undergraduate students. Students can automatically apply for all four through one application. Must be a current sophomore or junior enrolled in a four-year college or university, pursuing a degree in one of the STEM majors linked above on the scholarship page.
Amount: average $2,000
Deadline: September 3
The program welcomes applications from students seeking support for to cover expenses associated with their academic pursuits in a STEM field. The scholarship will fund one undergraduate or graduate student for one year, providing $1,000-$3,000 in direct costs.
Deadline: September 30
Technology is everywhere in today’s society. Whether it be behind the scenes with coding and software programming, or easily demonstrated through AI and robotics, tech can be an asset and sometimes a liability or distraction. NSHSS wishes to honor our students devoted to tech to tell us all about their passions for the field.
Open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, juniors with a dedicated passion for AI, technology, coding, and more.
Deadline: December 5
Eligibility: The $2000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship was established to help support and inspire students to pursue further education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as economics and business. One student will be chosen from the applicant pool and will be awarded based on the strength of their written essay. The selected student will receive 2,000 USD to help cover education-related expenses.