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10 Engineering Scholarships for High School Students

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Engineering is a highly prestigious, extraordinarily rigorous field. It’s also a high-demand discipline. With so much need for engineers in multiple niches and sectors, it’s no wonder that organizations, government agencies, and others are always looking to incentivize students to study engineering and related disciplines in college, toward the goal of pursuing a career in the field.


Scholarships are one way to entice students to focus their careers and studies on engineering. We’ve rounded up 10 of the top engineering awards for high schoolers in the country.


Engineering Scholarships for High School Students


1. AIChE Minority Scholarship Award


Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 15

Eligibility: High schools seniors/incoming college freshmen, GPA or 3.0+

Application Requirements: Recommendation letter, application form, personal statement, official transcript, and financial letter.


Awarded by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, this scholarship is offered to 15 graduating high school seniors who are members of a minority group underrepresented in chemical engineering. Applicants must plan to enroll in a four-year institution that offers a science/engineering degreeing, and preference is given to those admitted into chemical engineering programs.


2. Amazon Future Engineer


Amount: $10,000

Deadline: Opens in November for 2022 cycle

Eligibility: High school seniors who have completed a computer science course.

Application Requirements: transcript, recommendation letter, short response answers. 


As part of its comprehensive Future Engineer program, Amazon awards this scholarship annually to young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities to help fund undergraduate education in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related field. Scholarship recipients also have the opportunity to participate in a guaranteed summer internship at Amazon.


3. American Nuclear Society Incoming Freshmen Scholarship 


Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 1

Eligibility: High school seniors

Application Requirements: ANS Incoming Freshman Scholarships Application


This annual scholarship is awarded to up to four incoming college students who are pursuing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field with an interest in working in nuclear science and technology. Applicants must have enrolled in college courses full-time to be eligible to receive the scholarship.


4. ASHRAE High School Senior Scholarship


Amount: $3,000

Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: High school seniors/incoming college freshmen with at least a 3.0 GPA and top 30% class standing.

Application Requirements: Official transcript, letter of admission to postsecondary institution, and three letters of recommendation.


ASHRAE awards four scholarships to students who have enrolled in their first year of college full-time in a pre-engineering, engineering, or engineering technology bachelor’s degree program to prepare for a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC&R) profession. The higher education institution must be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology or Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation, host an ASHRAE student branch, or meet other criteria.


5. BMW/SAE Engineering Scholarship


Amount: $1,500

Deadline: March 15

Eligibility: High school senior/incoming college freshman with at least a 3.75 unweighted GPA.

Application Requirements: Two letters of recommendation


Provided by BMW AG, this scholarship recognizes students’ excellence in engineering. In addition to meeting certain academic standards, applicants should be active participants in STEM-related extracurricular activities, such as clubs or employment or shadowing. They must also plan on pursuing an engineering or related science degree through an ABET-accredited program.


6. The Maureen L. & Howard N. Blitman, P.E., Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Engineering


Amount: $5,000

Deadline: April 1

Eligibility: High school senior who is a member of an underrepresented ethnic minority in engineering.

Application Requirements: Application form, two letters of recommendation, and official high school transcript.


This annual scholarship is awarded to a high school student from an ethnic minority who has been accepted into an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four-year college or university. Applicants are evaluated based on GPA, internship, extracurricular, and community experience.


7. Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholarship


Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Application opens in February 2022

Eligibility: High school seniors who are residents of specified counties in California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Ohio, or Virginia, must have a minimum SAT score of 1150 or ACT score of 27 and a GPA of 3.0+

Application Requirements: Transcript, Academic Record Form, and three letters of recommendation.


Northrop Grumman Corporation offers renewable scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics program at an accredited four-year institution. Up to 29 awards are offered in total, with limits per each specific location. To be eligible to renew the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, continue to pursue a relevant program, and accept internship opportunities if offered. Decisions are made in June.

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8. NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship


Amount: $1,000

Deadline: October 15

Eligibility: High school senior or recent high school graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated desire to major in STEM disciplines such as Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and others.

Application Requirements: Personal statement, list of STEM activities, headshot, transcript, and one to two recommendations.


Students who intend to pursue a field related to engineering who are members of underrepresented groups may apply for this award. The scholarship is intended to increase diversity among undergraduates in STEM disciplines and reduce financial stress and barriers to higher education. 


9. Olin E. Teague Scholarship


Amount: $4,000

Deadline: N/A

Eligibility: High school senior, U.S. citizen 

Application Requirements: contact info@spaceclub.org for details. 


The National Space Club and Foundation is dedicated to fostering excellence in space activity through educational support. Recognizing achievements in space science and enterprise, this scholarship encourages students to pursue careers in aerospace fields, including aerospace engineering.


10. Tau Beta Pi/SAE Engineering Scholarship


Amount: $1,500

Deadline: March 15

Eligibility: High school seniors/incoming college freshmen with a minimum unweighted 3.75 GPA, student participant in the Ford NGL Network and/or a Powered by Ford STEAM Academy

Application Requirements: Two letters of recommendation


Engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi Association is the largest society of its kind, recognizing engineering students who demonstrate superior scholarship and exemplary character. The honor society recognizes six graduating high school seniors with scholarships that are limited to their freshman year of college, where they must pursue an engineering or related degree at an ABET-accredited program. Successful applicants will be able to describe active participation in non-school-related community service projects. 



Tips for Applying to Scholarships


Applying for scholarships may be time consuming, but can be worth it if you do it right! To maximize your chances of success, follow these tips.


Do your research: read about each scholarship you are applying for to make sure you know what criteria you will be evaluated on. 


Apply to niche scholarships: To better your chances, apply to scholarships for specific demographics or interest groups—like these scholarships geared toward engineering students. 


Edit your work: Be thorough with your applications, and have someone else read over your application before submitting. 


Organize yourself: Create a spreadsheet with deadlines, required materials, and other information to ensure you stay on top of your applications. The last thing you want is to waste time with an application because you missed a deadline!

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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn with her demigod/lab mix Hercules. She specializes in education, technology and career development. She also writes satire and humor, which has appeared in Slackjaw, Points in Case, Little Old Lady Comedy, Jane Austen’s Wastebasket, and Funny-ish. View her work and get in touch at: www.lauraberlinskyschine.com.