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Scholarships for Students Interested in STEM

BY SUZANNE SHAFFER
Scholarships for Students Interested in STEM

Who doesn’t like scholarships? Scholarships mean free money and who doesn’t like to attend college on someone else’s dime? If you’re a student who aspires to study STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) in college and need some funds in order to do it, you’re in luck—there are scholarships specifically for STEM students.

STEM Scholarships for Everyone
For many Americans, a college degree is out of reach without some type of financial aid and scholarships. For students interested in STEM careers, scholarships are available to help finance their education. The following are a few scholarships available:

ASM International Scholarships
Since 1953, the ASM Materials Education Foundation and leading ASM Chapters nationwide have awarded scholarships totaling over $1 million. Currently, up to 20 scholarships are awarded annually through the ASM Materials Education Foundation, which is supported by member contributions and other gifts. The scholarships vary in amounts from $1,500 up to $10,000.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarships
For students seeking a future in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology and closely related fields, the SME Education Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current undergraduates and master’s or doctoral degree students at two- and four-year colleges. These scholarships are provided by various chapters throughout the United States.
For more available scholarships, read this article: 21 STEM Scholarships for U.S. Students (http://news.thomasnet.com/imt/2012/12/18/21-stem-scholarships-for-u-s-students-2).

STEM Scholarships for Women
Women within the science and tech industries are underrepresented. Most STEM students are male, but there is a movement to encourage young girls to pursue STEM career paths. Here are a few scholarships that should be incentives for more girls to consider these majors in college:

The Center for Women in Technology
CWIT Scholars receive four-year scholarships ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 per academic year for in-state students, and from $10,000 – $22,000 per academic year for out-of-state students, to cover full tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. Each CWIT Scholar participates in special courses and activities and receives mentoring from faculty and participating members of the IT and engineering communities.

Sony Online Entertainment G.I.R.L. Scholarship
Through the G.I.R.L. scholarship program, SOE will award one winner with a $10,000 scholarship to be applied towards tuition, room and board, and other educational expenses at the winner’s college or university. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will also be given the opportunity to be hired as a paid intern for up to 10 weeks at SOE’s headquarters in San Diego for hands-on experience working on award-winning franchises, including PlanetSide and EverQuest.
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STEM Scholarships for Hispanics
Are you a young Hispanic student interested in a career in STEM? If you are searching for scholarships to fund your education (and who isn’t) here are some STEM scholarships that apply specifically to you:

HENAAC Scholars Program
HENAAC gives out over 100 scholarships each year to Hispanic students pursuing degrees in STEM. The awards range from $500 to $8,500. Students must show leadership in school or community activities and hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math, and Science
AHETMES are scholarships provided for Hispanic students obtaining degrees in engineering, math and science. Students’ grades and financial need are both taken into consideration, and the scholarships range from $1,000 – $5,000, for high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students. Looking for more scholarships for Hispanics?Read The Top 7 Scholarships for Hispanic Students Interested in STEM (http://voxxi.com/2012/08/scholarships-hispanics-stem/).

College Specific STEM Scholarships
In addition, many colleges offer scholarships for STEM students. Check with the colleges you are applying to and ask any of the STEM departments if scholarships are available. Here are two of them:

St. Ambrose University
St. Ambrose is awarding STEM scholarships worth up to $10,000 per year per student toward tuition for incoming first-year, transfer and current SAU students. These need-based scholarships will be awarded to academically promising students pursuing a degree in industrial engineering or mechanical engineering.

The University of Akron
he Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program (COFSP) produces around 800 additional graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at The University of Akron. All STEM Scholars receive a scholarship of up to $5,200 per academic year.Students interested in STEM careers should start with these scholarship lists and also search for STEM scholarships using scholarship search engines or a simple Google search.