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Engineering Grants & Scholarships

The vast and complex field of engineering involves the design and construction of a variety of objects from automobiles and medical instruments to bridges and buildings.

Engineering is a popular academic discipline, but due to its intensive study, it can often become very expensive to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Students often cannot work while in school and some concentrations may require additional academic terms. A variety of financial aid options are available for individuals pursuing engineering programs in all concentrations.


A variety of financial aid programs are available to individuals pursuing general engineering programs or many different engineering concentrations:

  • The National SMART Grant is a federal grant offered to individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate programs in math, engineering, technology, and science. Applicants must be enrolled in an approved program, maintain a GPA of 3.0, and able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories. The grant program provides full tuition and education related fees, paid internships, health insurance reimbursement, book allowance, cash award, and employment placement after completion of the program. Students must apply by December 15 for the following year. The application materials are available online at smart.asee.org/apply.
  • The National Science Foundation offers scholarships in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology, to students who demonstrate financial need and intend on pursuing a career in related areas. The program provides awards to institutions of higher learning and students must apply through their college or university.
  • The Authority for Total Cost Management International Competitive Scholarship is granted to students who are pursuing full-time study in engineering, computer sciences, business, construction management, building construction, information technology, quantity surveying, or other related field. The award amounts vary from $2,000 to $8,000 and the specific amount will be based on individual achievements. The program accepts applications between January 1 and February 14 annually and individuals can apply by visiting the AACEI website: aacei.org/awards/scholarships/.
  • The Association for Facilities Engineering Cedar Valley Chapter #132 Scholarship is available to students enrolled in any engineering program on a full or part-time basis at an accredited college or university in the state of Iowa. Applicants must also be employed in the facilities management or facilities maintenance industry. Qualifications include a resident of Iowa and a GPA of 2.5 or above. Students interested in this scholarship should see their guidance counselor for instructions on how to apply.
  • The Society of Automotive Engineers Detroit Section Technical Scholarship is offered to the children and grandchild of individuals who are current members of the Detroit Section. It strives to promote careers in engineering or science. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and enroll in an engineering or science program at an institution accredited by the ABET. Two scholarships of $5,000 are awarded every year. Applicants must apply by January 15 and the application process is available online at:students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/detroit/.


Mechanical engineering is a branch of the engineering field that involves the application of physics and materials science to design and manufacture many types of mechanical systems and components. Examples of financial aid programs that specifically focus on mechanical engineering:

    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers-ASME Auxiliary FIRST Clarke Scholarships are awarded to seniors in high school who are active on a FIRST FTC or FIRST FRC team. A member of the ASME must nominate applicants. The program awards ten $5,000 scholarships per year and is intended for a recipient’s first year of study in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Students must apply by March 15 and the application form is available at asme.org.
    • The Manufacturers Association of Maine Education Fund Scholarship Program offers financial assistance for students pursuing a degree program in mechanical engineering, machine tool technology, welding, sheet metal fabrication, and other related fields. The application is May 1 every year and the scholarship is awarded on a yearly basis. Students can apply for the scholarship by visiting the Manufacturers Association of Maine website atmainemfg.com
    • The Ralph K. Hillquist Honorary SAE Scholarship is offered to individuals with a declared major in mechanical engineering or related discipline. Qualifications include 3.0 GPA and enrollment on a full-time basis at an ABET-accredited institution of higher learning. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded on a bi-annually basis at the SAE Noise and Vibration Conference. Individuals can apply by visiting the SAE International website at:students.sae.org.

  • The Composite Panel Association offers the Robert E. Dougherty Educational Foundation Scholarship Award. Applicants are required to be nominated by a member of the association and be graduate students or undergraduate juniors or seniors pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, chemistry, wood science, wood technology, or forest products. The award amount is $5,000 per year. Individuals can obtain additional information on how to apply at the Composite Panel Association at compositepanel.org/about-cpa/red-education-foundation.html.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Platteville offers the Minotte Perseverance Scholarship to students who are majoring in mechanical or industrial engineering. Applicants must have a minimum of 26 credits and preference is given to individuals who are the first in their family to attend college. The application deadline is March 1 and students can obtain application materials from the UW website at:uwplatt.edu/finaid/scholarships.html.


Civil engineering is concerned with the design, building, and maintenance of physical structures such as buildings, roads, and bridges. It is one of the oldest branches of engineering and a variety of scholarships are available:

  • The Association of State Dam Safety Officials Undergraduate Scholarship is offered to undergraduate students in their senior year in an accredited civil engineering program or related field of study. Students must show a genuine interest in leading a career in hydrology, hydraulics, or other closely associated field related to dam design and construction. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 and submit a typed essay. Students can apply online at the association’s website: damsafety.org.
  • The New England Water Works Association Elson T. Killiam Scholarship is offered to members of the association and their families. The program awards $1,500 every year to a student pursuing a major in civil engineering, environmental engineering, science, or business. The scholarship deadline is May 1 and individuals can visit the NEWWA website to download the application form: newwa.org.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers Y.C. Yang Civil Engineering Scholarship is awarded to juniors or seniors in a civil engineering program at an ABET-accredited institution. Applicants must be members of the ASCE Society and include a personal statement of why the award should be offered to the applicant, and a comprehensive financial plan, and at least two letters of recommendation. The deadline is February 9 and individuals can download the application form at the ASCE website asce.org.
  • The American Welding Society Arsham Amirikian Engineering Scholarship is offered to students planning on pursuing a career in applying welding in the civil and structural engineering field. Students must be pursuing at least a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or welding related field. Qualifications include maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA, proof of financial need, and currently attending or planning on attending an accredited engineering school. The program offers one $2,500 award every year. The deadline is February 15 and applicants can apply at the American Welding Society website: aws.org.
  • The American Welding Society Matsuo Bridge Company, LTD. Of Japan Scholarship provides financial assistance to students interested in a career in civil engineering, welding engineering, or welding engineering technology. Applicants must be a junior or senior in college and pursuing a degree in one of the three areas or related discipline. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required. The scholarship program awards one $2,500 scholarship every year. The deadline for applications is February 15 for the following fall academic term and applicants can apply at the American Welding Society website: aws.org
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