9 Emerging Scholarships for Female Students in STEM Fields

Scholarships for Female Students

In fact, everyone shall admit that for the time being, the planet is facing rapid growth in science and technology. Nowadays, the quality of a state will be measured significantly by how it can absorb and implement effectively the two fields into its development and progress. The USA, as the pioneering country of such growth has been well aware that education is one of the key factors to achieve its desired goal towards an honoured nation.

For this reason, encouraging as many US students as possible to pursue the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in colleges or universities is something crucial for US stakeholders in the education field since today’s workforce consists of STEM Professionals has become less. Such a fact eventually would trigger plenty of students to pursue their degree in STEM fields in order to meet the career demand. Of course, STEM students may get focus on new progress in cutting-edge technologies, the creation of solutions on a daily basis, the sharing of new innovations and novel creativity, etc.

In this regard, female students, despite more hurdles and obstacles in their personal life,  could be tremendously persuaded to pursue their education in a higher degree with various scholarships offered to them. As has been explicated in the previous article, scholarships are granted due to different reasons, some are awarded by considering nationality, race, or even gender. Luckily in the US, there are so many foundations, and nonprofit organizations, including the federal and state government, that seem interested in awarding plenty of scholarships to female students who have a strong plan to take STEM fields for the next degree.  These organizations do believe that women in the US shall be given equal opportunity and treatment in educational matters mainly in STEM fields, so in the future, women will play a prominent role in these fields. Moreover, despite women in the US represent almost half of the whole workforce, unfortunately, they just make up less than 15% of engineering professionals. In fact, this is almost the same case with Science, Technology, and Mathematics, in which women still have no stronger contribution in the fields. Therefore, by awarding scholarships to only female students, women will be hopefully the next pioneers for scientific progress and development, not only in the US but also in the world.

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Therefore, here is the list of scholarships offered to female students living in the US in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math :

1. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. Academic Scholarship

ABC Wildlife, aiming at managing humanely urban wildlife and insects in the interest of human health and safety from an environmental sustainability perspective with a love of nature and a deep respect for all living things,   proudly awards the scholarship to female students studying or planning to pursue their study in the STEM fields.

In order to receive the $1,000 scholarship, students have to write a 1000-word essay that asks them to explain reasons for their passion to study the field. In addition, the program will require them to provide enrollment proof and a letter of reference.

The application is always open to graduate and undergraduate students who are currently studying in various accredited colleges or universities in the US. One good thing about the scholarship is that candidates are not necessarily US citizens, meaning that it is also open to international students residing in the US.

For this year’s application, the deadline will be July 1.  Therefore, for more detailed information, be advised to visit the official website of Abcwildlife at www.abcwildlife.com.

2. AWIS Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award

This scholarship is awarded each year by AWIS Educational Foundation  only to female students both sophomores and juniors) who demonstrate an interest in studying physics including space physics and geophysics, or geosciences. This $2,000 scholarship is offered to students who excel in both academic and non-academic issues such as sports, music, etc.

Candidates will be asked to provide several written statements on their plans, career objectives, two letters of recommendation from faculty members, a transcript, a general information form, etc. It is also worthwhile mentioning that in order to be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate members of the SPS national organization.

For this year, the application has been already closed since March 15.

For further information, please visit www.spsnational.org or Email: SPS-Programs@aip.org.

3. Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship

As a matter of fact, the scholarship is given annually by Aysen’s son, Tunay, and his wife, Catherine to only women studying in undergraduate programs majoring in STEM. The amount of the scholarship is $ 2000 and it is awarded preferably to potential students with economic restrictions or students who are the first generation in their family to attend college or university.

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The requirements to receive the scholarship are almost similar to those of the AWIS Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award as both scholarship programs are managed by the same association named the Society of Physics Students.

Apart from this, applicants must be undergraduate members of the SPS national organization. Each year, the deadline would be March 15. For further information, please contact www.spsnational.org, Email: SPS-Programs@aip.org.

4. BHW Scholarship

One of the best alternatives of scholarships for female students interested in STEM fields is BHW Scholarship, awarded by the BHW Group, an influential company based in Austin, Texas that deals with web development and mobile app development.

In order to be eligible, female students must show a strong plan to pursue their study in undergraduate or master’s degree in the fields of STEM. The $3000 scholarship is apparently awarded each year, yet for this year the application has been closed since 15 April. The program will re-open in January for the Fall program. The scholarship will require candidates to write an essay on one of the two topics explaining their favorite app and the reason for being preferable to such an app and explaining a role of an app in improving the quality of human’s daily life.

Of note, the program is also open to international students enrolled in US universities/colleges. For those who seem interested in applying, can check the BHW’s website at www.thebhwgroup.com, or email: scholarship@thebhwgroup.com.

In fact, some of the scholarships are awarded only to female Hispanic students living in the US who show an interest in pursuing their studies in STEM fields. The two most popular of which are :

5. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships (SHPE)

A well-known foundation named the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has awarded a scholarship to female Hispanic students who are so eager to pursue their education in STEM fields. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the $1,000- $ 2,000 scholarship. Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA (12 credits at least for undergraduate students, and 9 credits for graduate students).

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In fact, there are numerous types of scholarships awarded by SHPE to Hispanic students both male and female coupled with diverse requirements and the amount such as the American Transmission Co. Scholarship, SHPE Chevron Scholarship, Eaton Multicultural Scholarship Program, John Deere Scholarship, etc.

Each year, the deadline for the application is May 1. For more detailed information regarding the scholarship, be recommended to visit the website www.scholarships.shpe.org

6. The HENAAC Scholarship

One of the alternatives that can be taken into consideration by Hispanic female students who are passionate about STEM fields is the HENAAC Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually by the Great Minds in STEM organization which makes up three types of scholarships; Corporate/Government Sponsored Scholarships; Special Recognition Scholarships; In Memoriam and Personal Tribute Scholarships. The amount of the scholarship will be ranging from $ 500 to $ 10.000

In order to be eligible, applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in an accredited college/university. candidates will be also required to write a 700-word essay and provide two letters of recommendation, and an official transcript.

It is important to note that each year, the application will be closed on April 30. Therefore, for those interested in having more information regarding the scholarship, be advised to visit www.greatmindsinstem.org, or contact Dr. Gary Cruz through Email: scholars@greatmindsinstem.org.

And last but not least, some of the scholarships are also awarded to only African-American women who look interested in STEM fields. Some of these are explained briefly as follows.

7. National Science Foundation Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded by the National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 that aims at promoting, among others, the progress of science, to black women living in the US who are eager to pursue their studies in engineering, computers, and information science programs. For more detailed information, be advised to visit www.nsf.gov.

8. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Dubbed the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in the fields of engineering and technology, the Society of Women Engineers has awarded black women students who have a strong plan to pursue their education in a higher degree in the aforementioned fields.

Those who look interested can see the official website at www.swe.org.

9. The National Society of Black Engineers

Another alternative for black female students living in the US to get financial bits of help is the scholarship awarded regularly by the National Society of Black Engineers. In fact, this organization is managed by students that aim at creating more black women professionals in the field.

Therefore, in order to get more detailed information, be recommended highly to visit www.nsbe.org.

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