STEM Scholarships

Scholarships Compiled by URI’s Office of National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities

Tons of opportunities for you to check out! Some examples of STEM scholarships are also found below.

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Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Open to high school seniors and undergraduate students planning to major in an area of Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business-related programs and interested in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries. Criteria include academic achievement, financial need, participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience, and interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industry. Special consideration will be given to the following applicants: first-generation college, female, minority, military veteran or dependent of military personnel. The scholarship awards up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to four years (or one additional year for those entering a five-year engineering program). See the website for more information.

Dell Scholars Program

$20,000 annually, non-renewable. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Upon the Foundation’s approval, the recipient may also be able to use his/her funds for approved internships and study abroad programs. 300 awards offered annually. Apply online. Application deadline: January 15

FISITA Travel Bursary Programme

FISITA offers student engineers the opportunity to apply for a travel bursary, of up to EUR 2000, to help with the costs of taking part in organized work placements (internships, exchange programs etc.) in automotive companies and research institutions overseas. To be eligible to apply, you must: be studying engineering at undergraduate or postgraduate level at a recognized college or university, have arranged an industry or research placement in an automotive company or organization overseas, be a member of a FISITA member society (student must have membership of the FISITA society for their nation: in U.S. it would be SAE-International. It costs 25$ for a student membership.) Download the application forms and all information from the website and contact your IEP director if interested. Application deadline for students completing spring internships abroad through IEP (between April and October) is March.

Out To Innovate™ Scholarships for LGBT STEM Students ($5000)

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals established the Out To Innovate™ Scholarships for LGBT STEM Students, following NOGLSTP’s inaugural Out to Innovate™ Career Summit for LGBT People in STEM. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBT students in STEM careers. Two $5000 scholarships will be awarded: one to an undergraduate student, and one to a graduate student. The deadline for applications to be received by NOGLSTP is early June. Follow this link to learn more, and to download the application package.

Science Ambassador Scholarship (full tuition up to 4 years)

The Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. The ideal candidate will be an ambassador for their field–someone passionate about discovery who shares their excitement with others. The winner of the Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. To apply, submit a video of yourself explaining a topic in science you are passionate about. The videos will be reviewed by a board of fifty women who hold higher degrees and work professionally in science and engineering. Ten video finalists will move onto the next round and submit additional materials. Both high school and college students can apply at
Applications close December 1.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarships 

SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico. In 2013, SWE disbursed over 200 new and renewed scholarships valued at $550,000. SWE provides one application for sophomores through graduate students and one application for freshmen. Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. See the organization’s website for a complete list of scholarships.
Sophomores through graduate students application: December – February.
Freshman application: March – May.

Women in Engineering Scholarship

The purpose of the Women in Engineering Scholarship offered by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Psi Omega Chapter, is to support and acknowledge young women pursuing education and careers in engineering or closely related fields. Scholarship awards will range from $250.00 to $1000.00. To be eligible applicants must be females enrolled at a two or four-year university in the state of Rhode Island, be majoring in engineering or a closely related field, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a strong record of community service. For more information contact March

Victor J. Baxt Scholarship

In honor of 50 years of loyal, dedicated service, the Victor J. Baxt Scholarship, honors an important leader in our company’s history. The scholarship will be awarded annually to one student from the University of Rhode Island who meets the following criteria:

  • Enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program
  • Rhode Island resident
  • Completion of sophomore year studies (rising junior)
  • Field of study must be in an Engineering discipline OR Chemistry
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Willing to work two consecutive summer sessions in one of Teknor Apex’s manufacturing facilities

During the summer the student will be offered a position of temporary employment with an established hourly rate of pay and will be paid for all hours worked. The two summer sessions will be project-based and designed around the student’s field of study.
Submit an application with a short essay (500 words or less) on why you should be selected for the scholarship to Deadline: December. The winning recipient will be notified by January 30. Download the application on the Teknor Apex website.