Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Scholarships
Future STEM majors can choose among a wide variety of scholarship opportunities.
The U.S. Department of Education projects that career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are on the rise. As a result of this increase in demand for STEM majors, there’s also been an increase in scholarship opportunities for students in these areas. Check out some of the top STEM scholarships below to find ways to help offset your college costs.
A STEM major is a great choice for students who want excellent career prospects upon graduation.
Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a perfect fit for STEM majors. Established in 1986 to honor Senator Goldwater, this scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are currently enrolled as sophomore or junior undergraduate students. Up to 300 renewable Goldwater Scholarships are awarded annually with a maximum award amount of $7,500 per year. In order to apply, students must be nominated by their college or university’s Goldwater Faculty Representative.
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
Each year, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program awards 100 students with scholarships of up to $25,000 per year. The awards can be renewed for up to four years (or five years for qualified five-year engineering programs). First-time freshmen and current college students are invited to apply. To be eligible, students need to be enrolled full-time in a major that focuses on engineering, technology, design and/or business with an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries. There are dozens of eligible majors within these fields from which students can choose. Students are selected based on academic achievement, financial need, work experience, leadership and other criteria, such as being military veterans or first-generation college students.
Churchill Scholarship Program
First awarded in 1963, Churchill Scholarships are given to select students who wish to continue their studies in a STEM-related major at the graduate level. In order to receive this award, you must be a senior undergraduate student currently enrolled in one of the many participating U.S. institutions. Those selected go to the University of Cambridge to continue their studies in the field through ambitious research, projects and class work. The scholarship itself covers all university fees and includes a living allowance and travel allowance, which is typically valued at about $45,000 to $50,000 total. Each participating institution nominates two candidates to apply.
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers generous scholarships to undergraduate college students looking to pursue a career in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. Students must demonstrate “Exceptional Financial Need” as certified by their undergraduate financial aid office and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher. There are three components to each award. First, each student receives $20,000 for the year to help with tuition, educational expenses and reasonable living expenses (with the opportunity to renew the award for up to four years). Second, each recipient also gets to participate in paid research training at the NIH during the summer for each year of scholarship support. Finally, the student will become a full-time paid NIH employee after graduation for a minimum of one year.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program provides undergraduate minority students majoring in a technical field with scholarship funding. In order to apply, students must be currently enrolled full-time in a technical science (like laser optics or printing management science) or engineering discipline. In addition, students must consider themselves Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan or Hispanic. Each year, Xerox distributes numerous awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to qualified students.
Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology
High school students can earn significant scholarship funds towards a STEM degree by participating in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Students can participate as individuals or as part of a team. The winners in various categories are presented with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. To apply, students must submit a research report; finalists participate in regional and national competitions.
A STEM major is a great choice for students who want excellent career prospects upon graduation. Because there’s an increasing interest in attracting promising STEM students, there are also many institutional scholarships available in these disciplines. To find more STEM scholarship opportunities, use Campus Explorer’s scholarship search tool.