Engineering is one of the most relevant college majors today. It opens doors to a wide variety of highly lucrative career paths. For many future engineers, paying for an education is a seemingly insurmountable hurdle standing in the way of their dreams. Scholarships offer a way around that hurdle.
The American Society of Civil Engineers
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a professional organization that offers several annual scholarships. The Lawrence W. and Francis W. Cox Scholarship, the Eugene C. Figg, Jr. Scholarship, and the Y. C. Yang Civil Engineering Scholarship each award one student already enrolled in an undergraduate program accredited by the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology). The Arthur S. Tuttle Memorial Scholarship is designated for students enrolled in ABET-accredited masters degree programs. All awards amount varies each year, and applicants must be student members of the ASCE in good academic standing. Local state and regional chapters of the ASCE may offer their own scholarships, as well.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) seeks to help students from minority populations overcome the additional challenges they face in pursuing their academic and career goals. Each year, NACME partners with various companies and organizations to offer upwards of 3 million dollars in financial aid in the form of multiple awards that offer something for every engineering hopeful. There are scholarships for current high school seniors getting ready to embark on their academic endeavors and for college seniors in need of that last little financial push toward graduation. Awards range from $1000 to $5000. Each scholarship has its own set of requirements; some are merit-based, while others require applicants to write essays. Some are paid internships, which offer financial assistance and hands-on experience, which is valuable when applying to their first jobs or graduate programs.
Scholarships such as these were created by individuals dedicated to laying the foundation for the next generation of civil engineers. They are easy to apply for and require only a demonstrated commitment to success in the field. Financial concerns do not need to prevent students from moving forward in their academic journeys toward rewarding civil engineering careers.