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Engineering Scholarships for High School Seniors

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Engineering can be a challenging field of study, but students who show potential in this area can find a wide selection of scholarship opportunities to help them along. Review details for each of the engineering scholarships listed below, then check out some resources that can help you find additional financial aid to help offset the costs of a college education.

High School Senior Engineering Scholarships

With the nationwide emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, high school students who excel in these areas often stand out and are eligible to compete for a plethora of scholarship opportunities available to engineering majors. Below, you'll find a detailed list of engineering scholarships with the eligibility requirements specified for each one. Many are offered by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). This professional organization partners with several corporations to offer scholarships to students interested in obtaining a degree in engineering, science or a technology-related field.

BMW/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 per year, renewable up to three years

Eligibility: Open to U.S. residents who wish to pursue a degree in science or engineering, this scholarship requires applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.75 and ACT composite or SAT math and critical reading scores in the 90th percentile. The recipient of this scholarship must obtain their degree from an ABET-accredited program.

How to Apply: Apply for this scholarship by creating an account on the SAE scholarship website, which will give you access to the application. The application deadline is January 15th.

SAE/Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) Scholarship

Amount: One-time payment of $5,000

Eligibility: This scholarship is offered to U.S. resident high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA and scores in the 90th percentile on the SAT critical reading and math sections or a composite score in the 90th percentile on the ACT. Applicants must be current or previous participants in the Ford Next Generation Learning Community or a FORD PAS program. Recipients must attend an ABET-accredited engineering or technology program in the U.S.

How to Apply: Students will be notified by the Ford Next Generation Learning Community if they are qualified to apply. Scholarship applications must be submitted by January 15th.

Dan and Vicky Hancock Scholarship for Mechanical Engineering Excellence

Amount: $5,500 for one year, students are eligible to apply again each year but must be selected by the committee

Eligibility: This scholarship is open to both college and high school applicants majoring or planning to major in mechanical engineering. High school applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA with a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or minimum SAT scores of 600 in math and 550 in critical reading. College applicants must have no lower than a 3.0 GPA. The selection committee favors applicants with leadership potential as demonstrated through extracurricular activities and projects. Students attending Kettering University are also given special preference.

How to Apply: Applicants must fill out the application provided on the SAE scholarship website and submit official transcripts along with college admissions test scores and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFA).

To prove their leadership potential, students must also submit a letter of recommendation from someone who oversees their participation in extracurricular activities. Additional requirements include a second letter of recommendation from an individual of their choosing as well as an essay explaining why they're interested in a mechanical engineering career and their need for the financial assistance. The application and all documents must be submitted by January 15th.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Amount: $25,000 per year, can be renewed for four to five years

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include high school seniors and college undergraduates considering full-time enrollment in a STEM-related field. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and be active in their schools and communities. First-generation college students and children of military personnel are given special considerations, as are veterans, females and minorities.

How to Apply: Create an account on the Buick Achievers website in order to fill out the online application form. Applications are accepted from the beginning of January to the end of February.

Additional Resources

Finding and applying for scholarships can be a tedious process. Seeking help from school counselors and academic advisors can help keep you on track so you don't miss any important steps or deadlines. You can also review the tips and strategies detailed in the links below to learn more about available grants, scholarships and students loans and how to apply for them.

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