Despite making up nearly half of the workforce, women hold less than 30% of science and other STEM jobs. This gender gap is starting to shrink, thanks to the efforts of teachers and mentors who are encouraging young women to pursue their science dreams.
If you’re one of these young women, here are some undergrad and graduate scholarships that might help you get your degree and achieve your dreams.
1. The Center for Women in Technology
If you’re in the Baltimore area, the Center for Women in Technology offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships for women in different STEM fields, from computer science to biochemical engineering.
This scholarship covers $5,000-15,000 a year for in-state students and $10,000-20,000 for those coming from out of state. Receiving a CWIT scholarship also entitles you to special courses, faculty mentorships and other programs. This is strictly an undergraduate program.
2. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship
If the ocean calls to you and you’re interested in studying marine biology, oceanography or any of the ocean-related sciences, consider applying for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship.
Awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this scholarship offers financial assistance and the opportunity to work with NOAA scientists around the world, building a network and then a career after graduation.
This is primarily for graduate students, but undergrads who are working on graduate-level research can still apply.
3. Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship
This scholarship is designed for women in school studying chemistry or related fields. Applicants need to be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in their junior or senior year, though it does exclude those studying chemistry as part of a pre-med program.
For eligible applicants, the reward is a minimum of $1,500 that can be put toward books, tuition or lab fees.
4. Sigma Delta Epsilon’s Graduate Women in Science
This is more of a fellowship than a scholarship, but it is ideal for any women who are pursuing a career in the sciences. You don’t have to be a member of the Sigma Delta Epsilon sorority to apply, although it is recommended.
The Graduate Women in Science program chooses five female scientists-in-training and awards them up to $10,000 a year for equipment, travel, publication, and supplies to support their research while they’re studying.
5. Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award
Sponsored by the Association for Women in Science, this scholarship is specifically for college sophomores or juniors who are studying undergraduate physics or related fields.
This is one award that can be applied to any college in the United States, as long as the recipient meets the requirements and is active in extracurricular activities as well, and awards up to $2,000 for tuition, books, housing and travel expenses.
6. Olin E. Teague Scholarship
The aerospace industry is booming and will need new graduates to fill the ranks as it continues to expand. The Olin E. Teague scholarship awards up to $4,000 to high school seniors pursuing undergraduate degrees in aerospace or related fields.
As long as you’re attending an accredited U.S. high school and are planning to pursue an aerospace degree once you graduate, you’re eligible to apply for this scholarship.
7. Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship
This scholarship is designed for women in the sciences, including technology. They invite ten undergraduate and graduate students a year to a paid developmental workshop in Palo Alto and then award them with up to $7,000 to support their education.
This can be a great tool for networking and finding a mentor or internship in the industry before you graduate.
The Future of STEM Is Female
These scholarships and others like them are the tools that women need to get ahead in the sciences and related STEM fields, and maybe the thing we need to finally close the STEM gender gap for good.
The future of science is female — we just have to stop discouraging young girls and women from pursuing the sciences as an option.