Scholarships for Women in Science

For women interested in pursuing a career in the field of science there are many different scholarships available to help fund their college education. These scholarships, their amounts, and qualifications, vary from source to source but normally require a focus in a qualifying field of study and a GPA of a satisfactory amount. Regardless of the specific field of study there is likely a scholarship available although one must pay careful attention to application deadlines and the overall requirements.

One of the most popular scholarship programs for women is called “STEM” and is funded by The National Science Foundation. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and is geared toward funding the education of students who are striving for a degree in a related field. One of the oldest scholarship programs for women is the Burlington Business and Professional Women’s Organization Science and Technology Scholarship which was founded in 1919. There are qualifications for the Burlington scholarship that require the person to reside within a specific area however so this scholarship is more localized.

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship is one of the highest paying scholarships and is funded by the government. This program can be worth up to $30,000 per year for qualifying students and can be attained for up to three years. The Technical Women’s Organization Scholarship is another popular program for funding and is aimed towards women who are pursuing a technical field based career. Also prominent is the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship which funds studies into math, science, and engineering but requires a GPA of 3.0 or better. For those seeking a career in marine biology or related sciences there is an excellent program funded by Woods Hole called the Woods Hole Undergraduate Fellowship for Minorities. The Woods Hole program is a broad scholarship aimed at all minorities and presents undergraduate students with the opportunity to further their education beyond what they may have even imagined.

For students seeking more than just a scholarship there are a number of paid internships available including the APS/ IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women. This ten week internship is funded by The American Physical Society and the IBM corporation and not only provides and opportunity for students to raise money for college but also involves them in a working environment which can greatly aid in their studies. These scholarships are only a few of the hundreds that are available for women who are seeking an education and career in the field of science and there are many more out there which are specifically tailored to the needs of the individual.