Although women now make up slightly more than half of all college and university students, the scholarship and grant for women still lag behind in assisting deserving women to enter or return to school to improve themselves. The programs and organizations listed below have dedicated themselves to improving this situation.
Center for Women In Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program at UMBC
The CWIT at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is a merit scholarship program for talented undergraduates majoring in computer science, information systems, business technology administration, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical/biochemical/environmental engineering or a related program.
CWIT Scholars receive four years of an annual scholarship ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 per academic year for Maryland residents, and from $10,000 – $22,000 per academic year for non-Maryland residents, to cover full tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses. Each CWIT Scholar participates in special courses and activities and receives mentoring from faculty and participating members of the IT and engineering communities.
Potential candidates must complete a separate scholarship application than their UMBC application. It is recommended that students who plan to apply for the CWIT Scholars Program should apply to UMBC via the Common Application by November 1st of their senior year in high school. This ensures the student will have notice of admission before submitting their CWIT application.
Applications are available from the UMBC scholarship office here.
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship
In 2007, the ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women who are pursuing careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009, this opportunity was extended to graduating high school seniors and doubled the number of awards granted from 15 to 30.
The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each scholarship of up to $3,000 is awarded annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students.
Applicants must be:
- Women or minority students
- Pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts (high school seniors must already be accepted into a college program)
- Enrolled or are enrolling in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States
- Maintaining a gpa of 2.75 or above on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
- U.S. citizens
This scholarship program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. For more details and to submit an application, visit their website here.
Jane M. Klausman Women in Business
Zonta International is an organization dedicating to advancing the causes of women worldwide. To help advance deserving women in business, they have developed a scholarship for women seeking degrees in business who will pursue a career as far as possible. Their Jane M. Klausman International Scholarship is over $5,000 each year given to undergraduate women from around the world. You can find more details about this award at their website.
Jeannette Rankin Fund Scholarships
The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Fund awards scholarships each fall to low-income women, ages 35 and older that have a vision of how a college education will benefit themselves, their families and communities. The scholarships are open to students pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree or a first bachelor’s degree. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Applications are available starting November 1 each year for the following academic year. The application deadline is March 1. All applications must be completed online; no applications or related materials will be accepted by mail.
Ladies of the Podium Scholarship
The Ladies of the Podium scholarships are endowed for the Women Band Directors International (WBDI) by Betty Jo and Kathy Schmidt. Women who are studying band music education at the undergrad or graduate level are encouraged to apply for one of four $500 scholarships.
Scholarship deadline is December 1st of each year. Recipients will be notified by January 15th. Scholarships are possibly renewable, but applicant must re-apply. More information on the scholarship and the WBDI itself can be found at their website here.
NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation
The National Association of Women in Construction Founders’ (NAWIC) Scholarship Foundation is a self-supporting scholarship program. It was established to assist in providing the construction industry with trained female employees through higher education. The Foundation is supported and maintained primarily through income from investments of a trust fund.
Candidates must apply directly to the NAWIC Founders’ Scholarship Foundation and are considered based on their interest in construction, GPA, extracurricular activities, employment experience and financial need. Application deadline is March 15 of each year. Detailed information can be found at their website; http://www.nawic.org/.
National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) Essay Contest
This contest is open to female high school juniors and seniors and six winners are selected annually. The winners receive a $3,000 unrestricted scholarship to use towards college tuition at any U.S. college or university; and an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference, taking place in November at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. Here, the winners meet women lawmakers from across the United States, learn about public policy, and establish relationships that often grow into mentoring opportunities.
This year’s topics can be reviewed at the NFWL website. Completed essays should be mailed to their address listed below:
National Foundation for Women Legislators, Inc.
ATTN: NFWL-NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest
1050 17th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Questions may be directed to the NFWL office at 202-293-3040.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarship Program
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to ABET/CSAB accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.
Grants are announced in the summer for sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students and in the late summer/early fall for freshmen and re-entry students for the following academic year. Grant payments are made in the fall for corporate-sponsored scholarships and in both the fall and spring for endowed scholarships after receiving proof of registration.
Questions regarding these scholarships can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Women in Aviation International (WAI)
The Women in Aviation International organization has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships over the last two decades to women pursuing education and careers in aviation and aerospace. Applicants must already have a pilot’s license and be a member of the WAI. November is the deadline to apply for the following academic year. Applications and complete information on their different scholarships is located on their website at http://www.wai.org/education/scholarships.cfm.
Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Scholarships
WTS is an international organization with over 4,400 members in more than 40 chapters, with 200+ members in the local Colorado chapter. To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation (such as transportation/civil engineering, planning, construction management, finance, or logistics) at Colorado and Wyoming schools, WTS Colorado offers two annual graduate-level scholarships, two undergraduate-level scholarships, a community college/trade school and high school level scholarship:
– Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship ($4,000)
– President’s Leadership Legacy Scholarship ($4,000)
– Sharon D. Banks Scholarship ($2,500)
– Louise Moritz Molitoris Leadership Award ($2,500)
Community College/Technical/Trade School ($2000)
High School Transportation YOU Scholarship ($500)
Application Deadline: November 4th
Please visit their website for more information and to download the scholarship applications.