Outside Scholarships

Scholarship Search Sites

The list below includes sites where you can search for multiple scholarship opportunities.  These sites are administered by outside organizations and are not managed by VCU or the VCU College of Engineering. We cannot respond to questions regarding these search tools.  Please direct any questions to the appropriate manager of each site.

Individual Scholarships

The scholarships listed below are administered by outside organizations and are not managed by VCU or the VCU College of Engineering. We cannot respond to questions regarding these scholarships.  Please direct any questions to the scholarship granting organization.

If you represent an organization that would like to list a scholarship here please email engscholars@vcu.edu and we will review for potential posting.


AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) Foundation Scholarships

AmericanMuscle Automotive Scholarships

  • https://www.americanmuscle.com/scholarships.html
  • Application Deadline: October 15 for Spring, July 15 for Fall
  • Number of awards available: 2 Spring 2 Fall
  • Approximate Value: 2000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Student must pursue automotive themed major
    2. Students currently enrolled full-time in an American college, technical institute, or high school seniors planning to attend a college or post-secondary institution are eligible to be awarded a scholarship through this program.
  • Notes: Student must submit a 700-1500 word essay to scholarships@americanmuscle.com describing who you are and how you plan on using your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry.
  • Scholarship Sponsor: AmericanMuscle

Anthony Ihedoha Anaebere Memorial Scholarship

  • https://aiascholarship.com/
  • Application Deadline: February 18
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Nigerian-born -or- first generation Nigerian-American student
    2. Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate level engineering degree at an accredited college/university in the United States of America.

Antibodies-Online University Scholarship

  • https://www.antibodies-online.com/scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: January 20 and July 20
  • Number of Awards Available: 2
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Candidates must be enrolled as a freshman, undergraduate, or graduate student at an accredited college or university for the upcoming fall or spring term respectively with an intended major in Life Sciences or related fields
    2. Candidates must complete two brief writing prompts in the application.

ASHRAE Scholarship

  • https://www.developingcareer.com/ashrae-scholarship-program/
  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Full-time enrollment in an accredited undergraduate engineering or engineering technology program recognized by ASHRAE and listed for each scholarship.
    2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class ranking of no less than 30% evidenced by submission of an official transcript of grades and/or statement from a school administrator

Best Security Place Scholarship

  • https://www.bestsecurityplace.com/scholarship-program/
  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Must be a graduate of a public or accredited private high school
    2. Must be a student in at a US-based college or university, residing in US
    3. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

BHW Scholarship

  • https://thebhwgroup.com/scholarship
  • Application Deadline: April 15
  • Number of awards available: 1
  • Approximate Value: 3000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Women who are pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics during the 2019 school year.
  • Notes: 1. Tell us about your favorite app and what you like about it. 2. Tell us about a time an app played a significant role in improving your day. Your essay should be between 500 and 800 words.
  • Scholarship Sponsor: BHW Group

BluePay STEM Scholarship

  • https://www.bluepay.com/company/scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: January 3
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. To qualify, undergraduate or graduate students must be majoring in a STEM field of study and attending an accredited college or university.

Capital Auto Auction STEM Scholarship

To help provide more individuals with the opportunity to get a solid education, Capital Auto Auction is awarding a scholarship to support students pursuing STEM-related degrees.

CNC Machines Scholarship

The Clunker Junker Scholarship

The Custody X Change Giving Fund

  • https://www.custodyxchange.com/scholarships/
  • Application Deadline: August 31 for Fall, December 31 for Spring, and April 30 for Summer
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. In order to qualify for the Custody X Change Single Parent Scholarship, you must:
      1. Have primary physical custody of one or more minor children
      2. Be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university
      3. Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be a first-semester student
    2. The scholarship is open to single parent students around the world. If you're outside the US, you should have the equivalent of 3.0 GPA or higher on your university's grading scale.

Department of Defense SMART Scholarship

  • https://smartscholarshipprod.service-now.com/smart/
  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application,
    2. 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2019
    3. able to participate in summer internships at a DoD facility,
    4. willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
    5. a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    6. pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.

DGR Engineering Scholarship

  • https://www.developingcareer.com/dgr-engineering-scholarship/?ak=1
  • Application Deadline: May 18
  • Number of awards available: 1
  • Approximate Value: 2000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. 45 credit hours by June 1
    2. 3.0 in engineering or land surveying program
    3. Preference will be considered for those in an electrical, civil, environmental or agricultural engineering program.
  • Notes:
  • Scholarship Sponsor: DGR Engineering Foundation

Drone Enthusiast Women in Science UAV Scholarship

  • https://www.dronethusiast.com/drone-scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Number of awards available: 1
  • Approximate Value: 2000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Submit a 1-page essay on the topic in either English or Spanish
    2. One letter of reference required
    3. Submit a 1-page summary which includes your contact info, your school's contact info and reasons why you would like this scholarship
    4. Must be currently enrolled as a high school or college student
  • Notes:
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Drone Enthusiast

ExtremeTerrain Student Scholarships

  • https://www.extremeterrain.com/scholarships.html
  • Application Deadline: June 15 for Fall and October 15 for Spring
  • Number of awards available: 2
  • Approximate Value: 3000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Undergraduate college/university students and high school seniors who are pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Ecology, Land Use, Earth & Atmosphere Sciences, Sustainable Land Management, Environmental Biology, Sustainable Agriculture Systems. Proof of enrollment is required along with submission. Any questions or clarification of what constitutes proof of enrollment can be emailed to scholarships@extremeterrain.com.
    2. ExtremeTerrain Scholarships are non-renewable, however previous winners who are still eligible may submit a new essay that follows the same criteria. Entries are limited to one essay per student each semester.
  • Notes:

Flood Lights Blog Scholarship

  • https://floodlightsblog.com/#Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: December 31(yearly)
  • Number of awards available: 5
  • Approximate value: $1000
  • Description: Floodlightsblog.com is proud to offer the $1000 annual scholarship for students studying in any discipline. The purpose of this scholarship is to raise the awareness of energy crisis, light pollution and other global issues affecting us. The students can learn more about how LED flood lamp reduce the energy consumption & light pollution in daily lives after replacing the traditional HID lights, as well as the ways to relief the burden on fossil fuel after taking part in our flood lights blog essay writing scholarship.
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Undergraduate or postgraduate students in all disciplines (any school year)
    2. Exchange students are welcome to apply
    3. Minimum GPA: 3.0
    4. US residents
  • How to Apply:
    • Students are required to submit an 800 to 2000 words essay addressing one of the following topics:
      1. Advancement of LED Lighting Technology and How Does it Help Improve our Life.
      2. How to Save Energy in College (Must Include Lighting Part).
      3. How to Deal with Light Pollution Problem?
    • The essay must be submitted to scholarship@floodlightsblog.com
  • Scholarship Sponsor: FloodLightsBlog Workshop
    • Address: 784 Epperson Dr, City of Industry, CA 91748

Name of Scholarship: $1000

Google Lime

Influenster Scholarship for Women in STEM

  • Application Deadline:
  • Number of awards available: 5
  • Approximate Value: 1000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. female students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a technical field of study. The scholarship can be used to pay for tuition and/or school expenses.
    2. Have a minimum 3.40 cumulative GPA (will not be rounded) on 4.0 grade scale.
  • Notes: Notes: Pass all components of the Influenster application including the written essay topic: “Discuss a tool in the realm of technology that you wish you could reinvent, tweak, or collaborate on and why? Not have not been a past Influenster scholarship recipient.
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Influenster

Kelly Future Engineers Scholarship Program

  • https://www.kellyservices.us/us/careers/areas-of-expertise/kelly-engineering-resources/future-engineers-scholarship-program/
  • Application Deadline: November 1
  • Number of awards available: 2
  • Approximate Value: 1500
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Be a full-time student at the time of application submittal, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Canada during the 2017 calendar year, and be enrolled in the College/School of Engineering. Scholarships will not be awarded to 1 st year undergraduate students or those 4th year undergraduate students who will be graduating on or before June 2017.
    2. Have a college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0scale (or 3.5 on a 4.5 scales, and so forth).
  • Notes:
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Kelly Services

LasikPlus My Vision Scholarship

  • https://www.lasikplus.com/scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: A new award is offered every calendar quarter
  • Approximate Value: 2500
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Be a full-time freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student currently enrolled at an accredited university in the U.S. or its territories.
    2. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    3. Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or its territories, or otherwise have a student visa valid for the entire duration of the specific Essay Scholarship Contest entered.

Microsoft Tuition Scholarship

  • Application Deadline:
  • Number of awards available:
  • Approximate Value:
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. You must be enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted.
    2. The scholarship is open to students pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related STEM degree.
    3. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0.
  • Notes: Recipients receive partial tuition covered for one academic year as posted by the financial aid office at your college or university. You may use the funds for tuition only – not for other costs listed on your bursar bill, such as room and board.
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Microsoft

MLINQS On the Move Scholarship

  • https://mlinqs.net/on-the-move-scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: April 26 for Fall
  • Number of awards available: 1
  • Approximate Value: 1000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. In order to participate in our scholarship contest, student applicants must have relocated at least 3 times in the past 13 years, with each relocation at a distance of 50 miles or greater.
    2. To apply, students must
      1. Provide us with a copy of their high school transcript,
      2. Fill out and return to us the application form, which will ask for more details about the applicant's relocations, high school academic performance, and high school activities.
      3. Provide us with an original video or essay with an answer to this question: "Describe the relocations that your family has experienced during your life, how it provided challenges for you, how you overcame those challenges, and how the relocations may have enriched your life."

NCWIT Collegiate Award

  • https://www.aspirations.org/participate/collegiate-award
  • Application Deadline: October 15
  • Approximate Value: 1000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Any U.S. woman is eligible to apply, if she also meets all of the following criteria:
      1. She is a high school graduate.
      2. She is a member of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community.
      3. She is currently enrolled as an undergraduate (at a two- or four-year institution) or a graduate student pursuing a degree in computer science or a related degree program* at an NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) member institution. (View the full list of AA member institutions.)
      4. She is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who resides in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen residing in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. overseas military base.
      5. She has a valid U.S. Social Security or Tax Identification number.
      6. She will be 18 years of age or older by May 1, 2019.
      7. She is not an NCWIT employee and has no immediate family relationship with employees, extended staff, contractors or board members of NCWIT (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren, and persons residing in the same household).

QuoteWizard Safe Driver Scholarship

  • https://quotewizard.com/corp/safe-driver-scholarship
  • Application Deadline: September 15
  • To Apply:
    1. Build a social awareness campaign to reduce distracted driving by addressing the following:
      1. Name: Choose a creative campaign name.
      2. Problem: Address a specific problem related to distracted driving and how it affects you and others in your community.
      3. Solution: Come up with a creative solution to the problem and describe how you will raise awareness about this solution.
  • Note: At QuoteWizard, we are dedicated to preventing accidents by reducing the number of distracted drivers on the road. Since a large percentage of the drivers affected by distracted driving are young people, we thought it made sense to engage young people to come up with ideas to reduce distracted driving

Research Paper Competition

  • http://www.eltech.ru/en/study/masters-degree/automation-and-mechatronics/scholarship
  • Application Deadline: October 15
  • Number of awards available: 1
  • Approximate Value: 500
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Students from non-Russian universities and non-Russian residents are allowed to participate in the competition.
    2. A participant should not have graduated from his or her educational facility by December 2018
  • Notes: This is not a scholarship but is a research paper competition.
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University

Rings of Excellence Scholarship and Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarship

  • http://www.aoefoundation.org/scholarships.php
  • Application Deadline: February 15
  • Number of awards available: 2
  • Approximate Value: 500-2500
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Identify as female and enrolled as a full time student in engineering or technical science program
    2. 2.0 and member of AOE for Rings of Excellence 3.0 for Engineering and Tehcnial Science Achievement Scholarship
  • Notes: Must not have full funding and must not have been a previous recipient of an AOE scholarship
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation

SallieMae Bridging the Dream

  • https://www.salliemae.com/landing/bridging-the-dream/
  • Application Deadline: August 23
  • Number of awards available: 5
  • Approximate Value: 25000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics, community service, or school activities. However, the college endeavors of such candidates may be impeded by their respective financial situation.
    2. Anyone that nominates a potential recipient must also submit two detailed stories that emphasize the candidate’s personal and academic credentials, while also highlighting any obstacles they have had to overcome in life.
    3. Junior or Senior in High School
  • Notes: Nominations must come from counselor or community leader
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Scholarship America

Scooters 'n Chairs Scholarship

  • https://www.scootersnchairs.com/pages/2019-student-scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: June 01 (We offer this opportunity twice a year for the Fall & Spring semesters.)
  • Number of awards available: 1
  • Approximate Value: 1000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Be at least 18 years old
    2. State the applicant's need & submit a relevant essay for the scholarship
    3. Be enrolled at an accredited educational institution at the undergraduate or graduate level
    4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Notes: Please write an essay on an experience over the past semester that required your use of strength & perseverance to overcome. Please limit your essay to 2000 words.
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Scooters 'n Chairs

Selected Professions Fellowships - AAUW

  • Application Deadline: January 10
  • Number of awards available:
  • Approximate Value: 5000–18000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Women who are pursuing a master's program in Architecture, computer/information science, Engineering, or Mathematics/statistics
  • Notes:
  • Scholarship Sponsor: AAUW

Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR)

  • https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid
  • Application Deadline: March 15 and October 1
  • Number of awards available: varies
  • Approximate Value: varies
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs may apply.
    2. Membership in Sigma Xi is not required to apply, but we strongly encourage you to consider becoming a member prior to the grant application deadline.

Straight North STEM Scholarship

  • https://www.straightnorth.com/scholarship/
  • Application deadline: August 01
  • Basic eligibility:
    1. To qualify, undergraduate or graduate students must be majoring in a STEM field of study, and attending an accredited college or university.

SWE Scholarships

  • http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/index.php/scholarships#activePanels_
  • Application Deadline: February 22 for current college students and May 8 for new freshmen
  • Number of awards available: 233
  • Approximate Value: 1000-15000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. must be planning to attend a school ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year
  • Notes: List of scholarships similar to the FIRST Scholarship page
  • Scholarship Sponsor: SWE

Women Techmakers

  • https://www.womentechmakers.com/scholars
  • Application Deadline:
  • Number of awards available:
  • Approximate Value: 10000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. Identify as female and enrolled as a full time student at an accredited university
    2. Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related technical field
    3. Strong academic record, exemplify leadership, demonstrate passion for increasing involvement of women in computer science.
  • Notes: awarded based on the strength of each candidate's academic background and demonstrated leadership and impact on community. All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat in Mountain View, California
  • Scholarship Sponsor: Google

WomenIn and Randy Pausch Scholarship

  • https://www.aiasfoundation.org/programs/scholarships.asp
  • Application Deadline: varies depending on scholarship
  • Number of awards available: 5
  • Approximate Value: 2500
  • Basic Eligibility:
    1. 3.3 GPA
    2. must identify as women intending to pursue a career in any aspect of interactive entertainment including art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, law, marketing, and business administration.
  • Notes:
  • Scholarship Sponsor: AIAS Foundation

YourLastHost Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Youth Forward Scholarship

  • https://www.dmvedu.org/scholarship/
  • Application Deadline: April 1, August 1, and December 1
  • Approximate Value: 3000
  • Basic Eligibility:
    • Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school, university or college as a full-time student (2019-2020 school year).
  • How to Apply:
    1. Questions to be answered in your essay/application
      1. What is the importance of driver education in reducing the number of deaths as a result of driving?
      2. What steps can be taken to reduce the number of deaths related to driving?
      3. Have you ever had an experience of being in a car accident or have seen your friends or family members driving irresponsibly?
      4. What steps can you take to be a better and safer driver?
  • National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their 2019 scholarship opportunity, entitled "In the Driver's Seat." The company is seeking to reward essay applicants $3,000 in scholarships- for students enrolled as a High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior or as a College Freshman – on the topic of being a safer driver.