It’s that time of year again! People are unpacking their winter coats, buying pumpkin everything, and, of course, scrambling to keep up with college application deadlines. It can be a hectic time of year for students of all ages who are pursuing two year, four year, and even graduate degrees.
First off, we would like to stress that we do not believe all STEM based careers require a four year degree. There are many, many fun and lucrative career fields that need more qualified applicants, and require no more than a two year degree. Here is a great video with more information about today’s economy and the reality of pursuing a college degree.
That being said, we understand many students across the country will be pursuing a four year degree or higher; because they have already determined what education they need to fulfill their dreams, personal reasons, etc. We also understand that higher education, while a very worthy pursuit, is also a very expensive one, and we’re here to help. Below, we’ve rounded up a list of scholarships presented by organizations who not only will provide you with great places to apply for grants and scholarships, but also career advice to help you define your path once you have been accepted. Good luck, and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish!
Project Lead The Way : “PLTW students often show increased performance and persistence versus their non-PLTW peers. As a result, many colleges and universities offer scholarships for PLTW students to attend their institution.” The scholarships and opportunities here are for students who have been involved with PLTW, so if you’re a high school junior or younger and haven’t gotten involved, now is the time to start! PLTW students not only are exposed to scholarships and career guidance– but also partial course credits, test-out exams, and even admission preference. Get Involved!
SME Education Foundation: “The SME Education Foundation’s mission is to prepare youth for advanced manufacturing careers through outreach programs encouraging students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with a particular focus on technology and engineering.” The SME Education Foundation’s site is incredibly well organized and easy to navigate between opportunities for high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. Check back in soon for more information in particular on the Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship— we’re very excited about it!
Manufacturing Day: For a truly comprehensive list of scholarships, check back in with the Manufacturing Day website. Even though the fun of Manufacturing Day is winding down, the list of opportunities available for students pursuing fields in manufacturing isn’t going anywhere. Filter through to see what opportunities are perfect for you and your specific path.
Deep breaths! Your family and teachers are all rooting for you! For tips on time management, studying, and academic organization to make the next few months easier, check out the Student Resource Center on our Pinterest page!