The STEM field has a disproportionate number of women in its ranks. According to National Science Councilwomen represent only 21% of engineering courses and 19% of computer and information technology courses.
Historically, STEM jobs have been stereotyped as male careers, discouraging women from pursuing these roles – or causing their parents and mentors to discourage them. Finances can also be an issue. Women hold about two-thirds of the national student loan debt, according to the American Association of University Women.
To combat these trends, some organizations have introduced women into STEM scholarships, including computing and information technology scholarships. The scholarships reduce financial stress for learners during their studies, by awarding funds based on academic merit, need and identity.
For prospective students to begin their search, we have highlighted several women in STEM scholarships.
Scholarships for women in STEM
The following list provides information on women in STEM scholarships including eligibility and deadline details. Each of these awards is available to students across the country.
The scholarship amounts are one-time awards.
Also check out our other scholarship summaries:
Red Olive Women in STEM Scholarship
Eligibility limits: Available to female students currently enrolled in a STEM discipline.
On: In an effort to increase the number of women in the IT field, Red Olive has introduced this scholarship for women in STEM. Applicants must submit an 800-word essay on how they will improve the future with technology to qualify.
Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
Deadline: February and May
Eligibility limits: Available to freshmen with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or senior students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are enrolled or accepted into a STEM program.
On: The Society of Women Engineers is offering over 260 scholarships to women pursuing a degree in engineering, technology, or computer science who also demonstrate financial need.
Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility limits: Available to female undergraduates in a STEM discipline who are members of the Society of Physics Students.
On: The Society of Physics Students offers this scholarship to promote and support women in the STEM field. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need.
Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship
On: The Heinlein Society offers four scholarships for women pursuing a STEM Bachelor of Science degree at four-year colleges and universities. Applicants must submit a 500-1000 word essay on a topic provided.
The BHW Group Women in STEM Scholarship
Eligibility limits: Offered to women in an undergraduate or master’s STEM program.
On: BHW Group is offering a scholarship to support women in pursuing STEM education and careers. Applicants must submit a 500-800 word essay on one of the proposed topics.
Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award from the Association for Women in Science
Eligibility limits: Available to second and third year female students in the physics and geosciences programs.
On: The Association for Women in Science presents this award to women of physics and science programs that have a strong extracurricular track record or have overcome challenges.
UPS Scholarship for Female Students
Eligibility limits: Available to female student members of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) pursuing an industrial engineering degree or equivalent with a minimum 3.4 GPA.
On: The IISE offers awards to student members with a strong academic and leadership track record, who also have the potential for future service.
Palantir Fellowship for Women in Tech
Eligibility limits: Offered to female undergraduates in computer science or a related technical program.
On: Palantir is offering 10 scholarships to support women in tech. Applicants must submit two written responses to the questions provided.
Identity-Based Scholarships for Women in STEM
The following list provides details of the best national scholarships available for women in STEM who also belong to other minority groups.
Some of the scholarships below are not exclusively for women, but if you are a woman pursuing a STEM degree and meet the other eligibility requirements, they may be worth applying for.
Out to Innovate Scholarship
Eligibility limits: Available to LGBTQ+ students who support LGBTQ+ programs and are pursuing a STEM degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
On: Out to Innovate offers several scholarships for LGBTQ+ STEM students. Applicants must submit a 1000-word personal statement to qualify.
The Queer Engineering Scholarship
Eligibility limits: Available to transgender and sexual minority students in engineering, science, and technology programs.
On: To help address the disproportionate number of LGBTQ+ engineering students dropping out, Queer Engineer International is offering scholarship support for trans and gender minority students.
Atkins Minority and Women STEM Scholarship Program
Deadline: april and october
Eligibility limits: Available to female and full-time racial minority undergraduate students in a STEM discipline who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
On: SNC-Lavalin Group offers scholarships to applicants based on their academic merit, community involvement, financial need, and the quality of their submission video and letters of recommendation.
oSTEM Scholarship Program
Rising: $2,500 or $5,000
Eligibility limits: Available to LGBTQ+ students pursuing a STEM degree.
On: oSTEM promotes LGBTQ+ members in the STEM field with scholarships. Applicants must submit a personal statement and answer the respective questions.
This article has been reviewed by Laila Abdalla, Ph.D.
Laila Abdalla obtained her doctorate. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She successfully taught undergraduate and graduate courses in English and writing at Central Washington University for over 21 years.
Currently, Abdalla is a career coach in Washington State and an advocate for people on state temporary assistance. Abdalla has dedicated his career, teaching and leadership to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Above all, she is committed to providing a complete experience for her clients and students, educating them about BIPOC’s employment, language, community and cultural issues.
Abdalla leads with equity in nonprofit management and volunteerism, and continues to develop his own understanding of these complex issues – both professionally and in his lived experiences.
Laila Abdalla is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education Independent Assessment Network.
This article has been reviewed by Monali Mirel Chuatico
In 2019, Monali Mirel Chuático earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science, which gave her the foundation she needed to excel in roles such as data engineer, front-end developer, UX designer, and computer science instructor.
Monali is currently a Data Engineer at Mission Lane. As a data analytics captain at a non-profit organization called CO-OP careersMonali helps new graduates and young professionals overcome underemployment by teaching them data analytics tools and mentoring them on their professional development journey.
Monali is passionate about implementing creative solutions, building community, advocating for mental health, empowering women and educating young people. Monali’s goal is to gain more experience in her field, broaden her skills and do meaningful work that will have a positive impact on the world.
Monali Mirel Chuatico is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education Independent Assessment Network.
Last revised April 19, 2022.