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STEAM & STEM Scholarships for High School Seniors

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

grants and scholarshipsThere are a wide array of educational opportunities that put students one step closer to achieving their dream career. Companies and organizations have recognized the rich value that students studying STEAM/STEM degrees provide to the workforce and society. Collectively, they understand that supporting these students also supports creative and critical thinking, problem solving skills and innovation.

Scholarships are one of the ways these groups are helping students achieve their education goals. This blog features STEM and STEAM scholarships that students can explore.

NSHSS STEAM Scholarship

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) offers 10 STEAM scholarships worth $1,000 each. Students interested in this scholarship must write a 500-800 word essay about why they desire to pursue a career in a STEAM field.

This scholarship is open to any high school senior who plans to earn a major in a STEAM degree. Learn more and apply at the NSHSS website.

Valentino DiGiorgio STEAM Scholarship

The $1,000 Valentino DiGiorgio STEAM Scholarship is awarded to any student who meets the application criteria, which include: demonstration of financial need, intent to pursue a STEAM/STEM degree, a 3.5 or higher GPA, and currently enrolled in high school.

Students do not need to be a senior to apply. Students interested can apply on the Valentino DiGiorgio website.

Da Vinci Science Center STEAM Student Scholarship Awards

The Da Vinci Science Center STEAM Student Scholarship awards five scholarships worth $2,000 each to Pennsylvania high school students who display curiosity and creativity in the classroom.

Students must have at least a 3.2 GPA and meet other applicant criteria, such as letters of recommendation and an applicant essay. Students interested in applying can do so on through the Da Vinci Science Center website.

Southern California Edison Scholars

The Edison Scholars Program awards a total of $50,000 to high school students in Southern California. To qualify, students must pursue a major in a STEM-related field, and finalists must submit a video application.

Southern California Edison provides electricity to almost all of Southern California, with a population of 15 million people, so this covers a vast amount of school districts in this state. Those interested in applying can do so on the Southern California Edison website.

BHW Women In STEM Scholarship

The BHW Group supports women pursuing higher education in STEM, whether in a bachelor's or master's program. While the program is designed for women in university, high school students are eligible as long as they attend college the following year.

This scholarship is worth $3,000 and is awarded based on applications and essays submitted by applicants. Those interested in the BHW Women in STEM scholarship can apply through the BHW Group website.

Women at Microsoft Scholarship

More women are now pursuing STEM-related degrees and careers than ever. However, there is still a large disparity between men and women in this field of study. The Women at Microsoft Scholarship is designed to empower women and non-binary people to attend college.

This scholarship is awarded based on the demonstration of a passion for technology and how it can influence the world. Students who are selected for this scholarship of $5,000 can renew it for up to four years, which is a significant help toward tuition.

Applicants must write an essay and provide letters of recommendation, transcripts, and proof of community engagement. Those interested in applying can do so on Microsoft's website.

AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) offers the Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson scholarship to female high school seniors who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship was created in honor of Marillyn Hewson, the former president, chairman, and CEO of Lockheed Martin.

Students applying for this scholarship must demonstrate financial need and a passion for aeronautics and related fields through a 500-1,000 word essay. This scholarship awards $10,000 to a qualifying student. Those interested in applying can do so on the AIAA website.

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Out to Innovate Scholarship

The Out to Innovate Scholarship is designed for students who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community and are pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM major. This scholarship requires a personal statement style essay and letters of recommendation. Students must also be active members of organizations that advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth.

The Out To Innovate Scholarship is split into two recipients, a first and second-place winner. The first-place winner is awarded $5,000, and the second-place winner is awarded $2,500. Those interested in applying can do so on the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals website.

Generation Google Scholarship

The Generation Google Scholarship is available to current undergraduate students as well as high school students, particularly those in underrepresented groups in the STEM field. This scholarship awards $10,000 to selected recipients. To qualify, students must demonstrate a passion for improving minority representation in computer science and technology fields.

Students can find qualification requirements and an application to apply for this scholarship on Google's Build Your Future With Google website.


Brooke Owens Fellowship

The Brooke Owens Fellowship is designed to connect students with a network of educational and career opportunities, in honor of former pilot Dawn Brooke Owens. Through this opportunity, students are connected with internships and senior-level mentors. Students leave this program forever considered a Brook Owens Fellow, and gain life-long connections in STEM. Those interested in the fellowship experience can apply here.

Patti Grace Smith

The Patti Grace Smith Fellowship program was designed to mentor young Black students interested in aerospace while commemorating aerospace trailblazer Patti Grace Smith. This program acknowledges the success of the Brooke Owens Fellowship and is designed to create a space for Black students to excel. Students interested in the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship can apply here.

Center for Innovation and Education Supports Academic Growth

slide-backgroundsWith a series of resources for teachers, high school students, and young professionals, Space Foundation's Center for Innovation and Education promotes academic excellence and professional development. We have a wide variety of resources for anyone interested in STEAM education.For more information and resources available to students, visit our student resource or educator resource pages.