Two of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the United States from 2008 through 2018, as predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), are in the field of engineering: biomedical and computer application engineers. Overall, the engineering industry should grow by an average of 11 percent across all specialties during that time frame. Secondary school students who wish to enter one of these fields must first complete a bachelor's degree in engineering. Scholarships are available for high school seniors to assist with the cost of tuition for engineering school.
SAE International Scholarships Program
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International is an association for professionals in automotive engineering. Through its SAE Foundation, the association gives scholarships to engineering students throughout the United States. Among the awards is a program reserved exclusively for high school seniors accepted to a four-year engineering program at any accredited college. The amounts of the awards vary per year and are given primarily based on academic merit.
Next Generation Scholarship Fund
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the Junior Engineering Society is a nonprofit organization that offers programs to encourage students to develop an interest in engineering. The society sponsors the Next Generation Scholarship Fund, which grants scholarships to high school seniors accepted to four-year engineering programs. The scholarship committee bases its decisions on a written essay that students turn in along with their applications. For the 2010 scholarship campaign, the amount awarded was $5,000.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Toyota High School Scholarship Program
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. sponsor a program that gives awards to high school seniors of Hispanic origin. To qualify, students must be accepted to one of more than 35 private and public four-year colleges in the United States. Additionally, applicants must intend to pursue scientific, educational or engineering majors such as bio-engineering, civil engineering, general engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering or mechanical engineering. The scholarship committee bases decision on students' academic merit; a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale is necessary for consideration.
ANS Incoming Freshman Scholarship
Based in La Grange, Illinois, the American Nuclear Society is an organization for professionals in the nuclear power industry, such as nuclear engineers. The association sponsors numerous awards for students in nuclear engineering, including the ANS Incoming Freshman Scholarship for high school seniors admitted to a nuclear engineering program at any accredited engineering school in the United States. Factors influencing the determination of winners include academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay. As of 2010, the amount of the scholarship was $1,000.