Grants and Other Funding

High School Students

Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program – Department of Education

The AP Test Fee program awards grants to eligible State educational agencies (SEAs) to enable them to pay all or a portion of advanced placement test fees on behalf of eligible low-income students who (1) are enrolled in an advanced placement course and (2) plan to take an advanced placement exam. The program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who take advanced placement tests and receive scores for which college academic credit is awarded.

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

The American Association of Physics Teachers Executive Board offers scholarships for future high school physics teachers. These scholarships, supported by an endowment funded by Barbara Lotze, are available only to U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools.

Undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible. Successful applicants receive a stipend of up to $2,000. The scholarship may be granted to an individual for each of four years.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

In 2007 the ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 we extended this opportunity to graduating high school seniors and doubled the amount of awards granted from 15 to 30.

The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the USA. Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students.

Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, Inc. (PDF)

The sponsor seeks to assist Hispanic students in completing their higher education goals. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to student members in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Undergraduate Students

CELEST Summer Program

The CELEST summer program is designed to encourage education in the sciences for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and females.

The program fellowship includes housing, a $4500 stipend, and up to $550 for travel expenses.

In addition to research and lab experiences with a CELEST faculty advisor, the 10-week program will include other enrichment activities and social events, some of which will be coordinated with the Boston University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.

Collegiate Inventors Competition

The invention, a reduced-to-practice idea or working prototype, must be the work of a student or team of students with his or her university advisor. If it is a machine, it must be operable. If it is a chemical, it must be complete with evidence of successful application of the idea. If it is a new plant, color photographs or slides must be included in the submission. If a new or original ornamental design for an article of manufacture is submitted, the entire design must be included in the application. In addition, the invention should be capable of being reproduced.

Rene Matos Scholarship

The Rene Matos Memorial Scholarship was established in the name of a very motivated and dedicated man, who epitomized the dream to succeed, while helping others along the way. Rene Matos was the NHCFAE President from 1989-1992. Rene was proud of his heritage and it was apparent in all his efforts in the Coalition. His sole purpose was to see other Hispanics succeed. This scholarship is for any Hispanic student that has been accepted into or attending an accredited college, university, or vocational/trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded.

REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) based at Harvard University 

Program elements include:

  • Weekly faculty-led seminars on various research topics and ethics in research
  • An emphasis on professional development, including written and oral skills and preparing for a career in science and engineering
  • An end-of-summer REU seminar series in which students present research results and conclusions
  • A final written report
  • Social activities and visits to local research institutes and area attractions

Program Details:

  • Dates for the 2012 Summer REU Program: 10 weeks, June 4 to August 11.
  • Application deadline is February 28.
  • Students receive a stipend of $4000. Housing is provided.

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Litherland/FTEE Scholarship – For Undergraduates Majoring in Technology and Engineering Education

The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators proudly announces the $1,000 Litherland/FTEE Scholarship in honor of Dr. Les Litherland. The scholarship is for an undergraduate student majoring in technology and engineering education teacher preparation. The award is based upon interest in teaching, academic ability, need, and faculty recommendations.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be member of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. (Membership may be enclosed with scholarship application.)

Applicant must not be a senior by application deadline.

Applicant must be a current, full-time (as defined by the respective institution) undergraduate majoring in technology and engineering education teacher preparation.

Graduate Students

STEM Major Scholarship

This scholarship is available to prospective graduate or certification students that are seeking a higher degree or certification in the following fields: electrical, computer, chemical, systems, or aerospace engineering; computer science; computer information systems; technology management; management information systems; physics or mathematics.

IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering

The fellowship is awarded annually to a first year, full-time graduate student obtaining his or her Master’s for work in the area of electrical engineering at an engineering school/program of recognized standing worldwide. In the event the college is conducting a combined B.S. and M.S. degree program, the student in the penultimate year would be eligible for the award which would apply in the final year of the program. To be eligible, the applicant must have majored in the field of electrical engineering and have received a Bachelor’s Degree from an engineering college of recognized standing worldwide.

The award carries a stipend of US$10,000 per year. The stipend will be paid directly to the college/university at which the recipient will pursue full-time graduate study.

IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Scholarship

The scholarship carries a stipend of up to US$24,000 and is awarded for one year of full-time graduate work towards a Masters in electrical engineering at an engineering school of recognized standing located in the United States. This scholarship is awarded annually.

To be eligible, the student must be a permanent resident of the United States, have majored in the field of electrical engineering, and have received a Bachelor’s Degree from an engineering college of recognized standing. The Scholarship will be awarded to a first-year full time graduate student only. In the event the college is conducting a combined B.S. and M.S. degree program, the student in the penultimate year would be eligible for the award which would apply in the final year of the program.

K-12 Educators

The McCarthey – Dressman Education Foundation Academic Enrichment Grants

Academic Enrichment Grants are designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.

The Academic Enrichment Grants provide funding for programs that nurture the intellectual, artistic and creative abilities of children from low-income households. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

The McCarthey – Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grants

The Teacher Development Grants provide funding to individuals or small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years, provided the eligibility requirements continue to be met.

College/University Professors

Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering (NSF)

Advances in nanotechnology research provide new opportunities in undergraduate education. With its focus on imaging and manipulating the atom, the ultimate building block of matter, nanoscale science and engineering (NSE) provides a multitude of new interdisciplinary teaching opportunities for engaging interest and for broadening vision by students of science, engineering, and technology. NSE thus permits new strategies for enhancing science and engineering literacy, preparing the workforce for emerging technologies, and attracting a diverse group of talented students to the workforce of tomorrow. The FY 2012 solicitation is focused on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems, and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.

NUE in Engineering provides opportunities for invigorating undergraduate engineering education through creative new courses and research experiences. It blends engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science, materials science, geology, behavioral and social sciences, and design. As such, it provides new opportunities for faculty collaboration, both in teaching and in research, that cross traditional disciplinary and departmental boundaries.