MIT Student Financial Services Scholarships, grants and fellowships

Scholarship Spotlight ARCHIVE

This is an archive of scholarship opportunities that were posted on the SFS Scholarship Spotlight. Though applications deadlines have passed in most cases, the organizations' web sites have information that may be useful for future applicants. Scholarship Program’s scholarship program awards $2,000 three times annually to currently enrolled undergrads or graduate students from registered schools in the US. The deadline for the final award this year is August 31, 2012 and there is no application fee.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was created to ensure that the United States would maintain its leadership in science and technology by supporting promising students in science and engineering. In order to be eligible for the $10,000 scholarhship, candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Scholarship candidates must be nominated by a faculty member. Students may not directly apply for the scholarship.
  • Scholarship nominees must be U.S. citizens.
  • Scholarship nominees must be engineering or natural or applied science (e.g. astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, computer science) or mathematics students with intentions to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. Students intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for the scholarship. However, those intending to perform biomedical research are eligible.
  • At the time of nomination, scholarship candidates must be at least second year (sophomore) college students, have excellent grades, and have participated in lab and research work in their field. With this background, the student is fairly well committed to continuing on this course.

SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship-for-service Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics.

Summer internships at the facility/laboratory are required. In return for fully funding their education, students are required work as a civilian employee at a Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) or DoD Agency (NSA, DIA, DARPA, etc.) laboratory, or similar activity, for a period equal to the time the program paid for their school. Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense facility/laboratory upon graduation. The scholarship application will open August 1st.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program which is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is officially accepting applications for the 2010 Aeronautics Scholarship Program. These scholarships will be awarded annually to students pursuing aeronautical engineering and related fields such as Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics and Mathematics. These funds will go towards tuition and related costs, as well as to provide paid summer internship opportunities at a NASA research center. For more information, visit

Asian Women in Business Scholarship

Asian Women In Business (AWIB) will award scholarships in the amount of $2,500 to select undergraduate female Asian students who demonstrate a commitment to scholarship, leadership, community service, and/or entrepreneurship. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2009. Visit for more information.

Engineering Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) will be awarding $2,000 scholarship for 2009-2010. The Scholarship is a one time only grant to be provided to an undergraduate engineering student who will be enrolled in the first semester of their junior or senior year in the fall of 2009. Academic success, character, personal merit, commitment plus school and community involvements will be the basis for the award. The deadline to apply is 5/29/2009. Applications may be picked up in Student Financial Services.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Study Abroad

Over 1,200 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being $4,000. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is April 7, 2009. For more information and an application, visit the Gilman Scholarship site at

The Talbots Charitable Foundation is proud to offer a scholarship fund for women looking to pursue a college education later in life. Applications will be available online starting November 15, 2008. The deadline for applications is January 2, 2009.

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), in partnership with companies including General Motors and Google, offers scholarships to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian AISES members pursuing degrees in various types of engineering. Deadline: June 15, 2008.

The Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance (MISA) and Siemans are offering a $10,000 scholarship to a student in engineering and/or interested in the meat industry. For details and an application, e-mail Becky Herman at Deadline: June 1, 2008.

The National Federation of the Blind offers Kenneth Jernigan Scholarships of $3,000 to $10,000 to legally blind students. Deadline: March 31, 2008.

NASA is offering MUST Scholarships (Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology) of half a year's tuition and fees up to $10,000 plus academic support and a paid summer research experience. The program is open to all but is particularly focused on students from underrepresented groups. Deadline: March 1, 2008.

Hispanic students are invited to apply for several scholarships offered by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Hispanic College Fund. Deadlines start February 1, 2008.

The Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation is offering scholarships to women who are enrolled or accepted in an undergraduate or graduate engineering or technical science degree program. Deadline: January 31, 2008.

USA Funds, a nonprofit education-loan guarantor, is offering more thasn 2,100 Access to Education scholarships of $1,500 apiece to students from low- to moderate-income households. Deadline: February 15, 2008.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is sponsoring the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program, which offers a renewable scholarship of up to $8,000 per academic year and a 10-week internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility. Applicants must be majoring in an field related to oceanic and atmospheric science, including biological, social and physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, computer and information sciences, etc. Deadline: February 8, 2008.

Google is offering $10,000 scholarships and $1,000 awards through the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program. Applicants must be women entering their senior year or graduate students in computer science, computer engineering or a related technical field. Deadline: February 1, 2008.

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2013 NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Application is now open!

Undergraduate Students

  • $15,000 awarded for each school year, to be used for educational related expenses
  • $10,000 Summer internship at a NASA Research Center
  • Up to 2 years of support

Graduate Students

  • $35,000 stipend
  • $11,000 awarded each year, to be used for educational related expenses
  • $10,000 Summer internship at a NASA Research Center
  • 2 years of support, with an option for a 3rd year

The application deadline is January 15, 2013. All transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, essays and other supporting materials must be received by the deadline of January 15, 2013.

For more information or to start an application, please visit

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