Scholarships for women in STEM

Fewer women than men work in STEM fields. Learn what women in STEM scholarships are available and how to qualify for them.
Written by Doug Wintemute, Contributor

The STEM field has a disproportionately low number of women in its ranks. According to the National Science Board, women represent just 21% of engineering majors and 19% of computer and information technology majors. 

Historically, STEM jobs have been stereotyped as masculine careers, discouraging women from pursuing these roles — or causing their parents and mentors to discourage them. Finances can be an issue, too. Women hold about two-thirds of the national student loan debt, according to the American Association of University Women.

To fight back against these trends, some organizations have introduced women in STEM scholarships, including computer science and information technology scholarships. Scholarships reduce financial stress for learners as they study, awarding funds based on academic merit, need, and identity. 

To get prospective students started on their search, we've highlighted several women in STEM scholarships.

Women in STEM scholarships

The following list provides information on women in STEM scholarships, including the eligibility and deadline details. Each of these awards can be accessed by students across the country. 

Scholarship amounts are one-time awards.

Broaden your financial aid search by looking through the following resources: CareerOneStop, Federal Student Aid, and the US Department of Education state contacts

Check out our other scholarship round-ups, too: 

Red Olive Women in STEM Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August

Eligibility limitations: Available to women students currently enrolled in a STEM discipline.

About: In an effort to increase the number of women in the computer science field, Red Olive introduced this women-in-STEM scholarship. Candidates must submit an 800-word essay on how they will improve the future with technology to qualify.

Apply now 

Society of Women Engineers scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February and May

Eligibility limitations: Available to first-year women students with a 3.5 minimum GPA or upper-level students women with a 3.0 minimum GPA who are enrolled or accepted into a STEM program. 

About: The Society of Women Engineers offers more than 260 scholarships to women pursuing engineering, technology, or computer science degrees who also demonstrate financial need. 

Apply now

Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March

Eligibility limitations: Available to undergraduate women in a STEM discipline who are members of the Society of Physics Students.

About: The Society of Physics Students provides this scholarship to promote and support women in the STEM field. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Apply now

Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: April

Eligibility limitations: Available to women students in a math, engineering, or physical or biological sciences program.

About: The Heinlein Society offers four scholarships to women pursuing a STEM bachelor of science degree at four-year colleges and universities. Candidates must submit a 500- to 1,000-word essay on a provided topic.

Apply now

The BHW Group Women in STEM Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: April

Eligibility limitations: Available to women in an undergraduate or master's STEM program.  

About: The BHW Group offers a scholarship to support women in pursuit of a STEM education and career. Candidates need to submit a 500- to 800-word essay on one of the provided topics. 

Apply now 

Association for Women in Science Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March

Eligibility limitations: Available to women sophomores and juniors in physics and geoscience programs.

About: The Association for Women in Science provides this award to women in physics and science programs who have strong extracurricular records or have overcome challenges. 

Apply now 

UPS Scholarship for Female Students

Amount: $4,000

Deadline: February

Eligibility limitations: Available to Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) women student members pursuing an industrial engineering degree or equivalent with a 3.4 minimum GPA. 

About: The IISE provides awards to student members with strong academic and leadership records, who also have the potential for future service. 

Apply now

Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship

Amount: $7,000

Deadline: March

Eligibility limitations: Available to undergraduate women in a computer science or related technical program.

About: Palantir offers 10 scholarships to support women in technology. Candidates need to submit two essay responses to the questions provided. 

Apply now 

Identity-based scholarships for women in STEM

The following list provides details on the top national scholarships available to women in STEM who also belong to additional minority groups.

Some scholarships below are not exclusively for women, but if you're a woman pursuing a STEM degree and meet the other eligibility requirements, they may be worth an application.

Out to Innovate Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January

Eligibility limitations: Available to LGBTQ+ students who support LGBTQ+ programs and are in pursuit of a STEM degree with a 2.75 minimum GPA. 

About: Out to Innovate offers several scholarships for LGBTQ+ students in STEM. Candidates need to submit a 1000-word personal statement to qualify.

Apply now 

The Queer Engineer Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January

Eligibility limitations: Available to transgender and gender-minority students in engineering, science, and technology programs. 

About: To help combat the disproportionate number of LGBTQ+ engineering students who drop out of school, Queer Engineer International offers scholarship support for trans and gender minority students.

Apply now 

The Atkins Minorities and Women STEM Scholarship Program 

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April and October

Eligibility limitations: Available to women and racial minority full-time undergraduate students in a STEM discipline who have a 3.0 minimum GPA.

About: The SNC-Lavalin Group offers scholarships to candidates based on their academic merit, community involvement, financial need, and the quality of their submission video and letters of recommendation.

Apply now 

oSTEM Scholarship Program 

Amount: $2,500 or $5,000

Deadline: Varies

Eligibility limitations: Available to LGBTQ+ students pursuing a STEM degree.

About: oSTEM promotes LGBTQ+ members in the STEM field with scholarships. Candidates must submit a personal statement and answer the respective question prompts.

Apply now 

This article was reviewed by Laila Abdalla, Ph.D.

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Laila Abdalla obtained her Ph.D. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in English and successful writing at Central Washington University for over 21 years.

Currently, Abdalla serves as a Washington state career coach and advocate for individuals on temporary state assistance. Abdalla has devoted her career, teaching, and leadership to matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Above all, she is committed to her clients' and students' complete experience, raising awareness of BIPOC issues in employment, language, community, and culture.

Abdalla leads with equity in management and nonprofit volunteering, and continues to develop her own understandings of these complex issues — both professionally and in her lived experiences.

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This article was reviewed by Monali Mirel Chuatico

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In 2019, Monali Mirel Chuatico graduated with her bachelor's in computer science, which gave her the foundation that she needed to excel in roles such as a 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 nonprofit called COOP Careers, Monali helps new grads 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 youth. Monali's goal is to gain more experience in her field, expand her skill set, and do meaningful work that will positively impact the world.

Monali Mirel Chuatico is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network. 

Last reviewed April 19, 2022.

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