Engineering Career & Scholarship Resources

The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation maintains a list of scholarships and career resources related to engineering.  Please browse the listings below for a variety of potential funding options and initiatives for students planning to pursue engineering careers.

To inquire about adding a new engineering-related submission to this list, send a message to [email protected].

Engineering Scholarship Opportunities

ACE Mentors and Scholarships

ACE Chicago Mentor Program takes a “hands-on” approach to helping students learn about careers in architecture, construction, engineering and related professions.  Visit ACE Mentors

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

To help support promising future aerospace professionals, the AIAA Foundation annually awards financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs related to aerospace.  Visit AIAA

American Nuclear Society

The American Nuclear Society Scholarship Program rewards its members for their academics, services, and leadership excellence.  To do so, scholarships are granted to qualified student members of ANS Student Sections who have demonstrated a high commitment to the standards set by the society’s constituents.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Scholarships are for undergraduate students.  Applicants must be current ASCE Student Members.  Visit the ASCE Scholarship page for more information.

Calculated Genius

Calculated Genius is proud to support and encourage women in Chicago to purse degrees in science, technology, engineering or math by recognizing their talents with financial awards.  CG will provide up scholarships of up to $5,000 per student for the 2020-2021 School Year.  Learn more and apply here.

Capital Auto Auction STEM Scholarship

Capital Auto Auction will award the selected student award recipient $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, we will award a $250 textbook scholarship to the two runners-up.  Undergraduate students must be majoring in a STEM field of study and attending an accredited college or university.  Learn more now.

Dotcom-Monitor Women in Computing STEM Scholarship

The Dotcom-Monitor Women in Computing Scholarship is open to female students currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants should have either already declared their major or have completed at least one academic year in computer science, computer engineering, or closely related technical field.  Check out LoadView Dotcom Monitor for more information.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Grants and Scholarships

IEEE offers a variety of scholarships, grants, and fellowships for IEEE student members.

Illinois Section of American Society of Civil Engineers

The Technical Groups provide scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students attending UIC, Northwestern and IIT. The scholarship applications are available in the Fall Semester and the scholarships are awarded at the President-Elect / Student Scholarship Dinner each April.  Learn more now.

Institute of Transportation Engineers

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international professional society of engineers, planners, and others responsible for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods on our streets, highways, and transit systems. The Illinois Section is part of the Midwestern District. Learn about scholarship opportunities.

National Society of Black Engineers

The society offers a variety of NSBE and Corporate-sponsored scholarship and award opportunities to our pre-college, collegiate undergraduate and graduate student, and technical professional members. Scholarship packages range in value from $500 to $10,500.  Learn more now.

SMART Scholarship for Service

The SMART Scholarship is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.  Visit the SMART site for more information and the application.

STEM Scholarships

U.S. News & World Report maintains a list of STEM Scholarship opportunities.  Click here to visit their website.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Visit SHPE for a variety of scholarship options or email [email protected]

Straight North Scholarship

Straight North, an internet marketing agency in Chicago seeks to support students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Winning students receive $1,000 to be used towards their degree. In addition, $250 book scholarships go to the two runners-up. Visit Straight North Scholarship for more information.

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

The foundation strongly believes that the future of structural engineering depends on today’s students.  Without them and their vision, there is literally no future for our profession.  The Structural Engineers Foundation is privileged to provide merit-based tuition scholarships to encourage undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in structural engineering programs.  Applicants should contact the SEAOI Office with questions about the process.

Society of Women Engineers

SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico.  Applicants complete one application and are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

The Chicago Section of SWE offers scholarships to Chicago area students

WTS Scholarships for High School and College Students

The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant’s specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills. The WTS Greater Chicago Chapter awards numerous scholarships each year to high school seniors, junior college, undergraduate and graduate students.  Learn more now. 

XBO Soft STEM Scholarship

The XBOSoft STEM Scholarship recognizes exceptional students with a contribution toward their schooling. The winning individual receives $1,000 toward his or her degree completion. Two runners-up receive $250 in book scholarships. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2019.  Visit XBO STEM Scholarship for more information.

Engineering Programs for Students

American Society of Civil Engineer-IL Summer Introduction to Engineering Program

ASCE-IL is seeking applications from minority students interested in participating in a two-week summer Introduction to Engineering Program at the University of Notre Dame.  Applicants must be in their Junior (Third) year of high school to apply.  Eligibility and the application can be found at the ASCE website.

Endeavor Chicago

The America’s Cup Endeavour Chicago program offers Chicago students, ages 10-15, hand-on experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through the sport of sailing. AC Endeavour Chicago offers it’s unique and specialized curriculum – both on and off the water STEM labs – through Field Trips, Spring, Fall, and Summer programs.  Visit Endeavor Chicago for more information.

Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (G.A.M.E.S.)

GAMES is an annual week long camp, designed to give academically talented high school girls an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contact with women in these technical fields. GAMES is open to academically talented girls who will enter 9th-12th grade in the Fall after camp. We present an advanced curriculum, use world-class instructional facilities, and provide a pre-college experience at one of the best engineering schools in the nation. Enrollment in the program is limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience. GAMES has a selective admissions process based on academic performance, a written essay, and a teacher recommendation. Applications can be found on the GAMES website.

National Society of Black Engineers Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK)

JOIN THE FUN IN LEARNING!  The SEEK Program is designed to be a fun and engaging educational experience, led by NSBE engineering students and technical professionals dedicated to pursuing professional excellence and giving back to the community. The SEEK Program utilizes a hands-on design curricula supplied by various educational companies and cooperate sponsors.   This FREE three-week program is open to students who are current 3rd through 5th grade or current 6th through 8th graders (6th-8th offered in selected locations). The program is held at a local elementary schools or middle schools, and includes 100 students in each grade level, for a total of 300 students served per program.  Visit the website. 

Project SYNCERE

The mission of Project SYNCERE (Supporting Youth’s Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments) is to prepare the minds and create pathways for underrepresented and disadvantaged students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Learn more about the student activities.

Society of American Military Engineers STEM Camps

SAME Engineering & Construction camps provide a rigorous experience for high school students interested in exploring STEM skills and careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond.  Find information here.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory – TARGET

Program for sophomores and juniors in high school with demonstrated interest in science and engineering based careers. Full day experience combining a work assignment and electronics rocketry project design. Students are paid for their hours spent on the work assignment. Weekly stipend covers classroom hours.  Email: [email protected]

Illinois Institute of Technology

The Design Thinking summer program is a five-day intensive workshop geared toward aspiring maker-designers who want to learn about the design thinking process and practice using it to generate creative solutions to problems they identify in their communities.  Learn more.

Wright College Engineering Summer Bridge Program

Wright College is now accepting application for the First Cohort of the “Bridges into Engineering and Computer Science Program”. Learn more about the program.  

Engineering Career Resources

Engineering Career Essentials

TheBestSchools.org open-use guide to engineering careers. This guide is rich with information about engineering, covering core sections such as certifications, education requirements, and job outlook.

Chicago Public Library STEM Discovery Packs

ScienceConnections Discovery Packs are STEM focused kits that come with books and activity sets to let kids explore different topics through hands-on learning. Discovery Packs are available at locations across the Chicago and the suburbs, sponsored by IEEE.

ChiS&E:  Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering

Focusing on K-12 and especially K-3 STEM education for city schools. Learn more now.

IEEE TryEngineering

TryEngineering aims to empower educators to foster the next generation of technology innovators.  TryEngineering is an initiative from IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.

Transportation YOU 

Transportation YOU is a national program that offers hands-on, interactive mentorship in the transportation field to young girls, ages 13-18, by introducing them to a variety of transportation careers through different programs, events, and outreach activities. Each year, we typically host 3 to 4 hands-on learning events in downtown Chicago, go into schools and give career talks or teach a specific topic, and coordinate 1 to 2 field trips to teach a class about a specific mode or transportation field.  Learn more now.