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Engineering schools with excellent merit scholarships for women?

UnseenUUnseenU Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2013 in Engineering Majors
I notice that many engineering programs struggle to attract qualified female candidates. Does this translate into scholarship money? Any suggestions?
D has a 35 ACT (33 Math), 2310 SAT (720 Math), 3.75+ uGPA. 5 on AP Calc AB and AP Eng Lit, 4 on AP Bio. Starts AP Physics B, AP Stats, and AP Eng Lang this fall. 8 credit hours worth of Arabic from summer programs at well-known university. Good ECs, but not engineering related (debate, MUN, etc). Full tuition from state flagship is almost a given, but not exciting to her. Will not qualify for need-based aid.
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  • Niquii77Niquii77 Posts: 9,241Registered User Senior Member
    Rather than focusing on university's that offer women-only merit scholarships, why not be open to any merit scholarships? She has competitive scores.

    I found a few:
    Scholarships and Grants || Financial Aid || Bucknell University

    Bucknell Women in Science and Engineerinf Scholarship. Financial need is not necessary.

    http://www.cwit.umbc.edu/cwitscholars/

    A program dedicated to assisting the recipient through their years in school.
  • ThisIsMichiganThisIsMichigan Posts: 825Registered User Member
    Being a female interested in engineering will alone get her scholarship money. You just have to find it. I know Michigan's scholarship site has an award for only females.

    I'm sure it wouldn't hurt for purely merit based awards too, and she seems like she could get some.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,352Registered User Senior Member
    It it is a scholarship that is "for women", is it really still "merit-based"?
  • UnseenUUnseenU Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    Not really interested in arguing the merits of preferential treatment, just looking for the best deal. Suggestions don't need to be for women only scholarships if her stats would still be competitive.
  • JazzedJazzed Posts: 261Registered User Junior Member
    @Bonehead - Yes, it's awarding a scholarship for merit within a stratified sample subset of a population. This is done all the time, both for gender and ethnicity. It's a silly argument to say that someone receiving one of these scholarships doesn't have to work hard (female engineer, NHRP, etc.). And everybody has things like this available to them, even if they aren't a minority. Take local scholarships. Sure, the pool of people who qualify is less strong than many unstratified scholarships, but they are still given on the basis of merit within the population of eligible applicants.
  • OperaDadOperaDad Posts: 2,474Registered User Senior Member
    Univ of AL. D should qualify for the Presidential Scholarship, which is Full Tuition. Certain Engineering may get an additional $2,500/yr.
  • MD MomMD Mom Posts: 6,728Registered User Senior Member
    Are you looking for any region of the country? University of Pittsburgh has some merit money and its engineering school also has additional monies. The scholarships are not guaranteed.
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Posts: 5,352Registered User Senior Member
    Jazzed wrote:
    @Bonehead - Yes, it's awarding a scholarship for merit within a stratified sample subset of a population. This is done all the time, both for gender and ethnicity. It's a silly argument to say that someone receiving one of these scholarships doesn't have to work hard (female engineer, NHRP, etc.). And everybody has things like this available to them, even if they aren't a minority. Take local scholarships.

    The primary reason for ruling people out (precisely 50% of the human population) is not related to merit at all. I am fine with trying to do things to attract under-represented groups, including preferential scholarship treatment at times, but call it what it is. Merit is the second most important aspect of such awards.
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    Engineering schools with a gender imbalance will often offer merit awards to attract highly qualified female applicants. Ditto for URM's. The higher her stats, the better the offers. Consider Case Western, RPI, WPI, RIT. Perhaps also Northeastern, BU. Don't know about others such as Lehigh, and CMU etc. These schools do not label these awards as being gender based, they are just part of their merit awards pool.
  • UnseenUUnseenU Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks BTG. Case is on her short list. They've been sending her recruiting information for over a year now. Will look into the others. Would RHIT be similar? What about the big state schools (Michigan, UT, UIUC, Purdue, etc) that have plenty of females on campus, but perhaps not in the engineering programs?
  • UnseenUUnseenU Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    (Note that she'd be OOS for all of the big name state flagships)
  • Miles PerraraMiles Perrara Posts: 85Registered User Junior Member
    Harvey Mudd College is a science and engineering LAC in Claremont, CA. It is part of the Claremont 5-college consortium. Mudd has the president's scholars program, a full-tuition scholarship aimed at "traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields, including women, ethnic minorities, students from low income backgrounds, students with disabilities and students who will be the first in their family to attend college". Mudd has been very successful in evening its gender gap. Latest class was 47/53% w/m. There are other merit scholarships (albeit not for full tuition) also.
  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Posts: 6,051Registered User Senior Member
    Mudd is a great school for students looking for intense engineering academics with a bit of LAC too. But when we looked a few years ago it was hard to get more than $10K/year merit scholarship. Highly qualified candidates probably habea slighly bet shot at that money, but that still leaves $50K/yr to cover.
  • ThisIsMichiganThisIsMichigan Posts: 825Registered User Member
    On merit alone I don't think she would get that much from Michigan, based off of what I've seen the past few years on the Michigan forum.

    Being a female though would give her access to a few more scholarships, and possibly help her get a general merit based scholarship. Michigan is very strict though with giving OOS students aid, so don't much at all.

    It also seems like the qualifications needed to get into the engineering program are stretched for female applicants, just so the numbers aren't that terrible. At least that's what I've seen over the past 3 years. The ratio in BioMed is pretty good though. ChemE isn't bad either.

    I just want my white, middle class, out of state male scholarship :)
  • texaspgtexaspg Posts: 13,463Super Moderator Senior Member
    She has good stats. Will she make national merit?

    I have not across female designated engineering scholarships but there is definitely an admission slant at a few well known engineering schools. She should be able to get full tuition rides at a few schools ranked between 50 and 100.
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