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Colleges with generous scholarships for women in engineering?


Replies to: Colleges with generous scholarships for women in engineering?

  • donnaleighgdonnaleighg Registered User Posts: 1,566 Senior Member
    Being a female in engineering isn't all that unusual these days. Don't count on tons of $ just for that.
  • mom2techgirlzmom2techgirlz Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    So, she's really not dying to leave home. ;) She's not against it. But, there would have to be a compelling reason for her to spend more to go OOS. Would she/we? Sure! :) Right now, there hasn't been something pulling her in that direction.
  • mamaedefamiliamamaedefamilia Registered User Posts: 3,339 Senior Member
    For WUE schools try ASU or UNM where her stats might qualify her for full tuition scholarships (and perhaps more). You could also take a look at UT Dallas, which offers generous merit for stats.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,880 Forum Champion
    I think it’s largely a myth that schools offer merit scholarships for women in eng’g. First of all, that would be kind of silly since soooo many incoming frosh engineering students change their majors...and then what? The student loses her scholarship?

    Id rather find schools that have engineering who give merit for stats so that no matter what major the student ends up completing, they keep their merit award as long as the grades are maintained.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 21,523 Senior Member
    There are a couple of schools that give money just to women in engineering. Embry-Riddle and WPI do (or did) but it may not be enough to make very expensive schools affordable.
  • My3KiddosMy3Kiddos Registered User Posts: 458 Member
    If she can get a 34 on her ACT, I'd recommend taking a look at University of Mississippi's Center for Manufacturing Excellence program. Granted, she'd have to want to do that program, but since their goal is 50/50 male/female in the program, and it is currently a bit unbalanced in favor of males, she will have a slight advantage in getting one of the CME scholarships. The school allows you to stack scholarships, so with a 34 ACT she'd have full OOS tuition covered and any extra would go towards room and board.The program is competitive and my son is very interested in it as it is somewhat unique. However, I would not recommend the university just for their MechE program. I think you're better off elsewhere.
  • carachel2carachel2 Registered User Posts: 2,971 Senior Member
    Thank goodness we are at a point in the world where females in engineering are not a rare enough breed where extra $$ is awarded just for being born a certain gender. However, all your teachers and friends will still think it is true.

    Our HS class of 2017 engineering daughter was awarded $0.00 just for being a female in engineering. She did receive merit based on her stats (ACT 34, #10/700 and UW GPA 3.98 I believe). She wanted to go OOS but still to a strong engineering program. The deal was she had to get costs down to our in-state schools (UT and TAMU) and she ended up in the ballpark of $24-27K per year. She applied to Purdue, University of Pittsburgh and Clemson and all of those final lines were very similar. Northeastern gave her $20K a year which to some may seem generous but still put our costs at near $$50K/year so that was a no way. She got full tuition at Alabama.

    Your better plan is to just target schools that will give her $$ based on her stats.

  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 39,130 Super Moderator
    Being a female in engineering isn't all that unusual these days. Don't count on tons of $ just for that.

    What I was going to say. It wasn't even that unusual when I was a female in engineering in the early '80s.
  • retiredfarmerretiredfarmer Registered User Posts: 991 Member
    Women are still not close to 50% of engineering students. They are somewhere in the 35% range.

    I don't know what the WPI scholarship awards were for women this year, but 36% of the accepted women for the class of '22 accepted their WPI admissions offer. This was up from 28% in the prior year. Something is going on! Evidently they think they can afford it!
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,588 Senior Member
    I believe that the “stock” award seems to be $27k for women at WPI. Probably making it more in line with UMass Amherst at about $32k.
  • CorinthianCorinthian Registered User Posts: 1,830 Senior Member
    ASU doesn't offer WUE except very limited majors and campuses, but would offer merit aid. Northern Arizona University stacks WUE and merit aid.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,179 Senior Member
    To compete with a $7k price, the full rides (not necessarily specific to women or engineering) have become less common over the years.

    Over the past several years, the full rides that were apparently not very competitive (or sometimes automatic) for high stats students have dwindled. Tuskegee, Prairie View A&M, and Alabama A&M may be among the few left at schools with engineering.

    There are other full rides, but they should be considered extreme reaches for all applicants. Examples include UCB (Drake for ME majors only), NCSU (Park), Duke (Robertson), Maryland (Banneker Key), Texas (Forty Acres), and Stamps Foundation scholarships at various schools.
  • 4togo44togo4 Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
    Georgia Tech, University of Rochester and Northeastern all offered my engineer daughter significant scholarships. Good luck!
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,179 Senior Member
    Corinthian wrote:
    ASU doesn't offer WUE except very limited majors and campuses, but would offer merit aid. Northern Arizona University stacks WUE and merit aid.

    The third Arizona public school, UA, has merit scholarship charts at https://financialaid.arizona.edu/types-of-aid/scholarships/freshman-transfer . The highest non-resident scholarship for stats is $35,000 per year (a little less than non-resident tuition and fees of $36,400; remaining costs would be $18,950 based on estimate at https://financialaid.arizona.edu/cost/freshmen ) for 4.0 unweighted HS GPA and 1420 SAT or 32 ACT.
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