Despite the Republican tax plan that includes elimination of student loan interest deductions, earning an education is still worthwhile – especially in areas that are in demand globally. Given the increasing demand for STEM graduates, questions remain for many about their ability to earn a degree – including how they would pay for it. Fortunately, there are many scholarships open specifically to tech students. Here are three great scholarships sources for tech students. We’ll also address how to find similar scholarships if these scholarships aren’t open to you.
Professional Association Scholarships
Robert Half is better known as a technical recruiter filling IT jobs. However, it should be known for its scholarships to cultivate that talent pool. The Robert Half Technology Scholarship is equally funded by the Association of Information Technology Professionals. You must be a student member of AITP to be eligible for this scholarship.
AITP joined with the Foundation for Information Technology Education to create other scholarships open to AITP student members. The Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship, Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship, and others are open to undergraduate students in a four-year IT program. Some scholarships are more restrictive than others. For example, the Sherry Anklam Memorial Scholarship is limited to students of an AITP chapter in North-eastern Wisconsin.
Note that you can find college scholarships intended to help pay for college by almost any professional organization. For example, if you want to be a mechanical engineer, research scholarships by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
(ISC)² is another IT professionals’ organization that offers a number of scholarships. The (ISC)² undergraduate scholarship is open to any high school senior or undergraduate planning on pursuing a degree in information security or information assurance. This scholarship is up to five thousand dollars per recipient.
Company Sponsored Scholarships
There are many scholarships funded by companies either to cultivate talent they want to see more of or as a reward for their employees and their families. Morgan-Stanley sponsors the Richard Fisher Scholarship. It is open to high school students in their junior or senior year in high school. Winners receive up to ten thousand dollars and an internship with the company. Toyota partnered with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund to offer scholarships. You can find other company-sponsored scholarships at usascholarships.com. Don’t forget to ask family members, as well, since you could be eligible for scholarships as a child or grandchild of an employee.
School Specific Scholarships
This requires research for you to find. For example, you should ask your high school guidance counselor for information on scholarships offered to graduating seniors at your school. Talk to club sponsors about scholarships for students involved in clubs like yours. And you should research the scholarships available to people planning on attending a specific college. For example, the A.B. Noel Endowed Scholarship is open to students who are attending Wood River high schools, Concordia University or Central Community College-Grand Island. Preference is given to medical and technical majors.
There are many scholarship options open out to future tech students. Be sure to look at as many options as possible and understand their requirements if you want to increase your chance of landing one.