Masters of Systems Engineering Scholarships and Grants

Master of Systems Engineering Scholarships and Grants

Some of the engineering schools have an excellent base of fellowship and grant opportunities for graduate students. As with doctoral programs most of these masters in engineering classes tend to be small and the universities that have remained healthy financially try to provide support to as many graduate students as possible. In many cases universities are more interested in graduate students who intend to proceed to the doctoral level, something that perhaps is not the case for most master's in systems engineering students.

However career oriented graduate students can also find fellowships and graduate scholarship options listed with their school's financial aid office. Most universities supply a list of scholarships, grants and fellowships via a database that is maintained by the admissions department and accessible to students and potential students.

In the field of systems engineering, graduate students may find possible financial assistance from a couple of designated categories: scholarships for students in information systems programs and scholarships that are offered through the school of engineering. The master's in systems engineering is a crossover degree of sorts, incorporating elements of the engineering discipline and large amounts of material from the IT academic field. The financial resources for graduate students in the field are thus more numerous than some other engineering areas of specialization.

HENAAC is an acronym for an organization founded in 1989 which stood for Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference. In 1993 it was transformed into a permanent non-profit organization that began to develop educational programs in the engineering field at all levels. Today there are over $200,000 in annual scholarship awards to Hispanic students annually at the undergraduate and graduate level. HENAAC has its own scholarship program and in addition, manages over twenty engineering scholarships that are endowed by trusts, corporations and government organizations including Verizon, Chevron, Southern California Edison, Cummins Engine, Cardinal Health, British Petroleum, NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The National Society of Black Engineers sponsors or manages scholarships for collegiate and graduate school engineering students. One of the requirements for all applicants is that they be a student member of NSBE. Corporate endowed scholarships are provided by Verizon, Wal-Mart, Oracle, Caterpillar, Bechtel Group, Cummins Inc., Hilton, and Batelle. NSBE is also active in the STEM teaching initiatives launched by the U.S. Department of Education.

Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering offers over one hundred endowed scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. The application requirements vary and some endowments are for multiple disciplines: Amoco Corporation sponsors three annual scholarships, one each for mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering. The number of endowments from Auburn alumni is impressive, but equally important are the sponsorships from regional industrial groups and corporations including the ABB Endowment for Pulp & Paper Education, Alabama Power, Citation Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Southern Nuclear Operating Company and several regional minority scholarship endowments.

Society of Automotive Engineers has established a foundation that provides scholarships for engineering undergraduate and graduate students. While the orientation may be automotive, there is no shortage of systems engineers employed in the field and no reason to believe that a master's in systems engineering student would not be considered as a candidate. At the graduate level the SAE cosponsors a fellowship program with Yanmar Corporation, a major diesel engine manufacturer.

Hertz Foundation funds up to twenty fellowships each year for students in the applications of the physical, biological and engineering sciences. These fellowships are for multiple years and can total up to thirty six thousand dollars per year. Successful applicants have a choice of a two year option (for master's degree students) or a five year option (for doctoral students). There is also a supplemental stipend program that awards three thousand dollars per year to students who have already received a fellowship from another source.

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