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Scholarships, careers, and opportunities for MEP students. Links to more scholarship listings for continuing students, department scholarships, and external scholarships here:

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  • Cybersecurity Research Program

    Apply for a 5- or 10-week summer program for cybersecurity research! Deadline extended.

    More Info | Contact 

  • ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering College Scholarship

    Pursuing a career in industrial automation? Earn a $5,000 scholarship!

  • Scholarship Guide for African American Students

    This guide also offers great advice on winning scholarships, including tips from scholarship program guru Deshundra Walker, from Thurgood Marshall College.

  • Purdue Graduate Diversity Open House

    Register for this interactive series of workshops February 24, 2021 12:00pm-5:00pm (EST) 

    * Receive a Purdue Graduate School application fee waiver for attending.

  • Engineering, Science and Law Internship Program

    Interested in public policy? The Illinois EPA is looking for engineers for a 12-week paid internship which will provide real world engineering experience. 

  • Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) 2015-2016 HENAAC Scholarship

    The HENAAC scholarship application portal is now open! Apply today.

  • AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

    Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of STEM from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Buick Achievers Scholarship

    Earn a renewable scholarship of up to $25,000 per year. Application deadline: February 29, 2016.


  • HENAAC Scholarship Application Portal Now Open

    Earn a scholarship award ranging from $500-$10,000. Application deadline: April 30, 2016

  • Personalized Scholarship Matching - IOScholarships offers  thousands of curated scholarships and financial education resources for Hispanic American, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian Pacific Islander students:

    Your debt-free education, our commitment.

    By taking five-minutes to tell us about yourself, our proprietary scholarship matching algorithm is able to match you with personalized scholarship results.

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    We treat your data as if it was our own. We don't share, sell, or distribute your personal information with third parties.

    Your diverse background is valuable.

    Help pay for your college expenses with the right scholarship for you based on your diverse background. The more you apply, the better the chances to win scholarships!

  • Association of Old Crows (AOC) Educational Foundation (AEF) Scholarship Application

    Earn a $12,500 scholarship! Application deadline: Friday, May 13, 2016

  • Illinois Club Scholarships

    * 3.0+ GPA
    * 60 credit hours by beginning Spring 2021
    * Graduating no earlier than December 2021
    Application deadline October 17 at 5pm 

  • The Illinois Club Scholarships

    The Illinois Club provides scholarships to outstanding students in the areas of global studies, humanities and social sciences, science and engineering, education, and art.  Eligible students are undergraduates at UIUC who will have earned at least 60 credit hours by the Spring 2024 semester and expect to graduate no earlier than December 2024.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is also expected.

    The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., October 14, 2023.

    More information is available on The Illinois Club Scholarship page at this link:


  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Scholarship

    Earn up to $9,500 and paid summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the US. Application deadline: January 31, 2017

  • Illinois Club Scholarships: Due date 10/16/2021

    Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University and the surrounding community. Since 1915, The Illinois Club has provided financial support to worthy undergraduate students. This year, we will be awarding the following scholarships:

    • Humanities and Social Sciences Award of $4,000
    • Engineering and Science Award of $4,000
    • Global Focus Award of $4,000
    • Isabelle Purnell Education Award of $4,000
    • The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $4,500

    General Eligibility You must be an undergraduate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2022. A minimum GPA of 3.0 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship - for juniors

    The National and International Scholarships Program is offering a two-day event about the Harry S. Truman Scholarship which offers $30,000 towards graduate study in public service fields.  Only Juniors are eligible for the award.

    Thursday, Oct. 13 from 3:30-4:30 – Information session & discussion w/ former Truman Scholar.

    Friday, Oct. 14 from 3:30-4:30 – Workshop on how to craft a Truman Application.

    *Both sessions held in the Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor, Rm 514.

  • Georgia Tech FOCUS 2021

    Learn about Georgia Tech's graduate program during their virtual event January 15 & 16. 

    Apply by November 20

  • University of Pittsburgh Summer Research Internship

    Open to rising juniors and seniors, recent grads. Must work 30 hours per week, attent weekly workshops, maintain daily journal. $3500 stipend plus food stipend.

  • Google Hardware Internship

    As a Hardware and Electrical Engineering Intern, you will work on our core Consumer Hardware products. The teams you work with design, develop and deploy next generation consumer hardware while ensuring that this cutting-edge equipment is reliable. You’ll work closely with engineers to improve our hardware to meet Google's standards of quality and reliability, and your work has the potential to impact many of Google users. Depending on your background and experience, you will receive a project placement in ASIC Hardware/Software Engineering, Electrical Hardware Engineering, Hardware Test Engineering, or Silicon Engineering.

  • Shell 2016 Scholarship

    Apply for a $5,000 scholarship from Shell for the 2016-2017 academic year! Application deadline: March 3, 2016

  • Engineering Scholarship Opportunities

    Visit this link for a list of scholarships for continuing students!

  • NV5 Scholarships (NSBE)

    $5,000 Scholarships available for those who meet the following criteria:

    • 2.85+ GPA
    • CEE, EE, ISE, MechSE
    • Junior or Senior
    • US Citizen
      Deadline: January 7
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

    Earn $7,500 to pursue a PhD in a STEM field.

  • 2024 Clarkson McNair Scholars Research Program

    The Clarkson McNair Scholars Program, located in northern New York, offers a 10-week summer research program with a stipend, plus a room and board package totaling more than $5,500.  Clarkson's research for McNair Scholars focuses on engineering or science.  Other benefits of the McNair Program include workshops designed to explore the graduate school application process, GRE prep classes, graduate school visits, faculty and peer mentoring, and opportunities to present your research locally and at national conferences. 

    Dates of this year’s program: May 20 – July 26 2024

    Click on this link for more information and to apply online:

    Applications close January 31, 2024.

  • ECS Events

    * Register Now: Spring 2021 Semester Career Fair, Wednesday, February 17
    * ECS + Engineering Ambassadors = Resume Reviews and Career Development Presentations for RSOs!
     --RSO leaders fill out this request form

  • Undergraduate Scholarship Competition: Mean, Green Recycling Machines

    Mean, Green Recycling Machines: Undergraduate Scholarship Competition

    The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a research-based challenge for undergraduate students! The challenge is for students to develop a website on plastic recycling. Students will research their schools’ current process for recycling plastic and then design/create a strategy to make the process more efficient. Thorough submissions will include further research on the plastic recycling process, benefits of current recycling methods, and process improvement ideas. Your website could win you a $5,000 scholarship!

    The deadline for this competition is Tuesday, November 30, 2021, and winners will be announced in late December.


    1st place: $5,000 scholarship2nd place: $3,000 scholarship3rd place: $1,000 scholarship

    For more information on the competition, please visit If you have any questions, you can contact

  • SmithGroup Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship Program

    The SmithGroup Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship Program provides students from historically underrepresented demographics with the opportunity to attain their professional goals while advancing the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) industry and improving the built environment.  Applicants must be current undergraduate (at least a junior level standing) or graduate students in an accredited architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture or engineering program in the United States. 

    This scholarship includes a one-time award of $6,000 to offset the student's tuition at their current academic institution (5 scholarships are awarded each year).  Additionally, the scholarship recipients serve as paid summer interns at SmithGroup offices across the United States (Internship is a program requirement).

    Go to this link to learn more about the application process:

    The 2024 applications will close on November 30th.

    For questions about the SmithGroup J.E.D.I. Scholarship program, please submit an email to

  • NSBE’s 2023 Fall Scholarship cycle is now open!

    The National Society of Black Engineers’ 2023 Fall Scholarship cycle is now open!

    To apply for scholarships or to learn more, go to

    To view and apply for scholarships, you must renew your NSBE membership for the year and have a verified GPA in your membership profile.

    The deadline to apply for Fall Scholarships is January 5, 2024, at 10:59 p.m.

    For scholarship questions, or if you experience problems accessing scholarships, please email

  • Concentration Focused Scholarships

    Still searching for scholarships? Check out the links below!





  • EM Success Through Academic and Research Scholarship (STARS) 2024

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) Success Through Academic and Research Scholarship (STARS) program provides support for undergraduate students from Minority Serving Institutions pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and supports EM research and operations in: 

    • Advanced Manufacturing and other Mfg. Disciplines
    • Artificial Intelligence 
    • Cybersecurity 
    • Deactivation & Decommissioning 
    • Machine Learning
    • Robotics
    • Soil & Groundwater
    • Tank Waste

    The Office of Environmental Management (EM) seeks to continue engagement with students upon completion of the program, preferably as EM employees.

    Details about the application and supporting materials can be found at:

    Applications are due January 22, 2024, 7:00 a.m.

    Recommendations are due January 29, 2024, 7:00 a.m.

  • Illinois for Illinois (I4I) & International Programs and Studies (IPS) Scholarships

    Now accepting I4I and IPS scholarships. Deadline: 02/18/2015

  • Avery Brundage Scholarship

    Gifted students and exceptional athletes apply today

  • Penn State Drawdown Scholars Program

    * Undergraduate students in any major who are interested in Drawdown’s mission to reverse global warming
    * Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or U.S. territories if not a full-time student at Penn State
    * Must be at least 18 years of age with plans to graduate in December 2021 or later
    * U.S. students from groups traditionally under-represented in STEM, including women, underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ+ students, first- generation college students, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply 

    Deadline: Februrary 15

  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Scholar Program

    Every year, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) selects 10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants.  HSF Scholars have access to a full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training.

    The HSF Scholar Program Application Deadline Is February 15, 2024, 7:00 p.m., Central Time.

    Apply now at this link:

  • Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars

    Application Deadline: March 8

    Physics, chemistry, math, computer science, all engineering majors are welcome to apply 

    Awards are given to support women undergraduates seeking to study or teach science, mathematics, and/or engineering via the research pathway to graduate studies. More than eight (8) women in science (i.e., physics and chemistry), math, computer science, and engineering fields will be selected for the 2023 – 2024 cohort. Up to $12,000 will be awarded to selected scholars: $5,000 for the fall and spring semesters (At least 10 hours/week doing research) and $7,000 for 10 weeks in the summer (Approximately 30-35 hours/week doing research).


    For inquiries about this opportunity, students can email

  • DaRin Butz Foundation Research Scholars

    Application Deadline: March 31

    Areospace, electrical, computer, materials science, and nuclear engineering majors welcome to apply!

    $5000 awards are given to women undergraduates in computer science, physics, and select engineering disciplines (Aerospace, Electrical, Computer, Materials Science, Nuclear) to do 10 weeks of research on campus in summer (Approximately 30 – 35 hours/week) or to defer to do research in the fall and spring semesters if needed. Four (4) undergraduate scholars will be selected for 2023-2024.


  • WYSE Summer Camp Staff Position

    Illinois Engineering Summer Camps need Lead Counselors, Day and Night Counselors, and Lab Assistants. Camps will run for six weeks, with individual camps running from Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning. You will have the flexibility to choose which weeks you would like to work. This is a paid position open to both undergraduates and graduates. Learn more about the positions available and apply today!

  • Churchill Scholarship - Deadline: October 9

    Pursue one year of graduate work at Churchill College, Cambridge University!

  • Truman Scholarship: An Opportunity for Illini Who Want to Change the World

    The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship is available to College Juniors who are U.S. citizens with a record of strong academic work, leadership, community service, and commitment to a career in public service.  The scholarship awards $30,000 for use toward a graduate degree in public service fields.  Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other non-profit organizations.  Recipients of the scholarship are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program; this is a non-negotiable condition of receiving funding.

    Application Deadline: The campus deadline for submission is November 6, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

    Application Preparation
    If you are interested in applying, please contact the National and International Scholarships Program at to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are generally scheduled for 1 hour and can be either in-person or through Zoom meetings.  The scholarships office is located at 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building, Floor 5.

    Material Review Policy 
    If you would like your scholarship materials reviewed, those materials must be submitted as email attachments along with a few dates and times you would be available for an appointment no earlier than 2 business days after your submission.

    For more information, visit the university’s website for the National & International Scholarships Program at

  • Goldwater Scholarship Information Sessions & Workshop

    If you are a sophomore or junior in a STEM field who has had meaningful research experiences and you plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in science, math, or engineering, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is for you!

    Sophomores and juniors who in the upper quarter of their class (typically a minimum of 3.5 GPA) and who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents are eligible to apply

    The Goldwater scholarship provides $7,500 per full academic year for undergraduate educational expenses.  Sophomores can expect to receive funds for a maximum of two years, while juniors can expect to receive funds for a maximum of one year.  All applicants MUST be committed to pursuing a Ph.D. in the research fields of mathematics, science, or engineering. 

    Students who plan to study medicine are eligible ONLY if they plan on a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor or veterinarian in a private practice.  Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to, applied science, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, entomology, environmental science, genetics, geology, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, zoology, and all fields of engineering.  Illinois may nominate up to 4 students for the Goldwater Scholarship. 

    Get tips about applying from recent Illinois Goldwater Scholars.

    The required campus deadline is November 27, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

    Application Preparation
    If you are interested in applying, please attend informational sessions

    IN-PERSON Goldwater Scholarship Information Session
    Thursday, October 12, 2023, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    514 Illini Union Bookstore Building, Floor 5

    ONLINE Goldwater Scholarship Information Session 
    Friday, October 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -10:00 am
    Register in advance for this Zoom session.

    IN-PERSON Goldwater Scholarship Workshop
    Friday, October 13, 2023, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    514 Illini Union Bookstore Building, Floor 5

    For more information, contact the scholarships office at or visit their website at 

    Book time with Lara Kusnetzky here 

    Book time with David Schug here

  • U.S. Department of Defense SMART Scholarship – December 1, 2023 Deadline!

    The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is accepting applications until December 1, 2023.

    SMART is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students.  SMART scholars receive full tuition, annual stipends, internships, and guaranteed civilian employment with the U.S. Department of Defense after graduation.

    Begin Your SMART Scholarship Application at this link:

  • NACME Corporate Scholarship Program

    The NACME Corporate Scholars Program offers a one-time $5000 tuition scholarship coupled with a paid summer internship.  

    Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply: 

    • United States Citizen or Permanent Resident and an Underrepresented Minority (URM) 
    • Enrolled full time and/or a full-time matriculating student at a NACME partner university 
    • Majoring in Engineering and/or Computer Science fields
    • Students meeting the above criteria who are NOT currently a NACME Scholar ARE eligible to apply. 
    • Current NACME Scholars are also eligible to apply. 

    Apply now at this link:

    Application Deadlines:

    • November 15, 2023, Priority Consideration
    • Rolling Deadlines – Check each scholarship.
  • W.E C.A.N Summer Fellowship Program

    Wildlife Engineers Co-managaing Agriculture and Nature are looking to bring together underrepresented minority undergrads for their summer fellowship program. This is an all expese paid trip for two summers in which students will be given the opportunity to work on engineering related projects in South Africa and conduct research for the Summer Research Opportunites Program at UIUC. Apply Today!

  • HACU Leader-in-Residence Program Florida Oct. 31 - Nov.2, 2020

    Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) is accepting applications for their Leader-in-Residence program which provides leadership and career development training for undergraduates. Selected students will receive a scholarship including round-trip airfare, lodging, and conference registration. 
    More information | Apply

  • Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) Scholarships

    Earn up to $5,000 in DEED Scholarships.

  • PG&E scholarship - Build a better California

    $1,000-$10,000 Scholarship available for Californians here!

    Accepting submissions from December 1, 2017-February 5, 2018.

  • AISES - Scholarship Application Webinar

    Get Your Scholarship Application Noticed - A Webinar Presented by Chevron March 1, 2018 at 4:00pm 

    More infoRegister

  • 2024 NACME Corporate Scholarship Program

    The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) invites you to apply for a one-time $5000 tuition scholarship coupled with a paid summer internship. 

    Click on this link to apply now:

    Application Deadline:  February 5, 2024


    National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is seeking students to apply for a 10-week paid summer software-in-research training program. Successful applicants will work full-time on one of socially-impactful INCLUSION research projects that develop and use open source software.  Applications must be submitted by March 18, 2019 to receive full consideration. Program session: May 20 – July 26, 2019

  • Software Engineering Fellowship

     Sof organizes a competitive fellowship that gives students the opportunity to work with software developers on open source geospatial projects during the summer. The fellowship runs for 12 weeks, June - August, and fellows will receive a $6,000 stipend.  Detailed information about this program and the application can be found here. The deadline for the application is March 15th, 2019.