20 Women in STEM Scholarships

Women are underrepresented in STEM. Here is a list of 20 scholarships for women in STEM.

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by Bianca Gonzalez

Updated November 4, 2022

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20 Women in STEM Scholarships
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Despite the increase in women in the STEM field in recent decades, they're still greatly underrepresented. According to the Department of Labor, just 27% of all STEM employees were women as of 2019.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects STEM occupations to increase by 10.8% compared to 4.9% for non-STEM occupations. With the demand for STEM occupations increasing, more organizations are offering scholarships to help close the STEM gender gap.

Unique Challenges Women in STEM Face

Bias, gender stereotypes, and discrimination are some factors that contribute to the STEM diversity and gender gap. Getting more women in STEM majors can help break down personal barriers for marginalized students, expand the workforce to meet the growing demand, and increase innovation by making teams more diverse.

Organizations can create a safe space by offering scholarships to help women overcome barriers in STEM.

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20 STEM Scholarships for Women

While women are underrepresented in STEM fields, financial support exists for women majoring in STEM subjects. Here are some women in STEM scholarships.

Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Women pursuing STEM degrees at accredited undergraduate or master's programs. Applicants must be living or studying in a Zonta district/region.
Application Deadline: Applications will be available in December 2022
Scholarship Amount: $5,000

Zonta International created this scholarship to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities, and leadership roles in information technology.


Kris Paper Legacy Scholarship for Women in Technology Fund

Who Is Eligible: Graduating female high school seniors or returning female college students from the greater Kansas City area with a minimum 3.2 GPA who are seeking a degree in a technology-related field
Application Deadline: April 2023
Scholarship Amount: Varies

This scholarship prioritizes students with financial need and a community service background.


Leslie Andree Hanna Medical Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female students attending medical school in the U.S. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA
Application Deadline: January 2023
Scholarship Amount: $5,000

Past recipients may reapply for the scholarship each year but are not guaranteed the award.


Engineering and Technical Science Achievement Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female undergraduates majoring in engineering or technical science with a 3.0 GPA
Application Deadline: Applications will be available in Spring 2023
Scholarship Amount: Varies

The applicant must be accepted or enrolled in a college with an accredited program or in an Alpha Omega Epsilon National Foundation-approved school. They must not be receiving full funding for education from another organization. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply.


Pearl I. Young Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female or gender-nonconforming University of North Dakota STEM students. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 minimum.
Application Deadline: February 2023
Scholarship Amount: $2,500

This scholarship honors Pearl I. Young, the first woman hired as a physicist for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) — the agency that later became NASA.


Women in Technology Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female, college-bound students majoring in computer science, information technology, or an IT-related major. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Application Deadline: April 2023
Scholarship Amount: Up to $2,500

This scholarship looks for applicants with creativity, initiative, and leadership skills.


Learner Education Women in Mathematics Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female high school seniors or undergraduates planning to study mathematics
Application Deadline: November 2022
Scholarship Amount: $1,000

Learner, a tutoring platform, organized this scholarship to help more women get into math fields.


Ada I. Pressman Memorial Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate female engineering majors
Application Deadline: May 2023
Scholarship Amount: $5,000

Ada I. Pressman, a recognized power plant pioneer, left a large scholarship endowment to the Society of Women Engineers to help women get into engineering.


William E. and Barbara I. Van Trump Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female undergraduate students attending a school in Union Pacific's service area. Must also have a 2.5 minimum GPA and interview with the scholarship committee
Application Deadline: December 2022
Scholarship Amount: $1,000

The applicant must have completed at least one semester or quarter in an accredited engineering program.


Pacific NW Tanaka Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Must be an undergraduate geoscience student identifying as a woman, gender fluid, or nonbinary
Application Deadline: December 2022
Scholarship Amount: $1,500

This scholarship considers academic achievement and financial need.


Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female students in full-time graduate statistics programs as of July 1 of the award year
Application Deadline: February 2023
Scholarship Amount: $1,000

This scholarship was established in 1989 to encourage more women to enter statistics professions.


Michigan Council of Women in Technology Undergraduate Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female or nonbinary students with at least 3.0 GPAs attending a Michigan college for the 2023-24 school year. Must major in information technology, software engineering, or a related field
Application Deadline: Applications are open as of October 2022
Scholarship Amount: Up to $5,000

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology offers this scholarship to encourage talented female students to pursue higher education and help Michigan become the No. 1 state for girls and women in technology.


Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail Endowed Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female or minority U.S. or Canadian citizens (or student visa-holders) with at least a 2.5 GPA pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering or a closely related engineering or technology discipline
Application Deadline: February 2023
Scholarship Amount: Varies

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail was a president at an HBCU dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


UPS Scholarship for Female Students

Who Is Eligible: Female undergraduate students in the U.S., its territories, Canada, or Mexico. Must be attending an IISE-accredited industrial engineering program
Application Deadline: February 2023
Scholarship Amount: $4,000

This Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) scholarship prioritizes academic excellence and campus leadership.


BHW Women in STEM Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral STEM students at U.S.-based schools
Application Deadline: April 2023
Scholarship Amount: $3,000

This BHW Group scholarship requires applicants to write an essay about their favorite app.


Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female undergraduate students pursuing engineering, math, or biological or physical science degrees
Application Deadline: March 2023
Scholarship Amount: $4,000

This scholarship honors Virginia “Ginny” Heinlein, a chemist and engineer. Applicants must submit a 500-1000 word essay on one of several available topics.


Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female undergraduate STEM majors who are Society of Physics Students members. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Application Deadline: March 2023
Scholarship Amount: $2,000

This scholarship prioritizes first-generation STEM students, students with disadvantaged backgrounds, and those who've overcome barriers.


The Science Ambassador Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Women in undergraduate STEM programs
Application Deadline: December 2022
Scholarship Amount: Full tuition

Created by Cards Against Humanity, this scholarship application requires you to upload a Youtube video (no longer than 3 minutes) explaining/teaching a STEM topic.


ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc., and Landmark Pest Management Academic Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: Female undergraduate or graduate STEM majors.
Application Deadline: July 2023
Scholarship Amount: $1,000

Urban wildlife manager Rebecca Fyffe, a successful entrepreneur with a STEM background, created this scholarship for women to have the opportunity to engage in STEM programs.


Women at Microsoft Scholarship

Who Is Eligible: College-bound women and nonbinary people with a 3.0 GPA. Must attend a two- or four-year program and plan to work in the STEAM field.
Application Deadline: March 2023
Scholarship Amount: Varies

You don't have to be a STEM major to apply, but the scholarship requires that you plan to work in a STEAM field post-graduation.