By Alia Smith

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This is part 1 of our 3-part scholarship series. Check out part 2 and part 3 for scholarship application advice and financial aid options!

More than 1.5 million scholarships are offered every year (Woodward, 2024)1, each with its own requirements and eligibility criteria. As a result, it can be difficult to determine how, and for which, to apply. Some are merit based, meaning they require a specific GPA or standardized test score. Others are based on financial need and require income documentation. Scholarships are often offered to specific groups of people, and there are numerous scholarships for girls in STEM. Below is a list of 10 scholarships for which all girls entering STEM fields should be applying. These scholarships are catered to incoming freshmen entering  STEM fields. 

STEM Scholarships

ABC Humane Wildlife Women In STEM Academic Scholarship: $1,000

  • July 1 deadline
  • Applicants must be enrolled in, or entering, a STEM major
  • Applicants must submit an essay on a specified topic
Two women working in a laboratory-- one of the result of scholarships for girls in STEM

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BHW Scholarship: $3,000

  • April 15 deadline
  • Applicants must be enrolled in, or entering, a STEM major
  • Applicants must submit an essay question about their favorite app 

Heinlein Society Scholarship: $4,000

  • April 1 deadline
  • Applicant must be majoring in engineering, math, or physical or biological sciences
  • Applicants must submit a brief overview of career goals and a 500-1000 word essay on one of the given topics 

Science Ambassador Scholarship: FULL TUITION for up to 4 years

  • Fall deadline
  • Applicant must be enrolled in, or entering, a STEM major 
  • Applicants must submit a 3-minute mini-lecture explaining a STEM topic that interests you

Women at Microsoft Scholarship: $4,000

  • mid-March deadline
  • Applicants must be high-school seniors who plan to enroll in a STEM major 
  • Applicants must have a 3.0GPA

Engineering and Tech Scholarships

Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship: $7,000

  • March 22 deadline
  • Applicants must major, or plan to major, in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related technical field 
  • Applicants must submit 2 essay responses and a CV/resume

SME Scholarship : $2,500-$20,000

  • February 1 deadline
  • One application submits you for up to 60 scholarships for which you may be eligible
  • Both merit and financial need-based scholarships 

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship: $1,000-$19,000

  • March 31 deadline
  • Applicants must be incoming students enrolled in an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited university 
  • 12 universities in Colorado are accredited, including Colorado State University  and the University of Colorado Boulder and Denver. You can find accredited universities here
A woman writing code, among the skills that can be supported by scholarships for girls in STEM including support for building your own website.

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Web Design Scholarship: $1,000

  • Spring Semester- February 18 deadline
  • Fall Semester- October 2 deadline
  • Applicants must submit a website of their own design

Women in Technology Scholarship: up to $2,500

  • March 31 deadline 
  • Applicants must be enrolled in, or accepted at, a university where they plan to pursue a major in computer science, information systems, business information management, or another IT-related field.
  • Applicants must submit transcripts and essay questions


Additional Scholarship Resources

This list only scratches the surface of the scholarships offered for women and girls in STEM. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Scholarship Finder is a great tool to find more scholarships for which you may be eligible.


What Tips Do We Have for Applying?

Now that you have begun looking for scholarships, you may start developing questions. What information will I need to submit? How do I write a scholarship essay? Should I even apply if my GPA isn’t perfect? Yes! Check out part 2 for the advice we wish we had when applying for scholarships!


Author Bio

Alia Smith on her graduation day, holding her diploma from Colorado State University







Alia Smith is the programming associate for Pretty Brainy. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with a master’s in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. For her thesis, Alia studied the use of citizen/community science to study pollinator decline in National Parks. She is passionate about science communication and connecting people with science.

 1Woodward , M. (2024, February 21). U.S. scholarship statistics: The latest data, facts and costs. SearchLogistics.,to%207.5%20million%20students%20annually”>,to%207.5%20million%20students%20annually

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