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Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Kansas State University
215 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1113


College of Engineering

Scholarship parameters do not always align cleanly with departmental/college divisions at K-State. For that reason, some awards are listed on more than one college page, and a few others may not appear on every page they should. Please also review the pages of other colleges where interests might overlap.

Undergraduate Scholarships

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllAmerican Indian Education FoundationNative Americans/Alaskans only 
ChemEngAmerican Institute of Chemical EngineeringChapter nomination required for award 
BAEAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological EngineersSome contests as well 
VarAmerican Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers  
AllBoren Undergraduate ScholarshipStudy abroad excluding Western Europe/Australia 
AllBridging Scholarships for Study in Japan  
VarCargill Global Scholars ProgramNew in 2013, for 1st and 2nd year undergrads 
AllChoctaw Nation Higher Education and Grant ProgramChoctaw affiliation 
AllCircle K ScholarshipsLimited to Circle K members 
AllCIA Undergraduate Scholarship ProgramSophomore eligibility. Interns also sought. 
AllCouncil on International Education ExchangeCIEE study abroad participants only 
AllJames J. Davis Memorial ScholarshipFor study abroad 
VarDesk and Derrick Educational TrustGoals related to petroleum/energy fields 
AllDiversityAbroad.comFor study abroad 
AllFederal Employee Education & Assistance FundFederal civilian employees and ependents only 
AllFund for Education AbroadStudy abroad to any country 
AllGilman International ScholarshipStudy abroad. Students with Pell Grants only. 
AllGlamour Top 10 College Women CompetitionJuniors only 
AllBarry M. Goldwater ScholarshipCareers in research. Four nominees/year. 
VarErnest F. Hollings Undergraduate ScholarshipBy the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
Joseph Levendusky Memorial ScholarshipCareers in water technology 
AllKansas BPW Scholarships  
VarKansas Environmental Health AssociationFields/goals related to environmental science 
AllKansas Ethnic Minority ScholarshipMinority students only 
VarKappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity  
AllKSU Social Club: First Ladies ScholarshipPart-time nontraditional students only 
AllKSU Social Club: Ruth Ann Wefald ScholarshipFinancial need 
AllKSU Social Club: Edna S. Young ScholarshipNontraditional students only 
AllKillam Fellowships to CanadaFunds junior year in Canada 
AllKirmser Undergraduate Research AwardAwarded by K-State Libraries 
AllLeague of United Latin American CitizensHispanic students only 
AllLeague of Women Voters: Stella Harriss ScholarshipNontraditional students only 
AllMarine Corps Scholarship FoundationChildren of current/former U.S. Marines only 
AllMaterial Handling Education FoundationExcept Architecture Engineer/ Chemical Engineering 
AllMcNair Scholars ProgramSeveral demographic restrictions on eligibility 
Civil/ArchEngMid-West Concrete Industry Board  
AllAllison McQuilliam Memorial ScholarshipKSU award for nontraditional students only 
AllMensa Foundation Scholarship  
CompSciMicrosoft Tuition Scholarship ProgramAnd electrical/computer engineering 
AllMilitary Order of the Purple HeartFor descendants or purple heart winners 
ArchEngNational Association of Women in ConstructionConstruction Science also. 
AllNational Association for the Self-EmployedDependents of NASE members. Also an entrepenuership award. 
AllNIH Undergraduate Scholarship ProgramUnderrepresented demographics only 
AllNon-Commissioned Officers AssociationChildren/spouses of members only 
VarPearson Prize for Higher EducationNSCS membership not required 
AllPhi Kappa Phi Study Abroad GrantsJuniors only. PKP membership not required. 
AllPhi Kappa Phi: KSU Chapter$500 awards for PKP members 
AllJeannette Rankin FoundationWomen 35+ years of age only 
AllRieser Fellowship in Science, Technology and Global Science  
ElectricalRocky Mountain Electrical League (RMEL)Careers in electric energy 
AllSociety of Women Engineers Scholarship ProgramWomen only 
AllSoroptimist International: Women’s Opportunity AwardFor female heads of household 
AllTalbots Women’s Scholarship FundWomen 10+ years out of high school only 
VarTaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea)Funding to teach English in Korea as a Jr or Sr 
AllTillman Military Scholars ProgramFor veterans, active duty military or spouses thereof 
VarDorothy and Chuck Thompson ScholarshipAdult women interested in public service 
AllMorris K. Udall ScholarshipCareers related to the environment. Six nominees/year. 
AllUnited States Bowling CongressBowlers only 

Tenable at Undergraduate or Graduate Level

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllAmerican Indian College FundNative American students only 
AllAmerican Indian Graduate CenterNative American students only 
AllAmerican Indian Science and Engineering SocietyNative American/ Alaskan students only 
VarAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics  
VarAmerican Institute of Steel Construction  
NuclearAmerican Nuclear Society ScholarshipsFields related to nuclear science & technology 
VarAmerican Society for Photogrammetry and Remote SensingASPRS members only 
MechanicalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers  
VarAmerican Society of Naval EngineersCareer in naval engineering 
AllAmerican Swedish InstituteFor study in Sweden 
VarAmerican Water Resources Association: Herbert Memorial ScholarshipAWRA members only 
AllAmerican Women's Club StockholmFor study in Sweden 
AllAnnie's HomegrownInterest in Sustainable Agriculture 
AllArmy Emergency ReliefFor military spouse or dependents 
VarAssociation of American Indian AffairsNative American/Alaskan students only 
Civil EngAssociated General Contractors FoundationIncludes construction science 
AllAssociation of Former Intelligence OfficersNational security careers 
VarBiomedical Engineering SocietyBiomedical engineering careers 
VarBrown and Caldwell Scholarship ProgramsChemical, Civil or BAE 
AllChina's University and College Admission System(CUCAS)For study abroad in China 
AllCongressional Hispanic Caucus InstituteHispanic students only 
AllCritical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes  
AllDAAD: German Academic Exchange ServiceStudy in Germany 
AllJosephine de Karman Fellowship  
ComputerSciElectronic Document Systems Foundationand Computer Engineering 
BAEEnvironmental Protection Agency: STAR/GRO Fellowshipsand Mechanical Engineering 
Arch EngFoundation of the Wall and Ceiling IndustryFor employees/ dependents in FWCI fields 
AllFrontier Farm Credit ScholarshipFor FFC borrowers or their dependents 
VarGolden Key ScholarshipsMany different awards. For GK members only. 
AllHispanic Scholarship FundHispanic students only 
AllInstitute of Current World Affairs FellowshipFunds 2+ years of independent, international study 
IEInstitute of Industrial EngineeringMust be a member 
VarInternational Facility Management Association FoundationCareers related to facility management 
AllJapanese American Citizens LeagueJACL members only 
AllJapanese Government Monbukagakusho ScholarshipsTo study in Japan 
VarKansas City International Facilities Management Association  
AllLilly Reintegration ScholarshipAssists students being treated for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. 
VarMaterial Handling Education Foundation  
AllMcKelvie ScholarshipGovernment Careers 
AllMorse Family and Community Public Policy ScholarshipFor summer internship funding 
VarNAACP ScholarshipsNAACP membership is preferred 
NuclearNational Academy for Nuclear Training Scholarship  
AllNational Federation of the BlindFor legally blind students only 
AllNational Italian American Foundation Scholarship ProgramStudents of Italian heritage OR students studying Italian 
VarNational Network for Environmental Management StudiesEPA award for environmental career paths 
AllNational Organization of Gay & Lesbian Scientist and Technical Professionals  
AllNational Society of Black EngineersMust be an NSBE member 
AllNational Society of Collegiate ScholarsFor members. Merit & study abroad awards 
AllNational Society of Professional Engineers  
AllFostercare to SuccessSupports unadopted individuals 
AllPhi Eta Sigma National Honor Society  
AllThe Point FoundationLGBT and/or committed to LGBT issues 
AllRotary Humanitarian GrantOne year abroad 
VarSAE International  
AllLeopold Schepp FoundationInterview in New York is required 
VarScholars4Dev: Scholarships for DevelopmentList of awards for students from developing countries and/or students interested in development-related careers 
AllSigma Xi: Grants in Aid of ResearchFunds research expenses 
VarSMART ScholarshipCivilian DoD Research Careers 
MechEngSociety of Automotive EngineersSeveral automotive-related awards. 
IESociety of Manufacturing Engineers  
AllTau Beta PiFor members only 
AllThe United Methodist ChurchMostly for Methodists 
AllUnited Negro College FundApparently not limited to African-American students 
MechanicalVertical Flight FoundationCareers related to rotocraft/VTOL aircraft 
VarWhitaker International Fellows/Scholars ProgramFor biomedical engineering study/research overseas 
AllWomen in Defense Foundation:Horizons ScholarshipCareers in natl. security/natl. defense. Women only. 

Graduate Fellowships

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllAAUW International FellowshipsFemale international students only 
AllAAUW Selected Professions FellowshipWomen only 
VarAir and Waste Management AssociationFor related career goals 
AllAmerican-Scandinavian FoundationFor study in Scandinavia 
AllAmerican University in Cairo FellowshipsFunds study in Cairo 
VarAmerican Water Works AssociationGoals related to water quality/water supply 
AllAssociation for Women in ScienceWomen in PhD programs only. 
Comp Sci, IE, ElectricalAT&T Labs Fellowship ProgramUnderrepresented groups only. Internships also available. 
AllBlakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study  
AllBoard of Regents: Kansas Distinguished Scholar ProgramFor Kansas winners of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright, Madison, Mellon and Cheevening 
AllBoren Graduate FellowshipStudy abroad excluding Western Europe/Australia 
AllBritish Chevening ScholarshipFor international students only 
CivilConcrete Research and Education Foundation  
AllLady Davis FellowshipFor doctoral study in Israel 
VarDepartment of Energy Office of Science Graduate FellowshipNew in 2009 
AllDOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship  
Mech/NuclearDOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate FellowshipFor PhD work in several specific subfields 
AllDorot Fellowship in IsraelFor future Jewish leaders 
VarDwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship ProgramFor transportation-related disciplines/careers. 
VarEndeavour Scholarship ProgramFor grad study in Australia 
VarErasmus MundusFor graduate study in EU countries 
AllFord Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for MinoritiesUnderrepresented ethnic groups only 
AllFulbright Post Baccalaureate FellowshipOne year of research abroad 
AllGates Cambridge Scholarship1-3 years at Cambridge 
AllGEM Fellowship Program (GEM)Minority students only 
AllGerman Chancellor ScholarshipStudy/research in Germany 
VarGlobal Change Education Program: Graduate Research Environmental FellowshipsThrough Department of Energy 
AllHertz Foundation Graduate FellowshipPhD in applied physical sciences 
AllSamuel Huntington Public Service AwardFor service project after BA/BS 
AllIFESH International Fellows ProgramFunds service in developing nations 
AllInstitute of Current World Affairs FellowshipFunds 2+ years of independent, international study 
AllKnowles Science Teaching Foundation  
VarLink FoundationPhD awards: energy/simulation/ocean engineering 
VarMadison & Lila Self Graduate FellowshipFunds PhD study at KU 
AllMarshall ScholarshipTwo years in the United Kingdom 
Science/EngMarshall Sherfield FellowshipPostdoc study in UK 
VarMicrosoft Research PhD Fellowship ProgramFor 2nd and 3rd year PhD students in Computer Science, Electrical/Computer Engineering, or Mathmatics. Must seek nomination from dept. 
VarMicrosoft Graduate Women's ScholarshipApply in 1st year of grad school. Female students in Computer Science, Electrical/Computer Engineering, or Mathematics. 
MathMicrosoft Research PhD Fellowship ProgramFor 2nd and 3rd year PhD studnets inMathematics. Must seek nomination from dept. 
MathMicrosoft Graduate Women's ScholarshipFor female students--apply in 1st year of grad school 
AllGeorge J Mitchell ScholarshipOne year in Ireland or Northern Ireland 
AllMortar Board National FoundationFor members only 
VarMorris K Udall Dissertation FellowshipFor research related to environmental public policy/conflict resolution 
AllNASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship  
VarNational Defense Science and Engineering Grad FellowshipResearch fields related to national defense 
VarNational Physical Science Consortium  
AllNational Science Foundation Grad Fellowship  
Computer ScienceNaval Postgraduate School Center for Information Systems
Security - Scholarship for Service
AllNewton International FellowshipPostdoc award for the UK 
AllPEO International Peace ScholarshipFemale international students only 
AllPEO Scholar AwardMust get nominated by PEO chapter 
AllPhi Kappa Phi Graduate FellowshipSeniors in PKP only. One nominee/year. 
AllRhodes ScholarshipTwo years at Oxford 
VarPat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program(PRISP)  
VarRotaryPeace FellowshipMasters degree abroad 
VarSaltire ScholarshipFor Masters degree study in Scotland 
VarSchwarzman Scholars ProgramFor graduate study in China.  Inaugural class in 2016. 
VarHerbert Scoville Jr. Peace FellowshipYear in Washington D.C. Peace/security issues. 
AllAlfred P. Sloan PhD ProgramMinority doctoral support 
AllSoros Fellowship for New AmericansSome unique eligibility rules 
AllSwedish InstituteFor study in Sweden 
VarTeach for ChinaFunding to teach multiple subjects (in English) in China 
AllHarry S Truman ScholarshipCareers in public service. Four nominees/year. 
CivilUnited States Society on DamsResearch related to dams 
AllVietnam Education FoundationFor study in US by Vietnamese students 
VarWater Environment Federation: Canham Graduate Studies ScholarshipWater quality careers only 
ElectricalWomen's International Network of Utility ProfessionalsCareers related to electrical energy. 
VarZonta International: Amelia Earhart FellowshipsPhD women in aerospace fields 

Selected Competitive Internships/Research Opportunities

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllAAA Mass Media Science and Engineering FellowshipUpperclassmen only 
VariousAir Force Research Laboratory: Space Scholars  
AllAmericorpsVolunteers get educational stipend ex post facto 
VarAmgen ScholarsSummer research in science/biotechnology at selected schools 
AllArgonne National LaboratoryInternships/graduate research appointments 
AllCarnegie Junior Fellows ProgramCareers related to international relations 
AllThe Carter CenterInternships/graduate assistantships 
VarWilliam J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in IndiaMust have completed bachelor’s degree 
AllCoro Fellows ProgramBig brother to KC internship 
AllCoro Kansas CityFunds summer internships in KC 
AllDefense Intelligence Agency ProgramSeveral scholarship programs. Also competitive internships 
VarDepartment of Energy  
AllDepartment of Homeland Security Summer InternshipField contributing to DHS mission 
AllEchoing GreenFull-time funding for projects of social entrepeneurship 
VarGoogle Policy FellowshipFor students interested in internet and technology policy 
VarJ.W. Saxe Memorial FundingStipend for low-pay/no-pay public service internships 
AllSamuel Huntington Public Service AwardFor service project after BA/BS 
AllInterexchange FoundationGrants for work or service abroad 
NuclearInternational Atomic Energy AgencyCompetitive internship in Austria 
Computer Science/ MechanicalLangley Aerospace Research Summer ScholarsFunded summer research program 
AllMath for America: Newton FellowshipTeach math in NYC (not for education majors) 
VarMayo Summer Undergraduate Research FellowshipCompetitive internship for future medical researchers 
AllMountbatten Internship Program in LondonCompetitive one-year internships 
IENASA Contracting Intern ProgramProcurement internship (30 months) 
VarNASA Undergraduate Student Research ProgramSpring, Summer and Fall opportunities 
Mechanical/ ElectricalNational Institutes of HealthGrants/award/internships related to health research 
VarNational Institute of Standards and Technology: Summer Undergrad Research Fellowships  
AllNational Radio Astronomy ObservatoryCompetitive internships 
AllNational Wildlife FederationGrants for campus projects and internships 
AllNSF Research Experience for Undergraduates(REU)Summer research programs. Also in social science. 
Science/EngNSF Summer Institute in SE AsiaPaid summer research abroad 
AllOak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)Varied research internships 
VarPasona Summer Internship Program to JapanInternship with Japanese company. Applicants should speak Japanese. 
AllPresidential Management Fellows ProgramMust be nominated at campus level 
VarPrinceton in Africa FellowshipTwelve month work placement in Africa 
AllPrinceton in Asia FellowshipsTeach or intern in Asian country 
AllSOARS: Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research & ScienceCompetitive internship for underrepresented students 
VarSmithsonian InstitutionAssorted internship and fellowship programs 
AllTeach for AmericaCompetitive opportunity 
AllUS State DepartmentVarious competitive internships 
AllWashington Internship for Students of EngineeringVery competitive internship 
AllWoods Hole Oceanographic InstituteMinority and summer fellowships 

Essay Contests/Prizes

MajorScholarshipCommentsFact Sheet
AllCollegiate Inventors Competition  
AllForeclosure.com Scholarship ProgramEssay about how to solve foreclosure crisis 
AllFreedom From Religion FoundationEssay contest 
VarTransitions AbroadSometimes offers writing contests related to travel/study abroad. 
AllElie Wiesel Prize in EthicsEssay contest about ethical issues 

Disclaimer: I compile this list to help you identify suitable opportunities. However, it is not comprehensive. Independent review of other sources is encouraged.