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If you are a woman and major in science, a wide range of scholarships exist. Scholarships for women in science cover areas like biology, chemistry and physics, horticulture, astronomy and related areas.
There are also scholarships for women studying other STEM fields such as computer science (tech), engineering and math. Some award programs accept women studying any science field. While others are major specific or are set aside for women who also identify as a minority group.
You may also find scholarships for all levels of science degrees. Eligible female students studying Bachelor’s, master’s and PhDs programs may apply for scholarships.
To be eligible for any science focused scholarship, you need to qualify. This may take a blend of solid grades and financial need. You may also need to explain how the money will help you reach your goals (and what these are!).
Other criteria may vary. There are scholarships that only accept female adults returning to finish their degree. Many scholarships cater to first time students pursuing an undergrad or graduate degree in science.
Hyundai offers five scholarships worth $5,000 to female students studying STEM. To qualify for the Hyundai Women in STEM Scholarship, eligible female students must be a high school senior or undergraduate. Also, you must submit an essay about why you chose to pursue a STEM-related field and what drives you to be better.
Women in science are in the minority. About half the people working in life, physical, and social science jobs are women. And of these, most (2.8 million) work as registered nurses.
Compared with other fields, you need a college degree for 99% of science and other STEM jobs. That may cost upwards of $17K for a bachelor’s degree at a public college.
Even with a college degree, women in science careers tend to earn less than their male peers. As such, it may be harder to pay down a student loan.
Luckily, scholarships do not need to be paid back. Many scholarship providers want to bridge the gender wage and skills gap. So, they set money aside to support women and girls preparing to join the growing STEM workforce.
Check out our list of 87 scholarships worth $2M below.
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