Scholarship Search: Engineer Girl Essay Contest

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The EngineerGirl website, sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, informs a wide audience about exciting opportunities for girls interested in the field of engineering. A slight tweak on the usual scholarship process, EngineerGirls is looking for creative students who want to try their hand at a fictional story featuring—you guessed it—a brainy female lead who saves the day with her critical thinking skills and her problem solving powers.

Scholarship: Engineer Girl Essay Contest

Awarding Organization: National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

Amount: $500 (first place), $250 (second place), $100 (third place)

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Nine

Eligible Students:  Girls and boys in grade 3 – grade 12.

How to Apply:  Submit an original story that features a female lead that uses engineering skills to solve a problem. Each grade has a word limit for their fictional piece:

  • Grades 3-5: 800 words
  • Grades 6-8: 1100 words
  • Grades 9-12: 1500 words

Deadline: February 1


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.