As a recent engineering graduate myself and with a sister who took engineering I appreciate how hard it can be for women in engineering and the benefits to society of having a larger gender split of engineering graduates.
My sister is a strong believer in the benefits of having women in engineering and she also puts a lot of effort encouraging other women to take engineering.
She put together an impressive resource with all the grants she could find that would help her attend college and offered to share it here for other women considering engineering….

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Have you ever seen the ad’s online promoting “Women in Engineering Grants” or “Single Parents school grants” and wondered are these real? Well the truth is that many of the ads you will see online are scams. Many of them take you to sites that want you to purchase lists of grants or they are just outright scams that take your money and give you nothing. The scam artists rely on those who need the grants most to not read everything and fall for their scheme. That does not mean that there are no single parent grants out there however you just have to know where to look. Below you will find some proven and authentic Grant programs for Single parents.

Education Grants for Women in Engineering and Single Mothers and Fathers based on Need:

State Grants

Several states offer education grants that are available for single fathers and mothers to apply for. State grants like their federal counterparts are geared at encouraging students towards a higher education and better income earning potential. They are not limited to single parents but many of the state programs will take family status into consideration with an application. The highest engineering approval rating and largest amounts of aid are awarded to the low income and disadvantaged families. If you need to research what programs your state offers do not follow the ad sites but instead visit your states official financial aid website.

Women in Engineering Scholarships

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants

The FSEOG programs are operated by each individual state. They operate much like the “grand daddy” of grants the Federal Pell grant and are awarded on need basis. Those students who have the most need financially based on a FAFSA application will receive the grants first.

The Federal Pell Grant Program

The Pell Grant program is not limited to single parents of course but it is often referred to as the “single mother grant” in the news. Federal Pell Grants have helped many single Fathers and Mothers go back to school to better their chances at higher paying jobs, while not taking on the financial burden of student loans. The Federal Pell Grant is most often awarded to undergraduate students and is fully financially need based. The Pell grant is free for engineers to apply and you can find the application at the FAFSA website.

Grants for Single Mothers and Fathers based on Merit:

The National SMART Grant (Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent)

The SMART grant is given to students in their third and fourth year of a science, mathematics, technology, engineering or computer sciences field. They also offer some grants in foreign language and non-liberal arts programs. Applicants must have and maintain upon being awarded the grant a Grade point average of at least 3.0. If you do not maintain this average you will not receive the funding.

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

This grant is designed for Second and First year students who have graduated high school in 2006 or after. The Academic Competiveness Grant is also based on merit and requires certain GPA requirements. If you qualify for the grant and are interested you should apply using the FAFSA application.

If you’re ever in doubt about the engineering program you wish to apply for research it. Never pay money for a list of programs that about grants you can see a wide variety of them for free on the US Department of Education’s website.