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Scholarships for Women in STEM - A Complete Guide

Women have made great strides in academia and the US workforce in recent years, earning roughly 57% of bachelor’s degrees and making up 50.2% of the college-educated workforce. However, gender parity has not yet been reached in many fields. The gender representation in the US STEM workforce is still predominantly male, especially when looking at the highest paid jobs within it.

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Gender distribution in STEM

Even though women currently make up half of the college-educated workers' population, they are highly underrepresented in STEM. Women make up only 28% of science and engineering workers even though women constitute 40% of employed science and engineering degree holders. Gender distribution varies among different jobs in science and tech, but women in engineering are severely underrepresented as only 15% of engineers are women.

Part of the reason for this prominent gap is generational gender bias. Women are less likely to be selected for entry-level STEM work and are 30% less likely to receive an interview than men with the same experience and qualifications. Women who do find entry-level work are also paid an average of $4,000 less than male counterparts with the same qualifications.

Discrimination in entry-level work makes it even more difficult for women to achieve equal representation in higher levels of STEM, leading to only 18% of leadership positions being held by women. Additionally, many women believe they are not treated equally when it comes to promotion opportunities. Only 38% of women in STEM who work in male-dominated workspaces believe that they are treated fairly for advancement opportunities.

While STEM is still male-dominated, the proportion of women in STEM has been increasing in recent years. Between 1993 and 2015, the number of women working in engineering increased by 108%, going from 9% to 15%. Additionally, the number of women in physical sciences rose by 53%, from 21% to 28% over the same period.

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The Persistent Wage Gap in Science and Tech

In 2015, median annual salaries of full-time male and female workers in science and engineering revealed a large wage gap. The median income for men was $86,000 per year, but only $57,000 for women. This gap can partially be explained by the fact that women in STEM are often in lower-paying sections of science and tech.

For example, women make up the majority of only 15 of 100 STEM majors, and these majors, such as animal science and biology, tend to be the lower-paid fields as compared to male-dominated industries such as engineering, physics, and computer science.

Tech is the way of the future and it's imperative we have a diverse set of minds tackling the our most pressing issues in science and engineering to bring variation and efficiency to the table. To help diversify STEM and to encourage women tech leaders of the future, we have compiled a list of scholarships for women in STEM, all of which are exclusive to Bold.org. You can find many great scholarships on Bold.org, but the fifteen below are a great place to start if you’re looking to fund your future tech degree.

To support young women who are pursuing degrees and careers in STEM, we’ve created a comprehensive list of scholarships for women in STEM offered exclusively on Bold.org!

Our Exclusive Scholarship List

  1. Rho Brooks Women in STEM Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Eligibility: Female high school seniors or undergraduate students pursuing a STEM-related degree
  • Next Deadline: July 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 31st, 2021
  • Description: To support gender diversity in male-dominated STEM fields, this scholarship aims to incentivize female students to pursue STEM. To apply, write a short essay about yourself, a big influence in your life, and its effect on your career goals.
  1. Learner Education Women in Mathematics Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Female high school seniors or undergraduate students studying math
  • Next Deadline: July 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 31st, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support ambitious female students pursuing math-related careers in order to bring more female perspectives to math fields. To apply, submit a short essay about why you study math and how math has impacted your perception of the world.
  1. Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any female student pursuing a technology-related career
  • Next Deadline: October 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: October 31st, 2021
  • Description: To fight the underrepresentation of women in the technology industry, this scholarship empowers female students to become the future leaders of the tech sector. You can apply by submitting an essay about how you plan to use your technology career and skills to improve the world.
  1. Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship - College Award
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Eligibility: Any junior or senior undergraduate STEM students from an underrepresented group
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 30th, 2021
  • Description: To increase diversity in the tech industry, this scholarship will be awarded to one student pursuing computer science, data science, or an electrical engineering degree. You can apply if you’re a member of an underrepresented group, including women, LGBTQA+, or racial minority groups. Apply by writing a short essay about what field of tech you want to study and a problem you hope to solve through your career. The winner will also receive an internship with Virtasant the founder of the scholarship.
  1. Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship - High School Award
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any prospective STEM students in high school from an underrepresented group
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: June 30th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship aims to support students from underrepresented groups, including racial minorities, women, and LGBTQA+ students, who plan to pursue a data science, electrical engineering, or computer science degree. Two winners will each receive $500 and you can apply by writing an essay about why you want to study tech and what problems you want to solve through your education and career.
  1. No-Essay Lamda School Unlock Your Potential Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Students pursuing a computer software career
  • Next Deadline: May 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: April 1st, 2022
  • Description: This scholarship is provided by Lambda School and will support future software engineers. There is a rolling monthly application deadline, and students who apply earlier will have a higher chance of winning, so don’t wait!
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  1. Mark Caldwell Memorial STEM/STEAM Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,015
  • Eligibility: Any first-generation graduating seniors from Woodlake Union High School, CA or Springboro High School, OH with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Next Deadline: July 15th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 15th, 2021
  • Description: In memory of Mark Caldwell, an electrical engineer, this scholarship will be awarded to one graduating senior pursuing a STEAM degree. You’ll have a higher chance of winning if you’re active in Destination Imagination, F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, or the maker community. To apply, submit a short essay about something you achieved despite hardship, and how you used your skills to overcome the obstacle.
  1. JusticeTheTutor Scholarship (No Essay)
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Students pursuing a STEM-related degree
  • Next Deadline: July 11th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: August 2nd, 2021
  • Description: To create more innovation in STEM fields, this scholarship aims to help a student pay for their STEM education so they can make a difference in the world through their career. You’ll have a better chance of winning if you’ve demonstrated leadership or community engagement on your Bold.org profile.
  1. Boosting Women in STEM Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any female high school or undergraduate student pursuing STEM
  • Next Deadline: March 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: April 30th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship aims to bring more women into STEM fields due to the underrepresentation of women, especially in high-paid tech jobs. This scholarship is currently in review but may be renewed, so check back soon! You can also check out the winners after April 30th, 2021.
  1. Rosemarie STEM Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Eligibility: Any high school students or undergraduates pursuing a STEM degree
  • Next Deadline: March 31st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: April 27th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship will support future STEM leaders who will change the world, and any students pursuing or planning to pursue a STEM-related degree are eligible. This scholarship is in review and you can see the winner after April 27th, 2021. Check back soon to see if this scholarship is renewed!
  1. “Fight for Equality” Women in STEM Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any female high school students planning to study STEM
  • Next Deadline: March 31st, 2021, 2021
  • Winners Announced: April 30th, 2021
  • Description: Due to the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, particularly in fast-growing and high-paying jobs, this scholarship supports young women in science. This scholarship is being reviewed but may be renewed and you can see the winner after April 30th, 2021.
  1. Markforged Distinguished Women Engineers Grant
  • Amount: $7,476
  • Eligibility: Any female undergraduate or graduate student studying engineering
  • Next Deadline: November 18th, 2020
  • Winners Announced: December 18th, 2021
  • Description: This scholarship was created to encourage diversity in STEM by supporting women in engineering. This scholarship has been awarded but may be renewed in the future and you can look at the winner and finalists here. In addition to the scholarship money, applicants will be considered for jobs and internship opportunities at Markforged in the future.
  1. Minority Women in STEM Bi-Annual Scholarship
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Eligibility: Any female college students studying STEM
  • Next Deadline: April 3rd, 2021
  • Winners Announced: May 20th, 2021
  • Description: Due to both the gender and wage gaps in STEM, this scholarship provides an opportunity for minority women to support women from underrepresented groups as they pursue STEM. While this scholarship has been awarded and you can see the finalists and winner here, it may be renewed soon so check back.
  1. Amplify Women in STEM Scholarship
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Eligibility: Female high school seniors or undergraduate students pursuing a career in a STEM field
  • Next Deadline: January 1st, 2021
  • Winners Announced: January 31st, 2021
  • Description: The Amplify Women in STEM Scholarship is part of the AMPLIFY Scholarship Series and intends to increase female representation in STEM fields to reduce the gender and wage gaps. This scholarship has been awarded and you can see the two winners of $1,250 each, as well as the finalists, here. Make sure you check back soon to see if this scholarship has been renewed.
  1. Najal Judd Women in STEM Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Eligibility: Any female student pursuing a degree & career in a STEM field
  • Next Deadline: February 28th, 2021
  • Winners Announced: March 31st, 2021
  • Description: The Najal Judd Women in STEM Scholarship incentivizes women who plan to pursue STEM or are currently working toward a STEM degree. This scholarship has been awarded but may be renewed, so check again soon to see if you can apply. In the meantime, you can check out the winner and finalists here!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do you get more women in STEM?

Our mission with these scholarships is to incentivize female students to pursue STEM degrees and to break down the generational barriers that have been holding women back. By showing women in science that there are resources and support available, female students can be encouraged to pursue STEM careers. Additionally, scholarships offered specifically to women in the most underrepresented STEM fields, such as the Markforged Distinguished Women Engineers Grant, can help women finance their education and break into the most male-dominated, highest-paying fields.


An additional way to increase the number of women in STEM is to highlight female role models in the field. Furthermore, corporate boards in STEM are overwhelmingly male, with women making up only 16% of board members. Female mentorship is essential to support and guide women pursuing STEM, since many are turned away from STEM due to isolating experiences in predominantly male classrooms and work environments, resulting in 32% of women in STEM leaving their job within the first year.

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What percentage of STEM majors are female?

While more women are pursuing STEM, most STEM students are still male-dominated. Of all the STEM graduates in 2016, only 37% were female. The gender gap is even more notable when considering that women now make up more than half of college graduates, at around 53%. This means that around 600,000 more women graduated in 2016 than men, yet men still made up 63% of students graduating with a STEM degree.

While the gender gap varies across the many different STEM majors, most are predominantly male, especially for highly paid fields. For example, women make up only 21% of engineering majors and just 19% of computer science majors. By providing women in STEM with scholarships, we aim to encourage women to pursue STEM majors, including those that are the most male-dominated, in order to close the gender gap.

Do I need a specific GPA to get a STEM scholarship?

Every scholarship has specific eligibility criteria and some do have minimum GPA requirements, such as the Mark Caldwell Memorial STEM/STEAM Scholarship, which requires the student to hold a 3.0 GPA or higher. However, most scholarships in the above list have no GPA restrictions, so feel free to apply no matter what GPA you have!

What are the easiest scholarships for women in STEM to get?

All of the listed scholarships are easy to apply to with your Bold.org profile, but if you’re looking for quick applications, try no-essay scholarships, such as the JusticeTheTutor Scholarship (No Essay). While many of the scholarships above do require a short essay, they have limited eligibility which increases your chances of winning. Scholarships that are available only for women in STEM have limited application pools, and several scholarships have field limitations, such as engineering or math, which further restricts eligibility and increases your chances. You can find even more easy and no-essay scholarships here.

Feel free to send any additional questions you may have to contact@bold.org!