This major is often referred to as aeronautical or aerospace engineering. These degree programs are designed to teach degree candidates the fundamentals behind designing and building aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, deep space probes and other high-speed transportation vehicles. Aerospace engineering is an exciting major with graduates working in a cutting-edge field designing next-generation air and spacecraft. Continue reading to find out more about this major and about aerospace scholarships.
Like most engineering degree programs, with aerospace engineering your first two years of coursework consists mostly of engineering and science basics. In your 3rd and 4th years you’ll enroll in your core aerospace courses. You’ll take classes such as intelligent systems, space mission design, flight mechanics, aerospace propulsion and flight controls. Lectures and traditional classroom instruction will be the mode of teaching for some of the courses. You’ll also have plenty of lab work and instruction. In your final year you’ll most likely have a Capstone project in which you’ll work as part of a team on a vehicle design project.
Many aerospace engineering programs feature degree concentrations. These include propulsion, aerospace structures, vehicle design, intelligent systems and others. If you want to specialize in advanced topics such as numerical modeling or theoretical mechanics you’ll have to go to grad school. Whatever program you choose, be certain it’s accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). You might also want to find out what sort of labs and design facilities the college has.
The growth of job opportunities in this field should increase at a slow but steady rate over the coming decade. Research and development funded by the Department of Defense and other governmental agencies will fuel much of this growth. Also, the aviation industry will need engineers to help keep the commercial fleet in working order. For some advanced positions you’ll need a graduate degree in addition to professional experience. Still, there should be plenty of career opportunities with jobs such as design engineer, flight test engineer or research engineer.
Follow the links below to begin exploring the exciting array of aerospace engineering scholarships.
U.S. citizen, children of air traffic control specialists enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher. Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Scholarships are awarded to help support the financial needs of those deserving students who have chosen to seek higher education in the science of air traffic control and other aviation disciplines, as well as children of air traffic control specialists.
Year of Need: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior,
Num Awards: 1
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: Varies
Sponsoring OrganizationAir Traffic Control Association, Inc.
1101 King Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
Annual scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing careers in some technical aspect of the helicopter or vertical-flight engineering. Open to Junior and Senior level undergraduate students interested in pursuing engineering careers in the helicopter or vertical flight industry and graduate students. Applicants must be full-time students at accredited schools of engineering.
Year of Need: College Junior, College Senior, College 5th Year, 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad,
Num Awards: Multiple
Min Award: 1500
Max Award: 3000
Sponsoring OrganizationVertical Flight Foundation
217 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 223142538
Contact Person: Student Liaison
The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education.
Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program’s three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community.
To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship.
The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Year of Need: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, College 5th Year, 1st Year Grad,
Num Awards: 100
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: 2500
Sponsoring OrganizationInstitute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Contact Person: Diana Schapiro