In spite of the economic disturbances in the USA, universities in the USA still attract a number of Indian students to pursue higher studies at their campuses. But not every student can afford the tuition fee, as well as bear the living expenses and other costs involved in earning a degree in the USA. Courses in popular subjects such as mechanical engineering tend to be especially heavy on the pocket and any external financial aid is usually welcomed. Some leading universities in the USA offer international scholarships to support overseas students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and related disciplines. A few independent organisations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) also offer scholarships for international students. Here’s a quick look at a few of these:
John Hopkins University
The Charles R. Westgate Scholarships in Engineering are merit-based scholarships offered by John Hopkins University. They provide engineering students full tuition per year and also a stipend towards living expenses for four years of undergraduate study. Up to two scholarships are available each year for entering students with outstanding high school records and achievements in various areas.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Undergraduate international students applying to Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) are automatically considered for institutional scholarships once they gain admission at IIT. The scholarships, awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can be renewed as long as students maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Fulltime international students applying to Master's Programmes in mechanical engineering who have strong academic records may also be eligible for a one-year, half-tuition academic scholarship. Fulltime students applying to M.S. and Ph.D. programmes also stand the chance of qualifying for fellowships and assistantships. International students are eligible for up to $12,000 per year in scholarships. Students are considered automatically for these scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission, but need to ensure the funding deadline mentioned in the admission application is met.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers scholarships to deserving Indian students pursuing undergraduate STEM courses. This is a merit-based scholarship and internship programme restricted to AISES members. They partially cover tuition and other educational expenses.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Scholarships
ASME offers several scholarships to encourage international students pursuing mechanical engineering in the USA.
Three Willis F. Thompson Memorial Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each are awarded annually to mechanical engineering students who are interested in the field of power generation.
The $4500 Garland Duncan Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in ABET accredited programmes or mechanical engineering and related courses. The winners are selected based on many factors such as leadership, scholastic ability, financial need and potential contribution to the mechanical engineering profession.
Two $4,000 Melvin R. Green Scholarships are awarded on similar basis by ASME.
The ASME Foundation Hanley Scholarship of value $2,500 is for students pursuing ABET accredited undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering or related baccalaureate programmes. Preference is given to applicants demonstrating financial need or scholastic ability.
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