Featured Partner Scholarships: March 2023
By Matt Konrad
If you’re a student pursuing a future career in the skilled trades, manufacturing or engineering, this is the scholarship month for you! Scholarship America partner programs from CDM Smith, Lockheed Martin and the Colgate-Palmolive Inspire Our Future fund are now open for a variety of engineering, trade, construction and other technical areas of study.
Not in the engineering world? We’ve still got you covered, with programs for sales and marketing majors and general STEM students. And if those don’t fit the bill, you can find all of our open scholarships right here. Best of luck!
CDM Smith Scholarship
Started as a partnership of three consultants in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1947, CDM Smith has grown to become a global team of over 5,000 professionals, driving an impactful $1.4 billion independent engineering and construction firm with a mission to make the world a more resilient place.
To support their ongoing purpose to make life better, the company has established the CDM Smith Scholarship Program. Open now, the program is providing eight $5,000 scholarships to engineering undergraduate and graduate students who strive to be the best, brightest and boldest they can be.
Last year’s scholarship recipients included students in civil, environmental, chemical and automation engineering, along with computer science, robotics and entrepreneurship. They’re students like Trevor Melton, Chemical Engineering major at North Carolina A&T, who says, “Driven by my love for chemistry, I will use my leadership and problem-solving skills to make my community a better place while encouraging others who look like me to lessen the disparity in a field heavily underrepresented by African Americans.”
If you’re thinking about applying, you must be a high school graduate, current college undergraduate or graduate student, planning to enroll full-time in an eligible program focusing on engineering at an accredited four-year college, university for the entire 2023-2024 academic year. You must also have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
Applicants will be asked to explain how your current studies and future goals align with CDM Smith’s vision to “be the best, brightest, and boldest in our industry: client focused, employee centered, technically superior, independent, and strong.” In addition to the scholarship, recipients may be offered an internship opportunity with CDM Smith.
Applications are open through April 18. Apply Now >
Inspire Our Future Supply Chain Scholarship
Inspire Our Future Commercial Scholarship
The Colgate-Palmolive Company believes in “The Power of We,” striving to be a role model for global diversity, equity and inclusion. To further this commitment, the company has established two renewable scholarship programs for college students who identify as Black or African American: the Inspire Our Future Supply Chain Scholarship (for engineering and manufacturing majors) and the Inspire Our Future Commercial Scholarship (for sales and marketing majors). Both programs are open to current college sophomores and juniors who have a 2.8 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale.
The Inspire Our Future Supply Chain Scholarship is targeted to students who are majoring in engineering, manufacturing and supply chain-related fields. After several years of encouraging growth, the percentage of STEM degrees earned by Black students dropped over the last four years, and the Inspire Our Future Supply Chain Scholarship aims to help reverse that trend. The program is awarding $10,000 scholarships — and, what’s more, the award can be renewed for up to two more years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever comes first.
To be eligible, applicants must be current sophomores or juniors who plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. next year. You must self-identify as Black or African American, and be pursuing a major in engineering, manufacturing or another supply chain-related field. Preference will be given to students at schools listed here; however, attending one of these schools is not a requirement to earn the scholarship.
The Inspire Our Future Supply Chain Scholarship is open through April 6. Apply Now >
The Inspire Our Future Commercial Scholarship is also open to Black and African American college students who plan on full-time enrollment next year. The program is meant for those majoring in sales or marketing, and also provides $10,000 awards that can be renewed for up to two years or until you earn your bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.
Application requirements are identical to those listed above; however, there is no preference for students at any specific schools. As long as you self-identify as Black or African American and plan to major in sales or marketing next year, you’re invited to apply!
The Inspire Our Future Commercial Scholarship is open through April 6. Apply Now >
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship
The Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship program, launched in 2018, provides opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world—particularly those from diverse backgrounds and communities historically underrepresented in STEM fields.
With $10,000 awards, renewable each year, the Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship helps students like Kalista pursue their goals in STEM. A second-year student at Iowa State, Kalista says this scholarship is motivating her to pursue engineering even though she’s often the only woman in the room.
“It can be discouraging,” she said. “However, knowing that Lockheed Martin wholeheartedly supports me in my pursuit of engineering education is a wonderful feeling, and one that I carry with me even when I get discouraged.”
The Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship program will add up to 200 new recipients this year and is open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.
Competitive applicants will have strong academic backgrounds, a portfolio of extracurricular activities, and a passion for a career in a STEM related field.
For those looking at career options after graduation, scholarship recipients can opt-in to be contacted by Lockheed Martin recruitment teams regarding possible internship opportunities. All interested candidates and scholars must apply through the Lockheed Martin careers site to be considered for an internship.
Applications are open through March 31. Apply now >
Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship
Technical skills are a vital part of a robust American economy; to help ensure the next generation of skilled workers, Lockheed Martin is proud to sponsor the Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship Program, now in its fourth year of awarding up to $750,000 in scholarships to students pursuing associate degrees, credit-bearing certificates or industry certifications.
The Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship has helped students like Charles, whose lifelong interest in engineering is turning into a career as a result. “The Vocational Scholarship paid for my final two semesters,” after he lost his primary source of income during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. “It helped me afford all of the necessary books and equipment, and also provided me a cushion to help with living and transportation expenses.” What’s more, after receiving his scholarship, Charles also applied for a job with Lockheed Martin, where he now works as an engineering aide.
This year’s program will provide up to 150 awards to students like Charles, for a maximum of $5,000 each. Scholarships will be awarded to students in a wide variety of eligible fields; see the Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship website for detailed fields of study.
To apply, students must be a high school graduate (or GED equivalent), a high school senior graduating in 2023, or a current undergraduate student with less than a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and be enrolled or planning to enroll part-time or full-time in one of the specified fields of study at an accredited community or technical college. Finally, applicants must be pursuing an associate degree, credit-bearing certificate, or industry certification in one of the specified fields of study.
With the Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship, the path to a skilled, fulfilling career can be even more affordable than you think!
Applications are open through March 31. Apply now >