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Interested in pursuing a career in STEM? If so, here are 5 scholarships that can help you start your scholarship search.

1. ASHRAE Scholarships

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers aims to support the future leaders of the building industry by offering various scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduates pursuing engineering or engineering technology degrees. Even though the deadline for high school seniors has already passed (May 1st), undergraduates majoring in engineering are encouraged to apply until December 1st. Scholarships range from $3,000 to $10,000 and are usually awarded for one or two years. Scholarships are awarded based on full-time enrollment in an accredited program recognized by ASHRAE, a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, financial need, leadership ability, and work ethic, among other things. ASHRAE is also hosting New Faces of Engineering: College Edition, a program that recognizes outstanding junior or senior students that are members of ASHRAE and majoring in engineering. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and be recognized in the ASHRAE Journal.

2. XEROX Minority Scholarship

XEROX offers a scholarship open to all US citizens or legal residents who belong to at least one of the following minorities: African-American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native. This scholarship awards from $1,000 to $10,000 to qualified students enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above. The application deadline is September 30, and recipients of the scholarship will be notified by late December. A complete application and resume must be submitted by the deadline to be considered. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program, earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and be pursuing a degree in one of the following fields: Chemistry, Information Management, Computing & Software Systems, Material Science, Printing Management Science, Laser Optics, Physics, Material Science, and Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical, or Software).

3. Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

This application is now closed, but it is tentatively scheduled to reopen during this month (August 2014). The program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and it aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a US citizen, able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories, and willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD. Undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students are encouraged to apply and they must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

SMART scholars will receive full tuition and education related fees (this does not include housing and meal plans), paid summer internships, a stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 to $38,000 (depending on degree pursued), a health insurance allowance, a book allowance of $1,000 per year, mentoring, and employment placement after graduation.

4. Catching The Dream MESBEC Program

The MESBEC program is the oldest and largest program of CTD (Catching The Dream). This fund awards $400,000 annually to above-average American Indian scholars. Applicants must be majoring in mathematics, engineering, science (including all medical disciplines), business, education or computers. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 per academic year and are awarded on a basis of merit. Students must be 1/4 or more degree American Indian and be an enrolled member of a U.S. tribe. Applicants must have excellent grades, high ACT or SAT scores, some work experience, a track record of leadership, and a strong commitment to their Indian community.

Applicants are required to apply for other sources of funding and they must write a comprehensive essay about themselves and their plans, provide proof of high school completion, college admission, and tribal enrollment. Applications must be received by March 15th for summer school, April 15th for the fall semester and September 15th for the spring semester.

5. AREMA Norfolk Southern Foundation Scholarship

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) Educational Foundation is offering the Norfolk Southern Foundation Scholarship for Engineering or Engineering Technology undergraduate students. The scholarship is in the amount of $1,000. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program in Engineering or Engineering Technology. They must have completed at least one semester or quarter in college prior to submitting an application, and they must have at least a 2.0 GPA. The institution must be located in Norfolk Southern’s service area (22 states, the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada). (The 22 states include AL, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA and WV.) Applicants must submit a cover letter, a resume, two letters of recommendation and a transcript. The deadline for this scholarship is December 14.

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Clarissa Gallardo is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Originally from Panama City, Panama (only place in the world where you can see the sun rise in the Pacific and set on the Atlantic!), she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics and Ballet. A member of the Honors Program and dancer at heart, you can find her studying at the library, scrolling through her Tumblr feed , dancing, or reading. Clarissa has a really bad case of wanderlust and is obsessed with white chocolate mochas, The Big Bang Theory, and Doctor Reid from Criminal Minds. You can follow her on Twitter and on Tumblr.

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