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The Atkins Minorities and Women STEM Scholarship Program

If you’re looking to complete your higher education in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM), we can help.

Selection process

Atkins Women and Minorities STEM Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis and recipients are chosen by selection committees made up of Atkins senior professional, management, and human resources staff. Selection is based on academic achievement, personal qualities and strengths, and letters of recommendation.

Atkins review committees will make final selection(s) based on the following criteria:
  • Academic achievement, student organization and/or community involvement
  • Creativity and clarity of video message
  • Letters of recommendation

Application window

  • Fall:  April 1 - June 1
  • Spring: September 1 - October 31

The program is available to female students and students of African-American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent, and be:

  • A US citizen or permanent resident.
  • A junior or senior, full-time, day-time student at an accredited and approved college or university.
  • Enrolled in contiguous fall and spring semesters, carrying a minimum of 12 credits and earning a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) each semester.
  • Working towards a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering or math, specifically related to disciplines within our industry with at least 60 credits of college work prior to the submission of the application.

Application process

Complete the application by clicking on the link below. Once received, you will be sent an email with directions on the next steps in the application process including how to submit the required supporting documentation and your video introduction. You must submit all required criteria within the application window in order to be considered.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by phone or email and the university will be notified by mail. Funds are sent directly to the university at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Atkins Minority Scholarship program awards the scholarships to recipients based on their continued eligibility. 

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Application requirements

No application will be processed without a completed application form and all of the following items:

New Applicants

  • Transcripts of courses taken and grade point average (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Resume with academic/work (internships, etc.), extracurricular activities and/or personal interests for the past two years
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a university professor, employer, or community service leader in support of this application
  • Video introduction

Past Recipients

  • Transcripts of courses taken and grade point average (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Class schedule for upcoming term
  • Resume with academic/work (internships, etc.), extracurricular activities and/or personal interests for the past two years


Which degree programs are applicable for this scholarship?
Acceptable degree programs include degrees focusing in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental and Marine Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geotechnics and Applied Technologies, Geomatics, Transportation, Aviation, and Architecture.

What semesters is the Atkins Minority STEM Scholarship awarded?
Scholarships are awarded for the fall and spring semesters.

What should I include in my video introduction?
Your video is an introduction and first impression to the selections committee. It’s an opportunity to “speak” directly to our Atkins professionals and tell them about yourself and why you would be the best recipient of this reward. The video should be honest, to the point and no more than two minutes long. Here is a script template to help you get started:

  • An introduction (5-10 seconds)  – Who are you, your university, major and class/school year, if you’re a past recipient, etc.
  • Objective (10-20 seconds) – Why you want this scholarship. How it will help you meet your educational goal
  • Highlights (10-20 seconds) – Student organization involvement/memberships, highest achievements (personal and educational), internships, research, special projects, etc.
  • Conclusion (5-10 seconds) – Close out your video introduction with a unique message, fun fact, or closing statement that will leave an impression on our reviewers. Stand out and shine!

How do I upload my documents and video?
To send in Minority Scholarship documents and video, please visit our Atkins File Transfer Service page available by clicking on: Please see this guide for details.

Do I need to provide official transcripts?
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. However, they must legible and must include the student's name and student ID number.
Who should I ask to write my letter of recommendation?
Start by asking a professor, department head or mentor. Past recipients can also ask past/current employers or community service leaders.
What is considered an acceptable recommendation letter?
A recommendation letter is similar to a professional reference; choose someone who can articulate your strengths and praise your accomplishments. Recommendation letters should be written on university/company letterhead and signed by the writer. Letters can be sent in by students as part of their application packet or can be emailed to the inbox directly by the person who wrote it.
How quickly will I be notified on the status of my application?
You will typically receive an email once your complete application packet is received. After the term window has closed, we will conduct a full screening of all applications to determine which applicants are going to the first round of reviews. From there, finalists will be sent to the Foundation board for review and selection. This process can take between 6 and 8 weeks. We will notify students that have been selected by phone and a follow-up email.
If I am selected as a recipient, how will I receive the award?
Funds are sent directly to the university to be credited to the student's tuition account. Applicants that have full scholarships or have already covered expenses for the semester, should check with the university to determine if any excess funds will be paid out to students or applied towards other accounts. There are no exceptions to this process.
If I submitted the complete application by the scholarship deadline and met the minimum criteria, why wasn’t I awarded a scholarship?
The Atkins Foundation makes every effort to equitably award as many scholarships as possible; however, scholarship award is based on the availability of limited funding.

Equal employment opportunity

Atkins provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Company subscribes to this policy of equal employment and non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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