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Are there any specific scholarships for students pursuing engineering in Alabama?

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Ken’s Answer

There may be scholarships available that meet your needs: however, there area some steps that would be helpful for you to take before investigating scholarships. It is very important that you first confirm that engineering is an area that matches your personality traits and then talk to people working in engineering to see what they do, how they got there, and what advice and suggestions that they might have for you.


The best sources for information about scholarships would be the reference librarian at your local library and professional associations to which people in your area of interest belong (these will be referred to later in my answer), but first you need to get to know yourself better.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
Here are some sites that will help you learn more about the broad area of engineering: ## https://www.engineergirl.org/ http://www.futureengineers.org/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM
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G. Mark’s Answer

You should first disavow yourself of the idea that engineering is state-centric. It actually never was, but these days, especially so, since engineering is definitely globalized. I teach classes in Global Engineering Process for that reason. Engineering and Math and Physics are, and always have been, universal. With today's internet and general communication abilities, there are precious few state-centric, or even country-centric applications. Also, with telecommuting, teams are distributing over all boundaries. Now, if you really want a scholarship for a particular state because you actually want to study in that state or for a specific college, you can easily simply send letters to each of your target colleges. They will certainly have the most up-to-date information on what is available. But other than that, I would say it's really unnecessary to focus on a single state. In my case, I had a scholarship that was funded by Michigan, but the funding paled in comparison to the country-wide scholarships I was offered. If you have any aptitude at all, the opportunities to study are quite rich and vast. But demonstrating an ability is the most important. Colleges are generally not interested in "remedial" work for you to disprove your lack of ability or drive or responsibility in the past. And corporations are not so much interested in folks who have not done much through their scholarly careers. But since you're asking this specific question, I'd bet that you have nothing to worry about in that regard. So send letters, make phone calls, talk to people. The world wants engineers, so ride the wave.

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