Industries in Need of Women + Scholarships for Each

These industries are looking to balance the gender gap in their field's culture.

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 01, 2016

Industries in Need of Women + Scholarships for Each

Some careers tend to be male-dominated, but that’s about to change. At least in the case of the below industries, which are now hiring more female employees than ever. In fact, they’re actively seeking females to join the fields!

Hire More Women In Tech reports that “Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians.” With that number, it’s clear why these industries would be looking to diversify their cultures.

Hire More Women In Tech also reports that “Companies in the bottom quartile both for gender and for ethnicity and race are statistically less likely to achieve above-average financial returns than the average companies in the data set (that is, bottom-quartile companies are lagging rather than merely not leading).”

According to HonestCollege and Deseret News, these are the industries that females may want to look into, because they’re going out of their way to recruit women and create more diverse workplaces.

Check out fields in need of females and a scholarship within each:

Construction

USAToday reports that the lack of women within the construction industry is nothing new. The good news is that it’s on the rise, with more and more companies actively looking to add women to their rosters. With 7.1 million workers in the field and only 2.6 percent of that number being women, it’s no wonder that companies are looking for smart, capable women to join their teams.

Check out this scholarship within the field:

CMAA Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/16
Available to: College Sophomores through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

The CMAA Foundation Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in construction management or a related degree program. You must have completed at least one full academic year, and have a minimum of one full year remaining to be eligible to for this award.

Get more information on the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Scholarship.

Trucking

Back in the day, females likely stayed away from a career within the trucking industry because it took time away from their families. This is changing now, according to The Trucker’s Report. The options for women within the field, in driving positions as well as dispatch, management, sales, and other jobs are more open than ever before – with women earning salaries that rival their male counterparts.

Check out this scholarship within the field:

Leadership Legacy Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

The Leadership Legacy Scholarship is available to female graduate students. You must be pursuing graduate degree in transportation or a related field and demonstrate leadership skills and an active commitment to community service to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Leadership Legacy Scholarship.

Law Enforcement

Any person, male or female, who is dedicated and hard-working would be an asset within the law enforcement field. However, the field is male-dominated and has been for some time – the U.S. Department of Justice reports that female police officers only account for about 13 percent of America’s police force. However, PennLive reports that police forces see strong advantages to having both genders represented within law enforcement. As a result, many females looking to become police officers likely have careers awaiting them – they just need to apply.

Check out this scholarship within the field:

My Alarm Center Scholarship Program

Deadline: 7/01/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Sophomores
Award Amount: $5,000

The My Alarm Center Scholarship Program is available to graduating high school seniors and current college freshman and sophomores. You must be majoring in law enforcement, criminal justice, law or a related field and submit an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words on one of the two topics provided on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the My Alarm Center Scholarship Program.

Manufacturing

Bridge reports that females are valued within the manufacturing industry, even though they currently make up a small percentage of the field. The number of women in the field has actually declined (from low to lower) but the industry is aware of these numbers and it actively seeking more females within leadership roles.

Check out this scholarship within the field:

ASHRAE Engineering Technology Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $3,000

The ASHRAE Engineering Technology Scholarship is available to full – time students pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree in a field that leads to a career in HVAC&R. You must demonstrate leadership ability, character, and financial need to be eligible for this award. A minimum 3.0 GPA is also required.

Get more information on the ASHRAE Engineering Technology Scholarship.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Fields

Having women in technology and engineering positions makes sense, but many women tend to stay away from the fields. Whether this is based on gender roles engrained within culture or a systemic push for these fields to become male-dominated is for you to decide. But, females are becoming more and more valued within STEM-related fields than ever before. The proof is shown in the numbers. Hire More Women In Tech reports that high-performing companies have women in senior management, demonstrating that “Fortune 500 companies with at least three female directors have seen their return on invested capital increase by at least 66%, return on sales increase by 42%, and return on equity increase by at least 53%.”

Check out two scholarships within the field:

Women in STEM Scholarship

Deadline: 4/15/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $3,000

The Women in STEM Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate female students. You must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Women in STEM Scholarship.

Women in Technology Scholarship

Deadline: 4/15/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The Women in Technology Scholarship is available to female students who are enrolled in a product design, interaction design, engineering, and computer science, or user experience design program. To be considered you must explain in 1001 – words or less, who the woman in product design or software engineering or development you admire most and why.

Get more information on the Women in Technology Scholarship.

Sports

Women still have a lot of progress to make when it comes to their presence within sports-related fields. While things are getting better with developments like the first female executive director of the NBA, its first female coach, and the NHL working to welcome more females, there are still a lot of plays that need to take place.

Check out this scholarship within the field:

Association for Women in Sports Media Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Association for Women in Sports Media Intern/Scholarship is available to full-time female students who are interested in a career in sports media. You must be majoring in public relations, broadcasting, writing, or copy editing to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Association for Women in Sports Media Scholarship.

Restaurants: Chefs

Fox News reports that “though half of all restaurant owners and nearly half the students at acclaimed U.S. cooking schools are female, a recent Bloomberg survey found women hold just 10 out of 160 head chef positions at 15 of the nation’s top restaurant groups.” This is a huge gender gap that the industry is looking to fix.

Check out this scholarship within the field:

Wally and Joni Doolin Scholarship

Deadline: 6/07/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Wally and Joni Doolin Scholarship is available to students majoring in a restaurant, food service, or hospitality field. You must have participated in the ProStart program to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to minority female students.

Get more information on the Wally and Joni Doolin Scholarship.

Politics

The Huffington Post calls out the fact that only 19 percent of the U.S. representatives are female. While that is more than ever before, it’s still unbelievably low, considering that America is 50 percent female – showing a gross underrepresentation of females in Congress.

Check out this scholarship within the field:

Betty Rendel Scholarship

Deadline: 6/01/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $1,000

The Betty Rendel Scholarship is available to female undergraduate students. You must be majoring in political science, government, or economics and have successfully completed at least two years of college coursework to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Betty Rendel Scholarship.

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