Industries in Need of Women + Scholarships for Each

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

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 13, 2017

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:

Medallion Fund Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Sophomores
Award Amount: Varies

The Medallion Fund Scholarship is available to New Hampshire residents who are enrolling in an accredited vocational or technical program that does not lead to a four-year degree. You must have a keen desire to work in a vocational/technical career, with preference given to fields in the traditional manufacturing trade sector, such as plumbing, electrical, construction, machining, etc. Preference will also be given to students with a clear vision for how their education will help them achieve or improve their employment goals, applicants with little or no other educational or training opportunities, and applicants who have made a commitment to their educational program both financially and otherwise.

Get more information on the Medallion Fund 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:

Lawrence Transportation Systems Scholarship

Deadline: 4/15/17
Available to: College Freshmen through College Sophomores
Award Amount: $500

The Lawrence Transportation Systems Scholarship is available to students at Blue Ridge Community College. You must be a resident of Staunton, Waynesboro or Augusta County and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for this award. Selection is based on good academic standing and financial need.

Get more information on the Lawrence Transportation Systems 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:

Joseph Rebovich Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Sophomores
Award Amount: $500

The Joseph Rebovich Memorial Scholarship is open to students at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Virginia Campus. You must be majoring in law enforcement, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be involved in school and community activities to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Joseph Rebovich Memorial Scholarship.

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:

Dorner Manufacturing Corp. Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Dorner Manufacturing Corp. Scholarship is open to students at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Get more information on the Dorner Manufacturing Corp. 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: 4/15/17
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 Essay Contest

Deadline: 5/01/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $2,500

The Women in Technology Scholarship Essay Contest is open to female students currently enrolled in the 12th grade at a New Mexico high school. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1200 words that answers some or all of the technology based questions on the sponsor’s website in order to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Women in Technology Scholarship Essay Contest.

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:

Citizens Bank Womens Athletic Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Citizens Bank Womens Athletic Scholarship is open to female students at the University of Rhode Island. You must be a Rhode Island high school graduate, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate outstanding athletic talent, loyalty, ethics, leadership and discipline to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Citizens Bank Womens Athletic 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:

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/17
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarship is available to students majoring in a restaurant, food service, or hospitality field.

Get more information on the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation 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:

Norma Dirmeyer Bibler Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Norma Dirmeyer Bibler Scholarship is available to female juniors and seniors at the University of Findlay. You must be preparing for law school or have an interest in pursuing a career in politics to qualify for this award. A minimum 3.3 GPA is also required.

Get more information on the Norma Dirmeyer Bibler Scholarship.

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