The Natural Sciences are considered highly valued by most people, so so is the Formal Sciences. While other areas have come close to them in importance, these two still hold their ground. For this reason, students who study or want to study in a field that falls under the field of Science or Formal Sciences can easily find many grants and scholarships. Examples of fields under these categories are Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy; Mathematics and Statistics. Here are some examples that can give you an idea of some of the scholarships and grants awarded in these fields.
The National Science Foundation is a helpful resource for financial aid for both Natural Sciences and Formal Science students. The Foundation offers Postgraduate Research Fellowships in mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics and chemistry. This scheme is primarily merit-based.
Graduate students can also benefit from the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Scholarship Program. This program was created by the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. There are fifteen disciplines supported by the program, some of which are Cognitive, Neural and Behavioral Sciences; Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; and Aerospace Engineering. Senior undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply if they are US citizens.
The American Chemical Society is a helpful institution for chemistry students seeking financial aid. The association offers undergraduate scholarship programs especially to students from minority backgrounds. The society strives to promote the discipline of chemistry with its programs.
Various scholarships and grants are also offered to students studying biology. The United States Environmental Protection Agency offers many opportunities to students seeking careers in Environmental Biology, some of which include Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE), Environmental Information Exchange Network, National Campaign for Clean Diesel, and Pollution Prevention. Biology students should also be interested in the George A. Hall/Harold F. Mayfield Award from the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. A $1,000 award is given to a student studying Biology or Veterinary Science.
An astronomy student can also find many scholarships. For example, Lucas Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students whose major is Astronomy. To be eligible, the student must attend either San Diego State University or the University of Arizona on a full-time basis. Up to $6,000 is awarded if the applicant submits an article about career plans in astronomy. High school seniors interested in astronomy can also find scholarships. One example is the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers Fellowship, awarded to senior planning to continue their education in the next academic year. Applicants must be a resident of the Virginia Beach area to apply for a $750 award.