College of Engineering Scholarships
The College of Engineering annually awards over $500,000 each year in both merit-based and need-based scholarships to engineering majors in all classes. These awards are made possible by our gracious donors. Their generous gifts provide over 200 students the opportunity to continue their studies in the field of engineering.
Most College of Engineering scholarship recipients are selected using our online General Engineering Scholarship Application. This application is open from November 1 through February 1 each academic year, and applications received during this application period are used to select recipients for the following academic year.
Outline below is additional information about the General Engineering Scholarship Application, as well as additional scholarship opportunities including the Wallace Invitational for Scholarships in Engineering and other scholarships that require a separate application process.
The College of Engineering has over 70 active scholarship funds. The eligibility criteria is unique to each scholarship based on the guidelines set forth by the donor. Both merit-based and need-based scholarships are available. With the exception of the other scholarships outlined on this page, nearly all engineering scholarships are awarded using the General Engineering Scholarship Application.
Who Can Apply
- Incoming freshman students
- Incoming undergraduate transfer students
- Current WSU undergraduate students
- For need-based scholarships:
- Need is determined based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Therefore, to be considered for need-based scholarships, you must have a FAFSA on file at WSU for each academic year in which you want to be considered for scholarships. You can learn more about the FAFSA and access the application at www.fafsa.gov.
- Additionally, some need-based scholarships may require a need statement explaining your financial need situation. There is a space in the General Engineering Scholarship Application to submit this statement.
- Most engineering scholarships require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. If your GPA is below 3.0, you are still welcome to complete an application, but there may be a limited number of scholarships for which you qualify.
- Questions on the General Engineering Scholarship Application will be used to match the applicant with the guidelines of the available scholarships. Be as accurate and as thorough as possible when answering the questions.
- Some scholarships require an essay. Those scholarships will be noted in the application, including information about who is eligible to be considered. If any of those scholarships are of interest to you, be prepared to type an essay into the application.
- You will receive an automated confirmation email after you submit your application. If you do not receive an email, your application may not have been completed and received. In that case, contact email@example.com to inquire about the status of your application.
NOTE: All renewable scholarships will be based on a student’s ability to meet scholarship guidelines and the availability of funds.
Application Timeline & Additional Information
- We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Available funds have already been awarded for 2018-2019.
- The application period for 2019-2020 scholarship awards will open on November 1, 2018 and close on February 1, 2019. When the application period opens on November 1, a link to the application will be posted below.
Each November, the WISE competition is held to select recipients of the prestigious Wallace Scholarship. Recipients are selected based on GPA, ACT Math and Composite scores, and performance in the competition. More information about WISE, including the competition date, eligibility criteria, and instructions for applying to compete in WISE, can be found at www.wichita.edu/wise.
Who Can Apply
- High school seniors who meet the WISE competition eligbility criteria
The James & Catherine Buck Charitable Trust Current Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering is available to Aerospace Engineering majors who meet the following criteria.
- Full-time undergraduate student
- Employed in an off-campus job at least eight (8) hours per week
- Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
- Have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5.
Students who may be eligible are encouraged to apply for this generous scholarship. Applications are accepted year-round, but awards will be made based on the availablity of funds.
For your application to be submitted correctly, you must download the application linked above to your computer, open it in a PDF reader, complete the form, and save a copy of the completed form. If you open the document in your web browser and complete it, it will not save properly. Email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Engineering unfortunatley does not have any graduate scholarships available at this time. You are welcome to contact your academic department to inquire about fellowship or graduate employment opportunities that may be available.
The College of Engineering has limited scholarships available for international students. To be considered for any scholarships for which you may qualify, complete the General Engineering Scholarship Application. Information about this application can be found at the top of this page.
Additional resources for international students:
- Office of Financial Aid
- Office of International Education
- Graduate School
- Student Government Association International Student Scholarship application
International Society of Automation - Kansas City Section Scholarship
This is a $1,000 scholarship offered through the Kansas City section of the International Society of Automation. The application deadline is March 15, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year scholarship. Download the application here.
Additional engineering scholarships can be found through many different online search engines.
Online Colleges – Scholarships for Women
Women-specific scholarships originated decades ago as a way to encourage more women to consider pursuing college-level education. There is an effort to increase the diversity of the student population, creating additional opportunities, and encouraging entry into non-traditional fields of study, such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Additional information and the scholarship application can be found here.
BestColleges.com - College Scholarships & Resources for Women
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1980, women have made up the majority of students at post-secondary, degree-granting institutions. Yet, they are still under-represented in a number of fields, most notably in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and continue to earn about $0.77 of every dollar brought in by their male counterparts. However, there are a wide-range of resources dedicated to helping female students achieve success in both college and their careers. See a list of scholarship opportunities specifically given to female students.
ComputerScience.Org – Computer Science Scholarships for Women
It's widely known that there are far fewer women than men in computer science, but how can we help reverse that trend? ComputerScience.org is part of a new initiative to form the next generation of engineers, developers, and network administrators, and we are striving to get more women involved.
Because college can be so expensive for women pursuing engineering degrees, they have collected 20 scholarships available only to women earning computer science degrees.
All scholarships and fellowships have specific criteria to identify and select recipients. Visit the WSU Foundation's Scholarship Policies and Guidelines College List to see the list all of the available engineering scholarships and their requirements.
Accepting a Scholarship
To accept the scholarship offer, log into your myWSU account using your myWSU ID and select the “myFinances” tab; then select “Financial Aid Awards”. Select the academic year. You can review your award information on the “Award Overview” tab. Proceed to the “Accept Award Offer” tab to accept your scholarship.
Have questions? Don't hesitate to contact us!
Jason Bosch, Director of Student Engagement & Scholarships
College of Engineering
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260-0044