College of Engineering Scholarships

 

The College of Engineering awards approximately $750,000 each year in both merit-based and need-based scholarships to engineering and computer science majors. These awards are made possible by our generous donors, which allow us to provide over 200 students financial assistance as they pursue their degrees at Wichita State.

Nearly all College of Engineering scholarships are awarded through our General Engineering Scholarship Application. This application is open from November 1 through February 1 each academic year, and applications received during this period are used to select recipients for the following academic year.

Outlined 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 not included as part of the general application. If you have questions about scholarships, contact Jason Bosch, Director of Student Engagement and Scholarships, at jason.bosch@wichita.edu or call (316) 978-3400.

 

General Engineering Scholarship Application

The application for 2019-2020 scholarships is open now through February 1, 2019 at the link below. Prior to starting your application, we highly recommend reviewing the application guidelines in the General Engineering Scholarship Application Information section below.

 

General Engineering Scholarship Application Information

Scholarship Information

The College of Engineering has over 80 active scholarship funds. These scholarships were established and funded by private donors through the WSU Foundation. The eligibility criteria is unique to each scholarship based on the guidelines set forth by the donor. Criteria for any particular scholarship may include eligibility factors such as major, GPA, class standing, financial need, involvement in engineering professional societies or other student organizations, and more. 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

  • High school seniors who plan to enter WSU the following year
  • Transfer students
  • Current WSU students

Application Guidelines

 What You Need for This Application

  • Resume. As part of the application, you are asked to submit a resume detailing your academic, co-curricular, and/or community services activities and accomplishments. Your resume must be submitted in PDF format and the name of your file must follow this format: Lastname-Firstname.
  • Possible Essay(s). Some scholarships require an essay. You may or may not be presented with scholarship opportunities that require an essay based on how you answer certain questions in the application. If you are eligible for a scholarship the requires an essay, be prepared to type an essay into the application. Most essays will be no more than 250 words in length.

GPA Requirement

  • GPA requirements vary by scholarship. Many require a minimum 3.0 cumulative, but there are some that require as low as a 2.5 cumulative, and others that require at least a 3.2 cumulative. You will not be asked to report your GPA on this application - we will access GPA information after the application period has closed.

Need Based Scholarships

  • Many scholarships are awarded based on financial need. The primary method we use to determine need is to access your FAFSA results. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to file a 2019-2020 FAFSA. You do not have to have the FAFSA completed prior to filling out the application, but we highly recommend you file it no later than January 1. You will not be asked to report your GPA on this application - we will access your FAFSA information from the Office of Financial Aid after the application period has closed.
  • Some students are not eligible for federal financial aid, and therefore cannot complete a FAFSA. If you are one of these students, there is an option to write a needs statement in this application, and we can use a need statement in lieu of the FAFSA to determine financial need.

Application Timeline & Additional Information

  • The application for 2019-2020 scholarships will open on November 1, 2018 and close at midnight on February 1, 2019. When the application period opens on November 1, the yellow link in the large gray box above will become active. Review of applications will begin on February 2, and all applicants will receive notification on or around April 1 indicating whether or not they have been offered a scholarship for 2019-2020.
  • 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. The more information you provide in the application, the better we can determine if you are eligible for scholarships.
  • 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 successfully submitted. In that case, contact jason.bosch@wichita.edu to inquire about the status of your application. Only completed applications will be used for scholarship considerations.
Wallace Invitational for Scholarships in Engineering

Scholarship Information

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
James & Catherine Buck Scholarship

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.

Download the PDF application here.

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 jason.bosch@wichita.edu.

International Students

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:

External Scholarships

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.

Important Information About Engineering Scholarships

Guidelines
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.