College of Engineering Scholarships
The College of Engineering awards approximately $800,000 each year in both merit-based and need-based scholarships to College of Engineering majors. These awards are made possible by our generous donors, which allow us to provide over 200 students with financial assistance as they pursue their degrees at Wichita State.
Nearly all College of Engineering scholarships are awarded using a single, master application called the General Engineering Scholarship Application. This application is open from November 1 — February 1 each academic year. Applications received during this period are used to select recipients for the following academic year.
The application period for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 scholarships has closed, and we are no longer accepting applications at this time.
The College of Engineering has over 70 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 (WISE and Buck Scholarship), nearly all engineering scholarships are awarded using the General Engineering Scholarship Application.
Who Can Apply
- High school seniors who plan to enter WSU in Fall 2021
- Transfer students, returning adult students, and international students who plan to enter WSU in Fall 2021
- Current WSU students who will not graduate any sooner than December 2021
What You Need for This Application
- Resume. As part of the application, you are asked to submit a resume. Your resume must be
submitted in PDF format and the name of your file must follow this format: Lastname-Firstname.pdf. Suggested items to include on your resume are:
- work experiences, school involvement such as clubs or school activities,
- any community involvement or community service you have done, and
- any awards, honors, or special recognitions you have received.
- If you have participated in any STEM related activities such as BEST Robotics, Project Lead the Way classes, First Robotics, VEX Robotics, Science Olympiad, or similar activities, be sure to include those as well.
- 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 that requires an essay, be prepared to type an essay into the application. Most essays have a 1,500-2,000 character limit (about 300-400 words).
- GPA requirements vary by scholarship. Some scholarships only require a minimum 2.5 GPA, while others require at least a 3.0. You will not be asked to report your GPA on this application - we will access you GPA after the application period has closed to determine your eligibility for scholarships.
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 2021-2022 FAFSA no later than January 1, 2021. Prior year FAFSA results will not be used. You will not be asked to report your FAFSA results on this application - we will access any needed FAFSA information from the Office of Financial Aid after the scholarship 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 financial need statement in the application, and we can use a need statement in lieu of the FAFSA to determine eligibility for need-based scholarships.
Application Timeline & Additional Information
- The application will open on November 1, 2020 and close at 11:59pm CST on February 1, 2021. Review of applications begins in February, and all applicants will receive an email notification on or around May 1 indicating whether or not they have been offered a scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.
- 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 email@example.com to inquire about the status of your application. Only completed applications will be used for scholarship considerations.
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. Please review this criteria carefully prior to submitting an application.
- Full-time, currently enrolled undergraduate student majoring in Aerospace Engineering (prospective or incoming students should wait until they have started taking classes at Wichita State to apply)
- Employed in an off-campus job at least eight (8) hours per week (must be employed during any semesters in which scholarship funds are being received)
- Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
- Have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5. Your GPA cannot be above 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.
If you have questions about College of Engineernig scholarships, contact Jason Bosch at email@example.com.