Wallace Invitational for Scholarships in Engineering

Friday, November 20, 2020 | Virtual


The Wallace Invitational for Scholarships in Engineering (WISE) is an exciting competition held each fall for high school seniors interested in studying engineering at Wichita State. Ten $28,500 Wallace Scholarships will be awarded to the winners of the 2020 Wallace Invitational. These students receive the prestigious designation as a Wallace Scholar. The Wallace Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the late Dwane and Velma Wallace. They left a legacy at the WSU College of Engineering spanning over 40 years.

In the interest of the healthy and safety of everyone, the Fall 2020 WISE competition will be virtual. Two sessions will be offered, and students will choose one session to attend. Additional information about the competition will be posted here as planning continues.

Virtual WISE Session 1 Virtual WISE Session 2
9:00am - 10:30am Central Time 1:00pm - 2:30pm Central Time

Wallace Invitational for Scholarships in Engineering | Competition Q&A

What are the eligibility requirements to compete at WISE?

To be eligible to compete at WISE, you must:

  1. Be a 2021 high school graduate.
  2. Have submitted your Wichita State admissions application materials by October 23, 2020.
  3. Declare an engineering major on your admissions application.
  4. Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have a minimum unweighted 3.5 GPA, or
    • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 27, or
    • Have a minimum SAT composite of 1280, or
    • Rank in the top 10 percent of your class at the end of your junior year.
  5. Apply for WISE, with all required application documentation, by November 1. Please have a high school transcript (official or unoffical, with unweighted GPA listed) and your ACT or SAT test scores (copy of your results, screenshots are acceptable) ready to upload with your WISE application.
What will the virtual competition look like?

The virtual competition will take place via the Zoom video conferencing platform. About a week prior to the competition, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for the competition, as well as the Zoom link for joining the competition event on November 20. The virtual event will start with a brief welcome session, then two breakout rounds, and then a brief closing session.

One breakout round will be a group activity designed to evaluate your communication and teamwork skills. You can read more about the group activity in the What does the actual competition entail? section below. The second breakout round will be a College of Engineering overview session, where you will learn more about the Wichita State College of Engineering and hear from a panel of current students.

What type of technology is required to participate?

In order to participate in the virtual competition, you will need to have a laptop or desktop computer with a microphone, and a high-speed internet connection. A video camera is encouraged, but not required. We also encourage you to download the free Zoom Client for Meetings desktop application, as this will make your competition experience better than simply joining the Zoom session through your web browser. Do NOT join the Zoom session from a smartphone.

What does the actual competition entail?

There are two competitive elements you will complete as part of the Wallace Invitational -- a group activity and an essay.

Group Activity
During the live virtual event, you will be placed into a virtual breakout room with 3-4 other competitors. You will be given a task to complete as a team, and each group member will be scored based on your communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.

Following the live virtual event, you will be emailed instructions for completing an essay. You will have a specified amount of time to compose and submit your essay. Further instructions will be included in the email you receive following the live virtual event on November 20.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for the competition?

Nope! Just make sure you have the necessary technology outlined in the What type of technology is required to participate? section above. About a week before the competition, we will provide you with all of the information and instructions you need for the competition day. The best advice we can give you is to relax and have fun! A lot of students are nervous to compete at WISE because they do not know what to expect, which is completely understandable. Although you are competing for scholarships, we want to you to have fun and enjoy learning more about Wichita State University and the College of Engineering!

What should I wear?

Professional business attire is expected for students participating in the competition.

How are the winners selected?

The winners of the WISE competition earn the prestigious distinction of Wallace Scholar and are each offered a Wallace Scholarship package worth $28,500 to study engineering at Wichita State. Wallace Scholars are selected by evaluating students' high school GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and performance in the competition (group activity and essay).

We recognize that the pandemic has impacted some students' ability to either take the ACT or SAT prior to the competition date and/or receive their scores prior to the competition date. Students who will not have taken the ACT/SAT by the competition date or who have not received their test scores by the competition date will not be penalized in the scoring process. See the What if I haven't been able to take the ACT/SAT or won't have my scores back by the competition? section below for more information.

What if I haven't been able to take the ACT/SAT or won't have my scores back by the competition?

Applying for WISE
If you have taken the ACT/SAT and have received your scores, then upload your scores to your WISE application by the November 1 WISE application deadline. If you have not been able to take the ACT/SAT by November 1, or have taken the test but not received your scores by November 1, then upload your high school transcript in the ACT/SAT field in the WISE application (you will essentially attach your transcript twice).

Scoring Timeline for WISE
All students who attend WISE will have until January 8 to submit any final ACT/SAT scores to Wichita State. Final WISE scoring will not take place until after January 8 to allow time for scores to be received for students who do not have ACT/SAT scores by either the November 1 WISE application deadline or the November 20 WISE competition. If you do not receive your ACT/SAT scores until after the November 1 WISE application deadline, then you should have your scores submitted directly to Wichita State through your online ACT/SAT account.

Scoring Process
The final determination of whether and/or how ACT/SAT scores will be used in the WISE selection process will be made after January 8 once we know if whether or not any competitors were unable to have ACT/SAT scores submitted. As noted in the How are the winners selected? section above, students who will not have been able to have scores submitted to Wichita State by January 8 will not be penalized in the scoring process.

Do you have a question that wasn't answered here? Contact Jason Bosch, Director of Student Engagement and Scholarships, at jason.bosch@wichita.edu