Engineering Scholarships

The College of Engineering and its academic departments awarded over 400 undergraduate scholarships in the 2013-2014 academic year. Funds are awarded annually based on financial need and academic performance and are designed to be integrated into a student's total financial aid package.

Engineering's online application process leads you through applying, being notified, accepting one or more engineering scholarships, and thanking the people who donated the money for the scholarships.

You may access your current application to review status, accept awards and upload thank-you letters. We are not accepting new applications for scholarships at this time.

Scholarship Overview & Timelines

Scholarship awards are made by each of the ten engineering departments and by a central scholarship office in the College. The online scholarship application provides options to submit an application to a specific engineering department and/or to the central College office. Students already admitted to an engineering department should submit an application to their department. ChemE, CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, and ME will also consider applications from students planning to apply to the department.

Students in the following categories should submit a College of Engineering application:

  • Entering freshman.
  • Entering transfer students. Transfer students planning to apply to CSE, EE, HCDE, MSE, CEE, and ME should also consider submitting a departmental application.
  • Students with pre-engineering status.

Emerging Leaders in Engineering:

Scholarship applications are accepted during these times:

Time Period Applications Accepted By...
April 1 – May 1
  • College of Engineering
  • A&A*, BioE*, ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, ME
Departmental applicants will be notified by June 15th. College of Engineering Scholarship applicants will be notified by late July.
August 1 – August 20
  • College of Engineering
  • CSE
Applicants notified by October 1.
November 15 – December 15 Applicants notified by February 1.

Application Process

  1. Check your department deadlines and initiate the online application. A UW NetID is required. Be prepared to enter your UW email address, proposed major, extracurricular activities, work experience, and a personal statement. Note that all communication about scholarship awards are sent electronically to your UW email address, so be sure to check this regularly.
  2. Complete the application by the deadline. An email confirming receipt of the scholarship application is sent to the applicant. Within about one month of the application deadline, the scholarship administrator notifies students of their status by email.
  3. Accept or decline any awards you are offered by returning to the online application.
  4. Complete a student profile if you accept an award.
  5. Write a donor thank you letter. Log in to the application page to complete the letter. Note that funds will not be released without submission of the letter (if a letter is required).
  6. Keep in mind the CoE Scholar-Donor Recognition Luncheon in November. If the donors of your scholarship plan to attend, you will receive an email invitation in October to meet the individuals who are helping to make your education possible. (Please note: CSE and ME hold separate events at other times of year; if you are in either of those departments, the November date may not apply to you.)

Tips

  • A&A, BioE: Aeronautics & Astronautics and Bioengineering accept applications only from students currently in those respective departments.
  • You do not need to select a specific scholarship during the application process. Scholarship administrators match recipients to scholarships.
  • If you have questions about the process, please email scholarship_admin@engr.washington.edu.

Renewing and Resubmitting Applications

If you are currently receiving a College of Engineering or departmental scholarship and would like to be considered for renewal, please reapply for the scholarship.

If you would like to be considered for a new award, you should resubmit your application each time period that the department and/or CoE accepts applications.

Keep in Mind

Financial Need

The majority of scholarships offered by the College of Engineering have a financial need requirement. To be considered for most scholarship opportunities, we recommend that you submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to the Financial Aid office. You can pick-up paper FAFSA applications at the Financial Aid Office at 105 Schmitz Hall.

Writing Your Personal Statement

Your personal statement is extremely important. Start working on it early, and use it to tell your story and demonstrate why a scholarship award would be important to you. Show evidence of leadership, community involvement, and/or service. Another important factor could be cultural and educational opportunities (or lack thereof), social and economic disadvantages that you may have had to overcome, and the ways in which these experiences affected you. Include your special interests and abilities, career plans, and future goals.

Letters of Recommendation

Human Centered Design and Engineering is the only department requiring letters of recommendation. Choose professors, advisors, or program staff who know you well and can provide a knowledgeable assessment of your skills and aptitudes.

International Students

International students who have been admitted to the UW are welcome to apply for awards from both the College of Engineering and specific departments. However, international students may not be eligible for some awards, as many scholarships have a financial need requirement (as determined by the FAFSA) and/or specify that the recipient must be a US resident or citizen. Additionally, most departments will only award students who are formally admitted into their department.