Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships
The College of Engineering and its academic departments awarded nearly 600 undergraduate scholarships in the 2017-18 academic year. Funds are awarded annually based on financial need and/or academic performance and are designed to be integrated into a student's total financial aid package.
Scholarship overview & timelines
- Applied to and/or Admitted to UW as an engineering or pre-engineering major
- UW-Seattle only
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 of Engineering scholarship office.
The central scholarship office in the College of Engineering makes a small number of awards based on the University admission application. No other application is required. Students will be notified by mid-April if selected.
For more information on undergraduate scholarship opportunities, visit the UW Student Financial Aid website.
Entering transfer students
The following departments will consider applications from transfer applicants who have applied or are planning to apply for admission to the major: CEE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, and ME. All admitted transfer applicants who have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are also encouraged to submit a scholarship application to the College of Engineering during the August application time period.
The following departments will consider applications from pre-engineering students who have applied or are planning to apply for admission to the major - ChemE, CEE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, and ME. All other departments only consider students who have already been accepted to the major.
Declared engineering majors
Students already admitted to an engineering department should submit an application to their department.
Scholarship application due dates
Scholarship applications are accepted during these times:
|Time Period||Applications Accepted By...|
|April 1 – May 1|
|August 1 – August 22||
|November 15 – December 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.
- 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.
- Accept or decline any awards you are offered by returning to the online application.
- Complete a student profile if you accept an award.
- 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).
- 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.)
- A&A, BioE, CSE: Aeronautics & Astronautics, Bioengineering, and Computer Science & Engineering 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 email@example.com.
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
The majority of scholarships offered by the College of Engineering have a financial need requirement. To be considered for most scholarship opportunities, be sure to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application on time. Learn more at Student Financial Aid.
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 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.
- Scholarships Awarded Through the Dean's Office (CoE)
- Financial Aid Status Self-service (UW)
- Graduate Student Fellowships (UW)
- MyUW Financial Aid Tool - Tracks UW undergraduate financial aid progress but does not track engineering scholarships
- UW OMSFA - Helps undergrads with search and application for local and national scholarships.
- Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
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