College of Engineering Scholarships
The College of Engineering awards approximately $800,000 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 with 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.
Applications for 2020-2021 scholarships are no longer being accepted 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, 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 following the application period
- Transfer students and international students who plan to enter WSU in fall following the application period
- Current WSU students who will will still be enrolled at least through the fall semester following the application period
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.pdf.
- 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 2,000 character limit.
- 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 FAFSA no later than January 1 for the academic year following the application period. 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 needs 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 and close at midnight on February 1 each year. Review of applications begins in February, and all applicants will receive notification on or around April 1 indicating whether or not they have been offered a scholarship for the following 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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. 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 email@example.com.
If you have questions about College of Engineernig scholarships, contact Jason Bosch at firstname.lastname@example.org.