Scholarships & Aid

The Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) is where you can apply to and find specific information on scholarships at UW-Madison.


You can use WiSHlogo to find engineering scholarships available through the College of Engineering, the Diversity Affairs Office, each academic department, and other UW organizations. Students must currently be enrolled in, or have applied to the College of Engineering to be considered for engineering scholarships.

Scholarships for Incoming Freshman Students

Freshman Academic Achievement Award 

This is a one-time scholarship awarded to approximately 150 outstanding incoming freshman engineering students, in amounts ranging from $1000 – $3000. Students who have started an application for admission to UW-Madison and have selected a College of Engineering major as their first choice are eligible to apply to be considered for the Freshman Academic Achievement Award


To Apply:

  1. Go to The Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).
  2. Sign in with your NetID  (Activate your NetID if you haven’t done so already!).  
  3. Complete the brief “General Application,” which is comprised of seven short questions to help determine your scholarship eligibility.
  4. Once the “General Application” is complete, you should see the “College of Engineering – Incoming Freshman (Conditional) Application” along the left-hand navigation bar. Select that link to fill out the application to be considered for the Freshman Academic Achievement Award. 

Step-by-step instructions on how to use WiSH

The application deadline is February 15, 2019.

Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars Program

Incoming engineering undergraduate students who are low income or underrepresented in engineering by gender, race, ethnicity or other criteria can complete the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholarship Application to be considered for additional scholarship opportunities. These annually renewable scholarships are awarded to approximately 40 students in amounts ranging from $1500 to full-tuition.  For more information about LEED Scholars, refer to the LEED webpage.

Preview the LEED application questions.


To Apply:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 described in the Engineering Freshman Academic Achievement Award section above.
  2. The LEED Application will be presented to you as an “Other Recommended Opportunities” after you complete the Incoming Freshman (Conditional) Application.  

Step-by-step instructions on how to use WiSH

Helpful Hints!

Do not wait to hear from the Office of Undergraduate Admission in regard to your acceptance to UW-Madison before you fill out this scholarship application. Your admission to your major will be verified prior to your receiving an award offer.


A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required to be awarded many scholarships. For information and help on completing a FAFSA and submitting to UW, see


To begin your LEED Scholarship Application, you must start all required questions of the College of Engineering – Incoming Freshman (Conditional) Application.  Your responses do not have to be final – you can update your scholarship applications at any time prior to the deadline.  



Scholarships for Current Students

Eligibility: For currently enrolled engineering students
Major: Students can apply for program-specific scholarships
Application deadline: May 1st
Number of awards: Varies
Amount of award: Varies

Visit Scholarships@UW-Madison to find and apply for your departmental scholarships.

Eligibility: For currently enrolled engineering students
Major: Any engineering major
Application deadline: May 1st
Number of awards: Varies
Amount of award: Varies

Visit Scholarships@UW-Madison to find and apply for scholarships.

Other Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Astronaut Scholarship Program

Class level: Sophomore, junior, senior
Major: Any in engineering or science
Number of awards: varies
Amount of award: $10,000
Nominations Due: February
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, or seniors studying mathematics, science, or technology in the College of Engineering or College of Letters and Science. This is a highly competitive program, so students with cumulative grade point averages higher than 3.6 are strongly encouraged to participate.

Application files and a description of the program are provided at: Astronaut Scholarship, specifically including:

1. A description of the program
2. Instructions for nomination packages
3. A checklist of all items needed for a complete nomination package
5. A financial status form

Nomination packages are due internal to UW no later than February. From the nomination packages, two will be selected to be sent to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation as part of the final national competition for the awards.


Class level: Sophomore, junior, senior
Major: Any in engineering
Number of awards: Varies
Amount of award: Varies between $300 and $5,000.
Application deadline: Varies; usually in early March
Eligibility: Outstanding student.
Contact: Polygon Engineering Council, 608/265-2212.

Some engineering student organizations and their national affiliates, such as the Society of Women Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, offer scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Consult individual student organizations registered with the College of Engineering Student Leadership Center for more information.

Contact your high school guidance counselor or one of the three military training programs at UW-Madison.

Air Force ROTC/Aerospace Studies: 1433 Monroe Street, 608/262-3440.
Army ROTC/Military Science: 1910 Linden Drive, 608/262-3411.
Navy ROTC/Naval Sciences and Marine Corps: 1610 University Avenue, 608/262-3794.

Undergraduate Academic Awards Office

The UAA Office is a resource center for UW undergraduates and recent graduates interested in applying for campus-wide and nationally competitive scholarships.


Please visit the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid for additional information.