Scholarships & Aid

College of Engineering STAR Scholarship Program Cohort 2021

 

Scholarships & Aid

The College of Engineering is committed to recognizing the potential and accomplishments of incoming and enrolled students by supporting their education through a variety of scholarships at the college and departmental level. In the 2020-2021 academic year, scholarship expenditures across the college and academic departments totaled over $2.4M impacting approximately 850 students through more than 1,100 scholarships, made possible through the generous support of donors.

The College of Engineering has several types of scholarships available to incoming and current engineering students. Students should also explore the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH), where you can apply to and find specific information on scholarships at UW-Madison. You can use WiSH to find engineering scholarship available through the College of Engineering, the Diversity Affairs Office, each academic department, and other UW and external organizations.

Please note: students must be currently enrolled in, or have applied to, the College of Engineering to be considered for engineering scholarships.

Scholarships for Incoming Undergraduate Students

STAR Scholarship Program

The Strategic Targeted Achievement Recognition (STAR) Scholarship Program provides undergraduate students directly admitted to the College of Engineering with a renewable scholarship for up to eight semesters, with award amounts varying from $1,000 to $13,500 on an annual basis. In addition to the financial award, students will be offered access to research opportunities, connections to civic engagement opportunities, team building, opportunities for leadership and professional development, along with a peer support network of exceptionally motivated students. Approximately 50 incoming students are selected for a STAR Scholarship for each fall.

To be considered for the STAR Scholars Program, you must complete a UW-Madison admissions application. Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application materials; no additional application is required. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to UW-Madison no later than the UW-Madison priority deadline of December 1, 2021, but it is not required. Evaluation criteria include academic merit, extracurricular activities, essay responses, and letters of recommendation.

STAR Scholarship notifications will be communicated to admitted students by no later than early-March, for Early Action applicants or early-April, for Regular Decision applicants.

LEED Scholars Program

The Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars Program provides undergraduate students directly admitted to the College of Engineering with an annually-renewable financial scholarship through graduation, as well as social and academic support through the Diversity Affairs Office. Approximately 40 incoming students are selected for a LEED Scholarship each Fall. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to full Wisconsin Resident tuition coverage (per academic year). To learn more about the LEED Scholars Program, visit our website.

To be considered for the LEED Scholars Program, you must 1) complete a UW-Madison admissions application and 2) submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to UW-Madison. Students are strongly encouraged to submit their FAFSA no later than the UW-Madison priority deadline of December 1, 2021. For more information on the FAFSA submission process and deadlines, refer to: Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application materials. Incoming engineering undergraduate students who identify as one or more of the following will be automatically considered for a LEED Scholarship: low income, or underrepresented in engineering by gender, race, ethnicity, or first generation college students. Evaluation criteria include academic merit, extracurricular activities, essay responses, and letters of recommendation. No additional application is required in order to be considered for a LEED Scholarship.

LEED Scholarship notifications will be communicated to admitted students by no later than early-March, for Early Action applicants or early-April, for Regular Decision applicants.

Engineering Freshmen Award

This is our most widely awarded scholarship to incoming students. Students may receive a one or two year award. Award amounts vary and can range from $1000 – $3000.

To be considered for the Engineering Freshmen Award, you MUST complete a UW-Madison admissions application. Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application materials; no additional application is required. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to UW-Madison no later than the UW-Madison priority deadline of December 1, 2021, but it is not required.

Engineering Freshman Award notifications will be communicated to admitted students by no later than early-March, for Early Action applicants or early-April, for Regular Decision applicants.

Departmental Scholarships

Students may receive a one to four year award from the department that corresponds to their major, as indicated by your first choice on your admissions application. Award amounts vary and can range from $1000 – $4000.

To be considered for a departmental scholarship, you must complete a UW-Madison admissions application. Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application materials; no additional application is required. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to UW-Madison no later than the UW-Madison priority deadline of December 1, 2021, but it is not required.

Departmental Scholarship notifications will be communicated to admitted students by no later than early-March, for Early Action applicants or early-April, for Regular Decision applicants.

Scholarships for Current Students

Once students are enrolled in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison, they have even more opportunities to be considered for college and departmental scholarships! Each spring, the college offers an opportunity to complete a scholarships application that allows them to be considered for scholarships across academic departments and the college. Current students, please visit our intranet, to learn more about the annual scholarships cycle!

Questions?

Contact us: coescholarships@engr.wisc.edu

Visit the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid for additional information surrounding financing your education.