Scholarships

2014/15 College of Engineering Scholarship Application Process for Currently Enrolled Engineering Majors


Calendar

December 3, 2013 — Online Application Process Opens

February 21, 2014 — Deadline to Submit Scholarship Application

Summer 2014 — Recipients are notified

More than $350,000 in undergraduate scholarship support was awarded by the College of Engineering for academic year 2013/14. These scholarships were generously funded by alumni and friends who wish to recognize academic success and/or address the unmet financial need of our students.

The College of Engineering Scholarship Program application process occurs just once annually, from early December until the third Friday in February. Applications are for the next academic year. All full-time engineering majors who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors are invited to submit a scholarship application. These engineering scholarships are independent of financial aid and are not meant as a replacement. Please check the University Financial Aid website for their deadlines.

How To Apply

All CURRENT undergraduate College of Engineering students who intend to return to UMass Amherst for the 2014-2015 academic year are encouraged to apply! Please review these directions before completing the application:

  • Prior to completing the application students should download and review the scholarship worksheet PDF. This will allow you to prepare your answers in advance in order to successfully complete the online application in one sitting. Please note that you cannot save your application data and return to it later. The application must be completed in one session.
  • You must complete the online application in its entirety to be considered for a scholarship. We do not accept hardcopy responses.
  • Students apply to the College of Engineering Scholarship Program, not to individual scholarships. The scholarship committee will review each applicant and determine which student best meets the criteria for each scholarship

What Happens After You Apply

  • Applications are reviewed — matched to criteria from donor.
  • You may be asked to interview for scholarships tied to internships
  • The scholarship committee, with representatives for each department, meets in June to begin selecting recipients.
  • Notification emails are sent over the summer.
  • If asked, you are required to complete a thank you letter for your scholarship donor and submit electronically to the Office of Development.
  • Credit will be applied to your university bill and will appear as an engineering scholarship.
  • Scholarships may be affected if you decide to change your major or chose to work a co-op.
  • If other scholarships become during the academic year, you will be considered and notified if you are selected.

Fast Facts

  • Selections are made by the College of Engineering Scholarship Committee, with faculty representation from each department.
  • This one application makes you eligible for the hundreds of scholarships the college awards each year.
  • More than 60% of UMass Amherst College of Engineering undergraduates qualify for need-based aid.
  • 52% of students enrolled in the College of Engineering have a gap between their college expenses and amount of financial aid, which is often referred to as unmet need.
  • The average unmet need is $6,592.
  • The awards vary annually based on available resources.
  • Different awards vary in their eligibility criteria. In general, academic performance (2.5 GPA or higher), financial need, and activities are the primary criteria for full-time students majoring in engineering. Some scholarships may be tied to internships with companies.
  • You must be enrolled full-time as an engineering major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and have completed at least one semester to be eligible for any of these scholarships.

Please direct questions to:
Heather K. Demers
Director of Scholarship Program, College of Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
130 Natural Resources Road
Office of Student Affairs, Marston 126
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-577-0231
demers@ecs.umass.edu

First-year engineering majors entering UMass Amherst in Fall:

There are a limited number of merit scholarships offered through the University Admissions Office to the top applicants in the incoming class. Selection for these scholarships is based on your application to UMass Amherst (i.e. high school transcript, SAT scores, class rank, essay, etc.). There is no separate application to submit. For more information, please visit: http://www.umass.edu/admissions/facts-and-figures/scholarships