The KU School of Engineering and its departments award scholarships to entering freshman and continuing undergraduate students. This is on top of offers from the University. This support is made possible through generous donations from successful alumni and friends of the school who want to ensure others have access to the same great opportunities they had here.
All students are STRONGLY encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year by December 1 to ensure they are considered for all scholarship aid for which they are eligible.
First time, domestic students applying for admission to the School of Engineering will be considered for scholarships if they apply to the School of Engineering by November 1. KU’s Undergraduate Application for Admission also serves as the School of Engineering scholarship application. No additional forms need to be submitted unless applying also for the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program or the FIRST Robotics Scholarship.
Prospective engineering students who are offered scholarships will receive a letter detailing their total scholarship package from the University, School of Engineering and department. The combined scholarship letter documents the student’s award for the coming academic year as well as the projected amount over four years provided the student meets the requirements for maintaining their scholarship funding.
If ACT/SAT tests are taken more than once, the highest scores will be used for engineering scholarship consideration. The December test date is the last score that will be used. Students submitting test scores after December may be re-evaluated by the School of Engineering on a case-by-case basis depending on available funds at that time.
All grade point averages are converted to an unweighted 4.0 scale so every prospective student has the same opportunity for consideration.
Visit KU Financial Aid & Scholarships for additional scholarship and financial aid information.
Freshman scholarships are automatically renewed each year provided students meet the renewal criteria as stated below. Automatically renewed means students do not need to fill out a new application each year, but rather must submit the scholarship renewal form.
- Maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average
- Complete 30 KU credit hours each academic year
- Make progress toward an engineering degree by following the suggested engineering curriculum
Diversity Program Scholarships
Please refer to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion scholarship page for scholarship information.
Deferment of Scholarships
Current renewable scholarship recipients may request a deferment of a scholarship for many reasons by completing the Deferment of Scholarship application. A few examples of this could be Mission trips, military, family or personal illness or extension of an internship opportunity.
Currently enrolled engineering students can apply for a few specific engineering scholarships such as Study Abroad, Ambassador (watch for newsletter info), Johnson (for female), or the David scholarship for International students.
Submission deadlines for these applications for continuing students are typically in mid-March. These particular scholarships are considered non-renewable and will need to be applied for each year. Please watch for the announcement in the weekly Engineering Newsletter for when these applications will become available which is usually around the first of February.
There may be additional opportunities for scholarships for continuing students at the department level. Please contact your department directly for potential additional funding if available.