National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Finalist Scholarship is the top merit based scholarship awarded at the University of Kansas. As such, Kansas residents receiving the National Merit Finalist Scholarship are not eligible for additional merit-based awards from the School of Engineering. However, they are eligible to apply for the SELF Program.

FIRST Robotics Scholarship

The University of Kansas School of Engineering is proud to partner with FIRST to offer a number of merit based scholarships for participants in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). High-school seniors who have participated on a FIRST team and are pursuing an engineering or computer science degree at KU may apply for this scholarship. Qualifying FIRST participants must have a minimum Math ACT score of 28 (or SAT equivalent) and a 3.5 unweighted high school GPA in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

The Builders' Association Scholarship 

The Builders' Association Scholarship Foundation will award annual scholarships of $3,000 each. To be eligible students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate construction or construction-related (architecture or engineering) program for the Fall semester (or Fall and Spring semesters) of the upcoming school year. All application materials must be postmarked (or submitted electronically) by December 15. Application materials can be found HERE. 

Engineering Generations Scholarship

The Engineering Generations Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have a parent or grandparent who earned a degree in engineering or computer science from KU. It's also available to incoming KU School of Engineering students who are the first in their family to attend college.

Project Lead The Way Scholarship

The KU School of Engineering is proud to partner with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to offer merit-based scholarships for students who participate in the PLTW curriculum. High school seniors attending a certified PLTW high school and who have completed coursework within the PLTW curriculum are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

SELF Program

Incoming freshmen have an opportunity to take part in a unique 4-year financial and professional enrichment program designed to develop engineering and computer science graduates into leaders in business and industry. The Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program targets undergraduate students with a passion for technology and a track record of achievement and involvement. Students must apply to the program, however the academic requirements to be considered for the program are more accommodating.

International Students

KU International Undergraduate Admissions offers several merit-based scholarships to new international undergraduate degree-seeking students. An international student is a student who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, refugee or political asylee. The location of your high school or college does not determine which KU office handles your application for admission. A student in any nonimmigrant status, or with a pending application for permanent residence, should apply through:

Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering Department Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships

A variety of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available to graduate students through the School of Engineering , KU, and outside sources. The KU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships offers a helpful calculator to estimate costs and search for scholarships.

The Community of Science is also a great resource that lists several funding opportunities for graduate students. Go to COS Funding Opportunities and click on Search COS Funding Opportunities to find funding resources. A brief summary of different types of funding sources is below.

  • Scholarships/Fellowships: Awards based either on academic merit alone, or on academic merit and financial need. Awards are applied directly to a student's tuition and fees. Typically, funds left over after disbursements are made are returned to the student in the form of a check (or direct deposit into a bank account).
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships: Teaching Assistantships may be available to students through individual departments, either in Engineering or outside of Engineering. Appointments and stipends vary among academic departments, and application for appointment as a teaching assistant should be made directly to the department concerned. Depending on the level of appointment, the University pays all or some of a GTA's tuition, including any differential tuition assessed. All new TAs must attend a mandatory orientation. More information about this orientation is available from the Center for Teaching Excellence.
  • Graduate Research Assistantships: Research Assistantships are available to graduate students through grants from state-appropriated research funds and from federal and private agencies. Stipends vary among academic departments. Those granted research assistantships are eligible to pay tuition at the in-state rate.Click here to learn more about GRA benefits. For further information, contact the graduate adviser of your department.

School of Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students

School of Engineering scholarships and fellowships for incoming graduate students are awarded on a competitive basis. Award considerations include the applicant's academic performance (GPA), personal statement, scores on achievement tests, letters of recommendation, evidence of involvement in and commitment to the engineering profession, and an individual's record of scholarly activities. There is no separate application process for these awards. Students are automatically considered when a complete application is submitted. Each department nominates qualified graduate students. Awards are generally allocated in March.

Incoming and current students may also qualify for the following KU and external scholarships and fellowships. 


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