The KU School of Engineering and its departments award additional scholarships to entering freshmen, transfer students, and continuing undergraduate students. This is on top of offers from the university. Much of that 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 fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 1 to ensure they are considered for all scholarship dollars for which they are eligible.

Prospective Freshmen

All 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 Nov. 1. Students can apply to the school by submitting an Undergraduate Application for Admission and selecting one of the School of Engineering majors on the application.

This application serves as the School of Engineering scholarship application. No additional forms need to be submitted unless students are applying for the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program, the FIRST Robotics Scholarship, the Engineering Generations Scholarship, or the Project Lead the Way Scholarship. Application materials for these scholarships can be found below.

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 October test date is the last ACT/SAT score that will be used for scholarship consideration by the School of Engineering. Students submitting December test scores 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 a 4.0 scale so every prospective student has the same opportunity for consideration.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions for additional scholarship and financial aid information.

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 computing 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. Download the application (pdf).

First Generation Scholarship

The First Generation Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are the first in their family to attend college. Download the application (pdf).

Engineering Legacy Scholarship

The KU School of Engineering Legacy Scholarship is available to high school seniors who have a parent or grandparent who earned a degree in engineering or computer science from KU. Download the application (pdf)

Olathe Northwest A/E Scholarship

The KU School of Engineering is proud to partner with Olathe Northwest High School to provide the Olathe Northwest A/E Scholarship to Olathe NW high school seniors who complete the Aerospace and Engineering Program. A limited number of scholarships are available. Download the application (pdf)

Blue Valley CAPS Scholarship

The KU School of Engineering is proud to partner with Blue Valley High School to provide the Blue Valley CAPS Scholarship to students who successfully complete the CAPS Blue Valley Engineering program. A limited number of scholarships are available. Download the application (pdf)

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. Download the application (pdf).

ROTC Scholarship

The KU School of Engineering ROTC scholarship is available to high school seniors who have been accepted into a KU ROTC program. A limited number of scholarships are available. Download the Application. 

SELF Program

The Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program targets undergraduate students with a passion for engineering or computing and a track record of leadership and involvement. Students must apply to the 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.

International Students

International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) awards 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 the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions.

Jayhawk Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service

The KU School of Engineering is proud to partner with the National Science Foundation to offer full tuition scholarships to qualifying engineering students who are eligible to apply their sophomore or junior year. This grant funded program covers tuition, a professional development stipend and living expenses for up to two years to students dedicated to pursuing an education in cyber defense. Upon graduation, students are required to work in the cyber security field at a state or federal government agency for the equivalent amount of time they received the scholarship. This scholarship is also available to engineering students who are pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. More information and the application are at Jayhawk SFS.


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