Merit Scholarships

We will begin accepting applications for College of Engineering scholarships (for returning undergraduates currently enrolled in the college) for the 2016-2017 academic year on the first day of Spring semester 2016 (Tuesday, January 19, 2016). An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered competitive for the majority of scholarships, though some scholarships do require a higher GPA.  Access the Application (please use a browser other than IE to complete application).  The deadline to submit a complete application is March 1, 2016.

Anyone who hopes to receive a college scholarship MUST submit this application. Even if you have received a scholarship in past years which is renewable based on your GPA alone, you still must submit the application by the deadline listed above in order to be eligible for any additional departmental or college-level funding.


Please note the application includes an essay which can be attached from Word (or Adobe). You may attach the essay at the same time you initially complete the application, or return to your application after the essay is composed to attach it. (The application will time out after 1 hour, with a warning that you need to save your data).  

If you successfully save an application (or partial application) you will be able to log back into the scholarship database and continue to edit/view your existing application until the deadline for submission.  Once the application period closes, you can no longer view/modify your application.

Recognize that incomplete applications (i.e. those lacking essays) will not be considered. Essays must be limited to one typed page, double-spaced, 10 pt. Times New Roman font. The essay topic is:

What are the most important issues your major is facing, or employees in your desired field are facing? What makes these issues important?   (Depth of thinking, clarity & conciseness will be considered when reviewing your essay.)

Scholarship amounts vary from $500 for one year to $5000+ year renewable up to three years. Some sponsors request personal interviews; others allow the dean's office or departmental scholarship committees to select scholarship recipients.

We strongly encourage you to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the University General Scholarship Application. More information on both of these applications can be found at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid web page at Financial Aid. Submitting these applications will enhance your scholarship opportunities for other university scholarships.

Most scholarship awards will be made by July 1st. Notifications will be sent to ALL applicants' Virginia Tech email account by July 1, whether a college-level award is granted or not, so please check accordingly.

Please email Christi Boone with any questions.