Scholarships & Aid

The Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) is where you can apply to and find specific information on scholarships at UW-Madison.


You can use WiSHlogo to find engineering scholarships available through the College of Engineering, the Diversity Affairs Office, each academic department, and other UW organizations. Students must currently be enrolled in, or have applied to the College of Engineering to be considered for engineering scholarships.

Scholarships for Incoming Freshman Students

Engineering Freshman Award 

This is a one-time scholarship awarded to approximately 150 outstanding incoming freshman engineering students, in amounts ranging from $1000 – $3000. Students who have started an application for admission to UW-Madison and have selected a College of Engineering major as their first choice are eligible to apply to be considered for the Engineering Freshman Award . Please note: scholarships for incoming freshman students are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents

To Apply:

  1. Go to The Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).
  2. Sign in with your NetID  (Activate your NetID if you haven’t done so already!).  
  3. Complete the brief “General Application,” which is comprised of seven short questions to help determine your scholarship eligibility.
  4. Once the “General Application” is complete, you should see the “College of Engineering – Incoming Freshman (Conditional) Application” along the left-hand navigation bar. Select that link to fill out the application to be considered for the Freshman Academic Achievement Award. 

Step-by-step instructions for using WiSH

The application deadline is February 1, 2021.


Early Action applicants who submitted their scholarship application by December 1st will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and some scholarship offers will be sent in late February.

Applicants who submitted their scholarship application later, but prior to the February 1st deadline, will be notified at the end of March, including Regular Decision applicants.

Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars Program

Incoming engineering undergraduate students who are:

  • low income, or
  • underrepresented in engineering by gender, race, ethnicity, or 
  • first generation college students

will be considered for the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars program, which includes an annually-renewable financial scholarship, as well as social and academic support through the Diversity Affairs Office.  Approximately 40 incoming students are welcomed to the LEED Scholars program each Fall. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 annually to full tuition.

Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application, including academic merit, extracurricular activities, application essays and letters of recommendation. No additional scholarship application is required.

LEED Scholars participation can be combined with participation in other campus programs such as the Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program, POSSE, and PEOPLE programs.  For more information about LEED Scholars, refer to the LEED webpage.

Attention!  To be considered for the LEED Scholars Program, you MUST complete a UW-Madison admissions application and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to UW-Madison by December 1, 2020. For more information, refer to the Office of Student Financial Aid website:



Scholarships for Current Students

Eligibility: For currently enrolled engineering students
Major: Students can apply for program-specific scholarships
Application Period: March 1 – May 1
Number of awards: Varies
Amount of award: Varies

Visit Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) to find and apply for your departmental scholarships.

Eligibility: For currently enrolled engineering students
Major: Any engineering major
Application Period: March 1 – May 1
Number of awards: Varies
Amount of award: Varies

Visit Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) to find and apply for scholarships.

Other Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Astronaut Scholarship Program

Class level: Sophomore, junior, senior
Major: Any in engineering or science
Number of awards: varies
Amount of award: $10,000
Nominations Due: February
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, or seniors studying mathematics, science, or technology in the College of Engineering or College of Letters and Science. This is a highly competitive program, so students with cumulative grade point averages higher than 3.6 are strongly encouraged to participate.

Application files and a description of the program are provided at: Astronaut Scholarship, specifically including:

1. A description of the program
2. Instructions for nomination packages
3. A checklist of all items needed for a complete nomination package
5. A financial status form

Nomination packages are due internal to UW no later than February. From the nomination packages, two will be selected to be sent to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation as part of the final national competition for the awards.


Class level: Sophomore, junior, senior
Major: Any in engineering
Number of awards: Varies
Amount of award: Varies between $300 and $5,000.
Application deadline: Varies; usually in early March
Eligibility: Outstanding student.
Contact: Polygon Engineering Council, 608/265-2212.

Some engineering student organizations and their national affiliates, such as the Society of Women Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, offer scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. Consult individual student organizations registered with the College of Engineering Student Leadership Center for more information.

Contact your high school guidance counselor or one of the three military training programs at UW-Madison.

Air Force ROTC/Aerospace Studies: 1433 Monroe Street, 608/262-3440.
Army ROTC/Military Science: 1910 Linden Drive, 608/262-3411.
Navy ROTC/Naval Sciences and Marine Corps: 1610 University Avenue, 608/262-3794.

Undergraduate Academic Awards Office

The UAA Office is a resource center for UW undergraduates and recent graduates interested in applying for campus-wide and nationally competitive scholarships.

For STEM students interested in Defense Technology – DEADLINE OCTOBER 31st

View website for more details.


Please visit the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid for additional information.