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The UW-Madison College of Engineering is committed to recruiting and graduating academically excellent and creative students who are diverse in gender, race and ethnicity, geographic and socioeconomic representation.

   

The Diversity Affairs Office scholarship program, called Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars, is a merit-based scholarship program for academically-talented young people interested in engineering from groups historically underrepresented in engineering education and the workforce. This includes women of all ethnicity, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/a, Southeast Asian American (Hmong/ Cambodian/ Laotian/ Vietnamese), American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Island, first-generation college students, low income and educationally-disadvantaged students. 


The LEED Scholars are diverse student community of undergraduates that meet once per month over a meal, and utilize the Diversity Affairs Office space as a regular informal meeting and study area. Monthly LEED Scholar meetings include; a lecture series, academic, personal, and career development, peer mentoring, social networking, and leadership opportunities within the field of engineering. The LEED Scholars program helps students build an academic, personal, and professional support network within the College of Engineering and in their post-graduation careers. 


The Diversity Affairs Office also offers scholarship opportunities to continuing students, such as the Denice Denton Scholarship, Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis award, and the Jensen Engineering Diversity Scholarship.


For more information on the Diversity Affairs Office or the LEED Scholars program, please go to diversity.engr.wisc.edu.  Follow us on Facebook at UW-Madison CoE Diversity Affairs Office, or on Twitter at @UWEngDAO. 

 

Application Information

The Diversity Affairs Office in the College of Engineering offers scholarships, academic support, community-building events and monthly professional development events. 

If you are an incoming student (first year or transfer), you can apply to the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars program at scholarships.wisc.edu scholarship application portal. Using your NetID and password to login, answer  all the questions in the 'Match Scholarships' section to find currently available scholarships and applications.  Multiple scholarship funds support students in LEED Scholars, including the Engineering Diversity Scholarship, the Rockwell Automation Scholarship, the Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering Scholarship, the Rod Hassett Engineering Scholarship, the Gary and Rosemarie Wendt scholarship and many others. Except for the Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering scholarship which has its own application, there is a single common LEED Scholarship Application for all incoming students.  Incoming students who complete the LEED Scholarship Application will be considered for awards from any scholarship fund for which they are eligible. The LEED Scholarship Application for incoming students opens in late November and closes in early to mid-April.  You do not have to be accepted to UW-Madison to apply.

Continuing engineering students (sophomore-level and above) may be eligible for additional scholarships administered through the Diversity Affairs Office, such as the Alliant Energy Foundation Scholarship and the Jensen Engineering Diversity Scholarship. Application and award timelines for continuing student scholarships are generally run from mid-to-end of the Spring academic semester (March-May) and applications are due during the summer.  Scholarship award decisions are made prior to the Fall academic year (September).  Check scholarships.wisc.edu often during the Spring semester to identify and apply for scholarships for which you are eligible.

Important Note:  Many scholarship funds administered by the Diversity Affairs Office require a Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FASFA) so financial need can be considered. The FASFA must be completed and verified by the UW-Madison Office of Financial Aid before scholarship funds can be awarded or disbursed.  It is important to complete the FASFA application as soon as possible so you can be considered for all awards for which you may be eligible. If you have questions about this process please http://finaid.wisc.edu/.

If you have any questions about the Diversity Affairs Office scholarship programs, please contact:

Megan Thilmony, Communications Specialist, thilmony@wisc.edu
Tel: (608) 890-1403
Diversity Affairs Office, College of Engineering - University of Wisconsin Madison
1410 Engineering Drive, Suite 101
Madison, WI  53706

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Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
The Denice Denton Scholarships supports one continuing student for a one time award of $1500.
The Denice Denton Scholarships supports one continuing student for a one time award of $1500.
Continuing engineering undergraduate students who are underrepresented in engineering, including women of all ethnicities, African-American, Latina/o, Southeast Asian, Native American/Hawaiian Native/Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander students. Criteria include a minimum GPA 2.8, U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Selection is based on the quality of application and recommendation.
The Engineering Diversity Scholarship is a scholarship fund supported by many donors who wish to encourage broadened participation in Engineering.
The Engineering Diversity Scholarship is a scholarship fund supported by many donors who wish to encourage broadened participation in Engineering.
Academically-talented incoming engineering undergraduate students who are underrepresented in engineering, including women of all ethnicities, African-American, Latina/o, Southeast Asian, Native American/Hawaiian Native/Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander, low income and/or educationally disadvantaged students. Selection is based on academic merit, quality of application, match to the Diversity Affairs Office mission of broadening participation in engineering, and financial need.
The FIRST Alumni Diversity Scholarship is a competitive scholarship program for incoming students to the College of Engineering who are alumni of a FIRST Robotics club.
The FIRST Alumni Diversity Scholarship is a competitive scholarship program for incoming students to the College of Engineering who are alumni of a FIRST Robotics club.
Students with an intended major in engineering, who participated in FIRST Robotics and are from a group that is historically underrepresented in engineering (women of all ethnicities, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/a, Southeast Asian American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders), low income or educationally disadvantaged students. Selection is based on recommendation from FIRST Robotics team coach, academic-merit and quality of application materials.
The Jensen Family Engineering Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a female student of color pursuing a degree in engineering, and is of Junior or Senior status (expected to graduate in 2 years or less).
The Jensen Family Engineering Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a female student of color pursuing a degree in engineering, and is of Junior or Senior status (expected to graduate in 2 years or less).
Female student of color who is a Junior or Senior in the College of Engineering, and is a US Citizen or Permanent Alien. Recipients will be selected based on their scholarly and extracurricular record and their responses to application essay questions.
The William and Katherine Mackenzie Diversity Scholarship is awarded annually to women and underrepresented minority students within the College of Engineering.
The William and Katherine Mackenzie Diversity Scholarship is awarded annually to women and underrepresented minority students within the College of Engineering.
Scholarships awarded annually to underrepresented (African American, Latina(o)s, Native American, female) undergraduate students majoring in engineering. Selection is based on academic merit and quality of scholarship application. Preference shall be given to students majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering who are from California or Wisconsin.
Rockwell Automation Corporate Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship renewable through graduation from engineering, for incoming students in the College Engineering. Preference to students who attended attended one of three Milwaukee Public Schools that are Rockwell Partner Schools (Rufus King,...
Rockwell Automation Corporate Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship renewable through graduation from engineering, for incoming students in the College Engineering. Preference to students who attended attended one of three Milwaukee Public Schools that are Rockwell Partner Schools (Rufus King, Bradley Tech or Riverside). Rockwell Automation offers summer internship opportunities and Rockwell Scholars are eligible for these opportunities after completing their first academic year.
Incoming freshmen only may apply for this full-tuition scholarship designed to attract academically talented students who are admitted to the College of Engineering. Preference is given to students who are underrepresented in engineering including women and racial/ethnic groups historically underrepresented (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/a, Southeast Asian American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander). Preference is given to students who attended a Rockwell Automation partner school: Bradley Technology & Trade, Riverside, or Rufus King High School. Also preference given to those who have participated in Project Lead the Way, FIRST Robotics, ST Math and/or an equivalent STEM-based curriculum; and/or the UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program. Applicants must be a Wisconsin resident, and a US Citizen or Permanent Resident. Selection is based on academic-merit and application materials.
The Rod Hassett Engineering Scholarship was formed to support African-American students pursuing Engineering who attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, WI.
The Rod Hassett Engineering Scholarship was formed to support African-American students pursuing Engineering who attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, WI.
Recipients must be African-American, graduates of Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, WI and enrolled as freshman or sophomores in the College of Engineering. Academic merit and quality of application materials are considered by a committee of Rod Hassett and family members.
Thermo Fisher is providing support of $5,000 per year to 4 incoming freshmen or incoming transfer students. Students planning a career in a Engineering and have demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply. Non-engineering STEM majors (other Science, Technology or...
Thermo Fisher is providing support of $5,000 per year to 4 incoming freshmen or incoming transfer students. Students planning a career in a Engineering and have demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply. Non-engineering STEM majors (other Science, Technology or Math) may be eligible for the Thermo Fisher STEM scholarship offered by the College of Letters and Science.
Eligible incoming first year and transfer College of Engineering students must be planning for careers in one of the following majors: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Engineering Mechanics. The application is reviewed by faculty and staff for exceptional ability, potential in the designated fields of study and financial need.
The Rosemarie and Gary Wendt Engineering Diversity Scholarship was created to support academically-talented underrepresented minority students pursuing Engineering.
The Rosemarie and Gary Wendt Engineering Diversity Scholarship was created to support academically-talented underrepresented minority students pursuing Engineering.
Scholarships shall be awarded to academically-talented first-year minority students majoring in Engineering. Preference shall be given to African-American students from Wisconsin. Selection is based on academic merit and quality of application. Financial need is considered.
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.