WPI FIRST Scholarships

WPI is a longtime supporter of the FIRST program. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a multinational, nonprofit organization that aspires to transform culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. The following scholarships are awarded to FIRST participants only.

WPI Design Innovation Scholarship

Each year, WPI awards a full-tuition, four-year undergraduate scholarship (valued at more than $165,000) to a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) team student participant. Each team participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Technical Challenge may nominate one of its student members for the WPI Design Innovation Scholarship.  

In addition to the full-tuition scholarship, WPI offers three $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study) to applicants to the Design Innovation Scholarship who are not selected for the full-tuition award, but whose applications are deemed by the selection committee to be particularly meritorious.

To apply for the FIRST scholarship:

  • Candidates should apply to WPI through the standard admissions process no later than February 1, 2014, and must be active participants on a FIRST (FRC or FTC) team in their senior year.
  • By March 1, 2014, candidates must submit the following additional materials via SlideRoom*:
    • Letter of nomination from the adult team leader who is nominating the candidate describing his/her demonstrated enthusiasm for engineering and science and offering examples of demonstrated ability and innovation necessary to excel as an engineer or scientist. Note: you will have the opportunity to invite your nominator to submit his/her letter of recommendation via Slide Room.
    • Presentation produced by the student that describes one or more of the Design Innovations in his/her team's current year robot as well as one or more of the following:
      • The important of teamwork in developing the robot
      • How their team demonstrates sportsmanship
      • How their team builds spirit
  • Presentations should not be longer than five minutes in length. Presentations may be slideshows (PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.), video (mov, wmv, flv, mp4), or links to media and should be submitted through SlideRoom.

*SlideRoom is a web based service where you can upload your presentation, link to media, and solicit a nomination from an adult team leader. Please be sure to select the FIRST Design Innovation scholarship.

WPI/Paul Allaire Future Engineering Leadership Scholarship

Offered every other year, in recognition of the extraordinary commitment that Paul A. Allaire, WPI Class of 1960, has made to FIRST and to the young people of America, WPI awards a full-tuition, four-year undergraduate scholarship (valued at more than $165,000) to a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) team student participant to attend WPI in pursuit of a career in engineering, science, or business. Each team participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Technical Challenge may nominate one of its student members for the WPI/Paul Allaire Future Engineering Leadership Scholarship during the year the scholarship is being offered. This scholarship is intended to be awarded to a student who is Native American, African American, Latino American, and/or female.

To apply for the WPI/Paul Allaire Future Engineering Leadership Scholarship:

  • Candidates should apply to WPI through the standard admissions process no later than February 1, 2014, and must be active participants on a FIRST (FRC or FTC) team in their senior year.
  • By March 1, 2014, candidates must submit the following additional materials via SlideRoom*:
    • Letter of nomination from the adult team leader who is nominating the candidate describing his/her demonstrated enthusiasm for engineering and science and offering examples of demonstrated ability and innovation necessary to excel as an engineer or scientist. Note: you will have the opportunity to invite your nominator to submit his/her letter of recommendation via Slide Room.
    •  Essay – written by the candidate describing:
      • How s/he has demonstrated leadership in his/her school through specific activities and especially through participation in FIRST.
      • The candidate’s thoughts on the role of science and technology on our society.
      • How the candidate feels his/her future as a leader in science, engineering or management might personally improve that impact.
  • This essay should not be longer than two pages in length (approximately 500 words). Essays should be submitted through SlideRoom.

*SlideRoom is a web based service where you can upload your essay, and solicit a nomination from an adult team leader. Please be sure to select the FIRST Allaire Future Engineering Leadership scholarship.

WPI FRC New England District Championship Scholarship

WPI will be offering an $80,000 scholarship ($20,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study) to a high school senior participating in any of the FRC New England District Tournaments. In addition to the $80,000 scholarship, WPI will be offering two $20,000 runner-up scholarships ($5,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study) to applicants to the WPI New England District Championship Scholarship who are not selected for the full award, but whose applications are deemed by the selection committee to be particularly meritorious.

To be eligible, students must be in their senior year of high school, be an active participant on a FRC team competing at one of the New England District Tournaments, and be nominated by an adult leader on their team. Each team may nominate one student for the WPI New England District Championship scholarship. Those students nominated must be capable of meeting WPI admission standards and must already have applied for admission to WPI. Learn more and apply for the WPI New England District Championship scholarship.

FIRST Dean's List Scholarship

The FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Winners are offered the opportunity to attend either session I or session II of Frontiers. The scholarship will cover the full tuition of either session for the 2014 Frontiers Program. For those students who are unable to take advantage of the summer offer, $2,000 would be applied towards the tuition for undergraduate enrollment of the Fall of 2014. The scholarship will be available to any Dean’s List Winner. Contact admissions@wpi.edu with any questions as it relates to this particular scholarship.

FIRST Scholarship Eligibility

FIRST scholarship candidates must be high school seniors and active FIRST (FRC or FTC) team members. Students nominated by their teams must be capable of meeting WPI admissions standards, have demonstrated enthusiasm for engineering and science, and possess the ability and innovation necessary to excel as an engineer, scientist, or manager. For additional details regarding FIRST Scholarship application requirements and deadlines, please contact admissions@wpi.edu.

 
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