WPI Merit Scholarship Overview

General Merit Scholarship Programs

WPI offers a variety of institutional scholarships to admitted students each year. The listing below provides some details on each scholarship. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for scholarships. No additional applications are required with the exception of the WPI FIRST Robotics Scholarships.  

Valedictorians, salutatorians, and IB diploma graduates with a diploma score of 40 or greater admitted to WPI are guaranteed an academic merit scholarship worth a minimum of $20,000. These scholarships include the Presidential Scholarship, the Unity Scholarship, and scholarships offered through the Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholars Program. The exact amount of the scholarship will be determined by the criteria noted for each award.

Presidential Scholarship

WPI offers this competitive academic merit scholarship to first-year applicants based on their academic performance in high school and standardized test scores or Flex Path submission. These scholarships vary in amounts, but many range between $10,000 and $25,000, and are renewable for four years.  

Unity Scholarship 

Established to recognize the academic achievements and leadership skills of African-American, Latino-American and American Indian students, this competitive merit scholarship will be awarded by the admissions committee based upon the applicant's academic performance in high school, standardized test scores or Flex Path submission, leadership, extracurricular involvement and community service. These academic merit scholarships vary in amounts, but typically range between $10,000 and $25,000, and are renewable for four years.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholars Program

Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholars will automatically be selected from all admitted students who indicate chemistry or biochemistry as their intended area of study on their admissions application. Selection by the Scholarship Committee will be based upon the candidate's academic performance in high school, standardized test scores or Flex Path submission. Students selected for this highly competitive program will be given special access to faculty, research opportunities and visiting scientists. In addition to the scholars program, each Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholar receives an academic merit scholarship. Scholarship amounts will vary, but typically range between $10,000 and $25,000, and are renewable for four years. Learn more about the program.

Pre-Medical Scholars Program

The WPI Pre-Medical Scholars Program opens doors to academic opportunities at WPI which should greatly improve your chances of gaining admission to medical school upon graduation. Scholars will have the opportunity for involvement in seminars with medical professionals, for interviewing and MCAT preparation and for project work in a medical setting, often at University of Massachusetts Medical School here in Worcester. For the student seriously pursuing a medical career, this is a unique and exciting opportunity. Pre-Medical Scholars will automatically be selected from all the admitted students who indicate an interest in the WPI pre-medical program. Selection by the Scholarship Committee will be based upon the candidate's academic performance in high school, standardized test scores or Flex Path submission. In addition, each Pre-Medical Scholar receives an academic merit scholarship. Scholarship amounts will vary, but typically range between $10,000 and $25,000 and are renewable for four years. A small number of WPI Pre-Medical Scholars will also be considered for a special mentoring opportunity with Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD, Dean of Arts and Sciences, as part of the Dean’s Medical Professions Council. Learn more about the WPI pre-health programs.

National Merit, National Hispanic Recognition, National Achievement Scholars

Students admitted to WPI who attain finalist status in the National Merit Scholarship Program and who identify WPI as his or her first-choice college are guaranteed academic merit scholarship(s) totaling a minimum of $20,000. Students admitted to WPI who attain finalist status in the National Hispanic Recognition Program or National Achievement Scholarship Program are guaranteed academic merit scholarship(s) totaling a minimum of $20,000 from WPI. WPI academic merit scholarships are renewable for four years, and include the Presidential Scholarship, the Unity Scholarship, and scholarships offered through the Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholars Program and the Pre-Medical Scholars Program. 

University Awards

WPI offers this scholarship to first-year applicants based on academic performance in high school, standardized test scores or Flex Path submission, recommendations, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and community service. These scholarships vary in amounts, but typically range between $5,000 and $20,000, and are renewable for four years.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

WPI will award up to three $10,000 scholarships to students transferring to WPI from an accredited two-year college. A GPA of 3.5 is required and candidates must have submitted their completed application for admission and all supporting materials by the deadlines listed below. Please note that part-time students and students with previous bachelors' degrees are not eligible.

The scholarship committee will emphasize the rigor of the applicant's curriculum, recommendations, and any demonstrated leadership ability or outstanding extracurricular and/or community involvement. Deadlines for scholarship application are April 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission. Contact Kaitlin Gentile, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and Transfer Affairs, at transfer@wpi.edu for more information.

Specialty Merit Scholarship Programs

WPI is pleased to also offer a number of specialty merit scholarships to admitted students each year.  While all applicants for admission are automatically considered for scholarships, students wishing to strengthen their candidacy for the ExxonMobil Scholars, Foisie Scholars, Global Scholars Program or NCSSSMST Scholarship may submit WPI's Scholarship Supplement Form as well as additional letters of reference.

ExxonMobil Scholars Program

The ExxonMobil Scholars Program was established through a generous grant by the ExxonMobil Corporation. This scholarship program recognizes outstanding African American, Latino American, or Native American students with superior academic backgrounds seeking a degree in chemical, mechanical, or civil engineering. Students selected as an ExxonMobil Scholar will receive a $5,000 scholarship per year, for up to five years of undergraduate study. Scholars are also invited to a reception hosted by ExxonMobil in their honor.

Foisie Scholars Program

One of WPI's newest scholarships is the Foisie Scholars Program. Due to the generosity of Robert Foisie, each year up to 10 Foisie Scholars will be selected on a rolling basis from January to April. Each scholar will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship and a one-time $5,000 allowance to be used for a WPI Global Studies experience. More information, and WPI's Scholarship Supplement, is available on the Foisie Scholars Program web site.

Global Scholars Program

Another of WPI's newest scholarship opportunities is the Global Scholars Program. WPI has sent more science and engineering students abroad than any other private university. Today, approximately 50 percent of our students complete at least one academic project overseas.

Whether in Venice or Bangkok, Copenhagen or Cape Town—or at any of our over 30 project centers around the world—students collaborate with peers, faculty advisors, and local community members on projects that make a difference in the world. This scholarship program will help provide opportunities for WPI students to fully participate in our global curriculum for years to come.

Students selected as a Global Scholar will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship to be used for a WPI Global Studies experience. Each year up to 50 Global Scholars will be selected from our admitted student pool on a rolling basis from January to April.

For more information on the Global Scholars Program please visit our Global Scholars FAQ page.

NCSSSMST Scholarship Program

WPI is pleased to continue our scholarship program for National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST) students. This exciting program awards up to 10 scholarships per year, each valued at $40,000 ($10,000 per year for up to four years). Current NCSSSMST students should apply for admission directly to WPI to be considered for a scholarship. Selections will be made on a rolling basis from January to April.

Selections will be based on academic performance, program of study, recommendations, and personal statement. Submissions of project-based academic work and examples of work from summer programs and other academic experiences will also be considered. Standardized test scores are not required for consideration.

FIRST Scholarships

WPI is a long time supporter of the FIRST program. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a multinational non-profit organization, that aspires to transform culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. Learn more about WPI scholarships available for FIRST participants.  

VEX Scholarships

WPI, the first university in the country to offer a degree in Robotics Engineering, is proud to announce a new partnership with the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. As part of the partnership WPI will begin to offer scholarships to VEX Robotics participants applying to WPI for fall 2013 admission. Each year WPI will award a grand prize scholarship of $80,000 ($20,000 per year, for four years) and two runner-up scholarships of $10,000 ($2,500 per year, for four years). Learn more about and apply for the WPI VEX scholarships.

Additional Financial Aid Information

Merit-based Financial Aid*

There is no separate application to apply for merit-based financial aid at WPI. All admission candidates are reviewed for merit-based financial aid by the Admission's Office at WPI. Merit-based financial aid is awarded based on a student's academic performance during high school.

If you are awarded merit-based financial aid, it will be incorporated into any need-based financial aid for which you may qualify.

WPI Tuition Exchange Scholarships

Please note that recipients of the WPI Tuition Exchange Scholarship are not eligible to receive WPI Academic Merit Scholarships, WPI University Awards, or WPI need based scholarships.

WPI Tuition Benefits Program

Please note that recipients of the WPI Tuition Benefit are not eligible to receive WPI Academic Merit Scholarships, WPI University Awards, or WPI need based scholarships.

Note: The WPI Tuition Benefit Program is only applicable to dependents of current WPI employees. Please visit the title="Tuition Exchange Program">Human Resources website for more information on this program.

ROTC Scholarships*

High School seniors applying for Air Force, Army, or Navy ROTC scholarships should be aware if they are awarded either a four-year or three-year advanced designee (full or partial tuition) scholarship, WPI will offer a room and board credit to go against room and board charges in conjunction with their ROTC scholarship. Please note that these room and board credits may not cover the entire room and board costs depending on the room and meal plan a student chooses. The room and board credit does not apply to transfer students or students who are awarded a ROTC scholarship after they have enrolled at WPI. Please call the WPI Office of Financial Aid for details.

For more information on the different types of ROTC programs offered at WPI please visit the individual department websites.

*Please note that no WPI need based or merit based scholarships (which includes the WPI Room and Board Credits for ROTC) can exceed WPI's cost of attendance. 

 
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