The university is committed to ensuring all students have access to its transformative Global Projects Program, an internationally recognized component of The WPI Plan that immerses student teams into local communities to make a tangible, long-term impact in the world.
Beginning with the Class of 2024, every full-time, degree-seeking WPI undergraduate student—including transfer students—will receive a one-time Global Scholarship of up to $5,000 to defray the cost of one credit-bearing, off-campus project experience through the Global Projects Program, be it the Humanities & Arts Requirement (HUA), Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), or Major Qualifying Project (MQP).
What’s the breakdown of the scholarship?
The scholarship will come in the form of a credit that will appear on the student’s account for the academic period in which they’ll be conducting project work and traveling. This will help defray direct, billable costs (housing and program fees).
When will I receive the program charge and scholarship disbursement?
The fee will be posted to your WPI student account approximately 2 weeks prior to travel, along with the Global Scholarship, for eligible students.
Will all students receive the same amount of scholarship money?
Some project centers are more expensive than others; therefore, the total scholarship amount depends upon the direct costs of the program.
For students who opt to complete their off-campus project experience at one of WPI’s non-residential project centers in the Worcester and Boston area, there is a $1,000 scholarship to cover expenses. Examples of these project centers include the Worcester Community Project Center, Massachusetts Water Resource Outreach Center, Boston Project Center, and project centers associated with MITRE, Stantec, and MIT Lincoln Labs.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
Students and families with additional questions can contact the Office of Financial Aid by email or phone at 508-831-5469.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
To qualify, you must receive a Federal Pell Grant, be a U.S. citizen, and be studying abroad. The Office of Financial Aid will notify you if you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. To learn more visit: https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/applicants/application-overview/
Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been recognized for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program. Read more here: https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/program/program-overview/
There are a number of scholarships and grants available to undergraduate and graduate students that are offered through a variety of sources. A thorough scholarship search will include looking into the following funding sources and applying to as many as possible.
- NEW! GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship
- Fund for Education Abroad
- Study Abroad Scholarships
- Set up a fundraising account
To learn more about the Global Experience Office and projects, please visit their website.