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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 their bill for the academic period in which they’ll be conducting project work, and will defray direct, billable costs (housing and program fees). It will also include up to $1,500 to be applied toward indirect costs (flights, food, and incidentals).

  • 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 example, students traveling to project centers with direct costs exceeding $3,500 will receive an amount for indirect costs that brings the full scholarship to $5,000. Students attending project centers with direct costs less than $3,500 will receive $1,500 for indirect costs, but their total award will be less than $5,000. Currently, there are 19 project centers with projected costs that amount to less than $5,000.

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. These project centers include the Worcester Community Project Center, Massachusetts Water Resource Outreach Center, Paxton Farm Stay Project 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 Student Aid & Financial Literacy by email or phone at 508-831-5469.