WPI automatically considers first-year applicants for merit-based scholarships. No additional applications are needed except for the WPI FIRST and VEX Robotics Scholarships.  

General Scholarships

  • Presidential Scholarship

    First-year applicants are awarded this scholarship based on academic performance in high school, recommendations, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and community service. These scholarships vary in amounts and are renewable for four years.

    IB diploma graduates with a diploma score of 40 or greater admitted to WPI are guaranteed an academic merit-based Presidential scholarship worth a minimum of $20,000.

  • Global Scholars Program

    All incoming first-year students receive a Global Scholarship of up to $5,000, to complete a project at one of WPI’s 50+ project centers domestically and abroad.

    What specific programs can the scholarship be used for?

    The scholarship can be applied towards any program administered by the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. This includes Humanities Projects, Interactive and Major Projects, and Exchange Programs. Students are encouraged to explore their options early in their program of study.

    How can I find out more about the locations and details?

    Read more about specific locations on the Global Projects Program website.

    How are students selected for project center locations?

    There is an application and interview process for each project center; students typicall begin the process in their sophomore year.

    How competitive is selection for off-campus project centers?

    The competition will vary year by year depending upon the number of applicants and the number of spots available. Not all students will receive their first choice location. 

    Is everyone eligible?

    Students on academic warning or probation are not eligible for projects at off-campus centers.

  • Great Minds/CoMPASS Scholars Program

    The Great Minds/CoMPASS Scholars program is a WPI initiative designed to meet the full demonstrated financial need, up to the cost of tuition and fees, of selected Pell-eligible students enrolled in the Worcester Public Schools. Learn more about the Great Minds/CoMPASS Scholars program.

Specialty Merit-Based Scholarship Programs

  • Chemistry & Biochemistry Scholars Program

    Applicants indicating chemistry or biochemistry as their intended area of study will automatically be considered for the program. Learn more about the program.

  • Girls Who Code Scholarship

    The WPI Girls Who Code Scholarship recognizes outstanding young women passionate about solving problems through innovation and technology. These women have also excelled in the Girls Who Code program and in their high school academic performance. Five WPI GWC Scholars are selected each year in March and receive $20,000 per year for up to for years of undergraduate study.

  • National Consortium of Specialized STEM Schools (NCSSS) Scholarship Program

    All first-year applicants to WPI are considered for a National Consortium of Specialized STEM Schools (NCSSS) scholarship from a participating school. Up to 2 accepted students will receive a scholarship is valued at $40,000 or more (or $10,000 or more per year for up to four years.

    Selections are made on a rolling basis from January to April and 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 are welcome as well as part of the admissions evaluation process.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (for Transfer Students)

    WPI awares 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 applicationby the transfer application deadline.Part-time students and students with previous bachelors' degrees are not eligible. Selections are based on the rigor of the applicant's curriculum, recommendations, and any demonstrated leadership ability or outstanding extracurricular and/or community involvement. Contact transfer@wpi.edu for more information.

  • Project Lead The Way Scholarship

    Project Lead The Way is a high school curriculum that provides hands on, real-world activities, projects and problems that help students understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied in everyday life.

    In partnership with the Mass STEM Hub, WPI provides scholarships to five students who have completed at least three Project Lead The Way courses at a Massachusetts high school.

    These awards are valued at $20,000 and are renewable for four years. Selections are  based upon academic performance and success in the Project Lead The Way program at their high school. Students will be notified in March.

  • Robotics (FIRST & VEX) Scholarships

    WPI is a long time supporter of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics program and is proud to have been the inaugural university to offer a full-tuition FIRST scholarship starting in 1996. A separate application is required–learn more about WPI scholarships available for FIRST participants.

    WPI partners with VEX Robotics and is proud to offer scholarships to participants in this program. A separate application is required–learn more about WPI scholarships available for VEX participants.

Additional Financial Aid Opportunities

Visit our main Scholarships and Grants page to learn more about need-based scholarships, and additional opportunities such as the ROTC Scholarships, SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards Program, and Tuition Exchange.