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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.

  • 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

  • Biology & Biotechnology Scholars Program

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

  • 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 four 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 that 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 are 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)

    Beginning with transfer students accepted for Fall 2021, WPI will award all Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) scholars a $10,000 scholarship per year. All accepted PTK scholars will automatically be awarded—no additional application or materials necessary, but please be certain to note in your application that you're a PTK scholar. Part-time students and students with previous baccalaureate degrees aren't eligible, and this scholarship cannot be combined with the WPI Transfer Honors Award. Candidates must have submitted their completed application by the transfer application deadline. 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.

  • WPI Transfer Honors Award

    All accepted transfer applicants will automatically be considered for the WPI Transfer Honors Award valued at up to $10,000 per year. Five outstanding transfer students will be awarded this scholarship based on the information provided in their application and resume, with academic performance, non-academic pursuits, and any recommendations all taken into consideration. This award cannot be combined with the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. Candidates must have submitted their completed application by the transfer application deadline. Contact transfer@wpi.edu for more information.

  • Naudin Oswell Scholarship – Opening Opportunity for African-American Students in STEM

    Named for Naudin Oswell, Class of 1923, who was WPI’s first African-American graduate, the aim of this scholarship is to disrupt persistent barriers to inclusion, retention and success of domestic Black students in STEM fields and to advance a welcoming experience at WPI for them, as for all students. In recognition of Oswell’s dedication, the burdens imposed on him based on his race, and the impact he had on his peers and STEM fields, this scholarship is awarded to students based on these considerations:    

    • The student has been accepted to WPI and is entering their first year of college
    • The student’s lived experiences and/or work inside and outside of the classroom align with our institutional values of respect, community, inclusion, innovation, and achievement and the student either
      • Demonstrates deep knowledge and understanding of issues of racism, particularly as affecting Black people in American education (including in STEM) and society or
      • Demonstrates such knowledge and understanding, as well as that they have an authentic and strong commitment to ameliorating racism affecting Black people in American education, STEM fields and/or society. 

    Personal experience, learning, and service are some ways in which students can demonstrate these qualities. WPI particularly seeks students with these qualities to advance educational diversity that enhances inclusive, equitable and high-quality learning for all students and innovation and excellence in STEM fields.

  • Lesley Small Scholarship – Opening Opportunity for Women in STEM

    Named for Lesley Small, Class of 1972, who was the first woman to graduate from WPI, the aim of this scholarship is to disrupt persistent barriers to inclusion, retention and success of women in STEM fields and to advance a welcoming experience at WPI for them, as for all students.  In recognition of Small’s dedication, the burdens imposed on her based on her gender, and the impact she had on her peers and STEM fields, this scholarship is awarded to students based on these considerations: 

    • The student has been accepted to WPI and is entering their first year of college
    • The student’s lived experiences and work inside and outside of the classroom align with our institutional values of respect, community, inclusion, innovation, and achievement and the student either
      • Demonstrates their deep knowledge and understanding of issues of sexism in American education (including in STEM) and society or
      • Demonstrates such knowledge and understanding as well as that they have an authentic and strong commitment to ameliorating sexism affecting women in American education, STEM fields and/or society. 

    Personal experience, learning and service are some ways in which students can demonstrate these qualities.  WPI particularly seeks students with these qualities to advance educational diversity that enhances inclusive, equitable and high-quality learning for all students and innovation and excellence in STEM fields.

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.