WPI Merit-Based Scholarships

WPI automatically considers both first-year and transfer 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 $25,000.

Great Minds Scholars Program

The Great Minds 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 Scholars program.

WPI Transfer Academic Merit Scholarships

All admitted transfer candidates are automatically evaluated for academic merit scholarships based on college level academic performance specifically, as well as professional and learning pursuits, leadership experiences, and extracurricular involvements. These scholarships vary in amounts, are renewable for up to four years, and can be combined with any applicable specialty merit scholarships.

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 students passionate about solving problems through innovation and technology. These scholars have also excelled in the Girls Who Code program and in their high school academic performance. Several 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 5 accepted students will receive a scholarship that is valued at $60,000 or more (or $15,000 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)

WPI awards all Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) scholars a $10,000 scholarship per year in addition to any Transfer Academic Merit Scholarships. 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 for this scholarship. Candidates must have submitted their completed application by the transfer application deadline. Contact transfer@wpi.edu for more information.

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is offered to admitted transfer candidates only. 

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 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.