Scholarship Giving

Our world needs the kind of graduates WPI educates. You can help provide the critical resources that allow WPI to compete for bright, deserving students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Your scholarship support enables WPI to continue to attract and enroll a more diverse student body. Over 90 percent of our students qualify for some form of financial assistance. By supplementing the cost of tuition and fees, you help our students graduate with less debt, enabling them to take fully realize their professional and personal goals and potential.

There are two ways to provide this support, through an endowed scholarship or through an annual scholarship:


Endowed Scholarships

Leave a legacy at WPI with an endowed scholarship, which ensures financial support to WPI students in perpetuity. The revenue generated by your gift provides annual awards to students on a continual basis. Unrestricted endowed scholarships provide the greatest flexibility for helping students with financial need.
WPI’s Office of Financial Aid distributes these awards according to the University’s spending rule (currently five percent) and the student’s need. The minimum amount to establish an endowed scholarship is $50,000, which generates approximately $2,500 each year. Gifts of $463,500 provide a half tuition award for a student, and gifts of $927,000 provide a full tuition award to a student.


Annual Scholarships

Tuition at WPI currently stands in excess of $42,000. An annual-term scholarship allows you to help a deserving student in need meet this expense. WPI currently offers two types of annual scholarships:

  • PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE SCHOLARSHIP: Donors who commit $5,000 annually for a minimum of three consecutive years or $15,000 over a period of three years may fund an annual term scholarship in their own name or in honor of someone else. This will provide support to a deserving WPI undergraduate student for three years.
  • GLOBAL PROJECTS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP: One of the most outstanding features of a WPI education is The WPI Plan, which requires students to complete a Major Qualifying Project (MQP) and an Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP). For $5,000, you can provide a student with the financial means to conduct their MQP or IQP at an international project site. Not only does your gift make difference in the student’s life and career, but your gift also has a long-term global impact.


See the Impact of Your Scholarship Support

WPI is grateful for the support provided by our scholarship donors. A gift in the form of scholarship is an investment in our students’ potential. On an annual basis, we will inform you of your scholarship recipients’ names, majors, and hometowns. We make every effort to collect a letter of thanks from each of your recipients. In addition, endowed scholarship donors will receive a financial update on their fund.

Each year, we are delighted to welcome our scholarship donors to campus for a special dinner with scholarship recipients. Often, we are able to arrange for our donors to meet the students who are benefiting from their generosity. Our student and donor speakers make for an inspiring evening every year. Our donors find much satisfaction in making a WPI education possible for bright, talented, and deserving young women and men.

Can’t wait until the annual scholarship dinner to hear how your gift plays a role in supplying leaders for a society in need of engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and problem solvers? Read about the difference you are making in students’ lives, all because you gave.


Establish a Scholarship

To learn more about establishing a scholarship at WPI, please contact Lisa Maizite, assistant vice president for development, at +1-508-831-5073 or

Endowed scholarships with minimums that are met by March 31 will be awarded for the following academic year. Global Project Annual Scholarship gifts received by June 30 will be awarded the following academic year for use the academic year after the award is made. For example, gifts made by June 30, 2014 will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year for use in the 2015-2016 academic year.

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