Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholarship
The Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars Program provides undergraduate students directly admitted to the College of Engineering with an annually-renewable financial scholarship, as well as social and academic support through the Diversity Affairs Office. Annual scholarship awards range from $1,500 to full tuition. Incoming engineering undergraduate students who identify as one or more of the following will be automatically considered for a LEED Scholarship:
- low income, or
- underrepresented in engineering by gender, race, ethnicity, or
- first generation college students
How to Apply
Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application, including academic merit, extracurricular activities, application essays and letters of recommendation. No additional scholarship application is required.
To be considered for the LEED Scholars Program, you MUST 1) complete a UW-Madison admissions application and 2) submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to UW-Madison. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their FAFSA no later than the UW-Madison priority deadline of December 1, 2019. Submitting the FAFSA by December 1 ensures consideration for all types of financial aid. Please note, however, that Early Action and Regular Decision applicants who submit a FAFSA after the priority deadline can still be considered for a LEED Scholarship. For more information on the FAFSA submission process and deadlines, refer to the Office of Student Financial Aid website.
The FAFSA must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid prior to awarding decisions and must be verified by OSFA prior to scholarship payment. LEED Scholarship awards will be communicated to admitted students by no later than mid-February (for Early Action applicants) or early-April (for Regular Decision applicants).
LEED Scholars receive support through Diversity Affairs Office specialized advising and academic resources, participate in monthly student development programming over dinner, and can choose to join the LEED Links peer mentoring program. To learn more about the LEED Scholars Program, visit our website. LEED Scholars participation also can be combined with participation in other campus programs such as the Mercile J. Lee Scholars Program, POSSE, and PEOPLE programs.
Approximately 40 incoming students are selected for a LEED Scholarship each Fall. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to full tuition. LEED Scholarships are renewable annually provided continuation criteria are met. Continuation criteria include attendance at LEED monthly meetings, term and cumulative GPA of 2.8 or greater, and completion of at least one advising appointment during each semester of the first academic year.
Please note that other scholarships visible within the WiSH system are utilized to fund students selected for LEED, such as: Gary Wendt Engineering Diversity Scholarship, Harold (Hal) E. Mennes Scholarship, Rockwell Automation Corporate Scholarship, Rod Hassett Engineering Scholarship, and Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering Scholarship. The donors for these scholarship funds are dedicated to providing financial support to high-achieving students majoring in an engineering program who are also underrepresented in the field.