Harold (Hal) E. Mennes Scholarship

The Harold (Hal) E. Mennes Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for incoming students in the College of Engineering who are Wisconsin residents. This scholarship is part of the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity Scholars Program (LEED). It was formed to encourage students to pursue an engineering education at UW-Madison. The Harold (Hal) E. Mennes Scholarship is renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided annual continuation criteria are met.

To be considered for the Mennes Scholarship, 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, to avoid delays in evaluating your scholarship eligibility. Please note, however, that Early Action and Regular Decision applicants who submit a FAFSA after the priority deadline can still be considered for a Mennes Scholarship. For more information on the FAFSA submission process and deadlines, refer to the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be:

  • Incoming freshman, enrolled full-time in any major in the College of Engineering
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Wisconsin resident
  • In the top 5% of their high school graduating class

How to Apply
Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application, including academic merit, extracurricular activities, application essays and letters of recommendation. No additional Mennes Scholarship application is required.

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. Mennes awards will be communicated to admitted students by mid-February and/or early-April, depending on whether students’ admissions application was received by the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.

Selection Criteria
Selection is based on academic merit and quality of application materials. Preference is given to students who:

  • Meet Eligibility Criteria
  • Are low-income or have financial need
  • Are historically underrepresented in engineering, including women, students from racial/ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in engineering, students whose parents/guardians did not attend college, low-income students, and educationally disadvantaged students

Award Information
One new incoming student who is a Wisconsin resident is selected each year for this full-tuition award. The award is paid annually provided continuation criteria are met, for up to 8 semesters. Students awarded the Harold (Hal) E. Mennes Scholarship become part of the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars. LEED Scholars receive academic resources and advising from the Diversity Affairs Office and participate in monthly student development meetings.

Donor Information
Harold Mennes, who went by “Hal,” retired in the 1980s after a career as a heavy equipment mechanic for Madison-based Hooper Corp. Mr. Mennes had no connection to UW. Nonetheless, he decided he wanted to give the school most of his estate to create a scholarship fund for undergraduate students in engineering.

Conditions of Award

  • Make continued progress toward an engineering degree
  • Maintain a minimum 2.8 cumulative and term grade point average
  • Participate in LEED Scholars

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