Gary Wendt Engineering Diversity Scholarship

The Gary Wendt Engineering Diversity Scholarship is an $8,000-$10,000 scholarship for incoming students in the College of Engineering. This scholarship is part of the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars Program. It was formed to encourage students to pursue an engineering education at UW-Madison. The Gary Wendt Engineering Diversity Scholarship is renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided annual continuation criteria are met.

To be considered for the Wendt 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 Wendt 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

How to Apply
Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application, including academic merit, extracurricular activities, application essays and letters of recommendation. No additional Wendt 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. Wendt 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 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
  • Have a 3.5 or above high school grade point average
  • Are Low-income

Award Information
Four-to-six new incoming students are selected each year for an annual award of $8,000 to $10,000. The award is paid annually provided continuation criteria are met, for up to 8 semesters. Students awarded the Gary Wendt Engineering Diversity 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
Gary C. Wendt is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering. He is co-founder and Chairman of Deerpath Capital Manager, LP. Mr. Wendt served as President and CEO of GE Capital for 24 years. He remains an active member of the alumni association and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering.

Conditions of Award

  • Make continued progress toward an engineering degree
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative and term grade point average
  • Participate in LEED Scholars

$8,000.00 to $10,000.00
College of Engineering, College of Engineering - Diversity Affairs Office