Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering Scholarship

The Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship for incoming students in the College of Engineering. This scholarship is part of the Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity Scholars Program (LEED). It is designed to attract academically talented first-year and transfer students enrolling in and intending to graduate from the College of Engineering and who have a demonstrated financial need. The Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering Scholarship is renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided annual continuation criteria are met. Non-engineering STEM majors (other Science, Technology or Math) may be eligible for the Thermo Fisher STEM scholarship offered by the College of Letters and Science.

To be considered for the Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering 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 Thermo Fisher 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/have:

  • Incoming freshman or transfer student, enrolled full-time in the College of Engineering, applying to one of the following majors: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Engineering Mechanics
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Documented Financial Need

How to Apply
Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application, including academic merit, extracurricular activities, application essays and letters of recommendation. No additional Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering 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. Thermo Fisher 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

Award Information
Four new incoming students are selected each year for an award of $5,000. The awards are paid annually provided continuation criteria are met, for up to 8 semesters. Students awarded the Thermo Fisher STEM Engineering 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
Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 70,000 employees globally. Its mission is to enable customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. They help their customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through their premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – they offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services.

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

Program Site
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College of Engineering, College of Engineering - Diversity Affairs Office