Engineering Diversity Scholarship

The Engineering Diversity Scholarship is a $1,500-$3,000 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 Engineering Diversity Scholarship is renewable through graduation provided annual continuation criteria are met. The FAFSA must be submitted to Office of Student Financial Aid prior to awarding decisions and must be verified by OSFA prior to scholarship payment.

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
The scholarship application opens in late-October and closes in mid-February. Students must complete the application by the deadline on Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) at

To apply for scholarships, students must first complete an admissions application to UW Madison and obtain a NetID and password. The NetID and password is used to sign into the WiSH system. Applicants need not wait for admission to the College of Engineering before applying. This and many other engineering scholarship funds use a common application called the “Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholarship Application”.

A verified FAFSA is required, which should be submitted as early as possible. Awards are communicated to applicants by early-April.

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
Approximately 25 new incoming student are selected each year for $1,500-$3,000 awards. The award is renewable each academic year provided continuation criteria are met, for up to 8 semesters. Students awarded the 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 dinner meetings.

Donor Information
A variety of donors who are dedicated to broadening participation in engineering and supporting low-income students contribute to the Engineering Diversity Scholarship.

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