College of Engineering and Technology

Scholarships & Aid

There are a variety of  program-specific scholarships available for students in both Engineering & Technology and Construction Management. Many of the scholarships available through the College of Engineering and Technology require students to complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Jan. 31. The university's Office of Financial Aid can give students complete information about other financial aid options, including grants, work-study and loans, as well as dates and deadlines for aid applications.

Scholarships in Engineering and Technology

The following Engineering and Technology scholarships are awarded in April of every year. All scholarship application materials must be submitted by Feb. 28 to the Office of the Dean, 161 Belk Building. Contact the School of Engineering + Technology office in Belk 220 for details.

Carlton and Margaret Couch Scholarships - Awards are available to students majoring in electrical engineering and electrical and computer engineering technology.

Caterpillar Equipment Scholarship - Awards of up to $2,000 are available to outstanding, full-time engineering technology students. Preference is given to students from Cherokee, Clay, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

Hopkins and Ray Engineering and Technology Endowed Scholarship - Endowed through the generosity of Jeffrey and Tina Ray, this scholarship provides support for first-year students with a declared major in engineering or engineering technology.  Preference will be given to students with demonstrated participation and success in FIRST Robotics competitions and a willingness and desire to lead FIRST efforts within the College of Engineering and Technology.

Jackson Paper Scholarship - Awards are available to outstanding full-time students in electrical engineering. Preference is given to students who are residents of Western North Carolina.

Joshua Thomas Grooms Scholarship - Provided in honor of a former WCU student. Full-time junior and senior engineering technology students who demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply. Applicants must complete a scholarship application form, including a brief essay about why they seek to obtain an engineering and technology education. Send or deliver the completed application to the Office of the Dean, 161 Belk Building. Recipients must have completed a FAFSA through WCU's Financial Aid Office.

Mary Lee McAllister Scholarship - This scholarship has been endowed in loving memory of Mary Lee McAllister by family members and colleagues.  It provides support for students who are a pursuing a degree in the area of electronics engineering technology. Eligibility Requirements: 3.0 GPA; major in Electronics Engineering Technology; junior or senior; involvement in electronics engineering technology program activities; financial need.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission - This scholarship is for full time sophomores, juniors or seniors pursuing a degree in Electric Power or Mechanical Engineering. Available beginning Fall 2017. Program participants will receive a $5,000 scholarship per semester (renewable each semester if academic milestones are met).

The SPIRIT (Scholarship Program via Recruitment, Innovation and Transformation) Program -Seeks to nurture academically talented students who may have financial need and are pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology disciplines. Program participants will receive a scholarship valued at up to $8,250 per academic year (renewable each academic year if yearly milestones are met).

Stephen and Cathy Edmonds Scholarship - Endowed by Stephen Edmonds, this fund supports students who are majoring in engineering. Potential recipients will be actively involved in gas turbine studies or the gas turbine lab. Eligibility Requirements: 3.0 GPA; major in engineering; no sanctions in place at time of award; preference given to applications who are actively involved in gas turbine related studies or the gas turbine lab.

Thomas Andrew Scotchie Memorial Scholarship - Awards are given to an outstanding senior with the highest GPA in engineering technology.

Scholarships in Construction Management 

Scholarships for construction management students are offered through many construction industry associations; some are sponsored by companies specifically for CM majors at WCU. For details, contact the Kimmel School of CM at 828.227.2201.

Below is a partial listing of construction-specific scholarships.
Construct My Future
Contact: Nicole Hallada
Email: nhallada@aem.org
Phone: 866-AEM-0442
Scholarship Offer: ConstructMyFuture scholarship for high school seniors who plan to study in any field related to the construction industry. 

Associated Builders & Contractors
Contact: Fred Day
Click on Education and Training/Scholarships
Phone: 703-812-2000
Scholarship Offer: ABC Construct Education Foundation Scholarships for undergraduate enrolled in two or four-year construction-related program. Student must successfully complete at least one year with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00. Scholarships range from $1,000-$2,000.
Deadline: June 1

The National Housing Endowment
Email: nhe@nahb.com
Scholarship Offer: The National Housing Endowment administers three scholarship programs for students at the graduate and undergraduate levels studying residential construction and related fields.

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
Contact: Belinda Holland
Phone: 817-877-5551 
Scholarship Offer: NAWIC Founders' Scholarship Foundation for undergraduates (there are two scholarships available: Undergraduate Scholarship and the Construction Crafts Scholarship) enrolled in two- or four-year construction-related program. Student must successfully complete at least one year with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Scholarships range from $500-$2,000.
Deadline: Feb. 1

The Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF)
Contact: John Nagohosian, educator coordinator
Phone: 248-737-2941 
Scholarship Offer: Fluid Power Educational Foundation Scholarships (a limited ongoing scholarship to a key school) for undergraduate or graduate enrolled in two or four-year, graduate engineering or technology-related program. A minimum 'C' grade average in power fluid courses. Graduate from high school with a 3.0 overall average.
Deadline: June 1

National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
Contact: Carolyn Wilson or Mary Ann Grove
Phone: 301-731-4748 
Scholarship Offer: National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Scholarship (NAPAREF) (renewable up to two years) for undergraduate enrolled in two or four-year accredited college/institution in civil engineering, construction management or construction engineering related program. Scholarship ranges from $1,000-$2,700.

National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA)
Contact: Pamela Wagner
Phone: 703-358-9300 
Scholarship Offer: Each year the NUCA Scholarship Fund awards two four-year scholarships, one two-year scholarship and a one-time $2,500 award to rising seniors who are pursuing higher education. Eligible applicants are dependents of NUCA members or their company's employees. NUCA funds the scholarships through its annual golf tournament and individual donations.

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA)
Phone: 800-342-1415 
Scholarship Offer: NSSGA Scholarship Program provides 13 scholarships including 10 $2,500 scholarships to college students who have an interest in pursuing a career in the aggregates industry.

Associated General Contractors of America
Contact: AGC
Phone: 703-548-3118
Scholarship Offer: College sophomores and juniors enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time, four or five-year ABET or ACCE-accredited construction management or construction-related engineering program are eligible to apply. High school seniors and college freshmen are not eligible. Renewable scholarships are worth $2,000 per year for each year of undergraduate study, up to a maximum of $6,000. More than 100 new scholarships are awarded each year. There is no application fee.
Deadline: Nov. 1

Construction Professionals Network
Contact: Foundation Place
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro provides applications for the Construction Professionals Network Scholarship. You can download the documents from http://www.cfgg.org/. The scholarships will be found under the “Grants and Scholarship” section in the left-hand side menu bar. On that page, click on “Listing of Scholarships” and go to the Construction Professionals Network Scholarship. They are listed alphabetically.

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