MS+E Scholarships

Your hard work can pay off

UW-Eau Claire provides a wide range of merit- and need-based scholarships to incoming and continuing students. This page summarizes some of the top scholarship opportunities for Materials Science and MS+E majors here at UWEC.

The Materials Science program has an established record of producing extremely high caliber student scholars, and several have been the recipients of prestigious national scholarships like the Goldwater Scholarship, the McNair Fellowship, and a coveted Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. Your Materials Science faculty advisor can give further details on all our scholarship opportunities, or simply contact our office for more information. Requirements, deadlines, and application links are provided in the descriptions below.

Be sure to also take a few minutes to check out other scholarship opportunities for incoming students and current students at UW-Eau Claire!

The following Materials Science, College of Arts & Sciences, and university-wide scholarships are available to current UW-Eau Claire students. Applications are typically due in the spring semester. Deadlines and other details can be found under each scholarship listing.

Materials Science scholarships

Application procedure: Read the scholarship description for each scholarship for application details.

Award information: One award of $7,200, paid over two years. $3,000 is a direct scholarship ($1,500 per year) and $4,200 is paid for research work done in MS&E as part of the fellowship. The second year of the fellowship is contingent on satisfactory performance in the first year.
Deadline: December 1, 2018
Requirements: The fellowship is available to all incoming frosh declared as pre-MSE or Materials Science.
Preference given to: Pre-MSE majors.
How to apply: Submit a Blugold Fellowship application through the admissions office.

Award information: Up to two awards at $3,000 per year, renewable for a second year.
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: The fellowship is available to all pre-MSE, MSE, or Materials Science students who have taken or are currently enrolled in MSE 221, and who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Preference given to: Rising sophomores currently enrolled in MSE 221.
How to apply: Submit the this application form directly to the Materials Science office.

Award information: One award at $500
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: Given to a full-time Materials Science comprehensive major with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must submit a resume of accomplishments up to two pages in length that includes a description of campus involvement and materials science program involvement. An essay describing future career goals is required.
Preference given to: Preference will be given to students who have participated in faculty-student undergraduate research, non-traditional or first generation students, and students who demonstrate financial need.
How to apply: Submit an application by filling out the Materials Science application on the Gold for Blugolds web site.

Award information: One award at $1,00 per year ($500 per semester), renewable for a second year.
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: The fellowship is available to all pre-MSE or MSE students who have financial need (as determined by Blugold Central) and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Preference given to: Students with the highest financial need, and those with demonstrated engagement with the MS+E program. Academic performance beyond the minimum GPA may be considered, but is not a primary factor.
How to apply: Submit the application form directly to the Materials Science office.

Award information: Up to two awards at $100 each
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: The service award is given to up to two junior or senior students demonstrating leadership and service to materials science at UW-Eau Claire. Award recipients are evaluated based on leadership and participation in research, outreach, mentoring, and other service to the Materials Science Academic Program, the Materials Science & Engineering Center, or the field of materials science. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be eligible, but GPA will not be a primary selection criterion among those who are eligible. Students must submit a resume through the online application process to be considered for the award.
How to apply: Submit an application by filling out the Materials Science application on the Gold for Blugolds web site.

Award information: Up to two awards at $100 each
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements:The outstanding senior award is given to up to two graduating seniors (defined as graduating no later than December of the following academic year) majoring in Materials Science or MSE who have a record of academic accomplishment and a deep passion for the study of materials science. Award recipients are evaluated on their academic record and their participation in Materials Science-related activities. A total cumulative GPA and a resident materials science GPA of 3.50 or greater are required.
How to apply: No application is required. Materials Science faculty select the recipients of this award from the pool of eligible graduating seniors.

College of Arts & Sciences scholarships

Application procedure: Apply for these scholarships through the Gold for Blugolds web site.

Award information: One award at $1500
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: Junior or senior (60+ credits by the next Fall semester) with a minimum 3.0 GPA and majoring in the physical sciences.
Preference given to: Students from Thorp, WI or Clark County, WI, and those with the highest financial need.

Award information: One award at $8500
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: Science major with financial need who shows academic promise.  Academic promise is defined as clear potential to succeed in a relevant graduate or professional program following graduation and demonstrated accomplishments, leadership, and creativity in the student's chosen field. Must be a sophomore or above (30+ credits) by the next Fall semester.
Preference given to: Students who show academic promise but who may not have a top GPA.

Award information: One award at $4600
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: Sophomore or above (30+ credits by the next Fall semester) in math or the physical sciences and a GPA of 3.0 or higher and financial need.
Preference given to: Highest GPA and Wisconsin/Minnesota residence.

Award information: Two awards at $1500
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: Junior or senior (60+ credits by the next Fall semester) with financial need engaged in science research at UWEC, or in a science-related internship. The scholarship is also available to graduating seniors pursuing an advanced degree in the sciences.
Preference given to: Students with a high potential for success as a scientist, with well-defined goals and realistic plans for meeting those goals.

Award information: One award at $1600
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD)
Requirements: Physical or biological science major
Preference given to: Academic merit and research aptitude.  Since this scholarship has no financial need or class standing restrictions, it tends to be quite competitive.

Campus-wide research scholarships

Apply for these scholarships through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs web site.

Award information: One award at $2500, plus research stipend and supplies/travel support
Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD) online through ORSP
Requirements: Junior or senior (60+ credits by the next Fall semester) who has conducted outstanding collaborative research or has demonstrated the potential for outstanding undergraduate research.
Preference given to: Projects that demonstrate student initiative and originality of student thought.

Award information: One annual award of $2500, plus research stipend and supplies/travel support

Deadline: Spring 2019 (specific deadline TBD) online through ORSP
Requirements: Junior or senior standing, conducting collaborative research, demonstrating potential for outstanding research. Submit a plan for proposed research and project brief, along with vita of faculty mentor.
Preference given to: Open to all disciplines. Financial need considered in the event of tie based on other factors. 

The making of a Rhodes scholar

The making of a Rhodes scholar

A recent UW-Eau Claire graduate with a passion for research and a natural ability to lead is among the 32 Americans named as 2015 Rhodes scholars.

Rhodes Success!
Students receiving Goldwater recognition are, from left, Kelsey Steinke, Sarah Kintner and Elizabeth Stubbs.

Empowered to succeed

Only the top science, math and engineering students in the country are considered for prestigious Goldwater scholarships, making it all the more impressive to find two UW-Eau Claire students listed among the 2015 winners.

Goldwater Success!
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