Scholarships

The Engineering & Design Department offers a number of scholarships every year. They are made possible by the generous donations from employers, alumni, community members and retired professors. The scholarships are awarded to students in our majors every spring. Funds are awarded annually based on financial need and academic performance.


To Apply: 

The scholarship application for the 2018-2019 academic year is now closed. The Engineering & Design Department will accept applications again next spring for the 2019-2020 academic year.
 
Students complete one application (link below) that is used to evaluate criteria for all available departmental scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Students are required to include a sample thank you letter with their application to be considered complete. Information reported from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be used to determine financial need. Scholarship awards will be announced before the end of spring quarter.

Scholarship Application (online)

Thank you letter template (sample thank you letter required with application)

Please follow the instructions listed on the application in order to successfully complete the application. For questions about the scholarship application process, please contact the Department Office in ET204.


Guidelines and Procedures

Guidelines:

Only students who are declared a pre-major or major in the Engineering & Design Department are eligible to apply. 
The Department will use applicant’s FAFSA information and Academic History in addition to the application information to make selections.
Only completed and on-time applications will be considered.
 

Qualifications at the time of application:

Be enrolled at Western Washington University full time (at least 12 credits per quarter).
Have at least three quarters of coursework remaining before anticipated graduation. If less than three quarters are needed to graduate, please explain on the application.
Be a declared major or pre-major in the Engineering & Design Department.
 

Procedures:

The department will announce its annual scholarships and application deadline by the end of winter quarter.
The Department’s Scholarship Committee will meet during spring quarter to review all qualified applications.
Once the scholarship recipient is selected, the ENGD office will notify the recipients by email of the award.
Recipients accepting scholarships will complete the Web4U acceptance form, and provide the ENGD office a thank you letter for the scholarship donor(s).

Annual Departmental Scholarships 

The number of scholarships and the dollar amount awarded are subject to change each year.

Be Curious Scholarship One annual scholarship awarded to a Manufacturing Engineering student with demonstrated financial need.

Boeing Scholarship Focused on removing financial barriers through scholarships for students with demonstrated  financial need in relevant disciplines. Scholarships are given to students pursuing an associate, bachelor or graduate degree with an emphasis on underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students demonstrating financial need that adhere to the following parameters:

  • Full-time student majoring in relevant fields of study
  • Recommended overall GPA of 3.2 – 4.0
  • Must possess excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Interest in the aerospace, defense or cyber security industry preferred
  • Demonstrated financial need

 

Elias Austin Bond Technology Scholarship This scholarship was established in 1992 in honor of the late Professor Elias Austin Bond. One scholarship is awarded to an upper-division undergraduate student involved in the Vehicle Research Institute of the Engineering & Design Department.

Engineering & Design Department Tuition/Fee Waiver Scholarship This scholarship offers an annual award to a department major or majors. Award may be given to one candidate or divided among several.

Claude Hill PET Scholarship This scholarship was established to honor Claude Hill who pioneered the plastics program at Western Washington University. An annual scholarship is awarded to a full-time Plastics & Composites Engineering major.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Career objectives

 

Industrial Design Scholarship for Design Excellence This endowment was established in 1991 by Marvin A. Southcott, Professor Emeritus of Western Washington University, to fund scholarships in Industrial Design. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates potential for excellence in Industrial Design.

Kaiser-Borsari Educational Foundation Scholarship Three scholarships are funded annually by the foundation to be awarded to students in the Engineering & Design Department.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrate high academic potential combined with creativity and leadership
  • Candidate must be a full-time student
  • Demonstrated financial need

 

John Joseph Kutz Memorial Scholarship This scholarship was established in 1994 by the family of Professor John Joseph Kutz as a lasting and meaningful tribute to Professor Kutz's significant contributions to the plastics industry and to Western's Plastics & Composites Engineering program. One scholarship is awarded annually to a Plastics & Composites Engineering major with special interest in recycling of plastics.

Eligibility based on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Applicant’s professional activities related to the plastics industry.

 

H. E. Mills Electric Company Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to Engineering & Design students.

Don Moon Scholarship This scholarship was established by friends, colleagues and students of Dr. Donald Moon on the occasion of his 1983 retirement from the industrial arts teacher education program at Western.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Junior or senior with a declared major in the Engineering & Design Department
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement

 

Joseph R. Padrnos Memorial Scholarship Annual scholarship awarded to a Manufacturing Engineering major of junior standing. To be considered, students must submit one letter of recommendation.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Junior Manufacturing Engineering student
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Island, Skagit, Snohomish, or Whatcom Counties
  • Recipient is required to work during summer breaks and with a proven aptitude for engineering.

 

Sam and Joyce Porter Scholarship  This award was established in 1990 in honor of Dr. Sam Porter, Professor Emeritus. One scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate student in the Engineering & Design Department. When all other qualifications are essentially equal, the award(s) shall be granted to underrepresented and economically disadvantaged applicants.

Charles Rice Memorial Scholarship Students must be majoring in Plastics & Composites Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

Ivy Roth Memorial Plastics Scholarship Two annual scholarships for majors in Plastics & Composites Engineering or a related major. Applicants should demonstrate initiative and high academic potential.

Merrill Roth PET Memorial Scholarship An annual scholarship awarded to a student enrolled in the Plastics & Composites Engineering program.  Preference given to students with an interest in injection molding and a demonstrated financial need.

Schaad Scholarship An annual scholarship awarded to a student enrolled in lightweight vehicle design with a demonstrated financial need.

Society of the Plastics Industry Scholarship An award given to a student interested in a career in polymer/plastics science and technology, who is enrolled in the Plastics & Composites Engineering Department.

Tempress Scholarship Annual scholarships are awarded to full-time majors in the Engineering & Design Department.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Scholastic achievement
  • Career objectives
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Extracurricular activities such as community involvement

 

Richard and Patricia Vogel Engineering & Design Scholarship One annual scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who has a declared major in the Engineering & Design Department.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • In lieu of financial aid eligibility, a student may submit a personal statement declaring special circumstances for financial need