Scholarships and Financial Aid

VCU offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid to students. Scholarships are typically merit-based, but some also include elements of financial need. Other types of financial aid (grants, loans, etc.) may consider need to a greater extent. For more information about non-scholarship financial aid visit the Student Financial Management Center.

The College of Engineering provides a variety of merit-based scholarship opportunities to entering first year and transfer students.

The Wright Engineering Access Scholarship

VCU Engineering’s Flagship Program

The mission of the Wright Engineering Access Scholarship is simple: Give students a way to earn a high-value engineering degree at a very modest cost.

VCU Engineering’s flagship scholarship program gives need- and merit-based awards to a wide range of students, including non-traditional students and community college transfers. For many Wright Scholars, this award means being able to focus exclusively on academics without having to take on part-time jobs. When combined with internships and co-ops, this program can reduce — and even eliminate — the need for student loans.

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study. The scholarship committee may offer awards of different values, including awards that increase over time. Typical values range from $2,000-$16,000 per year. Students typically receive the award through their fourth year; however, the scholarship committee will notify recipients how many years they may receive the award when initial decisions are announced.

College of Engineering scholarships

The College of Engineering reviews all admitted freshman and transfer applicants for consideration to our general scholarship program. In addition both applicants and current students are encouraged to apply for our other open scholarships listed below. The application process includes a single form from which you may apply to multiple awards. Current VCU Engineering students, freshman applicants, and transfer applicants have a unique set of application instructions.

If you have questions about scholarships, please email the Director of Engineering Enrollment.

Scholarship Application Instructions

Last updated: 3/1/2021

Select the appropriate set of instructions below. Please be sure to read the instructions carefully before you proceed.

  • Current VCU Engineering Students - Applications for Fall 2021 are open in VCU Academicworks.  Each award may have different deadlines.  Search for keyword "Engineering" to see all open awards.
  • First Year Applicants - Applications for Fall 2021 scholarships closed on March 10.
  • Transfer Applicants - Applications for Fall 2021 are now open.  The deadline to apply is April 15.

All VCU Engineering Scholarship Programs

Last updated: 2/10/2021

The following list shows all of our award programs. If an award is not listed above, then that award has a current recipients who will be continuing under the scholarship and it is not currently available for applications.

Each listing includes information on restrictions based on major, academic year, or other criteria. Estimated award values are approximate, actual award values will be given to scholarship recipients after the selection process. Please see the list of open scholarships to see which are currently available.

University scholarships

The following university scholarships are available to incoming freshmen:

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Provost Scholarship
  • Dean’s Scholarship
  • Henrico County Scholarship

VCU National Scholarship Office

The National Scholarship Office offers a range of services to VCU students and alumni who are interested in applying for competitive national and international scholarships and fellowships

VCU Business Services Scholarship

VCU Department of Business Services sponsors scholarships through agreements with business partners to support and enhance scholarship opportunities for all VCU students. Business Services Scholarships include the following options:

  • Specialty Awards
    • VCU Faculty Senate Textbook Scholarship
    • VCU International Student Scholarship
    • VCU Single Parents Scholarship
  • Undergraduate Awards
    • VCU Affinity License Plate Scholarship
    • VCU Out-of-State Scholarship
    • VCU Dining Services Multicultural Scholarship
    • VCU Community Engagement Scholarship
    • VCU Excellence in Community Services Scholarship
    • VCU Advancement of Women Scholarship
    • VCU Sophomore Year Scholarship
    • VCU Upperclassmen Scholarship
  • Graduate Awards
    • VCU Graduate/Professional Student Scholarship
    • VCU Nursing Student Scholarship
    • VCU Health Sciences Leader Scholarship