Scholarships and Financial Aid

VCU offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid to students. Scholarships are typically merit-based and financial aid is based on financial need.

For more information or if you are interested in applying for financial aid, visit the VCU Office of Financial Aid.

The College of Engineering provides a variety of merit-based scholarship opportunities to entering freshmen. Students who meet the eligibility criteria during the admissions process are reviewed for possible university awards as well as College of Engineering awards. In most cases, a scholarship application is not required.

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 nontraditional 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 approximate yearly value of the award is $8,000 per year for up to a maximum of $32,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater while studying full time with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

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 scholarhsips 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 2019-04-12

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

  • Current VCU Engineering Students - the deadline for Fall 2019 scholarships has passed
  • Freshman Applicants - the deadline for Fall 2019 scholarships has passed
  • Transfer Applicants - the deadline for Fall 2019 scholarships has passed

Current Open Applications

Last Updated 2019-02-28

Awards open for Fall 2019 applications are listed below. Each listing includes information on restrictions based on major, academic year, or other criteria. Estimated award values are approximate, final awards values will be given to schoarship recipients after the selection process.

For current VCU CoEgr Students, Freshman applicants, and Transfer applicants

The scholarship is available to students majoring in Mechanical and Nuclear engineering in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study, and are encouraged to compete for internships at Albemarle Corp.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $1,250 per year for up to a maximum of $5,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a Mechanical and Nuclear engineering major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

For current VCU CoEgr Students only

The scholarship is available to students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering majors in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients must be in their second year or beyond.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $8,000 per year for up to a maximum total value of $24,000 over three years. The scholarship committees will notify recipients how many years they may receive the award when initial decisions are announced.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with an Electrical or Computer Engineering major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

For current VCU CoEgr Students, Freshman applicants, and Transfer applicants

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $6,000 per year for up to a maximum of $24,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

For current VCU CoEgr Students, Freshman applicants, and Transfer applicants

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $1,500 per year for up to a maximum of $6,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

For Freshman applicants only

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $1,500 per year for up to a maximum of $6,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

For current VCU CoEgr Students, Freshman applicants, and Transfer applicants

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study. Recipients of the Prestwould Scholarship should have a commitment to community service demonstrated in their activities.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $500 per year for up to a maximum of $2,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

For Freshman applicants only

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $1,000 per year for up to a maximum of $4,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

For current VCU CoEgr Students, Freshman applicants, and Transfer applicants

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study. The Wright Engineering Access Scholarship Program is the College of Engineering's flagship scholarship. It provides need and merit-based awards to a broad base of students. The Wright Engineering Access Scholarship is designed to reach dozens of students every year and provide resources to help promote the high-value opportunities in engineering and computer science.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $8,000 per year for up to a maximum of $32,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

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

Engineering scholarships from other sources

Many outside organizations provide scholarships that may be of interest to our students.  As a service to studentswe have published a list of outside scholarship sources.  Please note that these scholarships are administered by outside organizations and are not managed by VCU or the VCU College of Engineering. We cannot respond to questions regarding these scholarships.  Please direct any questions to the scholarship granting organization.

If you represent an organization that would like to list a scholarship here please email engscholars@vcu.edu and we will review for potential posting.

Other Engineering Scholarships

The scholarships below currently have a student recipient, and are not available for applications at this time.

For current VCU CoEgr Students only

The scholarship is available to students majoring in Chemical Engineering in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study, and are encouraged to compete for internships at Albemarle Corp.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $4,000 per year for up to a maximum of $16,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Applications are due by 5:00pm, October 26, 2018

For current VCU CoEgr Students only

The scholarship is available to majoring in Chemical Engineering in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $6,000 per year for up to a maximum of $24,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Applications are due by 5:00pm, October 26, 2018

For current VCU CoEgr Students only

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $2,500 per year for up to a maximum of $10,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Applications are due by 5:00pm, October 26, 2018

For current VCU CoEgr Students only

The scholarship is available to students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering majors in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients must be in their second year or beyond.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $8,000 per year for up to a maximum total value of $24,000 over three years. The scholarship committees will notify recipients how many years they may receive the award when initial decisions are announced.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with an Electrical or Computer Engineering major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Applications are due by 5:00pm, October 26, 2018

For current VCU CoEgr Students only

The scholarship is available to rising or current sophomores or juniors majoring in Chemical Engineering in the VCU College of Engineering who has been involved in entrepreneurial activities.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $14,000 per year for up to a maximum of $42,000 over three years. The scholarship committees will notify recipients how many years they may receive the award when initial decisions are announced.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater as a full-time student in Chemical Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Applications are due by 5:00pm, October 26, 2018

For current VCU CoEgr Students only

The scholarship is available to rising or current juniors majoring in Chemical Engineering in the VCU College of Engineering. Students must have demonstrated financial need, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate practical engineering ability.

The value of the award is $500 per year for up to a maximum of $1,000 over two years.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student in Chemical Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Applications are due by 5:00pm, October 26, 2018

For current VCU CoEgr Students only

The scholarship is available to students in any major in the VCU College of Engineering. Recipients may be in any year of study.

The approximate yearly value of the award is $1,000 per year for up to a maximum of $4,000 over four years. 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.

For renewal you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater as a full-time student with a major in the VCU College of Engineering. Renewal eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Applications are due by 5:00pm, October 26, 2018