The Engineering Progressive Scholarship Model

The Engineering Progressive Scholarship (EPS) model is designed to increase the support for students each year as they progress through the College of Engineering. This model is applied across several different scholarship accounts.

Award Value

For new First-Year students

The award doubles each year the student is eligible for renewal. For students entering as first-year students in Fall 2023 the award will disburse as follows:

Year Fall Spring Year Total

First Year

$2,000

$2,000

$4,000

Second Year

$2,500

$2,500

$5,000

Third Year

$3,000

$3,000

$6,000

Fourth Year

$4,000

$4,000

$8,000

Grand Total

 

 

$23,000

For new Transfer students

The award increases between the first and second years if the student is eligible for renewal. For students entering as transfer students in Fall 2023 the award will disburse as follows:

Academic Year Fall Spring Year Total

First Year

$3,000

$3,000

$6,000

Second Year

$4,000

$4,000

$8,000

Grand Total

 

 

$14,000

For current students receiving a Progressive Scholarship

When you received your award the values listed at that time will remain in effect for the duration of your award. Each semester you should receive a renewal notice that shows the semesters remaining on your award.

Award Name

If you receive a Progressive Scholarship offer it may be assigned to a placeholder account name. After the start of your first semester the EPS will be assigned to a specific account or may be split between two accounts.

When scholarships are assigned to an account the name of the award may be changed to reflect the account.  If this happens you will be notified by email at your official VCU email address to indicate the new name you will see on your student account.  Name changes do not change any other terms of the award.  When an award is split between two accounts, the sum of the accounts will combine to match the original offer.

Renewal Requirements

EPS awards are designated for a specfic value over a limited time. Offer letters clearly state if the award is for 2, 3, or 4 years. Renewal eligibility will be reviewed at the end of each semester. To be eligible for automatic renewal students must do all of the following:

  • Remain enrolled with a major in the College of Engineering
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
    • First-Year students with a first semester GPA of 2.7 to 2.999 are given a warning with the second semester to raise their GPA
    • Transfer students do not receive a warning semester
  • Not withdraw from any course (receive a grade of “W”)
    • Medical withdrawals will be reviewed by the Engineering Scholarship Committee with leniency
    • In extraordinary circumstances the Engineering Scholarship Committee may grant approval in advance for a withdrawal
  • Demonstrate progress toward an Engineering or Computer Science degree by
    • Meeting all VCU Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
    • Registering as a full-time student each semester (12-plus credits)
    • Completing at least 28 credits in each academic year
      • Taking Summer courses counts toward the 28 credits, but does not change the scholarship value

Exceptions to renewal requirements may be allowed upon review by the Engineering Scholarship Coordinator or Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship Holds and Part-Time Enrollment

Many VCU Engineering Students will spend a semester or a year completing a co-op.  The College strongly encourages co-ops, and will hold scholarship funds while a students is on a co-op.  Placing a scholarship on hold allows the student to receive the full value of the original offer, but with a modified disbursal schedule.

If you expect to need a semester off for a reason besides a co-op, or expect to enroll less than full time during any semester for any reason please contact the Scholarship Coordinator in advance at engrscholars@vcu.edu.  All such requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and approval is not guaranteed.  However we will want to work with you to ensure that you reach graduation and will help develop a plan to extend the time for your scholarship to accommodate your part time semester.

Combining With Other Scholarship Offers

Merit Awards from other VCU offices

Some students may receive additional merit scholarship offers from the VCU Office of Admissions or another VCU office. The EPS may be combined with other VCU merit scholarships up to the total cost of in-state tuition, fees, room and board.  If the total value of any such awards plus the EPS exceeds the total cost, then the EPS will be decreased to match the total cost. For example a Presidential Scholarship from Admissions covers Tuition, Room and Board so if you are awarded a Presidential Scholarship the EPS cannot be awarded.

Engineering scholarships do not combine with Presidential Scholarships or Provosts Scholarships from VCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Awards from VCU Engineering

In a subsequent round of scholarship offers the College of Engineering might offer you an alternative scholarship to the EPS.  Other Engineering scholarships typically cannot be combined with the EPS Scholarship.  If you receive an alternative offer from Engineering then only the offer of greater value will apply.

In the uncommon situation where two or more Engineering scholarship offers can be combined we will provide you with a notice stating clearly that the awards can be combined.

Impact on need-based awards

In some situations receiving a merit-based scholarship may impact your eligibility for need-based grant or loan programs.  The VCU Financial Aid office can help you understand the complete picture of your financial aid package.