Financial Aid and Scholarships

Through the generosity of our alumni and industry partners, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offer a number of scholarships to qualifying undergraduate students:

Departmental Scholarships

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) if fortunate to be able to offer merit-based scholarships to its undergraduate students.

Freshman students are eligible for merit-based Department scholarships after successful completion of their first fall semester. These students are automatically considered for scholarships in January of the freshman year and do not have to apply.

All other MatSE students must apply for Department scholarships online by April 15, 2018. Awardees will be selected and notified by the summer. In order to retain scholarships granted by the Department, students must be enrolled in the major and on a full-time basis. In the event that a student withdraws from the University or changes majors, his or her scholarship will terminate immediately. 

Listing of Awards and Scholarships

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Scholarships

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) offers scholarships to its students in good academic standing. The College also sponsors various academic award competitions throughout the year.

Freshmen entering the College of EMS are automatically considered for a Dean’s Freshman Scholarship; no separate application is required. These awards are offered in the spring prior to enrollment on a funds-available basis. The awards are granted based on the student’s high school academic record and performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). NOTE: Freshman awards are awarded for the freshman year only. 

Learn About EMS Scholarships

University Scholarships

Scholarships for the sophomore through senior years are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. The completion of an online application between January 1 and April 15 is required in order to be considered. This application is also used to determine scholarship support from your academic department. Some of these awards are need-based and require submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in a timely manner each year in order to be eligible. 

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External Scholarships and Awards

Various external organizations offer scholarships and awards to undergraduate MatSE students. In particular, students are highly encouraged to join Material Advantage during the first three weeks of the fall semester. Student members of Material Advantage have access to all the scholarships offered by member professional societies; links to these opportunities can be found below. 

  • ACerS – American Ceramics Society
  • AIST – Association for Iron and Steel Technology
  • ASM – American Society for Metals and Materials
  • TMS – The Mineral, Metals, and Materials Society

University Fellowships

The Department has many high-achieving students. We encourage these students to explore the very competitive, high-distinction scholarships and fellowships offered through the  University Fellowship Office.