Given the long history of our department, ECE has been able to help many of our students set off on extremely successful career paths. These alumni have in turn given back (and continue to give back) to the department through scholarships that support our students. (You can learn more about our donors on our Giving pages.) For you, our future ECE students, our strong alumni relationship is great news; you will find that there are many scholarship opportunities and ways to reduce the costs of tuition.
You will find that you have access to more than one pool of scholarships. First-year students receive scholarships directly from the College of Science and Engineering, and many of these are reserved for students intending to major in electrical engineering or computer engineering. Learn more about CSE scholarship opportunities including many renewable scholarships that can greatly reduce the cost of your education.
Scholarships however are not just for new students. ECE has over 20 endowed scholarships which award 75 to 100 students (up to a third of our students) with a total of over $250,000 annually. Awards range from $500 to $12,000 for the next academic year. These scholarships are accessible to upper division students in the department, and is in addition to scholarships that are awarded by the College of Science and Engineering when students are admitted to the University.
Upper division ECE students apply annually for department scholarships around the spring break period. Decisions are announced in June. Students are awarded for many reasons, including, but not limited to active engagement in extracurricular activities, excellent grades, unique backgrounds, and even geographic diversity. Don’t hesitate to apply and make your case!
There are other opportunities for financial aid from ECE as well. We hire many undergraduate teaching assistants and peer assistants each year and our honor society Eta Kappa Nu coordinates a tutoring program where ECE tutors are rewarded with special scholarships each semester.