Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships Awarded Through ME

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a variety of scholarships to offer through the department. These are largely independent of scholarships offered through the College of Science and Engineering or other outside sources. Students can apply for scholarships through ME even if they have already received scholarships from other sources.

The following are considered in choosing scholarship recipients:

  • Academic achievements (grade point average).
  • Course load maintained by the student during their program at the University of Minnesota and focus on classes needed to earn a mechanical engineering degree.
  • Financial need.
  • Activity in campus and other professionally related organizations.
  • Leadership and community service.
  • Quality of a one-page personal statement submitted with the scholarship application package.

Several scholarships are targeted at students with financial need. Therefore, students with need are encouraged to describe their situation in their personal statement.

Specific Interest Scholarships

A few scholarships are targeted at students with specific professional interests. Students with these interests are encouraged to point them out in their personal statement. Stating an interest in one of these scholarships will not reduce your chances to earn one of the more general scholarships. More information on the interest-specific scholarships can be found below.

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American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

With more than 57,000 members from over 132 nations, ASHRAE is a diverse organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

Scholarship & Grants

MN Chapter Scholarships

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Freund Family Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering

The Peter Freund Scholarship is intended to recognize mechanical engineering students with a strong interest in or connection with GLBTA programs or who are members of a GLBTA group on campus.

If no candidates meet the GLBTA criteria, other candidates who meet the following additional criteria will be considered.

Additional criteria:

  • Awardee is a full-time student in mechanical engineering
  • Awardee demonstrates financial need
  • Awardee has an interest in focusing their technical electives in the thermal environmental arena


Peter W. Freund created this scholarship in 2013 to celebrate his 30-year career as an engineer in the refrigeration industry and to help others pursue degrees in engineering.

Horton Scholarship

The Horton Scholarship is awarded to students with an interest in powertrain engineering. This award is renewable dependent on satisfactory progress towards a degree.

Tom Murphy & B.J. Robertson Scholarship for Internal Combustion Engine Research

The Tom Murphy & B. J. Robertson scholarship is awarded to a student who has an interest in internal combustion engine research. This scholarship honors Professor Murphy, a former faculty member with legendary enthusiasm for internal combustion engine research.

Hans O. Nyman/Ever-Green Energy Scholarship

The Hans O. Nyman Scholarship is awarded to students who have interest in district heating and cooling, cogeneration, energy conservation, and/or environmental quality improvement. The scholarship is provided by Ever-Green Energy, Inc. and the St. Paul Foundation.

Katsuhiko Ogata Scholarship for System Dynamics & Control

The Katsuhiko Ogata Scholarship is awarded to a student who has an interest in working in the area of system dynamics and control. This scholarship was established by an alumnus to honor Professor Ogata, a distinguished faculty member of our department whose textbooks on system dynamics and controls set the standard for these topics and achieved worldwide recognition.

Leonard Chang Un Park Memorial Scholarship

The Leonard Chang Un Park Memorial Scholarship will be given to students who are either first-generation college students from MN or students who have lived, worked, or studied in a developing country.

Applying for ME Scholarships

Eligibility: A student must be accepted into the mechanical engineering program at the time of applying to qualify for a scholarship. Eligible students must need more than 15 credits of coursework to complete their mechanical engineering degree requirements at the start of the academic year following the application date (i.e., the upcoming fall semester), exclusive of any incomplete grades, to be eligible for a mechanical engineering scholarship. 

Application Period: Scholarship applications are accepted during the spring semester and awarded the following academic year.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

Submission Process: Complete the form below. Questions can be sent to

Scholarship Application