New Students


Freshman Scholarship Awards

Once a student is admitted to the College of Engineering as an incoming freshman, they are automatically reviewed for scholarship consideration.  All domestic students are considered, and there is no separate application to submit for the “Engineering Scholarship of Honor,” the major scholarship that the College awards. A student’s admissions application serves as their scholarship application. Grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, recommendation letters from teachers and counselors, as well as the student’s essays, all serve as part of this review process. 

Students that are applying for admission to the College of Engineering are encouraged to submit their admissions application as soon as possible.  For freshman applicants, we strongly recommend submitting your application by the November 1st, “Early Action,” deadline date.

Students from certain designated states may want to review the criteria for the Joseph M. Geisinger Scholarship and the Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Scholarship.  Both of these awards require submission of a separate application.

The College of Engineering’s scholarship committee meets on a rolling basis from February to late March to review applications and determine award recipients. Although not required, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is encouraged as many donor-funded scholarships consider financial need in addition to academic merit. 

The College of Engineering has completed its scholarship review and notification process for the Fall 2019 entering freshman class. Prospective students selected for an award have been notified by mail or email. Awards can also be viewed by selected students on Wolverine Access.

Most merit-based awards are renewable, as long as the student meets the requirements for the award.  All new student scholarships are funded through the many College of Engineering endowment funds that have been created via donations from generous alumni and friends, as well as from the annual College of Engineering operating allocation.

New students should consider applying for the following scholarships:

Advocates for Latino Student Advancement in Michigan Education (ALSAME)

This scholarship is intended to recognize and support students who, through their past activities or educational aspirations, have indicated an interest the advancement of underrepresented groups in the United States.

Criteria: 1) Be a high school senior; 2) Graduate from a high school in Michigan; 3) Admission to a college or university in Michigan for scholarship year.

Visit the ALSME website to apply or for more information.

Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Scholarship

The Bell Scholarship application period for the 2019-2020 academic year is closed.

Scholarships will be awarded to first year students entering the College of Engineering or the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or other related scientific fields who meet one of the following geographic criteria:

  1. Residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a preference given to residents of the Gloucester, Virginia area;
  2. Residents of one of the following counties in the state of Michigan: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne, with a preference given to residents of Washtenaw county and graduates of a public or private school in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area;
  3. Graduates of the Chicago, Illinois Public School system or the Chicago, Illinois Parochial and Private School systems;
  4. Graduates of the New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois;
  5. Graduates of the Illinois Science and Math Academy in Aurora, Illinois.

Students awarded the Bell Trust Scholarship would receive scholarship support of $20,000 per year for recipients from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Chicago Public, Parochial and Private School systems, New Trier High School, or the Illinois Science and Math Academy.  Recipients from the State of Michigan would receive a scholarship award of $10,000 per year.

Scholarship support is for four years or through graduation, whichever is less, and annual renewal is contingent on satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

For more information and to complete the application, visit

For additional information, please contact
John O’Grady, Trustee
The Gloria Willie Bell and Carlos R. Bell Charitable Trust
c/o McGuireWoods LLP
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
(804)-775-1023 (Phone)
(804)-698-2132 (Fax)

The Joseph M. Geisinger Scholarship Program

The Geisinger Scholarship application period for the 2019-2020 academic year is closed.

During his lifetime, Joseph M. Geisinger created a trust fund to provide support to forward the careers of students pursuing degrees in engineering at the University of Michigan. The scholarship program will provide $20,000 in annual support to students selected from the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming.

  • Scholarships will be awarded to first-year students entering the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Prospective students should plan to submit their application for admission to the University of Michigan as early as possible (Applications for admission take 10-12 weeks to process).
  • Recipients must be enrolling at the University of Michigan and pursuing an undergraduate degree program in engineering.
  • Scholarship support is for four years of undergraduate support or through graduation, whichever is less.
  • Annual renewal is contingent on satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Students can submit an application for the Joseph M. Geisinger Scholarship prior to receiving an admissions decision, however, a student must be admitted to the College of Engineering by the time the scholarship committee meets in late February to review applications.

 Michigan Branch of Telluride Association (MBTA)

The Michigan Branch of Telluride Association brings together students who share a passion for intellectual interchange, a dedication to improving public life, and a commitment to self-government. Telluride Association owns and operates a large house near campus, in which approximately thirty University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of academic backgrounds, political views, and cultural perspectives cohabitate. These students form a vibrant community, sharing lively conversation, joint projects, and the dynamic experience of democratic life. Each year, Telluride students plan and implement a major project that improves public life in the Ann Arbor area. For more information about the house, visit

MBTA is currently accepting scholarship applications for full room and board from incoming first year students, as well as transfer students. The Telluride application is extensive, requiring 4-5 essays, an official transcript, and two letters of recommendation.Visit the MBTA website for more information and to download the application.

The Telluride House reviews applications in two cycles: Fall & Winter. Fall cycle applications are due in early October. Winter cycle applications are due in mid-February.

Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) Scholarships for High School Students

MSPE awards scholarships annually to Michigan high school seniors interested in pursuing an engineering degree. Applicants must be accepted in an engineering program and intend to earn a degree in engineering. Computer Science is not considered an accepted engineering major.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade GPA, based on a 4.0 scale, for the sophomore (10th grade) and junior (11th grade) years in high school. Applicants must submit a list of current classes being taken as a senior (12th grade), an official high school transcript, and SAT test score. An essay (typewritten, min. 11 point font) of 250 words on “How I was influnced to pursue an engineering career.” is also required.

Download the MSPE Scholarship application on the MSPE website. Applications are due in mid-February each year. Completed applications must be submitted by email (pdf) or by U.S. Mail to your MSPE Chapter Scholarship Representative.

Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps Scholarship

The Stamps Scholarship, one of the University of Michigan’s most prestigious merit-based scholarships, is awarded to selected entering freshmen each year based on academic achievement. This scholarship was established in 2006 through the generosity of University of Michigan philanthropists Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps of Miami, Florida.

The Stamps Scholarship is given to undergraduate students admitted to the College of Engineering and other U-M schools and colleges. Students who have been admitted as first-year undergraduates are automatically considered for this merit based scholarship; a separate application is not needed. Rather, the university selects those students who have exceptional talentalong with other attributes such as demonstrated leadership qualities, outstanding academic credentials and a stellar commitment to their communities.

The annual scholarship award, renewable for four consecutive years of undergraduate study, can go up to the full cost of attendance.

Additional benefits of receiving of the Stamps Scholarship include:

  • Membership in the UM Stamps Scholars Society student organization.
  • For each Stamps Scholar, additional funding of up to $5,000 to support study abroad, community service, research and internships during their undergraduate studies.
  • Connections with the University’s Career Center, International Center and Ginsberg Center for Community Service.
  • Ability for a student to transfer from one UM school or college to another. For example, if a student transfers from LSA to the Ross School of Business, the student will still receive the annual Stamps scholarship.
  • An annual event with the scholarship donors, Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps.
  • Becoming a member of the national Stamps Scholars organization with opportunities to connect and network with Stamps Scholars at 40 other plus colleges and universities.
  • Attending bi-annual Stamps Scholars National Conventions.

Related websites:

Office of Financial Aid

Office of University Development

Sidney J. and Irene Shipman Scholarship

The schools and colleges at the University of Michigan invite a total of 40-45 students each year to campus for consideration for the Shipman Scholarship. The visits take place during a weekend in March. Students do not submit an application, but rather are considered by each school, or college, at the university through their admission’s application.  Academic achievement, exceptional talent in the arts and sciences, leadership abilities, and academic potential will be considered in the nomination process.

Students that receive the full Shipman Scholarship, and are Michigan residents, are awarded $20,000/year, for four years, or completion of their undergraduate degree program; whichever comes first.  Students that are out of state students and receive the full Shipman Scholarship, are awarded $30,000/year. 

Students that are invited to campus as Shipman nominees, but are not selected for the full Shipman Scholarship, would receive a Shipman Scholarship award of $15,000./year as in state students, or, $25,000/year, as out of state students.

Students that receive either of the two awards, and choose to attend Michigan, are considered to be members of the Shipman Society.

A group interview is part of the Shipman Scholarship weekend.  Once the weekend is completed, the Shipman Scholarship committee selects the recipients of the full Shipman Scholarship.

For more information regarding the Shipman Society.

U-M Office of Financial Aid Scholarships

To be considered for scholarships offered by the University of Michigan’s Office of Financial Aid, visit the OFA website  and follow the five steps indicated. A student’s application to the University serves as their application for most scholarships offered by the Office of Financial Aid, however, a few scholarships do require a separate application.