Scholarship FAQ’s

 

What kinds of scholarships does the Engineering college offer?

We offer both merit-based and need-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are based on academic performance, and/or other criteria such as leadership, involvement, intended major, career goals, etc. We also have need-based scholarships. If you would like to be eligible for need-based scholarships, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. You should file the FAFSA no later than March 1st.

When is the best time to apply for Engineering Scholarships?

Generally speaking, the best time to conduct any kind of scholarship search is several months before you plan to start. The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering scholarship application is open from January 1st until February 1st (annually) and awards are applied to the following Fall semester. Keep in mind that many scholarships are only awarded once a year, so missing the deadline means missing out until the next cycle. Be sure to finish your application before the deadline; late applications are not accepted under any circumstances.

When is deadline to apply for Engineering Scholarships?

The  deadline for most scholarships is February 1st. Be sure to finish your application before the deadline; late applications are not accepted under any circumstances.

Is the ASU scholarship application the same as the Engineering  application?

No, they are separate application systems with distinct scholarship opportunities. There are ASU scholarships with specific criteria, application requirements, and varying deadlines. The best way to find any available scholarships outside of the engineering scholarships is to use the ASU application scholarship portal.

What do most scholarship applications require?

Generally speaking, the scholarship application will ask for a personal statement and/or essays highlighting your current academic information, such as academic accomplishments, involvements, achievements, and/or future goals. You can expect to write 1-2 essays on any of those major topics, and some scholarships may ask you to submit a resume, references or letters of recommendations.

What are the New American University (NAMU) Scholarships?

Our New American University Scholarship awards are offered to outstanding incoming freshman students as they pursue academic excellence at ASU. Many of these scholarships are renewable. ASU considers students for New American University Scholarships once they apply and have been admitted to ASU.

What scholarships are available for transfer students?

Since most of our Engineering scholarships are annual, transfer students are eligible to apply to all scholarships available to our continuing students.

How will I know if I am selected for a scholarship or not?

Scholarship awards are competitive and if you are selected, you will be notified by the Engineering scholarship office via email. Students are notified of engineering scholarship award decisions and any respective recipient requirements in early April.

If I am selected for a scholarship, when should I expect my dispersement?

Engineering scholarships are awarded in April/May. You will see the scholarship money applied to your student account within the first week of the Fall semester. Engineering scholarship monies are divided in half, and awarded to both fall and spring semesters. If you were awarded a scholarship, and do not see it in your account, please contact the Fulton Schools Scholarship Coordinator

If a scholarship requires a 3.0 G.P.A. and I have a 2.9 or lower,       can I still apply?

This answer is two-fold. If a scholarship “requires” a 3.0 and you have a lower G.P.A. and do not meet the criteria exactly, you shouldn’t apply. In order to qualify for Engineering scholarships you must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. See our eligibility requirements for more information. However, some external scholarships may ask for a  “preferred” G.P.A. and if you don’t meet the preferred G.P.A, you can still submit your application. Scholarship committees may still consider you for other qualifications that stand out on your application.

What are common scholarship essay topics that may appear on an application?

Scholarship essays may ask you to write about any of the following:

  • Your future (academic/career) goals, significant achievements, awards, interests and/or experiences
  • Leadership and/or character traits
  • Obstacles or challenges overcome
  • Important issues in your field of study (local, national, international)
  • Personal perspectives, life experiences, background, and influences
  • Important issues within your industry/major and how you plan to contribute to solving them or affecting change
  • Volunteering experiences, involvement in your community, or community service
  • Financial need and how a scholarship will help you to attain your goals
  • Attributes, qualities, or skills that are unique to you, how you developed these qualities and how they distinguish you from everyone else. [/expand]

Will receiving a scholarship affect my financial aid?

While many  scholarships are based on merit or academic achievement, they are still considered part of your financial aid package. A scholarship can actually reduce the amount of financial aid you receive, however this does not mean that you will pay a bigger share of your college costs. It just means that the scholarship dollars replace financial-aid package dollars. The scholarship is counted towards your overall package along with grants, work-study, and loans.

Is community service, volunteering or involvement required for scholarships?

Some scholarship committees, universities, and donors look for community service, volunteering or involvement of some kind from their applicants. While not required, your leadership in these areas can distinguish you from others. Not all scholarship committees will weigh this in the selection process, but most like to see applicants that have an altruistic attitude, demonstrate leadership, or get involved. Having these characteristics and/or experience in your profile may give you an advantage over an equally-qualified candidate who does not get involved.

Should I expect to pay a fee when searching or applying for scholarships?

Thousands of parents and students fall victim to scholarship fraud every year. Beware of search services, scholarship matching services, or fraudulent organizations that will guarantee you scholarship money. Legitimate scholarship sponsors do not require an application fee. “A good rule of thumb: if you have to pay money to get money, it is probably a scam.”  Don’t believe claims that the fee is necessary to cover administrative expenses, or to make sure only serious candidates apply, even if they state you are entitled to a refund. Be suspicious if you are asked to provide personal information (e.g. bank account numbers, credit card numbers, social security numbers), or if you are asked to pay to get information about a scholarship. You should never have to spend money to get information about scholarships and loans. Be cautious and protect yourself from scholarship scams!

Can I defer my Fulton Engineering scholarship?

Unfortunately, we cannot defer Fulton Engineering scholarships because they are awarded on an annual basis.

Can I defer my merit scholarship?

Scholarship students in an eligible merit scholarship program (e.g. New American university scholarship) who are meeting the criteria for renewal, may apply for deferment of their scholarship.The deferment policy and application can be found on the ASU financial aid website with the online forms and publications or on page two of the scholarship deferment form.  Students can also find the scholarship deferment form here.

I need a recommendation letter. Who should it come from?’

While most Engineering scholarships do not require a letter of recommendation many scholarship providers do ask for letters of recommendation as part of the scholarship application. Letters of recommendation share your positive qualities and provide insight into who you are as a potential recipient. They tell the scholarship provider about your character, personal qualities, leadership, abilities, career focus, potential for success and/or why you should to be awarded a scholarship. You should always choose someone with whom you have an established rapport, can attest to your skills and abilities, and can write a great letter of recommendation. This can include an employer, an instructor or professor, volunteer coordinator, or an advisor/counselor. It is important that it comes from a professional, not a personal friend or family member.

Do you have any resources for writing my personal statement?

Two very good resources to consider looking at before you begin writing your personal statement.

  1. Penn State’s Writing Personal Statements Online Handbook. 
  2. Purdue’s Online Writing Lab

Both of these offer valuable information on writing your personal statement. Please also feel free to look for more information in the Scholarship Success section of our website and through our resources pages.

Do I need to be enrolled full-time to receive a scholarship?

In most cases, you must be enrolled as a full-time student to receive your scholarship. If you are unsure about the stipulations for a particular scholarship, contact the Engineering scholarship office coordinator.

What is the SMECA scholarship?

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University are pleased to offer six (6) Science, Math and Engineering Competition Awards (SMECA).  These $ 3,000 scholarships are renewable up to five years to help offset the costs of obtaining an ASU bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, and construction. SMECA scholarships are awarded to students who have fully participated in a regional or national science, math or engineering competition, such as FIRST, within the past two years. Learn more about it on our SMECA scholarship page.