Engineering and Design Scholarships

The Engineering & Design Department offers a number of scholarships every year. They are made possible by the generous donations from employers, alumni, community members, and retired professors.

The award amounts vary each year. The scholarships are awarded to students in our pre-majors and majors every spring for the following year.

Funds are awarded annually based on financial need and academic performance. See a comprehensive list of the scholarships we offer below.

2023-2024 Application - open now

Online Application 

Applications are due April 3, 2023 by midnight

Students complete one application that is used to evaluate criteria for all available departmental scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

Information reported from Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be used to determine financial need. Scholarship awards will be announced before the end of spring quarter. See a complete list of scholarships below.

The award amounts vary by year. 

Guidelines and Procedures

Only students who are declared a pre-major or major in the Engineering & Design Department are eligible to apply. 

The Department will use applicant’s FAFSA information and Academic History in addition to the application information to make selections.

Only completed and on-time applications will be considered.

At the time of the application, you must be enrolled at Western Washington University full time (at least 12 credits per quarter).

Have at least three quarters of coursework remaining before anticipated graduation. If less than three quarters are needed to graduate, please explain on the application.

Be a declared major or pre-major in the Engineering & Design Department.

The department will announce its annual scholarships and application deadline by the end of winter quarter.

The Department’s Scholarship Committee will meet during spring quarter to review all qualified applications.

Once the scholarship recipient is selected, the ENGD office will notify the recipients by email of the award.

Recipients accepting scholarships will complete the Web4U acceptance form, and provide the ENGD office a thank you letter for the scholarship donor(s).

Students are required to upload a sample thank you letter to their application.   Students may use one of the Scholarship names as the donor example, or leave that part blank.  


If you have questions about the scholarship process and/or application, please contact us. 



Annual Scholarships

Annual scholarship(s) awarded to Manufacturing Engineering students with demonstrated financial need. 

Focused on removing financial barriers through scholarships for students with demonstrated  financial need in relevant disciplines. Three scholarships are given to students pursuing a bachelor degree with an emphasis on underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students demonstrating financial need that adhere to the following parameters:

  • Full-time student majoring in relevant fields of study
  • Recommended overall GPA of 3.2 – 4.0
  • Must possess excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Interest in the aerospace, defense or cyber security industry preferred
  • Demonstrated financial need

This scholarship was established in 1992 in honor of the late Professor Elias Austin Bond. One scholarship is awarded to an upper-division undergraduate student involved in the Vehicle Research Institute of the Engineering & Design Department.

This scholarship offers an annual award to a department major or majors. Award may be given to one candidate or divided among several.

This scholarship was established to honor Claude Hill who pioneered the plastics program at Western Washington University. An annual scholarship is awarded to a full-time Plastics & Composites Engineering major.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Scholastic achievement
  • Career objectives

This endowment was established in 1991 by Marvin A. Southcott, Professor Emeritus of Western Washington University, to fund scholarships in Industrial Design. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates potential for excellence in Industrial Design.

Three scholarships are funded annually by the foundation to be awarded to students in the Engineering & Design Department.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrate high academic potential combined with creativity and leadership
  • Candidate must be a full-time student
  • Demonstrated financial need

This scholarship was established in 1994 by the family of Professor John Joseph Kutz as a lasting and meaningful tribute to Professor Kutz's significant contributions to the plastics industry and to Western's Plastics & Composites Engineering program. One scholarship is awarded annually to a Plastics & Composites Engineering major with special interest in recycling of plastics.

Eligibility based on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Applicant’s professional activities related to the plastics industry.

This scholarship is awarded to Engineering & Design students.

This scholarship was established by friends, colleagues and students of Dr. Donald Moon on the occasion of his 1983 retirement from the industrial arts teacher education program at Western.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Junior or senior with a declared major in the Engineering & Design Department
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement

Annual scholarship awarded to a Manufacturing Engineering major of junior standing. To be considered, students must submit one letter of recommendation.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Junior Manufacturing Engineering student
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Island, Skagit, Snohomish, or Whatcom Counties
  • Recipient is required to work during summer breaks and with a proven aptitude for engineering.

This award was established in 1990 in honor of Dr. Sam Porter, Professor Emeritus. One scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate student in the Engineering & Design Department. When all other qualifications are essentially equal, the award(s) shall be granted to underrepresented and economically disadvantaged applicants.

Students must be majoring in Plastics & Composites Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

Two annual scholarships for majors in Plastics & Composites Engineering or a related major. Applicants should demonstrate initiative and high academic potential.

An annual scholarship awarded to a student enrolled in the Plastics & Composites Engineering program.  Preference given to students with an interest in injection molding and a demonstrated financial need.

An annual scholarship awarded to an Engineering & Design student with a demonstrated financial need.  Preference given to a first year student. 

An award given to a student interested in a career in polymer/plastics science and technology, who is enrolled in the Plastics & Composites Engineering Department.

Annual scholarships are awarded to full-time majors in the Engineering & Design Department.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Scholastic achievement
  • Career objectives
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Extracurricular activities such as community involvement

One annual scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who has a declared major in the Engineering & Design Department.

Eligibility is based on the following parameters:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • In lieu of financial aid eligibility, a student may submit a personal statement declaring special circumstances for financial need

One annual scholarship is awarded to an Electrical and Computer Engineering student with a priority given to those who are not able to apply for federal funds. 

  • Strong academic record

One annual scholarship awarded to students in the Engineering & Design Department who meet the following requirements:

  • A plan to enter the aerospace industry upon graduation;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • Outstanding academic merit;

Additional considerations:

  • Have dependent children. Students with dependent children are eligible for additional financial support for childcare via SPEEA.
  • Are non-traditional students (for example veterans, first generation to college, returning to college after time in the workforce, etc.)

Criteria very per year depending on donors' intentions.