Scholarships & Awards for ECE @ VMI

Awards vs. Scholarships

Awards are checks written out to the student's name.  They may be intended to recognize superior performance or to defray the costs of education. It is the student's responsibility to use them as intended.  They are reported to the IRS as unearned income.

Scholarships are nontaxable transfers of money directly to the bursar; therefore they can only be used to defray direct costs of education.  They will appear as a credit on the following tuition bill. 

    1. Michael D. Shealy '70 Merit Scholarship and ECE Alumni Scholarship
      Eligibility Criteria: GPA > 3.0, Departmental Service, ECE Service
      Amount: $15,000
      How to Apply: Application information
      When to Apply: before 1 April
      When Decisions Announced: by 15 May

      Stewart W. Anderson '08 Award
      Eligibility Criteria: 1st class, GPA
      Amount: $2,000
      How to Apply: Automatically selected based on top GPA in department and class
      When Decisions Announced: by 15 May

      MG Richard C. Coupland '15 Award
      Eligibility Criteria: 2nd class, GPA
      Amount: $1,000
      How to Apply: Automatically selected based on top GPA in department and class
      When Decisions Announced: by 15 May

      MG Richard C. Coupland '15 Award
      Eligibility Criteria: 3rd class, GPA
      Amount: $1,000
      How to Apply: Automatically selected based on top GPA in department and class
      When Decisions Announced: by 15 May

      ECE Departmental Award
      Eligibility Criteria: 4th class, GPA
      Amount: $500
      How to Apply: Automatically selected based on top GPA in department and class
      When Decisions Announced: by 15 May

      Virginia AeroSpace Business Association
      Eligibility Criteria: GPA > 3.0, academic service, extracurriculars, community activities
      Amount: $2,000
      How to Apply: Application information
      When to Apply: before 14 Sep
      When Decisions Announced: by 1 Oct

    1. There are many scholarships with ECE eligibilty criteria that are administered by the Financial Aid Office. VMI ECE Students are automatically considered for these awards when they file their federal FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form with the VMI Financial Aid Office.

    1. There are many scholarships with ECE eligibilty criteria that are administered externally to VMI. Since these are beyond our department's control, and frequently change, students should search for these directly. Google combinations of "Undergraduate" "ECE" "electrical engineering" "computer engineering" "award" "grant" "scholarship". One example, below, seems appropriate for some VMI ECE students.

      Barber Family Foundation
      Eligibility Criteria: Children of active-duty/retired/Gold-Star families, financial need, past community service
      Amount: Variable
      How to Apply: Application information
      When to Apply: mid-February for the following fall semester
      When Decisions Announced: Variable