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All applicants must be admitted to UMKC and accepted into a SCE degree program to be considered for SCE Scholarships. All undergraduate scholarship recipients must be enrolled on a full–time basis (minimum 12 credit hours) throughout the duration of award to remain qualified.

Application deadline: January 31*

General SCE undergraduate scholarship application procedure

All applicants are required to complete the following:

  1. General SCE Undergraduate Scholarship Application (PDF)
  2. Statement of Support essay describing to the SCE Scholarship Committee your educational and career goals, how a scholarship will benefit you, and why you should be selected over other equally qualified applicants.
  3. Additional applications/documentation may be required. (See scholarship information below.)

Applications received after deadline will be kept on file for one (1) academic year; you will be notified if an award becomes available.

Submit all materials to:

School of Computing and Engineering Scholarship Office
University of Missouri–Kansas City
534 Flarsheim Hall
5110 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110–2499
Phone: 816–235–2399
Fax: 816–235–5159
Email

Scholarships for full–time undergraduates

Ankit Agarwal Computer Science Scholarship (Est. 2011)

A School of Computing and Engineering alumnus, Mr. Agarwal has endowed this scholarship fund to support students with outstanding academic performance in the computer science program at UMKC.

Required major: Computer Science

Other requirements: GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Black & Veatch Scholarship (Est. 2012)

Currently employing more than 140 UMKC alumni, and with many current and former executives serving as SCE faculty, Black & Veatch is ingrained and invested in our students' success. This scholarship is awarded to qualified undergraduate students in our engineering program.

Required major: None

Other requirements: Missouri Resident with verified financial need.

Building a World of Difference Scholarship (Est. 2011)

Recognizing the importance of promoting and rewarding the level of education required to "Build a World of Difference," this scholarship provides support to engineering students who have demonstrated an interest in power and water.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference given to students with a demonstrated interest in power and water.

Dave Hermance Scholarship (Est. 2012)

An executive engineer for advanced technology, David Hermance (1947-2006) was widely regarded as Toyota's hybrid guru in North America. Responsible for advanced technology vehicle communication and advanced technology vehicle emission regulatory activities, Hermance was considered the top American executive for alternative fuel vehicles by Automotive News.

Required major: None

Other requirements: Missouri Resident with verified financial need.

Doris Markham-Swinney Scholarship (Est. 2006)

This scholarship is awarded to students in the SCE engineering program, with preference given to qualified female students with substantiated financial need. Debbby Dilks, a long-time SCE employee, created this scholarship in memory of her mother to show her support of future female engineers.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Female student with an ACT score of 25 or higher. Preference given to applicants with strong financial need.

Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Niu Engineering Scholarship (Est. 2001)

This scholarship was established through the generous donation of civil engineering faculty member and administrator Stan Niu, Ph.D. and his wife, Yolande. Dr. Niu joined the general engineering program as a faculty member in 1969, and ended his career as executive director of the coordinated engineering program, retiring with emeritus status in Spring 2001. Yolande retired from Allied Signal, a company whose matching-fund donation allowed the Nius to establish this endowed scholarship. Dr. Niu passed away in 2002.

Required major: None

Other requirements: ACT score of 27 or higher or upper level engineering student with a 3.0 minimum GPA. Preference given to qualified Civil Engineering majors.

Dr. Jerrold F. Stach Memorial Scholarship (Est. 2006)

Various donors contributed to establish this endowed scholarship in memory of Professor Jerry Stach, Ph.D. Awards are given to undergraduate or graduate students in the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department who achieve high academic standards. Additionally, students who receive this award are originally from the Midwest and have an active interest in community service.

Required major: Computer Science

Other requirements: Any level student considered - freshman with ACT score of 28, or upper-level student with minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher. Preference will be given to qualified minority applicants.

DST Systems Computer Science Scholarship (Est. 2005)

This scholarship is dedicated to undergraduate students in SCE's computer science program who demonstrate strong academic achievement. DST encourages their scholarship recipients to apply for internships and mentoring opportunities.

Required major: Computer Science

Other requirements: U.S. citizen with demonstrated financial needs as defined by federal financial aid regulations. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA required.

HDR Engineering Scholarship (Est. 2007)

This undergraduate scholarship is for engineering students with preference given to an outstanding student in civil engineering. Students who are awarded this scholarships are allowed to renew it if they continue to excel academically.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Cumulative GPA 2.5-3.5, renewable pending annual reapplication and academic qualification; preference given to Civil Engineering majors.

Hill Family Scholarship (Est. 2008)

UMKC and engineering run deep in the Hill family - Don Hill and his two sons studied mechanical engineering at UMKC, and are regular faces in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. Living outside of the Kansas City metro area, the family identified a need for commuter students. To show their support to SCE, the family established an annual scholarship to provide support for students with a sizable round-trip commute to UMKC.

Required major: Civil or Mechanical Engineering

Other requirements: Include in your essay a description of your commute, including mileage, and number of days each week spent at UMKC. Applicants will be contacted if additional information is needed.

James E. Allen Scholarship (Est. 2003)

This scholarship is for civil and mechanical engineering undergraduate students who are achieving a high academic standard.

Required major: Civil or Mechanical Engineering

Other requirements: Incoming freshmen with 23+ ACT or top 10% of HS class –or– Transfer student with 60+ credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA to apply.

JE Dunn Scholarship (Est. 2013)

JE Dunn Construction is a leading provider of construction management services, design-build, and integrated project delivery. With a legacy of over 85 years, JE Dunn maintains a commitment to integrity, collaboration, wisdom, quality, value, sustainability, and safety. JE Dunn has a strong value for philanthropy and therefore creates an environment for employees which encourages them to get involved in the communities in which they work and live.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

John and Phyllis Anderson Scholarship in Engineering (Est. 1994)

Retired CEO of Farmland Industries, John Anderson and his wife Phyllis endowed this scholarship to support UMKC's engineering programs.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Upper 10 percent of a Missouri or Kansas high school graduating class, minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Kiewit Power Scholarship (Est. 2012)

What began in 1884 with two hardworking brothers has grown into a Fortune 500 construction, mining and engineering powerhouse. The Kiewit scholarship is designated for an academically accomplished student enrolled in civil, mechanical, or electrical and computer engineering.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Lee and Mary Louise Rankin Memorial Scholarship (Est. 2001)

The Lee and Mary Louise Rankin Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001 by an anonymous SCE employee, in honor of her mother. Contributions have also been made to the scholarship by various SCE faculty and staff. This was the first scholarship to solely support computer science students at UMKC.

Required major: Computer Science or Information Technology

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA (high school or college).

Martin Ashton Swinney Memorial Scholarship (Est. 2010)

Debby Dilks, Manager, Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department, converted this annual scholarship to an endowment in 2010 in memory of her father, Martin Ashton Swinney. Scholars who receive support from this fund are generally undergraduate Missouri residents pursuing an education in electrical and computer engineering.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Any level student considered - freshman with ACT score of 25, or upper-level student with minimum GPA of 2.8. Must have graduated from a Missouri high school or Missouri resident minimum of two years with a GED. Preference given to ECE Students.

Mary Anne and William Osborne Scholarship (Est. 2005)

Endowed by former SCE Dean Dr. William Osborne, this scholarship is for any student enrolled in the School of Computing and Engineering, who is from Missouri, and who has a substantiated financial need.

Required major: None

Other requirements: Student must demonstrate financial need and combined federal adjusted gross income of $40,000 or less, ACT score of 28+, cumulative GPA of 3.6+ (or top 10 percent of high school class for entering freshman); US Citizenship required.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholarship

Awarded to full-time under-represented students seeking an engineering degree

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: 1) maintain full-time student status; 2) declared as a CE, ME or ECE major; 3) are a under-represented minority engineering student; and 4) not currently receiving funds from NACME.

Newton A. Campbell Engineering Excellence Scholarship (Est. 2010)

Renowned engineering firm Burns & McDonnell created this scholarship in the name of the firm's former president, chairman and CEO, Newton A. Campbell. Recipients are undergraduate students with high academic achievement and who are seeking a degree in civil, mechanical or electrical and computer engineering.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; must be enrolled in civil, mechanical or electrical and computer engineering.

Olsson Associates Scholarship (Est. 2013)

Olsson Associates offers comprehensive engineering and design solutions for public and private infrastructure projects. While the firm has expertise and experience in many different areas, their stated mission is simple: to help make the communities we touch healthier, safer, and more prosperous, while sustaining the environmental health of our planet for future generations. The Olsson Associates scholarship is for a student focused on civil, mechanical, or electrical and computer engineering.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Richard G. and Terry Hetherington Scholarship (Est. 2000)

This endowed scholarship was established by the generosity of many donors to honor one of SCE's most influential leaders, Richard G. Hetherington, Ph.D. Dr. Hetherington is credited for creating the Computer Science Telecommunications program at UMKC. Today this scholarship benefits students in the computer science and information technology programs who demonstrate high academic achievement.

Required major: Computer Science or Information Technology

Other requirements: Any level student considered - freshman with ACT score of 28, or upper-level student with minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Robert C. Harmon Scholarship (Est. 1982)

Established by Robert C. Harmon, owner of Harmon Industries, Inc., this scholarship supports engineering students who are Missouri residents. In 1999, Harmon further strengthened the fund with a gift of 500 shares of Harmon Industries stock.

Required major: Mechanical Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering

Other requirements: Students who have resided in Missouri for two or more consecutive years at the time of application; must possess a demonstrated ability for the sciences; minimum high school GPA of 3.0.

Saravan Rajendran Scholarship (Est. 2012)

SCE Alumnus Saravan Rajendran, established this scholarship for students enrolled in the School of Computing and Engineering with preference given to students in the Computer Science program.

Required major: None

Other requirements: Missouri resident with verified financial need.

SCE Alumni Scholarship Fund (Est. 1990)

This scholarship is funded by the generous donations of SCE's alumni and constituents. In existence since 1990, it was endowed in 2011. SCE thanks all who have contributed to this fund throughout the years, as it is now a permanent scholarship for generations of SCE students to come.

Required major: None

Other requirements: Top 10 percent of high school graduating class for first-time freshmen, or a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for non-freshmen.

SCE Faculty/Staff Scholarship (Est. 2002)

Debby Dilks, SCE staff member since June 1984, conceived of, and became the first donor to the SCE Faculty/Staff Scholarship. Many SCE faculty and staff current contribute to the award through personal donations and payroll deductions to support SCE students.

Required major: Engineering or Computer Science

Other requirements: 3.0 cumulative GPA or above, and a graduate of a KS or MO high school or a minimum of four years legal residency in KS or MO at time of application.

Scholarships for first–time, full–time freshmen

FIRST Robotics Scholarship

Awarded annually to incoming freshmen who are involved on a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge team, and who are seeking a degree in engineering, computer science or information technology.

Required major: None

Other requirements: Include with your application one letter of reference from a high school robotics team adviser which addresses the applicant’s robotics team participation and performance, leadership skills, extracurricular involvement, and potential for success in their selected major.

Additional Materials: FIRST Scholarship Application

Kansas City Power & Light Scholarship (Est. 1992)

This four-year engineering scholarship has a long tradition and strong reputation of providing full tuition and books for the most outstanding SCE students. Kansas City Power & Light encourages their scholarship recipients to also apply for internships for practical experience.

Required major: Mechanical Engineering or Electrical & Computer Engineering

Other requirements: ACT score of 25 or higher; U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident with preference given to qualified Kansas City Metro Area applicants. Awardee must maintain a cumulative UMKC GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Additional Materials: Kansas City Power & Light Scholarship Application

Project Lead the Way Scholarship

Awarded annually to incoming freshmen who successfully complete Project Lead the Way (PLTW) coursework and who are seeking a degree in engineering, computer science, or information technology.

Required major: None

Other requirements: Along with the standard UMKC SCE application and essay, include with application one letter of reference from your PLTW Teacher which addresses the applicant’s participation and performance, leadership skills, extracurricular involvement, and potential for success in their selected major.

Additional Materials: Project Lead the Way Scholarship Application

Scholarships for full–time sophomores and above

Forrest and Joan Lowe Scholarship (Est. 1999)

The Lowes generously provide this scholarship in support of mechanical engineering students. Dr. Forrest Lowe has served as SCE's MSPE advisor and visiting professor in mechanical engineering for nearly 20 years. He is a regular face at major SCE events, and he is passionate about the education of our future engineers.

Required major: Mechanical Engineering

Other requirements: Naturalized citizen and resident of Missouri with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Information Products, Inc. Scholarship (Est. 1982)

Established in 1982 through the former Friends of Truman Campus (FOTC), Information Products, Inc. endowed a scholarship that recognizes outstanding electrical engineering students.

Required major: Electrical & Computer Engineering

Other requirements: Student must have resided in Missouri for at least two years at time of application; 3.0 minimum GPA; demonstrated active interest in student professional organizations.

Western Chapter MSPE Auxiliary Engineering Scholarship (Est. 1993)

The Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Auxiliary established the MSPE Engineering endowment in 1993. This generous organization often contributes to the endowment principle from their chapter funds, enabling the interest payout of the scholarship to grow each year.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Scholarships for full–time juniors and above

Dr. C. Quinton Bowles Memorial Scholarship Endowment (Endowed 2011)

This endowed scholarship was created in memory of one of SCE's esteemed professors and leaders. Students who qualify for this honorable scholarship have a proven high academic record and a preferably pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Required major: Mechanical Engineering

Other requirements: Recipient must meet the following qualifying criteria throughout the academic year of award: 1) a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above at the time the award is offered and 2) maintain full-time student status and GPA at or above 3.4.

EyeVerify Scholarship (Est. 2013)

The start-up company uses biometric technology, developed by UMKC School of Computing and Engineering professor Dr. Reza Derakhshani, to make your eye the only password you will ever need. Support given by the EyeVerify scholarship is awarded to students whose planned major is Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Computer Science.

Required major: Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; Junior or Senior level with a focus on image processing and pattern recognition

Henderson Engineers Scholarship (Est. 2013)

As a comprehensive engineering design firm offering core mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design, as well as fire protection, architectural lighting, technology, commissioning, and sustainable consulting services, Henderson Engineers takes pride in their commitement to technical knowledge, successful client relationships, and outstanding delivery. The Henderson Engineers Scholarship is provided for qualified mechanical engineering students at UMKC with an interest in building environmental systems or refrigeration design.

Required major: Mechanical Engineering

Other requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; MO or KS resident; is enrolled in or has completed ME 360, ME 399 and has intent to enroll in ME 440 and/or ME 441. To be eligible, please submit a brief summary describing your interest in a career in HVAC or Refrigeration Design.

Kansas City Association of Healthcare Engineers Scholarship (Est. 2009)

Students who are either a junior or senior with a stated interest in entering the field of healthcare may qualify for this annual scholarship. A local organization with over 200 members, KCAHE realizes the importance of supporting our future engineers, especially in healthcare, a growing area in need of talented young engineers.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above at the time the award is offered. Transfer students must have applied and been accepted to UMKC and be a full-time junior or senior.

Kristin Jane Loeffelholz Memorial Scholarship in Engineering (Est. 2001)

Kristin had earned a bachelor's degree and was working as a physical therapist when she began pursuing a second degree in civil engineering at UMKC. She was a dynamic sudent and leader of the ASCE and the Concrete Canoe Team. A week before graduation, following the Mid-Continent ASCE Conference, which Kristin hosted, her life was cut short in an automobile accident. Her degree was awarded posthumously, and this scholarship was generously endowed by Kristin's family and friends. It was awarded the very next fall.

Required major: Engineering

Other requirements: Student must be from Missouri, Kansas or Iowa employed a minimum of 20 hours per week with a 2.5 minimum GPA, and active in student engineering activities.

The Kansas City Section, ASCE Geotechnical Group/Peck-Williams-Garstang Scholarship (Est. 2004)

Distributions from this endowment are shared equally between the departments of geosciences (A&S) and civil engineering (SCE), providing scholastic funding to students who may one day be leaders in the geotechnical and geoscience communities of Kansas City. The scholarship honors the late Dr. Ralph B. Peck (Professor Emeritus of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Dr. Jim Williams (former State Geologist - Missouri) and Ms. Mimi Garstang (State Geologist - Missouri).

Required major: Civil Engineering

Other requirements: Full-time junior, senior, or graduate status at time of application, with proposed status as either a senior or a graduate student during the academic year of award.

Scholarships for graduate students

All applicants are required to complete the following:

  1. General SCE Graduate Scholarship Application (PDF)
  2. Statement of Support essay describing to the SCE Scholarship Committee your educational and career goals, how a scholarship will benefit you, and why you should be selected over other equally qualified applicants.
  3. Additional applications/documentation may be required. (See scholarship information below.)

Applications received after deadline will be kept on file for one (1) academic year; you will be notified if an award becomes available.

Submit all materials to:

School of Computing and Engineering Scholarship Office
University of Missouri–Kansas City
534 Flarsheim Hall
5110 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110–2499
Phone: 816–235–2399
Fax: 816–235–5159
Email

Ankit Agarwal Computer Science Scholarship (Est. 2011)

A School of Computing and Engineering alumnus, Mr. Agarwal has endowed this scholarship fund to support students with outstanding academic performance in the computer science program at UMKC.

Required major: Computer Science

Other requirements: GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Balaji Krithikaivasan Memorial Graduate Fellowship Fund (Est. 2009)

This endowed fund was created in the memory of Balaji Krithikaivasan who lost his battle to cancer in 2006 just after earning his Ph.D. in computer science. Awards from the fund are used to assist Ph.D. students in the Computer Science Electrical Engineering Department with their travel expenses to attend conferences.

Required major: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Telecommunications and Computer Networking.

Additional Materials: Balaji Travel Grant Application

Dr. C. Quinton Bowles Memorial Scholarship Endowment (Endowed 2011)

This endowed scholarship was created in memory of one of SCE's esteemed professors and leaders. Students who qualify for this honorable scholarship have a proven high academic record and a preferably pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Required major: Mechanical Engineering

Other requirements: Recipient must meet the following qualifying criteria throughout the academic year of award: 1) a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above at the time the award is offered and 2) maintain full-time student status and GPA at or above 3.4.

Mahatma Ghandi Scholarship (Est. 2011)

SCE professor Vijay Kumar, Ph.D. and other donors established this scholarship to benefit doctoral students seeking a computer science degree. The scholarship provides international or Indian students with an opportunity to study with nationally and internationally known computer science faculty. Dr. Kumar was inspired by his own personal story of earning multiple graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in computer science.

Required major: Computer Science

Other requirements: Recipient must be an international student pursuing a Ph.D in computer science. Preference given to new students.

The Chandra Scholarship Fund (Est. 2012)

The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to international graduate students with a high academic record and who are in computer science. This fund has been established by a UMKC alumnus who is still active with the faculty and staff at UMKC.

Required major: Computer Science

Other requirements: Minimum 3.5 GPA; preference given to international students.

*For first priority consideration in Round 1 awards process for next fall scholarships; late applications may be considered for subsequent award rounds. Some scholarships require additional application forms, essays and/or other documentation. Please prepare your application after fall semester grades are received and submit prior to January 31.

Assistantships

The school has numerous assistantship positions available each semester. Typically, awards are for quarter–time or half–time support and include tuition fee waivers.

Important Notes

Visit UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships to obtain a complete list of University scholarships available. This website only administers the SCE Scholarships.

All information published here is subject to change and new scholarships may become available at any time.

Scholarships are awarded annually; half the total award will be applied to Fall semester, and half to Winter semester (SCE scholarships do not apply to summer enrollment).