Department of Mechanical Engineering Scholarships

The MSU Department of Mechanical Engineering offers more than 50 scholarships to undergraduate mechanical engineering students each year for a total of approximately $110,000 in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. There are separate selection processes for obtaining scholarships for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current mechanical engineering students.
Incoming freshmen scholarships of $1,000 - $1,500 are offered on a one-year basis to high achieving students. There is no scholarship application process, as students are automatically considered upon submission of their MSU admission application.
Transfer students are eligible for the $1000 DREAMS scholarships. There is no scholarship application process, as students are automatically considered upon submission of their MSU admission application.
First year and transfer students should contact Drew Kim, Director of Recruiting and K-12 Outreach at (517) 353-7282 or for further information.
Current mechanical engineering students become eligible for department scholarships by completing one scholarship application annually. Applications are available in November at the College of Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office scholarships page and are due by the end of February. Mechanical engineering scholarship awards are made by the Department’s representative to the College’s Awards and Financial Aid Committee. The current representative is Dr.Geoffery Recktenwald ( Decisions are made at the end of each spring semester, and awarded the following academic year.

The scholarship application process for 2021-2022 returning students has closed. The next scholarship cycle for 2022-2023 will open in January of 2022.

The following guidelines govern the selection process:
1.   Academic excellence is the primary criterion, but financial need is considered for some awards. Some awards are based on extracurricular activities, community service, co-op and other work experience, professional and honor societies, career interests, and other relevant information. Your attached resume should reflect these accomplishments.
2.   A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 based on credits at MSU is required including Fall Semester of the current year.
3.   New students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at MSU at the end of  Fall Semester of the current year.
Department of Mechanical Engineering scholarships are funded through gifts from alumni and friends. Corporate friends include General Motors, Boeing, and Ford. The Department has several named scholarship. Among them are:
Spalding Scholarship: Supported by an annual gift from ME Alumni David Spalding (BSME ’67) in honor of his parents Charles (BSME ‘40) and Mary Jane, provides for five $5,000 scholarships that recognize mechanical engineering students with outstanding academic performance who have financial need. Mr. Spalding is founder of American Hydrotech, Inc., a recognized leader in the development, production, and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products.
St. Clair Scholarship: Supported by an endowment fund established to honor former ME professor Charles St. Clair who is endearingly remembered by his former students and colleagues as a man who cared about his students and was committed to them. Students receiving the St. Clair scholarship demonstrate outstanding academic abilities and strong participation in extracurricular activities. Professor St. Clair served as Head of Mechanical Engineering for 20 years.
For scholarship deadlines and applications, visit the College of Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office scholarships page.