Through the generous support of donors, the college and its departments award many undergraduate scholarships and awards, most of which are based on academic merit and financial need. 

College Scholarships and Awards

The College Scholarships page provides a list of scholarships awarded at the College level, and links to a single electronic application for consideration for these scholarships, except for the two listed below.  Applicants will be considered for all merit and need-based scholarships administered by the College for which they are eligible.  The annual application deadline for these scholarships is in late April.

The J. Robert Dorfman Endowed Prize for Undergraduate Research provides annual recognition for one outstanding undergraduate student researcher. Criteria and application/nomination information are listed on the Dorfman Prize website.  The annual application deadline is March 30. 

The CMNS Undergraduate Summer Research, Travel, and Educational Enrichment Award helps defray costs related to conducting research, traveling to field courses, conferences, or other summer activities that enhance or expand the student's educational and professional development. Award recipients receive between $500 and $2,000 each. The annual application deadline is in late January.

Department Scholarships and Awards

Many departments in CMNS have additional scholarships and awards that pertain to individual disciplines.  Please see our Department Scholarships and Awards listing which provides a list of these scholarships by department/program, and links to individual department pages where criteria and application details are provided.

National Scholarships

The National Scholarships Office (NSO) provides information and advice about nationally competitive scholarship opportunities of all kinds, including many targeting students in science, mathematics, and engineering. These include many valuable and prestigious awards including the Goldwater scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Fulbright US Student Grants, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate award programs. To learn more about these and many other awards visit the NSO website at or contact NSO staff at

Other Scholarship Resources

Students are also encourage to visit the Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarship section for additional information about campus scholarships, and external scholarship resources.