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Scholarship Information


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers a comprehensive program of financial aid, including merit scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers scholarships, based on scholastic merit, to qualified undergraduate students. Interested students should apply directly to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. A high school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, and transcripts from any previous college experience must accompany the application.

Highly qualified juniors and seniors at UTK can compete for scholarships offered by national organizations such as the American Society for Materials, the Society for Materials and Process Engineers, and the Plastics Institute of America.

Additional aid may be available in the form of part-time employment. Generally, this involves working with a professor and/or graduate student on a specific research project. In addition, the cooperative engineering education program offers many opportunities for students to work in industry and government organizations. In this program, students alternate semesters at the university with industrial experience and complete the degree requirements in five years.

Materials Science and Engineering combines elements of all engineering fields, and leads to an exciting, satisfying, and financially rewarding career. The Materials Science and Engineering Department has one of the largest undergraduate scholarship programs at The University of Tennessee, and more than half of our students receive scholarship support. Departmental tuition scholarships of $800 to $2,600 per year are available to high-school graduates with grade-point-averages of 3.0 or better and are renewable up to four years. The scholarships are merit based and fall into the following ranges:

Freshman Year: $800 – $1,200 Junior Year: $1,600 – $2,100
Sophomore Year: $1,200 – $1,600 Senior Year: $2,100 – $2,600

These scholarships are available only to students majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and are independent of other sources of financial aid from UT. It has been our experience that many incoming freshmen have not yet made the extremely important choice of their engineering major. We encourage you to investigate Materials Science and Engineering as a potential career choice. In order to apply for an MSE scholarship, complete and return the application form along with a copy of your high school transcript.

You are invited to visit us at any time that is convenient for you. We would be delighted to show you (and your parents) our facilities and discuss our programs with you. If you have questions or wish to arrange for a departmental visit, feel free to call or email one of the MSE faculty listed below.

Kevin M. Kit
Associate Professor
Chair, Freshman Outreach

Claudia J. Rawn
Assistant Professor
Co-Chair, Freshman Outreach

icon-applyOther sources include:
The S-STEM Scholarship Program for East Tennessee Students (COE website)

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