Since 1996, WPI has been offering full tuition scholarships to members of the FIRST community.
Two full-tuition scholarships are available:
WPI FIRST Design Innovation Scholarship. In addition to the full scholarship, three runners-up will receive $20,000 scholarships. Submissions must be a video or presentation focusing on the design innovations of your team’s robot and also touch on team spirit, sportsmanship, or teamwork.
WPI FIRST Community Scholarship. Submissions must be an essay focusing on leadership and its impact and the role of science and technology in society. This scholarship is intended to be awarded to a student who identifies as part of traditionally underrepresented group in STEM.
We want to have so many submissions it keeps us up for days reading them!
To apply, you must already be accepted at WPI. The deadline for scholarship submission is March 9th. You may apply for both scholarships if nominated by your team for both.
What medium (video, slides, ect.) has typically best conveyed the message of a design innovation applicant? I’ve seen a few different methods over the years so I’m genuinely curious about what you like to see most. Thanks!
For design innovation, videos are best, esp when we can see and know who you are by the end of the video.
Content is more important that flash as well. Filming it with your phone or webcam is totally fine.
Remember to read the prompt and focus on design innovation. An overview of your robot is ok, but the vast majority of the video should be about the specific innovation(s) of your robot, plus a little bit about spirit/sportsmanship.
Additionally, I know some folks struggle with how to format/flow the video, but having other folks on your team explain the innovation (even if they were key in developing it) is not ideal. We want to hear from the person who is applying!
Here’s a couple examples of quality submissions from the past that are available if you search youtube:
Thanks for the info, a prospective (international) WPI student here! A quick question: I had already applied to WPI during the Early Action round and got deferred. However, I require a scholarship near full tuition and FIRST scholarships are not something I want to miss out on.
I will be receiving my decision later than the scholarship deadline, so I definitely won’t be accepted at WPI before the deadline. Can I still apply for these scholarships? If yes, how?
Thanks a lot for the information.
Hope to join you on campus this fall!
Definitely apply! It really should say you must already have applied to WPI (typo on my behalf, sorry!) as regular decision will not be available before the deadline.
Please see the scholarship page for instructions and how to proceed. Besides your submission, you will need a recommendation from a coach/mentor on your team, and we don’t review applications missing the recommendation, so make sure the person submits it!
I see the deadline for applying to WPI has passed, but question out of curiosity: Would international students qualify for the scholarship? My team is based in Ontario so curious for future interested students.
Our candidate for the design innovation scholarship was going to focus on the software design aspects of the robot and touch upon mechanical design since he’s a lead programmer. I want to just make sure that writing the essay from this perspective is still within the bounds of the scholarship.
Just remind them it’s about describing a design innovation and should focus on that. A general overview of the robot and challenges are fine, but lots of submissions fall into the trap of just giving a description of the entire robot (like a rundown you might give to the judges) and never go into greater detail about the innovation.
@ca2devri the answer to that is beyond my scope! but it never hurts to ask, so I’d call up or email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP and find out.
I don’t know for sure, but I believe you can also create the slideroom account and start the scholarship submission process in the meantime also. They would just note it as not eligible depending on the decision they made.