The following scholarships are available to students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This is not a complete list and many scholarships are available outside of the department. Eligibility requirements apply. If you have any questions about these or any other scholarships, please contact the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Advising Office (269) 276-3270 or visit Floyd Hall, room E-102.

Mechanical and aerospace merit scholarship award

Guidelines for MAE merit scholarships—Application deadline April 9, 2018

The objectives of MAE merit scholarships are:

  1. To attract meritorious students into mechanical and aerospace engineering undergraduate programs.
  2. To retain and encourage the students with excellent academic performance in these programs.

The funds for these scholarships were obtained from the differential tuition which was implemented at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in January 2013.


Sophomore, junior and senior standing as of the fall semester following the submission deadline

  1. A minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
  2. Application should include:

       a. Resume, one page maximum.
       b. Endorsement of the application from a MAE faculty member is preferred, or a science or math professor if you have not taken a MAE course yet.

  1. Transfer credits can also be counted while making the decision. International students on twinning programs will have to provide copies of their academic transcripts. 
  2. Endorsements for transfer students may be from faculty at the previous institution.
  3. Students must re-apply every year.
  4. All students enrolled in the mechanical or aerospace engineering undergraduate program are eligible to apply.  
  5. Undecided pre-engineering students may also apply.  However, they would have to enroll in the mechanical or aerospace engineering program prior to the final award of the scholarship.
  6. No separate recommendation letter required.
  7. Once selected, these scholarships will be given for fall and spring semesters of the year following the submission deadline. No need to reapply for the following spring semester. Applications will be collected only once per year.

Additional scholarship for accelerated degree students

Students who have been accepted into the accelerated MS degree program in mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering may apply for an additional award of

  • $500 per semester for the last two semesters of their undergraduate program


  • $1,000 for the last summer of their undergraduate program

Students must commit to working on a research project with an MAE faculty member during the terms in which they receive the additional award. The research project must not be part of any course requirement.

Facts to know

  1. Each scholarship is for $1000 per semester.  Number of scholarships will depend on the total funds available.  The total amount of scholarship dollars awarded within each program should be approximately proportional to the number of students enrolled in that program.
  2.  Students with full WMU scholarship funding are not eligible for these scholarship. Last date for the submission of applications: April 9, 2018

Application Form

Application Form


Lewis M. Yost Scholarship

The Lewis M. Yost Scholarship is awarded twice annually (fall and spring semesters) to assist mechanical engineering students with competitive projects. Awards of up to $500 are given to individual students to support their work on projects aimed at student competitions.


  • Applicant must be in the mechanical engineering undergraduate major
  • Application must designate a competitive student project (e.g. SAE, Baja, Solar car, ASME project competition, etc.) toward which the award will be applied
  • The funds must be used for project-related expenses (e.g. supplies, equipment, project-related travel)
  • Students can re-apply each semester as long as they are eligible
  • Application Deadline:  Sept. 30 (Fall Semester) and April 9 (Spring Semester)
  • Number of awards depends on the amount available each semester

Application Form


The D. E. Bluman Memorial award

Award given to an outstanding student in mechanical engineering who has demonstrated interest and ability in liberal studies. The award is given to a student with at least 30 hours at Western Michigan University and is within 30 hours of graduation. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The award is made during the winter semester and the amount varies. Information on the award is available in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Application form


The Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club scholarship

Awarded annually to students in the mechanical engineering curriculum with an option in automotive engineering and an interest in the restoration of classic cars. Awards are given to students with at least 30 hours completed toward their major and a 3.0 GPA. Two $500 awards are given during the winter semester. Award is not renewable. Apply to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Application Form


TowerPinkster Endowed Scholarship

For full-time junior or senior electrical or mechanical engineering students with an interest in environmental design and building. A $500 award with an opportunity to apply for an internship at TowerPinkster. Applications are due Jan. 31 for the current year and are available in the electrical and mechanical engineering department offices located at B-236 or F-234.

Application Form


Robert J. Mion Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering

Two  scholarships ($1000 each per semester) available.  Undergraduate (junior or senior), graduate students (master's or Ph.D.) are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to graduate students who have a focus on aerospace engineering or  those working on projects related to energy and environment, or undergraduate students who are planning to pursue graduate studies in these areas. The recipients shall have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.

Format for applications

Graduate students (master's and Ph.D.):

Personal contact information: address, e-mail, phone numbers.
Educational qualifications:  previous degree obtained, GPA, (please attach transcripts for at least one year preceding your current academic year), degree pursuing, anticipated graduation date, research statement or abstract (maximum 2 pages) and recommendation letter by one MAE faculty.

Undergraduate junior and senior students (aerospace and mechanical):

Personal contact information: address, e-mail, phone numbers.
Educational qualifications: current GPA in the degree program, (attach undergraduate transcripts), statement describing "why you want to go to graduate school," future career goals (maximum two pages), one letter of recommendation from one MAE faculty.