Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate Scholarships

All students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are automatically considered for a number of merit-based scholarships. You cannot apply for these scholarships, but you will be notified prior to the fall semester if you will be receiving one. Approximately 65 scholarships are awarded annually.

College and University Scholarships

Undergraduate Awards

Every spring semester, the department hosts a Recognition Banquet to honor high-performing students and to distribute awards to recognize those who have excelled in areas of research, service and academic performance.

Look for award applications to be posted in January.

Boeing Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student

The Boeing Award recognizes an outstanding third-year student in mechanical engineering with a demonstrated interest in the aerospace industry.

Thomas Briggs Hunter Memorial Award for Student Leadership in Mechanical Engineering

The Hunter Award recognizes a mechanical engineering student who has gone above and beyond in acts of service to his or her department, college, university, or community.

Dr. John P. Karidis Department Head's Award for Research Achievement in Mechanical Engineering

The Karidis Award recognizes a mechanical engineering student who has made significant research-related contributions to his or her area of study.

Leonhard Center Speaking Contest

The Leonhard Center Speaking Contest recognizes technical talks on solutions to society problems by engineering students.



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Department of Mechanical Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519