Wallace Invitational for
Scholarships in Engineering (WISE) 

This competition is made possible by the generosity of the late Dwane & Velma Wallace. They left a legacy at the WSU College of Engineering spanning more than 35 years. Read more about the Wallace Legacy.

When is WISE?

High school seniors can compete for TEN Wallace scholarships on November 20, 2015.

What is WISE?

The Wallace Invitational for Scholarships in Engineering (WISE) is an exciting competition held each Fall for high school seniors interested in studying engineering at WSU. Ten (10) $20,000 scholarships are awarded based on GPA, ACT Math and ACT Composite scores, and results of the hands-on competition consisting of a group design challenge and a written essay. Come join the College of Engineering for the WISE competition and have an opportunity to visit with engineering faculty and students and take a tour of our innovative laboratories and facilities.

What can I expect at WISE? 

WISE is an all-day event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The main testing for the scholarship is in the morning, followed by lunch and and ending with engineering laboratories and facilties tours in the afternoon.

  • CHALLENGING COMPETITION At the competition students are judged on their team work, critical thinking and reasoning skills. The main event is a hands-on team project with an individual essay response to the project. 
  • LUNCH WITH FACULTY Our faculty want to meet you! Professors from every department and program will be on hand to answer questions you have about degrees, careers, internships and more. 
  • PARENT SESSION Parents will have a special session during the competition. They will hear from the parents of current WSU engineering students and Financial Aid, as well as get information on the college transition.
  • GUIDED TOURS All guests are invited to tour our engineering facilities and laboratories. Tours start after lunch and will continue until 2 pm.

How do I apply? 

High school seniors interested in competing must complete the following:

  • Apply for admission and be admitted to WSU by October 15, 2015.
  • Have a minimum  high school  3.50 GPA
  •  Have a minimum 24 ACT Composite score.
  • Declare a major in engineering - aerospace, biomedical engineering, computer, computer science, electrical, industrial, manufacturing, mechanical, engineering technology or deciding engineering. View a complete list of engineering degrees.
  • Complete and submit the WISE application by November 1. (Before beginning the WISE application, please note this application requires you to upload your resume. We encourage you to complete your resume prior to the beginning your application in either a PDF format.)

Questions? Contact Andrea Holzwarth at (316) 978-5914 or andrea.holzwarth@wichita.edu.

Helpful Information for WISE

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