Case Western Reserve offers a select number of scholarships, including awards in the amount of tuition, that require applicants to provide additional information and respond to an essay prompt.
- Students may apply to any competition for which they qualify.
- International students are eligible to participate in these scholarship competitions unless otherwise noted.
- Students who are eligible for full-tuition benefits at Case Western Reserve University are not eligible for these awards.
- Each scholarship is awarded to a single student annually unless otherwise noted.
- Winners will be notified of their award by April 1.
- The awarding of a scholarship in the amount of tuition replaces any previous scholarship and/or grant award from the university.
A complete application for admission and a complete scholarship application must be received by Jan. 15 to be considered for these special awards. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their awards by April 1.
This four-year scholarship in the amount of tuition was originally established by Case Western Reserve University trustee Andrew Squire and his wife Eleanor. Finalists will be invited to a required on-campus competition in March to determine the winners.
Eligibility: First-year applicants in the arts, humanities, natural, social, and behavioral sciences, management and accountancy
Essay Topic (250 - 500 words): What responsibility should a CWRU graduate have in working toward a just society? Explain your views in an essay of 500 words or less.
The A.W. Smith Innovation Scholarship seeks to identify students with the potential for significant innovation in the fields of engineering or science. Two scholarships in the amount of tuition are awarded to students who show exceptional achievement in hands-on engineering or science through the presentation of a "project" by submitting video (3 minutes) or PDF slides (no more than 10). Projects must be solely the work of the applicant; no team projects are allowed. Students may elect to submit a project they have completed for another contest, but research papers will not be considered. Finalists will be invited to a required on-campus competition in March to determine the winners.
Eligibility: First-year applicants in engineering, the physical sciences and mathematics
Case Western Reserve University offers scholarships in values ranging between $2,000 and $5,000 to students who display outstanding leadership in their academic and extracurricular pursuits. To be considered, students should prepare and upload a leadership resume.
Eligibility: All first-year applicants
In support of the FIRST mission, Case Western Reserve University offers two scholarships of $10,000 to high school seniors who have participated on a FIRST team during high school. Applicants must submit an essay as well as a letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on their FIRST team. This scholarship may be utilized for any undergraduate course of study at Case Western Reserve University. The scholarship is renewable up to a total of $40,000 over four years in equal installments, contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Each recipient must meet all regular academic requirements for admission to Case Western Reserve University.
Eligibility: Open to first-year applicants who are seniors in high school. Applicants must have participated at least one full season during high school on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team.
Essay Topic (500 words): Describe your FIRST Experience and your career goals.
Intended to help economically and educationally disadvantaged students attain an education at Case Western Reserve University, the Louis Stokes Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarship offers an award in the amount of tuition, renewable for up to five years; a grant of up to $2,500 to cover the purchase of a computer and books; and assistance securing a paid summer internship. Finalists will be invited to a required on-campus competition in March to determine the winners.
Eligibility: All first-year students and transfer students from community colleges.
Essay Topic (250 - 500 words): Louis Stokes played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights, equality, and social and economic justice throughout his tenure in the United States Congress. Describe your role in improving race relations, bridging social/economic gaps, or fostering a culture of equality in your school or community. Please provide insight into how your personal background influences your motivations and decisions.
Established by the Treuhaft Foundation in honor of Alexander A. Treuhaft, this four-year scholarship in the amount of tuition is offered to outstanding first-year applicants in science and engineering. Finalists will be invited to a required on-campus competition in March to determine the winners.
Eligibility: First-year applicants in science and engineering
Essay Topic (250 - 500 words): "No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew." - Albert Einstein
Identify a problem in the world of science or engineering that can be solved by looking at the world anew. Describe your solution.
Consisting of the amount of tuition, room, board, fees, books, and elective summer experiences that provide complementary life-shaping practical knowledge, the Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Scholarship is a four-year scholarship awarded based first upon character or a student's demonstrated potential to be a leader and "make a difference in the world" and secondly upon their academic performance, intellect and accomplishments. Finalists will be invited to a required on-campus competition in March to determine the winners.
Eligibility: All first-year applicants
Essay Topic (250 - 500 words): Describe your potential to be a leader. How do you envision yourself making a difference in the world?
Performing Arts Scholarships
A small number of scholarships in the amount of tuition are available to students who exhibit excellence in the performing arts and will major in either music, theater or dance. Scholarships are awarded based on an audition. Students interested in music awards should submit a video audition as part of the Arts Supplement through the Applicant Status Portal. Students interested in theater or dance should contact individual departments to make arrangements for an audition.
Arts Achievement Scholarships
A small number of $10,000 scholarships are available to students who exhibit excellence in either music or studio art, but who may not major in those subject areas. Scholarships are awarded based on an audition or portfolio review. Students interested in music awards should submit a video audition as part of the Arts Supplement through the Applicant Status Portal. Students interested in theater, dance or art studio should contact individual departments to make arrangements for an audition.
The Brian D. Sherwood Memorial Scholarship consists of a $2,500 award for nominees from Mundelein High School in Mundelein, Illinois. Recipients are selected based on academic qualifications, extracurricular participation, community involvement, service commitment, recommendations from two faculty members and submission of an essay entitled, "Alcohol and Driving: a Realistic Approach to Handling Friends Who Have Been Drinking."
Case Western Reserve University National Merit Scholarships
Case Western Reserve University sponsors a number of National Merit Scholarships in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. If you are a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition, you are eligible for consideration for these scholarships if you:
- Declare Case Western Reserve as your first-choice university
- Have not been selected as a winner of other National Merit or Corporate National Merit Scholarships
Additional information about the National Merit Scholarship program can be found online at nationalmerit.org.