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Wyllie Engineering Scholarship

Dear future Sweet Briar student,

Thank you for your interest in the Sweet Briar College Margaret Jones Wyllie '45 Engineering Scholarship. The aim of the Wyllie Scholarship is to encourage and support women who have an interest in majoring in engineering science at Sweet Briar College. Wyllie scholarship decisions will be based on a student’s academic record and her interest in engineering, not on financial need. This is a merit-based scholarship and these funds will be added to other financial aid provided by Sweet Briar.

Wyllie Scholarships range from $3,000 to $5,000/year and renewable for up to four years.

The spring deadline for Wyllie Scholarship applications for students entering in the fall of 2023 is Mar. 15, 2023. 

Please see below for the application and required materials.

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Deadline: Mar. 15, 2023

Applicants must submit two of the following three items in addition to the Sweet Briar College application.

*Please note that in order to be considered for the Wyllie Scholarship, students must submit ACT or SAT math scores as part of the Sweet Briar College application process.

  1. Essay Topic A (250 words minimum)  The Sweet Briar engineering program hopes to generate interest in engineering both from strong students who may not have had much (or any) exposure to engineering (but find the career opportunities intriguing) and from those high school students who already know they want to be engineers. Whether you have had very little exposure or significant exposure to engineering, please describe how your interest in engineering has developed. What is it about engineering that intrigues you? What questions do you have about the field of engineering and what questions do you have about studying engineering?

  2. Essay Topic B (250 words minimum) One definition of engineering is using your imagination and analytical skills to invent, design and create things that matter. The "things that matter" mentioned here span a multitude of technologies that both address significant problems facing the world and small-scale challenges facing individuals. For example, these "things that matter" include technologies that help us live longer, such as biomedical devices, or products that keep us safe, such as airbags or improved child safety seats in cars. What "things that matter" particularly interest you and why?

  3. Project Portfolio For students who may have experience with a hands-on project they are excited about, we invite you to submit a project portfolio. The project portfolio is an opportunity for students to showcase their projects that require creative insight, technical skill and a hands-on approach to learning by doing. Not sure your project counts? We bet it does. Submit it! The project portfolio will be read by engineering faculty members. (Your project portfolio document should be no longer than two pages and should include photographs and a description of your project. Let us know what worked well and what didn't. You may also provide a link to a YouTube video of your project in the document. Please upload your project portfolio.)