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Campaign to Support Our Students

UMass Amherst College of Engineering Scholarship and Fellowship Support

Our Challenge

We are seeing urgent — and increasing — financial need among our growing student body due to rising costs and challenged family circumstances.

Here are the facts:

  • More than 58% of UMass Amherst College of Engineering undergraduate students qualify for need-based aid.
  • The average loan debt upon graduation is more than $23,776
  • The number of applications for scholarship assistance from the College’s private donor funded scholarship program has doubled from last year to close to 400, which is 1/3 of our undergraduate student body.
  • 45% of students enrolled in the College of Engineering have a gap between their college expenses and amount of financial aid, which is often referred to as unmet need. The average unmet need is $5,579.
  • Freshman enrollment in the College of Engineering has doubled in the last five years.

Our Response

To help ease monetary pressure, the UMass Amherst College of Engineering has made financial support for students an immediate priority. In light of the current economic downturn, we especially need current philanthropic gifts to ensure that scholarships cover our commitment to students in the near term.  Investing in our students today is an investment in all of our futures.

To meet this goal, we have created the College of Engineering Scholarship Fund to assist undergraduate students with significant unmet need. Our new Reasons to Give Scholarship Fund specifically targets middle-income students who just missed qualifying for federal need-based aid. We also steward a number of donor named funds, which are directed toward bright young undergraduate students who have chosen to begin and/or continue their educational careers in engineering.

The College of Engineering is particularly aware of the special role that graduate education plays in training the next generation of leaders in academia, government and the private sector. An investment in fellowships will allow us to offer more competitive funding packages, and increase the number of high-caliber graduate students attending our nationally regarded programs.

Giving Opportunities
All gifts are welcome. Click on the links below to explore the various ways you can invest in our students.

To start a conversation about one of these opportunities, contact: Paula Sakey, Director of Development for the College of Engineering, at or

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