Scholarships

  • ConE = Construction Engineering
  • ENVE = Environmental Engineering
  • GE = Geotechnical Engineering
  • GenCE = General Civil Engineering
  • OE = Other/General Engineering
  • SE = Structural Engineering
  • TE = Transportation Engineering 
  • WRE = Water Resource Engineering  

Internal Scholarships

Department scholarship applications for 2019/20 are open!

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Numerous scholarships are available through Cal Poly, the College of Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Criteria include financial need, scholastic achievement, participation in school activities, community service, honors and organizational affiliations, and educational objectives.

FAFSA - All students (that would like to be considered for a need-based scholarship) must complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for CENG and CE/ENVE scholarships. For priority consideration for financial aid programs and Cal Poly scholarships, complete the FAFSA by March 2. For more information, click here.

Cal Poly Scholarship Application - To be considered for any of the Cal Poly University, College of Engineering, or Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering awards, you must complete the university application.  You only need to complete the one application to apply for all available internal scholarships. We recommend applying by June 1st to ensure full consideration. 

** Note:  Incoming freshmen scholarships are awarded through the admissions process and are not eligible for the Internal Scholarships listed here.   If you have questions, please contact the Department Office at 805-756-2947

STUDENT SPONSOR Major AMOUNT MIN. GPA OTHER
UG/Grad Courtney Elizabeth Smyth Memorial Scholarship General $6,000 N/A Student has overcome personal tragedy or hardship, suggesting an inner strength and a commitment to maintain academic progress. Send letters of nomination to Joy Pedersen, jmpeders@calpoly.edu, Dean of Students Office, Building 52, Room E7 by June 7. Letters should include the name of the nominee and a description of their personal strengths, potential for success, character, and ability to succeed under personal adversity. 
Grad APWA - Herbert E. Gerfen General $900 3.0  
UG Boeing GenCE $1,425 3.2 Student must have financial need.
UG Don Chapin Company ConE Various 3.0 Must be a student from San Benito, Monterey, or Santa Cruz counties and have interest in the construction industry.
UG Chevron Scholarship for Civil Engineering GenCE $950 3.0 Student must demonstrate leadership skills, ability to interact with faculty and peers, and involvement on campus or community service. 
UG Chevron Scholarship for Environmental Engineering ENVE $950 3.0 Student must demonstrate leadership skills, ability to interact with faculty and peers, and involvement on campus or community service. 
UG Chevron Environmental Education ENVE $1,800 2.5 Evidence of serious interest/commitment to environmental issues during course of college education through achievement in the sciences or community activities, involving awareness of environmental issues such as air & water pollution, resource depletion, waste disposal and/or recycling, alternative technologies or environmental education.
Any Lars Larsen General $1,000 2.5 Preference to veteran students including those involved in ROTC.
Any John Stephen Larson Memorial ENVE $900 3.0 Preference to graduate students pursuing the MS in CEEN.
UG John Tracy Jr. General $9,645 3.0  
Any Raymond, Thomas and John Benton General $1,200 3.0  
Jr/Sr Cord Meier Memorial Carlie-Macy Civil Engineering GenCE $600 3.0 Must be an active member of Society of Civil Engineers. Preference for students from Mendocino or Sonoma Counties.
Any Dragoslav M. Misic ENVE $900 2.5 Demonstrated interest in ENVE major. Preference for upper division or graduate standing. Financial need is optional.
Jr/Sr Clark Construction GenCE $5,000 3.0 Preference to students with demonstrated interest in construction industry. Students must have financial need.
Jr/Sr Chris Rockway GenCE $1,200 3.0 Must be a student from Sacramento or Bay Area.
Jr/Sr Rollo & Ridley Inc. Geotechnical Engineering GE $2,000 3.0 Student must demonstrate interest in the geotechnical area of CE/ENVE (i.e. volunteering in the geotechnical lab or research).
Any San Marcos Grange Civil Engineering GenCE $900 2.0 Must have financial need. Preference for CA residents. 
Jr/Sr/Grad ED Sullivan Memorial TE $900 3.2 Student must have interest in transportation engineering.
Any Sprague Family General $1,000 3.0  
Any Constant J. and Dorothy F. Chrones Any Various 3.0 Preference to students from San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas.
Any Adele and Aldo Alessio Any $1,500 3.0 Continuing students must have a 3.0 Cal Poly GPA and have completed a minimum of 36 degree applicable units per academic year to be considered.
Any Harold Frank Any $900 N/A Student must have financial need, demonstrated activities. 
Any CE/ENVE Advisory Board Professional Advancement Award CE/ENVE Various N/A To a full-time student judged on efforts to prepare his or her self for a professional career in engineering including but not limited to participation in professional organizations, work experience, and community service.
Sr Hal and Judy Cota Award ENVE $300 N/A

To senior level students in the ENVE program who demonstrate an interest in community public health or industrial safety and hygiene. The student must have financial need and have received a grade of B+ or better in the following three courses in the ENVE: course in noise control or the equivalent, advanced course in air pollution control, advanced course in hazardous waste.                   

Any Environmental Research Foundation Award ENVE $250 N/A

For outstanding Environmental Engineering students.

External Scholarships

Scholarships are available from organizations and companies outside of Cal Poly. Application details are available by clicking on individuals scholarship links below. For a full list of outside scholarships, click here.

TYPE STUDENT SPONSOR AREA GPA AMOUNT DEADLINE TO APPLY DATE POSTED other MORE INfo
Organizational UG Caltrans TE N/A $1,000 6/30/19 5/1/19 Student must be majoring in civil engineering, interested in pursuing a career in transportation, and affiliated with Caltrans. PDF
Organizational UG Caltrans TE N/A $1,000 6/30/19 5/1/19 Student must be majoring in civil engineering, interested in pursuing a career in transportation, and affiliated with Caltrans. PDF
Organizational So/Jr Caltrans TE N/A $1,000 6/30/19 5/1/19 Student must be enrolled in a major OTHER THAN civil engineering and interested in pursuing a career in transportation. PDF
Organizational UG/Grad American Society of Civil Engineers, SLO Branch CE 3.0 Various 5/13/19 4/30/19 Student must be an active member of SCE at Cal Poly and an ASCE member. PDF
Organizational UG/Grad American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Materials and Energy Recovery Division ME N/A Various 6/28/19 4/30/19 Student must be enrolled in solid waste management related courses and a member of ASME. Link
Organizational UG American Public Works Association, Monterey Bay Chapter CE N/A $1,500 Various 4/25/19 Student must have a permanent address in Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito County and pursue a public works related field. PDF
Organizational UG/Grad ADSC- The International Association of Foundation Drilling GenCE N/A $3,000 N/A 4/16/19   Link
Organizational UG/Grad Foundation for Interdisciplinary Studies OE N/A Various 5/20/19 3/6/19 Granted towards student initiated interdisciplinary projects. PDF
Organizational UG/Grad Navy Civil Engineer Corps GenCE 2.7 Various N/A 1/28/19 Student must be enrolled in/ graduated from a ABET-EAC accredited engineering program or an NAAB accredited degree. PDF

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