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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Scholarships

Boeing Scholars Program

Each year, twelve junior-level students (four from the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, four from the Carson College of Business, two from the College of Arts and Sciences, and two from the Murrow College of Communication) are selected as Boeing Scholars. In their senior year, these students participate in a multidisciplinary design course in which they address Boeing-sponsored projects with both engineering and business components. The project culminates in a formal presentation to Boeing management.

The Boeing Company instituted this scholarship program at the turn of the century at WSU to provide a multidisciplinary educational experience for outstanding students. When Boeing Scholars enter the globally competitive industrial workplace, they already have experience working with professionals from a range of disciplines.

Participation Requirements

If you are selected as a Boeing Scholar, you must do the following:

  • Apply for a Boeing paid summer internship in August of your junior year.
  • Accept and participate in an internship if offered. Internships start in May and June.
  • Register for the senior capstone course. Students from the Voiland College will take the two-semester sequence ENGR 420/ENGR 421.
  • Participate in professional development activities, such as attending designated seminars and planning events.
  • Submit an essay critiquing your experience in the program.

Senior capstone projects from the 2017-2018 cohort included:

  • Small scale, high powered actuators for robotic control of wind tunnel models: this project was exploring novel actuator and control systems that would enable highly efficient wind tunnel testing of new air frame configurations.
  • Aero Structure Damping Modeling: this project goal was to develop efficient methods to determine damping coefficients. Proper damping in the airframe enables more comfort for passengers and is an important part of the design and test cycle of new airplanes.

Award Amounts

  • $500 in your junior year
  • $3,000 in your senior year


  • Certified in a major in the Voiland College
  • Junior class standing
  • GPA greater than 3.0, maintained throughout the program


Write a paragraph (no more than 200-300 words) answering each of these two questions:

  • Discuss a special attribute or true accomplishment that sets you apart.
  • How will your participation in this program contribute to your long-range career plans?

Include your name and WSU ID number at the top of the page.

Submit the following to Shelley Pressley at

  • paragraphs answering the two questions above
  • résumé
  • unofficial transcript
  • two (2) letters of recommendation


September 9, 2018


Shelley Pressley
Interim Director, Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute