UW STARS in Engineering
The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) in Engineering Program* supports students from low income backgrounds with a specialized first year curriculum designed to build learning skills and academic preparation. The goal of STARS is to graduate an increased number of talented students from educationally and economically under-served backgrounds from the UW College of Engineering. STARS students are still eligible for and strongly encouraged to seek affiliation with and participate in other UW programs (ex: TRIO, SSS, EOP).
The UW is a national leader in educating engineers. Typically students partake in a competitive process at the end of the sophomore year to gain entrance into a department within the college of engineering. An important STARS component is guaranteed admission to an engineering department (instead of competing for engineering admission) for students who actively participate in and successfully complete the STARS curriculum.
Who’s Eligible for the STARS Program?
A small number of incoming UW freshmen will be invited to apply to the STARS program. To qualify, a student:
- Must be an incoming UW freshman
- Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal residents; must be a Washington state resident
- Is eligible for: Husky Promise, Pell Grant, or Washington State Need Grant
- Indicated the intention to major in engineering on the UW application and must be highly motivated to complete an engineering degree
- Attended one of our target Washington state high schools
STARS Full details can be found at: http://www.engr.washington.edu/current/stars
Key Dates: ALL STARS applicants are required to fill out the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship by TBD? https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/ (deadline Tuesday, February 28 at 5 pm PST.). Last year 61% of eligible applicants were selected for WSOS support. And this year we will award an additional 400 students. This means that spending that the 45-60 minutes it takes to fill out the application is likely well worth your time. Odds are quite good that they will get it if 1) they are eligible and 2) they submit a complete application.
The deadline to submit the STARS application is: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
PLUS There are several other Diversity Programs at the UW College of Engineering, you can see more specific details at:
“Engineering is a very creative profession… [Without] diversity, we limit the set of life experiences that are applied, and as a result, we pay an opportunity cost – a cost in products not built, in designs not considered, in constraints not understood, in processes not invented.”
William. A. Wulf, former National Academy of Engineering President
*NOTE: The University of Washington and its STARS program is not directly connected with Seattle Public Schools or Garfield High School. This information is presented for our students to consider and evaluate with their parents & guardians before applying and following up. If you have any questions, see contact information on the STARS site.