WE-GROW Engineers Scholarship


Application Deadline: Friday, May 31

About the WE-GROW Engineers Scholarship

Women in EngineeringThe Women in Engineering: Graduation and Retention/Recruitment Opportunities for Women (WE-GROW Engineers) project is designed to provide scholarships and support services for high-achieving engineering students.

The WE-GROW Engineers project highlights the public benefits of engineering and utilizes opportunities proven to increase retention of female engineering students, in particular. Over its 5-year duration, annual scholarships of up to $8,800 will be awarded to 32 students. First-year students and third-year students may receive scholarships for up to four years and two years, respectively. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program.

This project has been extended for a sixth and final year.

WE-GROW Engineers Scholarship Information

Participants accepted into the WE-GROW Engineers project scholarship will receive annual scholarships of up to $8,800. First-year students may receive scholarships for up to four years and third-year students may receive scholarships for up to two years. Since participants must demonstrate a financial need, the funds are intended to fill the gap for tuition, fees, books, and other academic related expenses.

Additional Benefits:

In addition to offering financial support for full-time, undergraduate engineering students, the WE-GROW Engineers project provides additional programs and services designed to promote academic success. These benefits allow students to work directly with faculty as well as connect with peers, to build valuable social networks supporting success at KSU. Some additional opportunities include:

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Access to Living Learning Communities
  • STEM Outreach Efforts
  • Peer Mentoring and Tutoring
  • Career Mentoring


To be eligible to participate, prospective students must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States, national of the United States, or alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence
  • Be accepted by Kennesaw State University with plans to be enrolled as a full-time student (a minimum of 12 credit hours) in Fall 2021 in one of the following engineering programs leading to a baccalaureate degree:
    • Civil, Computer, Construction, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Electrical, Environmental, or Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 (Freshmen)
  • Have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.0 (Non-Freshmen students)


Before starting the application, have the following ready:

  • A brief essay (2500 characters or less) discussing your mathematics and science abilities, overall strengths and weaknesses, extracurricular activities, and aspirations for an engineering career.
  • The name and correct email address of a high school teacher or college professor, who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Things to remember:

  • Have all of your information ready
  • Answer all the questions
  • For consideration, a completed FAFSA must be on file with the university



Note: The application must be completed in one session.

Contact Information:

If you have questions about the WE-GROW Engineers project scholarship, please contact us at: wegrowengineers@kennesaw.edu.

The WE-GROW Engineers Team


Research Projects

    • Craig Chin

      Dr. Craig Chin

      Dr. Craig Chin centers his research on biomedical signal processing, image processing, and pattern recognition. He is currently working to create a real-time EEF-based wearable drowsiness detection system to acquire and process signals that would detect drowsiness in drivers.

      • Amy Gruss

        Dr. Amy Gruss

        Dr. Amy Gruss has a research background in photochemical processes of aqueous mercury removal. She currently works in collaboration with regional institutions to research new technologies and processes that may benefit local water and wastewater treatment plants, in order to ensure public health.

        • Adeel Khalid

          Dr. Adeel Khalid

          Dr. Adeel Khalid has expertise in multidisciplinary design and optimization of aerospace systems. He is currently working on a project intended to improve the thrust and efficiency of engines used in aircraft, which would decrease the U.S.’s dependence on imported oil.

          • Kevin McFall

            Dr. Kevin McFall

            Dr. Kevin McFall directs ongoing research in the autonomous vehicle laboratory. The primary focus of his work analyzes camera and LiDAR data to control motion in self-driving cars. A 2012 KIA Optima test vehicle is available with drive-by wire capabilities for complete computerized control of acceleration, braking, and steering. Given that the majority of automobile accidents are due to driver error, self-driving vehicles are expected to reduce accidents and save lives.

            • Christina Scherrer

              Dr. Christina Scherrer

              Dr. Christina Scherrer focuses on research surrounding childhood obesity, which has immediate and lasting impacts on physical and emotional health. She researches applications of industrial engineering to the public sector and is currently working on modeling childhood obesity interventions. Mathematical and economic modeling will help identify those interventions that have the greatest effect.

              • Valmiki Sooklal

                Dr. Valmiki Sooklal

                Dr. Valmiki Sooklal is currently conducting research to quantify the strength of a biological tissue weld and the damage created within a welded zone. Tissue welding patches and fusion devices could someday be used to help close and cauterize open wounds and have the potential to reduce bleeding as well as improve healing times. His combination of welding patch and tissue fusion device will be particularly valuable in military field operations that require immediate attention and quicker recovery times.

                • Roneisha Worthy

                  Dr. Roneisha Worthy

                  Dr. Roneisha Worthy is conducting research to determine the ecological effects of climate change on the integrated systems of evapotranspiration covers at Department of Engineering (DOE) sites. The DOE is responsible for the cleanup of nuclear waste at former nuclear weapons sites across the United States. Cleanup activities of particular interest include the containment of waste in near surface disposal facilities.


                  • Tien Yee

                    Dr. Tien Yee

                    Dr. Tien Yee specializes in the area of water resources. His current research utilizes computational fluid dynamics to analyze different components within a drinking water or wastewater treatment plant, in order to refine design processes. Many drinking and wastewater treatment plants are in need of upgrades, as a result of the growth in population. Financial or spatial constraints sometimes prevent existing plants from expansion. One way to increase the output and efficiencies of the existing water or wastewater treatment plants is to make internal changes to the geometries, to allow better flow, mixing, and precipitation processes.