Engineering Scholars is a selective merit-based program for engineering majors. Scholars are challenged to design, prototype and test potential solutions to the complex problems facing our world today.

Engineering Scholars Program Highlights

Starting in their first-year, scholars collaborate with peers and faculty mentors to take on “Grand Challenges” developed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and develop skills and competencies in:

  • Hands-on, mentored experiences designed to address Grand Challenges
  • Engineering solutions that serve the needs of others
  • Designing and implementing culturally-sensitive solutions
  • Developing multidisciplinary engineering solutions
  • Creating business and entrepreneurship experiences through experiential opportunities

Year One

  • Take Elon 101 with other engineering students.
  • Participate in the first-year Grand Challenges sequence, a two-semester course experience emphasizing professional practices, design processes and teamwork.
  • Attend campus innovation and design programs, such as Maker Takeover.
  • Attend SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum) presentations followed by a dinner with presenters to learn more about engineering projects.

Year Two

  • Attend a welcome gathering and share first-year experiences.
  • Complete a team-based engineering design project to design devices or systems in service to community partners/clients.
  • Develop a proposal for an undergraduate research project that aligns with the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars.
  • Create a plan to deepen multicultural fluencies through Elon Core classes and/or participation in specific global study experiences.

Junior and Senior Years

  • Serve as peer-mentors enhancing the experience of first- and second-year engineering students.
  • Complete coursework in your chosen area of concentration.
  • Participate in a professional development workshop with Student Professional Development Center staff.
  • Collaborate with a faculty mentor to complete an original engineering solutions project demonstrating business and entrepreneurship competencies.
  • Present outcomes of your engineering project at SURF (Spring Undergraduate Research Forum) and attend a dinner with engineering scholars.


Each Engineering Scholar receives a $5,500 scholarship, renewable annually based on a separate application, academic performance and program participation. In addition, each student receives a one-time $1,000 global study grant for a university-approved study abroad or Study USA experience.

Ready to Apply?

The Fellows and Scholars application is due January 15. Students may apply for up to two Fellows and two Scholars programs. Students with substantial and broad leadership experiences in their high school and/or communities are competitive candidates for Elon’s Scholars programs. Twenty Engineering Scholars will be selected in each first-year class.