There are 479 scholarships available worth a combined total of $8,367,000!

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs.

By partnering with universities and colleges to offer a scholarship program, the REC Foundation hopes to encourage students in our programs to continue their education and pursue careers in STEM.

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Participants in our programs should check back periodically for links to internships with STEM organizations.

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Illinois Institute of Technology


Candidates competing for the Illinois Tech/VEX scholarships demonstrate an aptitude for science, technology, and other STEM subjects. VEX scholars are eligible for a merit scholarship award of $25,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study (five years for Architecture).

To be eligible for an Illinois Tech/VEX scholarship, candidates must qualify for undergraduate admission to Illinois Institute of Technology as a first year student. Students who are awarded a VEX scholarship may pursue any major at Illinois Tech.


  • Be a senior in high school
  • Have participated in at least one full season during your junior or senior year on a VEX Robotics team.

Steps to Apply:

  • Complete and submit an application for admission through the Common Application
  • Complete and submit the application (coming soon), which will include:
    • A one-page essay describing your involvement in VEX
    • Your team and coach contact information
    • All applications must be received no later than January 15 of a student’s senior year

Sullivan University


Sullivan University is pleased to offer scholarships valued at $1.6 million to VRC participants who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at regional, state and world competitions. Please see detailed information here: Sullivan University Scholarship Information

Applicants must have competed in the VRC program and must currently be in their junior or senior year of high school. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for Sullivan University and be students at the college to receive the scholarship.  Proof of competition win will also need to be submitted in order to receive applicable scholarship funds.

The Ohio State University at Marion


The Ohio State University at Marion is offering multiple scholarships at $2,400 renewable up to a total of $11,200 to high school seniors and college students. Scholarships are based on either financial need or academic merit. Academic merit scholarships require a minimum 3.0+ GPA. Applicants must be residents of the State of Ohio and attending the University full time. Applicants may be enrolled in any STEM field and must submit an essay to apply. University applications are available at:

To learn more about these scholarships’ requirements, please visit

The application deadline is February 1.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Rensselaer is proud to offer up to ten four-year VEX Robotics scholarships (minimum of $12,500 per year), for a total minimum value of $50,000 each, to high school juniors who are participating on a VEX Robotics team. Applicants must have junior status in high school or the equivalent.

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Applications should be submitted by students in their Junior year of high school. Applicants will also be required to submit a letter of recommendation from a team adult mentor/coach and a personal essay.

Fill out the application for this scholarship here: The Application period begins December 1.

The application deadline is May 15.

Millikin University


Millikin University, a national leader in STEM education, is pleased to award as many as 40 scholarships with a value up to $3,000 renewable for 4 years (totaling $12,000) to students who participate in the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) which can be applied toward full-time undergraduate study at Millikin University. The scholarship is restricted for use toward Millikin tuition only and is renewable for up to four years. All Millikin University application and admission rules and guidelines apply.

VEX students are eligible to receive a Merit or Opportunity Scholarship from Millikin. Each year, MU provides more than $36 million in financial support to students.

The VRC scholarship is open to all students regardless of area of study. Two letters of recommendation are required. One of the letters of recommendation must be from a VRC team mentor or coach. Additional requirements are listed on the scholarship application.

To complete the scholarship application visit:

Millikin’s admissions application is available July 1st before your senior year. Students are admitted on a rolling basis. Go to: to apply.

Millikin’s deadline for most scholarships is January 15th:

For more information, please visit or email Dr. Daniel Miller, Director of STEM Recruiting at

Northrop Grumman Corporation Engineering Scholars


Applications will be accepted starting in November for the 15th annual Northrop Grumman Corporation Engineering Scholars scholarship, which will provide $400,000 in college scholarships across Maryland and other locations in the United States to promising high-school seniors interested in studying engineering.

Individual scholarships of $8,000, payable in $2,000 installments over four years, will be awarded to a qualified graduating high school senior in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Baltimore City, and thirteen other locations across the United States. To learn more about the qualifications and to apply for the program, students must complete the online application available at

University of Denver


The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver offers multiple scholarships to admitted students totaling $250,000. Scholarships range in value and are based on either financial need or academic merit. Applicants must be enrolled in an engineering or computer science field to qualify.

To learn more about scholarships please visit:

To learn more about the admissions process please got to:

National Society of Black Engineers


The REC Foundation is proud to partner with The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in support of robotics programs for students in the United States. NSBE provides 47 scholarships totaling over $250,000 annually. Students must be members of NSBE to be eligible for the scholarships. A list of available scholarships and applications are available at: NSBE Scholarships

Application deadlines vary and are listed on the NSBE website


Kettering University


Kettering University will provide up to 10 scholarships with a value up to $5,000 renewable up to 4.5 years to students who participate in the VRC program.  Students must be full time and may pursue any field of academic study.

The scholarship is open to US citizens. Applicants do not have to be residents of the State of Michigan to apply. Applications should be submitted by students in their Senior year of high school. Two letters of recommendation are required. One of the letters of recommendation must be from a team adult mentor/coach. Applicants must also submit a personal essay.

To learn more about scholarship requirements, please  visit:

The application deadline is March 1st.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


Up to five scholarships will be presented at the Indianapolis VRC competition to the winners of the Excellence Award. Each Scholarship is valued at $10,000 for four years. Students must apply and be accepted to The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. This Scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors. Early action admission is required.

Great Minds in STEM


The REC Foundation is proud to partner with Great Minds inSTEM™. Great Minds in STEM™ is the gateway for Hispanics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Established in 1989, as HENAAC, Great Minds in STEM™ is a non-profit organization that focuses on STEM educational awareness programs for students from kindergarten to career. The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country’s place as the finest technological leader in the world. Scholarships range from $500-$10,000.

The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

Applications are available on the Great Minds inSTEM™ website beginning in January at:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will award a merit scholarship in the amount of up to $5,000, per year of attendance (up to $25,000), to high school seniors who are active members of a VEX team at any high school in the country or its territories. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University VEX Scholarship Application (including essay on VEX involvement—500 words or less)
  • Complete an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University application for admission
  • Submit a high school transcript which should include, at minimum, the grades from the final semester/marking period of the junior year
  • Submit all SAT and/or ACT test scores
  • Be accepted to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Applicants should fill out this application: ERAU VEX Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: March 15th of your Senior year

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)


As part of the partnership between the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), WPI has established scholarships for VEX Robotics participants. Each year WPI will award a grand prize scholarship of $80,000 ($20,000 per year, for four years) and two runner-up scholarships of $10,000 ($2,500 per year, for four years).

For information and an online application please go to:

Arizona State University


The Arizona State University offers up to six scholarships of $3,000 per year, renewable for up to 5 years to full time ASU students who are studying the fields of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction. Applicants must be admitted as an undergraduate student to ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering for the upcoming academic year and have been a participant in at least one full season of a regional or national science, math or engineering competition within the past two years.

Applicants may find all details and applications at:

Application Deadline: March 18

Landmark College


Landmark College is exclusively for students who learn differently, including students with a learning disability (such as dyslexia), ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We champion a strengths-based model and give students the skills and strategies they need to achieve their goals.

Access to Innovative Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AIE-STEM) Scholarship Program

Landmark College’s Access to Innovative Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarship Program (AIE-STEM) aims to increase access to education and career for academically talented and financially disadvantaged students pursing life sciences or computer science. Scholars work closely with dedicated faculty members who provide active mentoring and academic assistance for the scholars to maximize their chances for academic and career success. The scholarships are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program (NSF S-STEM). Participants in good standing will be awarded the AIE-STEM scholarship each semester (up to $5,000 per semester) until graduation. Through intensive faculty mentoring, scholarship recipients will be encouraged to pursue further study or careers in STEM upon graduation. High school students and current Landmark students, including transfer students, are encouraged to apply.   These scholarships are available only for Landmark College students and only during the regular academic year.

Visit the link below for full scholarship requirements.

Liberty University


Twelve scholarships at $4,000 each.

Harvey Mudd College


Harvey Mudd College offers one scholarship for $10,000 renewable up to 4 years. Students may pursue any course of study. Candidates must have competed on a VRC team. Additional requirements include senior class status and a brief essay. The application deadline for this scholarship is January 25.

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Carroll University


Carroll University recognizes outstanding student accomplishments. The S-STEM scholarships are funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant. The project, called Carroll University Pro-STEM Initiative: Promoting STEM Retention through Self-Efficacy, is a five-year (beginning in 2018) program that provides financial and academic support to specific students in targeted majors (Applied Physics/Pre-engineering, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science or Mathematics).

These scholarships are available for first-time freshmen and are awarded at the point of acceptance. Approximately 5 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded each year.

Please visit: to view full requirements.  Apply to Carroll University here.

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis


The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI is offering three scholarships to students who have competed in the VEX® robotics competition and will graduate from high schools (or who were home schooled) in Indiana. There are one $4,000 scholarship for students with a minimum HS GPA of 3.5  and two $1,000 scholarships for students with a minimum HS GPA of 3.0 available. Each of these scholarships is renewable annually for up to four years. Students must pursue a degree in Engineering or Technology at IUPUI and be residents of the state of Indiana. Applicants are required to submit essay questions and a letter of recommendation from a team mentor.

Applicants must follow the instructions on the application form which is available here: VEX Scholarship

The Application deadline is March 1st.

Massey University


Six scholarships valued at $1,000 each.

Michigan State University


Three scholarships valued at $1,500 each. There is no special form or application process for first-year students. Your MSU application information will be used to determine scholarship eligibility. Please be sure to include your participation in the VEX robotics program on your application. Scholarships are typically awarded during the first two weeks of April.

Steve Sanghi Scholarship


The “Steve Sanghi Scholarship Award” is for Arizona students who are participants in VEX Robotics Qualified Competitions. Arizona students participating in any Qualified VEX tournaments are encouraged to apply for this $1,000 per academic year scholarship ($500 per semester) – which may be renewable for up to four years. One scholarship will be given out at the Arizona VEX State Championship.

Complete details including an application for the Steve Sanghi Scholarship are available at: 2019 Steve Sanghi Scholarship 

The application deadline is February 15, 2019.

Southern California Regional Robotics Forum – SCRRF


The Southern California Regional robotics Forum offers three scholarships valued at $1,000 each. Information on requirements and how to apply for these scholarships may be found at:

Applications due February 22.

St. Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation


The St. Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation is pleased to offer (2) $1,000 nonrenewable scholarships to students who plan on being full time students in the College’s Manufacturing program. Applicants must be full time students and must have participated in the VEX Robotics Competition. Students will be required to submit an essay as part of the application process.

Applicants may get full details including how to apply at:

The application deadline is July 15.

Newfangled Networks


Newfangled Networks celebrates students who strive for excellence and is proud to launch their first scholarship for an outstanding university student.

This scholarship will be open to both undergrad and graduate students attending an accredited university within the United States as well as high school seniors who have been accepted into a university program in the Fall of 2019.

The Newfangled Networks scholarship provides a one-time reward of $500 to pay for tuition, books, computers, room, and board or any education-related expense.

There’s no GPA requirement and no application forms. This is our way of giving back – supporting individuals who want to pursue their dreams through education.

  • Deadline Date: July 20, 2019, 11:59 PST. No applications after that date will be accepted.
  • Number of Scholarships Available: 1 per semester

More details can be found here:

Lawrence Technological University


Lawrence Technological University is offering multiple scholarships at $3,000 per year renewable for 4 years up to $12,000 to students who have participated in the VEX Robotics Program. A letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach and an essay are required. Students must be admitted to the university to submit.

The application deadline is April 1. Please click here.