Combined Degree Scholarship Program (CDSP): A National Science Foundation (NSF) Project Application for Phase 1

The Combined Degree Scholarship Program (CDSP) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) provides scholarships to high-achieving, low-income students to complete both their Bachelor’s and Master’s in Engineering in a compressed timeline. The scholarship program consists of two components: extensive extracurricular support and financial support ($10,000/year) for last two years of the program. This particular application is for joining the cohort to enjoy the benefits highlighted below. Following this, there will be a selective process to identify CDSP scholars. In addition to the financial support, these scholars will then enjoy the various benefits from high impact structures such as faculty mentoring, cohort immersion, peer mentoring, experiential learning, research activities, targeted workshops, and leadership shadowing of industry senior managers.

*Eligible to apply for $20,000 via CDSP once accepted into graduate program
*Extensive individualized mentoring by faculty member
*Peer mentored by current graduate students
*Supported innovative projects with fellow cohort members

*Be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate engineering student at GVSU
*Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
*Been granted secondary admit status

Financial need is required and shall be demonstrated by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

National Science Foundation
first year = extensive mentoring
Padnos College of Engineering
Supplemental Questions
  1. What is your current undergraduate engineering major?
  2. Please provide the name of the faculty member you met with regarding CDSP.
  3. What is your intended MSE emphasis?
  4. Are you a first-generation student?
  5. Please provide a personal statement (300-400 words) indicating your interest and qualification.