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Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

Richard W. and Elaine Benfer Scholarships

Established 2008


These scholarships are awarded to the top freshman applicants.


  • Freshman in ECE

Selection Process :

All applications are reviewed for the incoming freshmen scholarships. Applicants are ranked on the College of Engineering PGPA (predicted GPA), which is a calculation based on the student's high school GPA, class ranking, and ACT/SAT scores. The number is weighted to judge math scores higher as they are more relevant to the study of engineering. The ECE department solicits (via e-mail) further information, including an essay and a letter of reference from the top 75 applicants. The scholarship committee reviews these essays and letters in order to decide the recipients of the freshmen scholarships.


The scholarship carries a stipend of $5,000 for one year. The recipients are recognized at the annual ECE Awards Banquet in April.

Year Recipients
2013-2014 Joydeep Ganguly
Alexander Casino
Cecil MacGregor
Nathan Moran
Brendan Moriarty
2011-2012 Daniel Chen, Grant Czajkowski, Alexander Kordas, Siddharthan Sethupathi, Scott Tanaka
2010-2011 William Case, Matthew Idzik, Steven Kiebles, Matthew Tischer
2009-2010 Chris Goulet, Sean Hayward, Donald Hillebrand, Lindsey King, Jeffrey Lale, Emily Mazzola, Christoper Neumann, Joseph Scherer, Jerry Sun, Dennis Yuan
2008-2009 Keith Bowers, Jonah Greenthal, Jennifer Hong, Raymond Kellison, Kirk Knapp, Kenneth Long, Rebecca Marcotte, Miceal Rooney, Oana Toma, John Toole