Who are WSP Scholars?

Wade Scholarship Program is a magnet for talent. Together with Stanford School of Engineering (SoE), we seek to mitigate the underrepresentation of people of African descent in STEM. We seek scholars who wish to become diverse, multidisciplinary emerging leaders and guide them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate to address complex challenges facing society. We are supporting Wade Scholars who are admitted to SoE with full scholarships.

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Who are we looking for?

We seek African Americans and other Black applicants of African descent with a bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline from any accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad and who want a master's degree. 


WSP scholarships will be awarded only to students who are admitted to any master's degree program in the School of Engineering at Stanford.  

If you have not already, you must apply to SoE.

Learn more about SoE disciplines.


What does the scholarship cover?

Scholars receive full funding for five quarters of master’s-level coursework, the standard length for Stanford engineering students to complete a master’s degree.  The scholarships pay the full cost of tuition, room and board, books, instructional supplies, other academic expenses, and round-trip transportation. A Teaching Assistant position may be available for additional support.


What is the WSP Criteria?

Stanford University is an extremely competitive school.   

We encourage students with the highest levels of undergraduate success to apply.   

The following factors are considered holistically by the scholarship selection team at WSP. 

Upon admission to Stanford, and selection as a WSP recipient, you will be offered full financial support. 

1.  Independence of Thought:

➤  Exhibits first-step mental sharpness

➤  Seeks out knowledge and new experiences

➤  Full of original ideas 

➤  Makes sense of ambiguity 

➤  Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view 

➤  Intellectual curiosity

2.  Purposeful Leadership Qualities:

  Ambitious in the best sense ​

➤  Driven to self-improvement 

➤  Capacity to bring others along 

➤  Self-awareness 

➤  Persistent and resilient

3. Civic Mindset: Humble and kind 

➤  Supportive and accountable 

➤  Embraces differences 

➤  Concerned for and helpful to others

4. Undergraduate Achievements:

➤  Evidence of extracurricular activities 

➤  Compelling letters of recommendation 

➤  Compelling Statement of Purpose

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Currently the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for most disciplines. If you have taken the GRE previously, you have the option to submit the results.

Stanford University is an extremely competitive school. We encourage students with the highest levels of undergraduate success to apply. Apply for this scholarship only if you have already applied to Stanford School of Engineering.

When is the scholarship application deadline? 

The deadline for the Autumn (Fall) 2022 academic term is midnight Pacific Standard Time, December 1, 2021.

Scholarship awards will be announced on March 31, 2022.  

The SoE deadline for SoE was December 1, 2021.   

SoE will send admission decision notifications in March 2022. 


What is WIT and why are you sponsoring scholarships?

The Wade Institute of Technology (WIT) is a new STEM college in organization based in Palo Alto.  WIT is being organized by Minority Television Project Inc. (MTP), a 35-year-old noncommercial educational entity. MTP owns and operates KMTP-TV 33, a public television station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the San Francisco Bay Area. Our graduate scholarship funding has been provided by MTP which seeks to make transformative changes in the technology ecosystem.


Who are the WIT principals?

WIT founders and directors include alumni and supporters of Stanford. Because we love Stanford and its exceptional capacity for empowerment and transformative changes. Together with SoE, we are supporting SoE efforts for greater inclusion.


The WIT principal adviser is Thomas Ehrlich, former Dean of Stanford Law School; Provost of University of Pennsylvania; and President of Indiana University. He also was a member of the Board of Trustees of Bennett College. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education.


Our founders, directors, and officers are:


  • Herb Anderson, Chair

  • Jawara Lumumba, Vice Chair

  • YoungSu Yoo, Secretary

  • Dr. Lorna Jones, Director

  • Dr. Gwendolyn May, Director

  • Dr. Barbara Wade, Director

  • Lorrita Ford, Director

  • Kyla Talley, Director

  • Daryl Harris Sr., Director

  • Booker T, Wade Jr., Executive Director

  • Dianne Millner, General Counsel