Thayer Scholars Program

The designation of Thayer Scholar, offered for the first time in spring 2012, is a merit-based award. It is offered to no more than the top 5% of the incoming Dartmouth class who have expressed interest in majoring in Engineering at Dartmouth, and in building upon their Dartmouth A.B. engineering education to earn the professionally accredited Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree.

ENGS 21 Class
Students assemble robot parts they made during orientation to ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering.

Most engineering students at Dartmouth earn both the A.B. and B.E. degrees in engineering. The Thayer Scholars Program encourages engineering students to take full advantage of both a broad liberal arts education offered through the A.B. and deep technical training through the B.E., and is a program that is unique among leading American colleges and universities. Students can earn both degrees in four years, or take part or all of a recommended 5th year to earn both, thus allowing full exploration of the depth of the engineering curriculum with the broadening intellectual exploration of the liberal arts.

Thayer Scholars, named in honor of Dartmouth alumnus and 1867 founder of the School, General Sylvanus Thayer, receive a merit award of $10,000 to help cover the cost of tuition during any part of a 5th B.E. year.

For students pursuing both the A.B. and B.E. degrees in four years, the funding may instead be used to support an academic enrichment opportunity related to engineering. This funding is available upon declaration of the major, beginning “sophomore summer,” and can be used for a variety of opportunities such as:

Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering Students work on a project in Rwanda
Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering students install a pico-hydro turbine to generate energy in Banda, Rwanda.

Students named as Thayer Scholars at the time of admission to Dartmouth are not required to choose engineering as their major at Dartmouth, but funding can only be used by engineering majors intending to pursue the B.E.

Thayer Scholar awards are provided over and above any need-based financial aid a student may receive, up to the full cost of tuition.

No application for this merit designation is necessary. Thayer Scholar recipients are selected at the time of admission based on the academic strength of their Dartmouth application and their clear and demonstrated interest in engineering. All admitted students are considered.