Honors Scholarships

On this page:

Scholarships for Incoming First Year Honors Students (Direct from High School)

Incoming Wright State University students are eligible to compete for Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships, four-year awards that begin Fall 2017 and range in value from $2,500 up to the amount of in-state tuition, room/board, and books. These awards are for students attending the Dayton Campus. Approximately 75 Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships will be offered to supplement other scholarship awards from Wright State, provided that the combined totals of scholarship assistance do not exceed the cost of attendance as calculated by the Office of Financial Aid. Recipients of Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships must participate in the University Honors Program and complete the requirements for graduation as a University Honors Scholar.

Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships

Award Amount
Amounts vary from $2,500 up to the value of in-state tuition, room/board, and books.

Number of Awards Offered
Approximately 75 total. Approximately two of the 75 awards are Trustees Scholarships (the value of in-state tuition, room/board, and books). Approximately 73 of the 75 awards are Competitive Honors Scholarships (amounts vary from $2,500 up to the value of in-state tuition).

Competitive Honors Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
Meet two of three criteria: (1) 3.5 cumulative GPA; (2) rank in top 10% of graduating class; (3) 90th percentile rank or above on ACT or SAT (approximately 28 ACT composite, 1220 SAT (critical reading and math only) prior to March 2016, or 1290 SAT total March 2016 and after). 

Trustees Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
Meet two of three criteria: (1) 3.75 cumulative GPA; (2) rank in top 5% of graduating class; (3) 95th percentile rank or above on ACT or SAT (approximately 30 ACT composite, 1300 SAT (critical reading and math only) prior to March 2016, or 1360 SAT total March 2016 and after).

Yes; for a total of four years.

Deadline Date
January 3, 2017

How to Apply
Apply for undergraduate admission to the university by December 15, 2016. Then, complete the Wright State University Online Scholarship Application, which will be available November 2016, including the section related to the Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships. By completing the Wright State University Online Scholarship Application, applicants may be considered for other Wright State scholarship awards as well.

Additional Essay Requirement
Write a brief (500-600 word) essay on one of the following topics in order to be considered for the Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarship:

  • Describe a time when you were involved in a leadership role that made a difference in your community or school.
  • Discuss a unique accomplishment that sets you apart.
  • Discuss a situation where you feel you did not succeed.  How did you handle it?  What did you learn?

Other Details
Applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered. Eligible applicants who are not selected for a Trustees Scholarship (the value of in-state tuition, room/board, and books) will automatically be considered for one of the remaining Competitive Honors Scholarships (amounts vary from $2,500 up to the value of in-state tuition) to be awarded. Some finalists may be invited to campus for an interview with the selection committee in March 2017. All eligible applicants reviewed by the selection committee will be notified of award decisions in April 2017. All Competitive Honors/Trustee Scholarships are awarded as funds are available.

This information was last updated 10/21/2016.

Scholarships for Continuing Honors Students (Current Wright State Students)

The University Honors Program also awards scholarships to continuing Honors students on a competitive basis, including:

  • Frank L. Salsburg Memorial Scholarship
  • Heritage Society Scholarships
  • Distinguished Senior Scholarships
  • Continuing Student Scholarships
  • Study Abroad Scholarships
  • Research Grants

Detailed information about the Continuing Honors Scholarships—including scholarship amounts, eligibility criteria, and requirements—are located in the Honors Student Handbook. All continuing student scholarships are awarded as funds are available.

Honors students apply for the Continuing Honors Scholarships by completing the university's online Continuing Student Scholarship Application

The deadline to apply for Wright State University Continuing Student Scholarships is January 3, 2017.

Last updated 11/02/2016.

Scholarships for Transfer Honors Students

Students who transfer to Wright State and have met the following requirements may be eligible for a $2,500 renewable Transfer Honors Associate Degree Scholarships:

  • Have a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Graduate with an associate degree from a state-assisted two-year college

Consult the Office of Financial Aid website for complete scholarship details, including application information.

Study Abroad and Research Scholarships

Study Abroad Scholarship

The Honors Program has a small fund to assist students with study abroad. To be eligible, students must be registered for credit through Wright State University. Preference will be given to students who are actively participating in the Honors Program. Study abroad awards typically range from $300 to $1,500. 

Download the Study Abroad Scholarship Application (PDF).

Research Scholarship

The Honors Program provides funds to aid in the completion of approved Departmental Honors projects. Maximum awards are $400. This scholarship does not cover travel expenses or the purchase of durable equipment.

Download the Research Scholarship Application (PDF).

Scholarships Requirements

For All Honors Scholarships

All scholarship recipients are required to be registered as full-time students and to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The first term a student's cumulative GPA drops below 3.0, a warning is issued. The scholarship may be terminated if the student's GPA falls below 3.0 for a second term. 

All recipients are expected to plan their schedules in close consultation with the University Honors Program. This means meeting annually to plan a program of study and reporting any deviations. 

Students must earn As or Bs in Honors courses to count them toward the minimum number required by the terms of their scholarships or the number required for graduation with an Honors degree designation. Students who earn Cs in Honors courses may count these hours toward graduation and toward fulfilling university or major requirements. 

Scholarship funds will not be released for students who fail to comply with any of these procedures. 

For Competitive Honors Scholarships (including Trustees Scholarships)

Recipients are expected to:

  • Complete all requirements for graduation as a University Honors Scholar.
  • Participate in the University Honors Program while the award is in effect.
  • Register as a full-time student. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Earn at least 30 credit hours each academic year.
  • Meet regularly with the associate director of the University Honors Program to ensure satisfactory progress toward earning the University Honors Scholar degree designation. Satisfactory progress includes appropriate completion of honors coursework and written evidence of work on the departmental honors project.

Recipients must complete the lower-level honors courses in a timely fashion. Although individual variations may occur, usually students will be expected to complete at least three Honors courses during the freshman year and three the sophomore year. The UH 4000 seminar is typically completed during the junior or senior year.

At the end of the junior year, scholarship recipients must present written evidence of work on the departmental Honors project in the major before scholarship funds are released for the senior year.

Students who fail to comply with any of the above requirements will not receive Competitive Honors Scholarship funds.

For Continuing Honors Scholarships

Consult the Honors Student Handbook for scholarship obligations.