Scholarships for Incoming First Year Honors Students (Direct from High School)
Incoming Wright State University students are eligible to compete for Competitive Honors Scholarships, four-year awards that begin Fall 2013 and range in value from $2,500 up to the amount of in-state tuition, room/board, and books. The online scholarship application deadline is February 15, 2013. However, to ensure that your scholarship application reaches the selection committee in a timely fashion, submit a complete Undergraduate Admissions Application and copies of current transcripts from all institutions from which you have received college credit to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by February 1.
The Online Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarship Application must be completed by February 15. You will need to have the following ready before you start your application (we recommend saving the information on your computer):
- A list of extracurricular activities, community service, offices held, and awards or honors received.
The name, title, and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) for one academic teacher or high school counselor who is willing to provide information about your classroom performance. Your reference will be sent an email, asking him/her to complete an online academic recommendation for you.
A brief essay (500-600 words) on one of the following prompts:
Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability in and out of the classroom.
Tell us about an intellectual challenge that has mattered to you and what you learned from it.
If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?
Applicants not selected for a Trustees Scholarship will be considered for the approximately 70 Competitive Honors Scholarships to be awarded. All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by the selection committee. Some finalists may be invited to campus for an interview with the selection committee. All applicants reviewed by the selection committee will be notified of award decisions by April 1, 2013. Recipients of Trustees and Competitive Honors Scholarships must complete the requirements for graduation as a University Honors Scholar. All Competitive Honors Scholarships are awarded as funds are available.
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 Office of Financial Aid’s yearly application for Academic Scholarships for Continuing Undergraduate Students.
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
- Have completed an honors program at the 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).
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).
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.