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First-Year Scholarships

Wright State University's First Year Student Scholarship Program is merit-based and designed to recognize academically outstanding and creatively talented students. More than 2,000 new freshmen were offered over $9 million in scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $20,000. For more details on competitive scholarship opportunities, use the scholarship search to see what you may qualify for. Students can submit ONE scholarship application to be considered for multiple scholarships. (Login to your Admissions Portal and click on "Complete Online Scholarship Application" under Next Steps.)

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM! Wright State University is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to eligible students who enroll directly from high school. These scholarships range from $2,000 to full in-state tuition, room/board* and books per year, renewable for four years! (*up to the value of residential default meal plan) Select Academic Performance Scholarships below for more details! (No scholarship application is needed to be considered for an Academic Performance Scholarship, simply apply to the university and be admitted by February 1) Scholarships are awarded on an "as funds are available" basis.

Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator

Please enter your information below to determine your possible eligibility for the University Achievement, Raider Excellence or Paul Laurence Dunbar Scholarship. Other Academic Performance Scholarships are awarded based on different eligibility criteria. See below for more details.

ACT/SAT Score
Enter your ACT Composite score, SAT Math and Critical Reading score (taken before March 2016), or SAT Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score (taken March 2016 or after).

Scholarships are listed by category in alphabetical order.

Notes about Academic Performance scholarships:

  • Student may receive only one Academic Performance scholarship
  • NO Scholarship application is needed to be considered for an Academic Performance Scholarship. Simply apply for undergraduate admission now, and be admitted by February 1.
  • Scholarships are awarded on an "as funds are available" basis.

Academic Performance Scholarships

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition, room/board*, and books (*up to the value of residential default meal plan)
Eligibility Criteria

National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist; designate Wright State University as university of first choice; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA.

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date; submit documentation of National Merit Finalist to RaiderConnect

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition, room/board*, and books (*up to the value of residential default meal plan)
Eligibility Criteria

Named a Semifinalist by National Merit Scholarship Corporation; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA.

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date; submit documentation of National Merit Semifinalist to RaiderConnect

Award Amount
$7,000
Eligibility Criteria

Named a Commended Student by National Merit Scholarship Corporation; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA.

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date; submit documentation of National Merit Commended Scholar to RaiderConnect

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Ranked first or named Valedictorian by a four-year high school; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA.

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

Award Amount
The value of half of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Ranked second or named Salutatorian by a four-year high school; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

Award Amount
Amounts vary from $3,500 to $6,000
Eligibility Criteria

Achieve a minimum composite score of 67 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

Award Amount
$2,500
Eligibility Criteria

Achieve a minimum composite score of 60 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

Academic Performance Scholarships for Underrepresented Students

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition, room/board*, and books (*up to the value of residential default meal plan)
Eligibility Criteria

National Achievement Scholarship Program Finalist; designate Wright State University as university of first choice; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date; submit documentation of National Achievement Finalist to RaiderConnect

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition, room/board*, and books (*up to the value of residential default meal plan)
Eligibility Criteria

Named a Semifinalist by National Achievement Scholarship Program; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date; submit documentation of National Achievement Semifinalist to RaiderConnect

Award Amount
$7,000
Eligibility Criteria

Named an Outstanding Participant by National Achievement Scholarship Program; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date; submit documentation of Outstanding Participant to RaiderConnect

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Ranked first or named Valedictorian by a four-year high school; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

Award Amount
The value of half of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Ranked second or named Salutatorian by a four-year high school; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

Award Amount
Amount varies from $3,500 to $6,000
Eligibility Criteria

Achieve a minimum composite score of 67 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

Award Amount
$2,500
Eligibility Criteria

Achieve a minimum composite score of 60 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

 

Award Amount
$2,000
Eligibility Criteria

Be a member of an underrepresented ethnic group (African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, or American Indian/Alaskan Native). Achieve a minimum composite score of 55 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date

Competitive Honors Scholarships

Award Amount
Amounts vary from $2,500 up to the value of in-state tuition
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).

Renewable?
Yes; for a total of four years
Deadline Date
January 3 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Submit a complete Undergraduate Admission application. Must complete the Wright State University Online Scholarship Application by January 3 (prior to the start of the academic year). Login to your Admissions Portal and click on "Complete Online Scholarship Application" under Next Steps once admitted.
An online recommendation from an academic teacher or counselor will be required. Please contact your intended reference prior to listing them on your application.

Essay Requirements/ Expectations

Prepare now! Type and save your Honors essay in an electronic document (Minimum length: 300 words. Maximum length: 600 words). Essay topics can be found on the Honors website.

Application
Deadline has passed
Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition, room/board, and books
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).

Renewable?
Yes; for a total of four years
Deadline Date
January 3 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Submit a complete Undergraduate Admission application. Must complete the Wright State University Online Scholarship Application by January 3 (prior to the start of the academic year). Login to your Admissions Portal and click on "Complete Online Scholarship Application" under Next Steps once admitted.

An online recommendation from an academic teacher or counselor will be required. Please contact your intended reference prior to listing them on your application.

Essay Requirements/ Expectations

Prepare now! Type and save your Honors essay in an electronic document (Minimum length: 300 words. Maximum length: 600 words). Essay topics can be found on the Honors website. An online recommendation from an academic teacher or counselor will be required. Please contact your intended reference prior to listing them on your application.

Application
Deadline has passed

Raj Soin College of Business Scholarships

Award Amount
$2,500
Eligibility Criteria

Beavercreek High School senior planning to major in business (This scholarship is not to be combined with any other local scholarship awards presented by the Beavercreek High School Scholarship Committee)

Renewable?
No
Deadline Date
Contact Beavercreek High School
How to Apply

Apply through the local scholarship program at Beavercreek High School

College of Engineering and Computer Science Scholarships

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Pursue a major in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Medicine (STEMM); 3.0 GPA; completed all required Wright STEPP summer program sessions. Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Renewable?
Yes; for four years (must maintain a 2.5 GPA at Wright State University)
Deadline Date
See "How to Apply"
How to Apply

Wright STEPP Summer Program graduates only should contact the Wright STEPP coordinator in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Contact
Wright STEPP coordinator
leslie.hurst@wright.edu
(937) 775-5010

College of Liberal Arts Scholarships

Award Amount
Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Based on portfolio review with Department of Art and Art History

How to Apply

Contact Nancy Patton for application process and deadline date

Contact
Nancy Patton
nancy.patton@wright.edu
(937) 775-2898
Award Amount
Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Based on audition with School of Music

How to Apply

Contact Amy Neace to audition with the School of Music and for application process and deadline date

Contact
Amy Neace
amy.neace@wright.edu
(937) 775-2346
Award Amount
Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Based on audition/interview with Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures

How to Apply

Contact Victoria Oleen to audition/interview with the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and for application process and deadline date

Contact
Victoria Oleen
victoria.oleen@wright.edu
(937) 775-3072
Award Amount
Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Based on audition with Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures; must provide a DVD with B.F.A. Admission/Scholarship Applications

How to Apply

Contact Victoria Oleen to audition/interview with the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and for application process and deadline date

Contact
Victoria Oleen
victoria.oleen@wright.edu
(937) 775-3072
Award Amount
Minimum award amount is $1,500
Eligibility Criteria

Be either an Acting or Dance Major and have demonstrated financial need.  Preference will be given to incoming students from Stivers School for the Arts.                                 

Deadline Date
See "How to Apply"
How to Apply

Contact the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures for more information.

Additional Information

All eligible applicants will be considered

Award Amount
Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Based on audition with School of Music

How to Apply

Contact Amy Neace to audition with the School of Music and for application process and deadline date

Contact
Amy Neace
amy.neace@wright.edu
(937) 775-2346
Award Amount
Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Based on audition with Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures

How to Apply

Contact Victoria Oleen to audition/interview with the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and for application process and deadline date

Contact
Victoria Oleen
victoria.oleen@wright.edu
(937) 775-3072

ROTC Scholarships

Award Amount
Typical awards cover Wright State University tuition and fees; $900/yr book allowance; and a monthly stipend, which will increase each year the student progresses in the program; scholarship winners may also be eligible for a Wright State University room and board scholarship
Eligibility Criteria

3.0 high school cumulative GPA; ACT composite of 26 or SAT composite of 1180 (math and verbal portion only); class ranking in the top 40 percent, and/or outstanding leadership qualities; offers are made to high school seniors and graduates who have not had any full-time college experience; must be a U.S. citizen or able to obtain citizenship within one year

How to Apply

High school students should apply prior to December 1 of their senior year at the AFROTC website or contact the Wright State University Air Force ROTC Department.

Application
Contact
Wright State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 643
(937) 775-2730
Award Amount
100 percent tuition and fees; $1,200 book allowance per year; tiered tax-free monthly stipend of $300 to $500; and a possible Wright State University room/board incentive; no obligation until sophomore year
Eligibility Criteria

As a National Partnership in Nursing Education (PNE) school, scholarships are available for qualified pre-nursing incoming freshmen; minimum requirements include a 2.5 cumulative GPA, 19 ACT or 920 SAT, exhibit scholar, athlete, and leader attributes; must be a U.S. citizen, pass a medical exam, and score at least a 60 percent on the Army Physical Fitness Test by the end of Fall semester of your freshmen year of college

How to Apply

Apply online at www.goarmy.com or call 1-800-USA-ROTC between February 1 of your junior year and January 10 of your senior year in high school; designate Wright State University as one of your seven school choices; contact Wright State University Army ROTC at (937) 775-2763 or (937) 775-3841 and/or visit Wright State University Army ROTC. Follow WSU AROTC on Facebook and/or Twitter for the latest news and activities.

Application
Award Amount
100 percent tuition and fees; $1,200 book allowance per year; tiered tax-free monthly stipend of $300 to $500; and a possible Wright State University room/board incentive; no obligation until sophomore year
Eligibility Criteria

Merit-based with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, 19 ACT or 920 SAT, and exhibit scholar, athlete, and leader attributes; must be a U.S. citizen, pass a medical exam, and score at least 60 percent on the Army Physical Fitness Test by the end of Fall semester of your freshman year of college

How to Apply

Apply online at www.goarmy.com or call 1-800-USA-ROTC between February 1 of your junior year and January 10 of your senior year in high school; designate Wright State University as one of your seven school choices; contact Wright State University Army ROTC at (937) 775-2763 or (937) 775-3841 and/or visit Wright State University Army ROTC. Follow WSU AROTC on Facebook and/or Twitter for the latest news and activities.

Application

Lake Campus Scholarships

Award Amount
Varies by scholarship award; up to value of full in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Must attend Lake Campus; eligibility varies by scholarship

Deadline Date
February 18 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Submit online application (see below) by the deadline date or call (419) 586-0376 or 1-800-237-1477

Application

Other Scholarships

Award Amount
$1,500
Eligibility Criteria

A currently registered Girl Scout active in the Dayton Region who has developed values and skills that support decision making, character building, leadership growth, and partnership with adults, 3.2 cumulative GPA

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
January 31 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Complete Girl Scouts of Western Ohio: Dayton Region Scholarship Application and supporting documentation by the deadline date; contact the Program Services Manager.

Contact
Program Services Manager, Sarah Kelly
sarahkelly@girlscoutsofwesternohio.org
(937) 279-6357
Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Completion of Horizons in Medicine summer program

Renewable?
No
Deadline Date
April 3 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Interview required. Call (937) 775-2934 for more information

Award Amount
$800
Eligibility Criteria

A 3.0 GPA; be a senior in good standing at a public or private secondary school in the greater Dayton area

Renewable?
Yes; for four years (total value is $3,200)
Deadline Date
December 5, 2016
How to Apply

Contact Office of Equity and Inclusion for application information

Contact
Office of Equity and Inclusion
oei@wright.edu