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About First-Year Scholarships

Wright State University is proud to offer an increased number of awards in our redesigned scholarship program. Whether you have excellent grades or your FAFSA indicates you qualify for need-based aid, Wright State can help! 

Additional benefits of choosing Wright State University:

  • Affordable: Among the lowest tuition in the state for four-year universities
     
  • Consistent: The Wright Tuition Guarantee keeps the cost of in-state tuition, housing, and dining the same during your four years of attendance
     
  • Total package: Financial aid awards plus our affordability plus our outstanding academics makes Wright State a top value for your family! 
     

Academic Performance and Need-Based Scholarships

    Renewable scholarships based on academic performance and need are automatically offered to students who are admitted directly from high school. Offers will be made beginning in December. No separate application is necessary—just apply and be admitted for Fall 2022. 

    Students can qualify for one or more scholarships listed below. Combined annual totals range from $500 to in-state tuition. These scholarships are renewable based on continuing to meet specified satisfactory progress for scholarships.

    Academic Performance Scholarships

    Award Amount
    Varies
    Eligibility Criteria
    • Domestic, in-state residency for tuition purposes
    • No scholarship application is needed
    • Students must be enrolled full time
    • The scholarship is divided evenly between the Fall and Spring Semesters
    • Renewable contingent on maintaining a 2.5 GPA and earning a total of 24 credit hours during the Fall and Spring Semesters
    • To be used for undergraduate study
    Renewable?
    Yes
    How to Apply

    Funds are awarded as available, so apply for undergraduate admission early

    Additional Information

    Cumulative High School GPA

    Annual Scholarship Offer

    3.2 – 3.49

    $1,000

    3.5 - 3.79

    $1,500

    3.8 and above

    $2,000

    Award Amount
    $1,000 – value of in-state tuition
    Eligibility Criteria

    Wright State will upgrade a limited number of Green & Gold Scholarship offers using a holistic approach. Wright State will look at the student as a whole, including admissions application, FAFSA, and online scholarship application. Offers will be made in April.

    Renewable?
    Yes
    Award Amount
    Varies
    Eligibility Criteria
    • Domestic, out of state residency for tuition purposes
    • No scholarship application is needed
    • Students must be enrolled full time
    • The scholarship is divided evenly between the Fall and Spring Semesters
    • Cannot be combined with Green & Gold or Rowdy Raider Scholarships.
    • Students can receive more than one scholarship designed for non-resident students provided the total amount does not exceed the non-resident tuition surcharge.
    • Renewable contingent on maintaining a 2.5 GPA, earning a total of 24 credit hours during the Fall and Spring Semesters, and remaining a non-resident student charged the non-resident surcharge.
    • To be used for undergraduate study
    Renewable?
    Yes
    How to Apply

    Funds are awarded as available, so apply for undergraduate admission early.

    Additional Information

    Cumulative High School GPA

    Annual Scholarship Offer

    3.0-3.39

    $4,000

    3.4-3.69

    $6,000

    3.7 and above

    $8,000

    Award Amount
    $500
    Eligibility Criteria
    • Must have a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA
    • Must be a member of an under-represented ethnic group (African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, or American Indian/Alaskan Native
    • No scholarship application is needed
    • Students must be enrolled full time
    • The scholarship is divided evenly between the Fall and Spring Semesters
    • Renewable contingent on maintaining a 2.5 GPA and earning a total of 24 credit hours during the Fall and Spring Semesters
    • Funds are awarded as available, so apply for undergraduate admission early
    • To be used for undergraduate study
    Renewable?
    Yes
    How to Apply

    Funds are awarded as available, so apply for undergraduate admission early.


     

    Need-Based Scholarships

    Award Amount
    $1,000
    Eligibility Criteria
    • Must file a FAFSA and have an EFC between 0-10,000, as determined by the FAFSA
    • Domestic, in-state residency for tuition purposes
    • Admitted and attending the WSU Dayton campus
    • Students must be enrolled full time
    • The scholarship is divided evenly between the Fall and Spring Semesters
    • Non-renewable, for first year only
    • To be used for undergraduate study
    Renewable?
    No
    How to Apply

    Funds are awarded as available, so apply for undergraduate admission early

    Award Amount
    $1,000
    Eligibility Criteria
    • Must file a FAFSA and have an EFC between 0-10,000, as determined by the FAFSA
    • Students must be enrolled full time
    • The scholarship is divided evenly between the Fall and Spring Semesters
    • Renewable contingent on maintaining satisfactory academic progress, and filing a FAFSA each year by the WSU priority deadline.
    • To be used for undergraduate study
    Renewable?
    Yes
    How to Apply

    Funds are awarded as available, so apply for undergraduate admission early.


     

     

    Honors Scholarships

    Join the University Honors Program and compete to earn a competitive honors scholarship. Scholarships range from $1,000 to in-state tuition, room, and board.

    Students can indicate their interest in being admitted into the honors program on their admission application. Once admitted into the university, those who are interested can apply for honors scholarships using the Wright State University online scholarship application! This is the same application that allows you to apply for additional scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply is February 4, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Students must have a 3.8 high school GPA to be considered for an honors scholarship. What should you expect when completing the online application? View the application tips below to have an idea about what questions will be asked and how to prepare. Offers will be made by April 1, 2022.
     


    Additional Scholarship Opportunities

    New students can submit ONE online scholarship application to apply for multiple scholarships funded by both the Wright State Foundation and the University. Applicants are considered for each competitive scholarship based on the eligibility criteria listed in the descriptions. To see what you may qualify for, use our scholarship search. Scholarships range from $300 up to the value of tuition.

    You can apply once you are admitted into the University. What should you expect when completing the online application? View the application tips below to have an idea about what questions will be asked and how to prepare.

    The deadline to apply for the 2022–23 academic year was February 1, 2022. Missed the deadline? Mark your calendar to apply for the 2023-24 academic year. The application will be available again in Fall 2022.

    How to Apply

    New students can access the online scholarship application via the Admissions Portal. The application is not available until you are admitted in November.

    1. Log into your Admissions Portal
    2. Under Next Steps, select Complete Online Scholarship Application
    3. Select Start Application

    Once you have submitted your application you will NOT be able to access it to make changes. However, you will be able to monitor the return of your Recommendation Form and make changes to your reference after the application has been submitted. Reference information can only be updated if one is listed at the time the application is submitted. Once in your application, click on the “blue button” titled Recommendations.

    Application Tips

    1. You must apply for admission and be admitted to Wright State University to access the scholarship application. New students will access the application via the Admissions Portal. If you have forgotten or don’t know the password that is used with your Campus Username (w000abc), please contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827, or toll-free at 1-888-775-4827.
       
    2. Make a list of all of your extra-curricular activities, volunteer experience, community service, memberships, awards, honors, etc.
       
    3. An essay is needed for all scholarships. Your essay will set you apart from the other applicants. Take your time, edit, review, and edit again! Write your essay in Word, then copy and paste it into the application. The essay should: explain your educational goals, professional goals, career aspirations, commitment to community service, and also tell us how a scholarship award will make a difference in your personal and financial circumstances.  The minimum length for the essay is 300 words and a maximum length is 600 words.
       
    4. There is an additional essay you must complete to be considered for an honors scholarship. The topic is "Why do you want to be a part of the University Honors Program and what do you hope to get out of it?".
       
    5. Recommendation Forms (letters of recommendation) are not required for ALL scholarships, but are suggested to help set you apart from other applicants. Recommendations are REQUIRED for students who want to be considered for an honors scholarship. Select a previous or current teacher or counselor who can provide information about your unique qualities and/or exceptional academic abilities. Contact your intended reference prior to listing him/her. Be sure to collect their email address since they will receive a request by email to complete your online recommendation form from notify@ngwebsolutions.com, not from a Wright State University email address. Forms are due by February 8, 2022, by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).
       
    6. Complete your 2022–23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2021. Your completed FAFSA should be filed by February 1st to be considered the most financial aid.
       

    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 during their senior year at the AFROTC website or contact the Wright State University Air Force ROTC Department. The deadline for applications varies from year to year.

    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
    Award Amount
    There are two main types of Army ROTC scholarships these include the National Board AROTC Scholarships and Campus Based Scholarships. These scholarships pay 100% tuition and fees, $1200.00 per year for books and a monthly stipend. Additional incentive money is also available.
    Eligibility Criteria

    2.5 CGPA, at least 1000 SAT score or 19 on ACT, U.S. Citizen, no felony convictions-for misdemeanors more than $250.00 waiver is required, be between the ages of 18-31 before commissioning, physically fit, and medically qualified.

    Information
    How to Apply

    For the National Board Scholarship high school seniors apply online at www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html The National Board window opens in July between the junior and senior year of the high school student and closes in February of the student's senior year. Campus Based Scholarships are for students who enroll in Army ROTC at the college level.

    Application

     

      College of Liberal Arts Talent Scholarships

      Wright State University offers various scholarships based on talent. Read below for more details.

      Award Amount
      Amount varies up to $3000.00 per year
      Eligibility Criteria

      Based on portfolio review with Department of Art and Art History

      Renewable?
      Yes; 2 years
      How to Apply

      Contact the Department of Art and Art History.

      Contact
      art_arthistory@wright.edu
      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

       

        Accepting a Scholarship Offer

        If you are new to the university, follow these instructions to accept your scholarship online.

        • Revisit your Admissions Portal at wright.edu/apply.
        • In the Next Steps section, select Access your Student Portal.
        • Select the Student and Financial Aid link.
        • Select the Financial Aid and Scholarships link.
        • Select the Award Notice link.
        • Select the Award Overview tab to review your award notice.
        • Select the Accept Award Offer tab to accept/decline aid.
           

        Understanding Your Scholarship Award/Cost Estimation Worksheet
         

        If you qualify for a first-year student scholarship, you will be mailed a scholarship award letter and cost estimation worksheet that highlights your estimated cost to attend Wright State. This information is provided to help you budget and plan for your college expenses. 

        Scholarship Letter

        Wright State awards several scholarships to first-year students based on your admission application and FAFSA. The scholarship letter provides information on the scholarships you are eligible to receive. Most of these scholarships are renewable, meaning you are eligible to receive them for up to four years, but some are only awarded for your first year. Please consult your personalized letter for additional information. 

        Please note: Additional scholarship opportunities are available to new students. Several of these are highlighted at the top of this page.

        Cost Estimation Worksheet

        Below is a sample of the cost estimate and additional information on how to interpret your expected costs. This estimate is calculated using Wright State's 2021–22 tuition and fees and federal/state financial aid criteria. It is subject to change once the costs and criteria for the 2022–23 academic year are finalized. Beginning in March, official financial aid offers will be released to new, first-year students, provided you have submitted your FAFSA and completed all outstanding financial aid requirements. 

         

        Cost Estimation worksheet example

         

        Section 1: Annual Costs

        This section provides an estimate of total annual charges for full-time (12–18 credit hours) students. Your actual costs may vary depending on your number of credit hours and whether you live on or off campus. Since you are billed separately for Fall and Spring Semesters, this cost will be split in half for each term. Books are not provided by the university and do not appear on your bill. However, as they are critical to your academic success, a ballpark estimate is included to help you plan for expenses.

        Section 2: Gift Aid

        This section includes information on scholarships and grants that do not need to be repaid. Any federal grants shown are estimated using 2021–22 criteria and are based on the data you provided on your FAFSA.

        Please note: Wright State colleges and departments may offer scholarships based on your admission application or online competitive scholarship application. These offers can occur throughout the year and may impact your financial aid award. Your most current financial aid offer will be available in WINGS Express.

        Section 3: Cost Minus Gift Aid

        This section takes your total annual costs and deducts any gift-aid awards you are eligible to receive. This is essentially the total amount you could expect to pay, depending on where you choose to live, and is often lower than the published price.

        Section 4: Self-help aid

        This section shows your estimated self-help aid if you've filed your FAFSA. Self-help aid includes loans and work-study awards. Loans are a valuable tool that can help you with your educational goals. Make a smart choice by borrowing only what you need. Loans must be repaid, with interest, even if you do not graduate.

        Federal Work-Study is a program that provides part-time employment to help pay for educational expenses. Students are paid directly and funds are not applied to a student's bill to cover direct costs. Federal Work-Study will be included in your official award offer, released beginning in March if you are eligible.

        Section 5: Out of pocket

        This section shows your total annual costs after deducting any estimated gift and self-help aid you may be eligible to receive. This is the estimated amount you can expect to owe to Wright State and additional funds you will need to purchase books.

        If your out-of-pocket cost is a negative number, then your total financial aid exceeds your anticipated costs. In this case, if you accept the full amount of your financial aid, you will be able to use the excess amount to pay for other education expenses. 

        If your out-of-pocket cost is a positive number, then you can expect to receive a bill each semester. Divide the total amount of your out-of-pocket cost but two to get a better idea of what your bill will be each semester. 

        There are several options you can explore to cover your remaining expenses. 

        ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

        On the backside of your cost estimation worksheet, you will find additional information on:

        • Accepting your scholarship award before the June 1 deadline
        • Applying for additional competitive scholarship opportunities through our online scholarship application before the February 1 deadline
        • Reviewing the scholarship terms you must meet in order to maintain your renewable scholarship offer
        • Checking the status of your FAFSA and completion of your financial aid requirements

        Check out our Financial Aid Need To Know page for information on your next steps in the financial aid process.
         


        Financial Aid Terms to Know

        Net Cost/Net Price: An estimate of the actual cost a student and their family need to pay in a given year to cover education expenses for the student to attend a particular school. Net price is determined by taking costs and subtracting any grants and scholarships (gift aid) for which the student may be eligible.

        Expected Family Contribution: A number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive. It is based on the financial information provided in your FAFSA. This is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. 

        Gift Aid: Includes grants and scholarships. This aid does not need to be repaid. 

        Self-Help Aid: Includes loans and work-study. 

        • Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest. Loans from the federal government typically have a lower interest rate than loans from private lenders. Federal loans, listed from most advantageous to least advantageous are called Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and Parent PLUS Loans. 
        • Work-study is a federal student aid program that provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school and wages can be used to pay for your educational expenses. You must seek out and apply for work-study jobs and the availability of jobs can vary. Students are paid directly for the hours worked and the amount earned can not exceed the total amount offered during the award year.