Foundation Studies

Scholarship Programs

Wright State offers a variety of scholarships for new, continuing, transfer and adult students. The University College coordinates a few of these scholarship programs for the University. Below is some information about various scholarship opportunities at Wright State.

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Adult Incentive Scholarship

The Adult Incentive Scholarship was established to encourage adult students to pursue their education.

Students must meet the following criteria for eligibility:

  1. Adults 23 and older
  2. Have not earned a bachelor’s degree
  3. Must be accepted as a student of University College
  4. Must show financial need
  5. Cannot be admitted on probation or conditional status or must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  6. One letter of recommendation is required. Your recommendation should come from a previous or current faculty member, instructor, mentor, supervisor, or colleague who can provide information on your unique qualities and/or exceptional academic abilities. You will list the full name and email of the person recommending you in the online Scholarship Manager Application.

    It is strongly suggested that you contact your potential reference to confirm the reference's wish to participate, as well as notify the recipient they will be receiving an email from

    Do not submit paper copies of your letters.

To apply, complete the Wright State online scholarship application.

Shamon Green
Lead Academic Advisor & Coordinator for Training and Development

C.J. McLin Jr. Student Leadership Development Scholarship

Established in 1989 and named in honor of the late state representative C.J. McLin Jr., this program provides financial assistance to academically talented students from underrepresented ethnic groups (see C.J. McLin Jr. Scholarship criteria for eligibility). Continuing the legacy of C.J. McLin Jr., students awarded this scholarship are required to perform community service and participate in activities that will develop and enrich leadership abilities in the C.J. McLin Jr. Scholars Association.


The C.J. McLin Jr. Scholarship provides students who are members of an underrepresented ethnic groups access to higher education and the opportunity to participate in activities that will develop and enrich leadership abilities. This is a four-year renewable scholarship in the amount of $1,750 per year.

Students must meet the following criteria for eligibility:

  • 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)
  • Be a graduate of an accredited Ohio high school and reside in the Wright State University metropolitan service area, which includes Clark, Greene, Montgomery and Warren Counties
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of a 2.7 or above in a college preparatory curriculum
  • Have a Wright State University admission application on file
  • Demonstrate a commitment to service-learning in school, church, and/or community activities and
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from, for example, a high school counselor, teacher, church, fraternity, sorority, or local nonprofit organization along with the scholarship application. 

To apply, complete the Wright State online scholarship application.

NOTE: You will be able to apply for more than one scholarship by completing the application. Applications and letters of recommendation must be received by February 18.

Kim Stephens
Coordinator for First-Year Programs

Transfer Scholarship

Scholarships are available to students who are planning to transfer. Visit the RaiderConnect Transfer Scholarships webpage to learn more and apply.

First-Year Scholarship

First-Year Students who start at Wright State the fall semester following their high school graduation may qualify for a variety of first-year scholarships. Visit the RaiderConnect First-Year Scholarships webpage to learn more.