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Wright State Undergraduate Honors Scholarships

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

Incoming Wright State students are eligible to compete for Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships renewable for four years. These awards are for students attending the Dayton Campus. Recipients of the Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships must participate in the undergraduate University Honors Studies program and complete the requirements for graduation as an undergraduate University Honors Scholar.

Please visit the First-Year Scholarship webpage for eligibility criteria on Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships.

Wright State University Online Scholarship Application

To apply for the Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships, you must complete the online scholarship application.

Additional Essay and Letter of Recommendation Requirement for the Online Scholarship Application

This essay is in addition to the general essay required by the online scholarship application. Write a brief (500-600 word) essay on the following topic to be considered for the Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarship:

  • How and why do you think participation in the undergraduate University Honors Studies program will advance your personal and professional goals?

Letters of recommendation are required for students who want to be considered for an honors scholarship. Select a previous teacher or counselor who can provide information about your unique qualities and /or exceptional academic abilities. Contact your intended reference prior to listing him or her as a reference. Be sure to collect their email address since they will receive a request by email to complete your online recommendation form. This request will come from, not from a Wright State University email address. 

Other Details

Applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered. Eligible applicants who are not selected for a Trustees Scholarship will automatically be considered for one of the remaining undergraduate Competitive Honors Scholarships. Some finalists may be invited to campus for an interview with the selection committee in March. Recipients of undergraduate Competitive Honors/Trustees Scholarships will be notified of award decisions in April. All undergraduate Competitive Honors/Trustee Scholarships are awarded as funds are available.

Scholarships for Continuing Honors Students (Current Wright State Students)

The undergraduate University Honors Studies program also awards scholarships to continuing Honors students on a competitive basis. All continuing student scholarships are awarded as funds are available. Undergraduate Honors students apply for the Continuing Honors Scholarships by completing the university's online scholarship application.

Scholarships for Transfer Honors Students

Students who transfer to Wright State may be eligible for a renewable transfer scholarship. Please visit the Transfer Scholarships website for additional information. 

Scholarships Requirements

Recipients are expected to:

  • Complete all requirements for graduation as an undergraduate University Honors Scholar.
  • Participate in the undergraduate University Honors Studies 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 (fall/spring).
  • Meet regularly with the associate director of the undergraduate University Honors Studies program to ensure satisfactory progress toward earning the undergraduate 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 during 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 Research experience 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.