Wright State Ohio National Guard Scholarship
Students who are members in good standing of the Ohio National Guard who wish to pursue graduate education at Wright State University are eligible to apply to the Wright State ONG Graduate Scholarship program. This scholarship provides up to $6,000 of tuition scholarship per year ($2,000 per semester) for qualified personnel who are pursuing graduate certificates, master’s or doctoral degrees, or a Psy.D. at Wright State.
To receive the Scholarship, students must take the following steps:
1) Apply for, and be accepted into, a graduate degree or certificate program at Wright State University.
2) Fill out the online Wright State ONG Graduate Scholarship Form, found on the WSU Graduate School website.
3) Provide verification of ONG status. Verification must come in the form of a memo attesting to the member’s status in good standing with the Ohio National Guard, signed by the member’s commanding officer. Verification documents can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, brought to our offices on the 3rd floor of the Student Union, or sent to the following address:
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435
Attn: WS ONG Graduate Scholarship Program
4) The Graduate School will send a copy of the memo electronically to the appropriate Education Officer at the ONG headquarters. This individual will verify the member’s status and send notice back to the Graduate School.
Students will be notified of the scholarship award as soon as verification from the ONG central office is received.
Scholarships can be renewed from year to year under the following conditions:
- Students must be enrolled full-time (6 graduate credit hours or more per semester, fall, spring, and/or summer)
- Students must remain in Good Academic Standing and maintain adequate academic progress in their degree program, as determined by the faculty of the program.
- Students must remain in good standing with the Ohio National Guard.
Frequently Asked Questions
Students who are members in good standing of the Ohio National Guard, who wish to pursue graduate education at Wright State University are eligible to apply to the Wright State ONG Graduate Scholarship program. This scholarship provides up to $6,000 of tuition scholarship per year ($2,000 per semester) for qualified personnel who are pursuing graduate certificates, master’s or doctoral degrees, or a Psy.D. at Wright State.
How do I apply?
Eligible students apply for the scholarship by completing the online scholarship application after they have applied and been admitted to their graduate program.
Is there an application fee for the scholarship?
There is no fee to apply for the scholarship. Students pay an initial fee to apply to their graduate degree program ($40), graduate certificate program ($10), or Psy.D. program ($50). The scholarship application, however, is free.
What if I am admitted Provisionally to my graduate program?
Provisional admission to a graduate degree program is granted in cases where the student may be lacking a specific piece of supporting material (a GMAT score, for example), but the program is willing to let the student get started while that information is produced. Students admitted provisionally are eligible for the Wright State ONG Graduate Scholarship. However, if students do not supply the required information by the end of their first term, their admission will be terminated and they will need to reapply.
What if I am admitted Conditionally to my graduate program?
Conditional admission is granted to some students whose academic credentials do not meet the university’s published minimum criteria. Conditional students have through their first 9 credit hours of coursework to earn a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better, at which time their conditional status is removed and they become regular graduate students. Under this scholarship program, students admitted to conditional status are not eligible for the scholarship until this initial period has been cleared and they have been transitioned to regular graduate student status.
Can I combine this scholarship with my GI Bill or Tuition Assistance?
Absolutely! Once you are admitted to your graduate program, you will work with either the RaiderConnect office or the Veterans Military Center (VMC) at Wright State to get your GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, or other military benefits aid set up and entered onto your account. The Wright State ONG Graduate Scholarship is then applied on top of those benefits up to the full amount of your tuition if that gap is $2,000 or less. Many receiving these benefits may end up with no out-of-pocket tuition cost at all!
Is the scholarship renewable? For how long?
The scholarship can be renewed for every semester of full-time enrollment (6 graduate credit hours or more) until the degree or certificate is completed. Students in their final semester who have fewer than 6 credit hours required to complete the degree may have the full-time enrollment requirement waived. Renewal is contingent on maintaining a satisfactory GPA (3.0 or better) and adequate progress towards the degree as determined by a program adviser.
Is the scholarship available for every program?
This scholarship is available for all graduate certificates, licensure and endorsement programs, master’s degrees, and specialist degrees, as well as Ph.D.’s, D.N.P.’s, Ed.D.’s, and Psy.D.'s. It cannot be applied to the M.D. program.
Can the scholarship be applied to graduate certificate programs?
Yes, this scholarship can be applied to any of Wright State’s graduate certificate programs.
Can the scholarship be used for graduate online courses?
Yes, this scholarship can be used for any graduate program, whether that program is taught through face-to-face courses, online courses, or a combination of both.
What if I separate from the Ohio National Guard? Can I complete my degree and still get scholarship support?
Scholarship dollars are only available to students who are members in good standing with the Ohio National Guard. Students who separate from the Guard will therefore no longer be eligible for this scholarship program in subsequent semesters.
Do I need to reapply for the scholarship?
Students who are receiving the scholarship do not need to reapply for subsequent semesters unless they take a leave of absence from their studies of three consecutive semesters or more. Students who are in active status will continue to receive the scholarship every semester in which they enroll for at least 6 semester credit hours. Students who become inactive by not enrolling for three consecutive semesters will need to reapply for admission to their graduate program. At that point, the student must also file a new application for the scholarship.