WPAFB Scholarship

Wright State University's Wright-Patterson AFB Scholarship

Application Procedures

Individual students employed by the United States government as civilian or active-duty military personnel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), or Air Force Reservists who are active participants in a unit of WPAFB, or their spouses or dependents who wish to pursue graduate degrees at Wright State University are eligible to apply to the Wright State WPAFB Scholarship program. This scholarship provides up to $6000 of tuition support per year ($2000 per semester for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) for qualified WPAFB employees or their family members who are pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees at Wright State (one scholarship is available per qualifying family and may be transferred to a spouse or dependent child). WPAFB employees whose official duties do not substantially affect the interests of Wright State University (as determined by appropriate WPAFB authorities) may be authorized to apply for and accept the offered scholarships. Wright State University employees (and their spouses and/or dependents) who are eligible for the Tuition Remission benefit, however, are not also eligible for the WPAFB Scholarship.

To receive the Scholarship, students must:

  1. Apply for, and be accepted into, a graduate degree program at Wright State University.
  2. Complete the online Wright State WPAFB Scholarship Application Form by no later than the registration deadline for the full semester as listed in the WSU Academic Calendar (typically the end of the second week of the full semester).
  3. Provide verification of employment status (either their own, or spouse/parent’s status) at WPAFB per below for Civilians and Military personnel.  For those using a Common Access Card (CAC) for verification, that document must be presented in person at the Wright State Graduate School (E344 Student Union). Scanned, faxed, or photocopied images of the CAC card will not be accepted.

This scholarship is available for all graduate certificates, licensure and endorsement programs, master’s degrees, and specialist degrees, as well as Ph.D. and Ed.D. degrees. It cannot be applied to the M.D. or Psy.D. programs. WPAFB scholarships are awarded as long as funds are available.

Civilians: For current employees: provide proof of your Common Access Card (CAC) or an Employment Verification document from your MyBiz account.  With regard to sponsoring a family member: provide the above information for the sponsor and a statement of the sponsor's relationship to the student.

Military: For active duty personnel: provide proof of your Common Access Card (CAC) or present a Proof of Service letter.  With regard to sponsoring a family member: provide a Dependent Verification document.

Reservists: For actively participating reservist personnel: provide written notification from the Commander of the unit (on official letterhead or from a verified email account). This letter must include confirmation that the reservist is an active participant in that unit, as well as the duration of duty the reservist will be serving. With regard to sponsoring a family member: provide the above information for the sponsor and a statement of the sponsor's relationship to the student.

Students will be notified of the scholarship award status as soon as the form and verification are received.

As long as funds are available, WPAFB scholarships may be renewed from year to year under the following conditions:

  1. Students must be enrolled full-time (at least six credit hours per semester) and making satisfactory progress toward completing an approved program of study or, in the case of doctoral students who have completed required courses and are completing research requirements, must be enrolled for the specific hours indicated on an approved program of study. For recipients who have been approved for enrollment of less than six hours, the WPAFB Scholarship will cover half of total tuition costs. All recipients must meet enrollment requirements by no later than the registration deadline for the full semester (typically in the second week of classes).
  2. Students must remain in Good Academic Standing and maintain adequate academic progress in their degree programs, as attested by the program director.
  3. Scholarships are renewable for up to six semesters for Master’s students, or up to ten semesters for doctoral students.
  4. For each academic term in which the recipient has not met the required renewal stipulations of the scholarship, one academic term of scholarship eligibility will be lost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Individual students employed by the United States government as civilian or active-duty military personnel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), or their spouses or dependents, who wish to pursue graduate degrees at Wright State University are eligible to apply to the Wright State WPAFB Scholarship program. This scholarship provides up to $6000 of tuition support per year ($2000 per semester for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) for qualified WPAFB employees or their family members (spouses or dependent children) pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees at Wright State (one scholarship per qualifying family member). WPAFB employees whose official duties do not substantially affect the interests of Wright State University (as determined by appropriate WPAFB authorities) may be authorized to apply for and accept the offered scholarships.

How do I apply?

Eligible students apply for the scholarship by completing the online scholarship application, after they have been admitted to their graduate program and before the registration deadline for the full semester as listed in the WSU Academic Calendar (typically the end of the second week of the full semester).

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) or graduate certificate program ($10). 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 when the student is lacking a specific piece of supporting material (a GMAT score or final proof of graduation, for example), but the program director is willing to let the student begin the program before that information is produced. Students admitted provisionally are eligible for the Wright State WPAFB 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 for both admission and the scholarship.

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. Conditionally admitted students must earn a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better in their initial coursework, at which time their conditional status is removed and they become regular graduate students. Students admitted conditionally are not eligible for the scholarship until they have achieved 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 RaiderConnect or the Veterans Military Center (VMC) at Wright State to apply your GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, or other military benefits to your account. The Wright State WPAFB Scholarship will then be applied in addition to those benefits up to the full amount of your tuition. 

Who in my family can apply for this scholarship?

Eligible military or civilian employees may transfer the Wright State WPAFB Scholarship to one family member (a spouse or dependent). For these purposes, a dependent is a daughter, son, stepdaughter, or stepson of the employee, as defined in Internal Revenue Code Section 152, who is eligible to be claimed as a dependent on the employee’s federal income tax return. 

Is the scholarship renewable? For how long?

Renewal is contingent on maintaining a satisfactory GPA (3.0 or better), full-time status, and adequate progress toward the degree, as determined by a program adviser. The scholarship may be renewed for up to six semesters for master’s students or ten semesters for doctoral students. Master’s students who have fewer than six credit hours remaining to complete degree requirements may request permission to enroll for fewer than six hours in a final semester. Doctoral students who have completed required courses and are completing research requirements must be enrolled for the specific hours indicated on an approved program of study. For recipients who have been approved for enrollment of less than six hours, the WPAFB Scholarship will cover half of total tuition costs. 

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. and Ed.D. programs. It cannot be applied to the M.D. or Psy.D. programs.

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 get transferred away from WPAFB? Can I complete my degree and get scholarship support?

Once you have started a graduate degree or certificate program under this scholarship, the scholarship may continue to be applied until you have either completed that credential or reached the end of your eligibility period, even if you have been transferred away from WPAFB or separated from the military.

Do I need to reapply for the scholarship?

Students who are receiving the scholarship do not need to reapply for subsequent semesters unless they have been inactive students for three or more consecutive semesters. Recipients with active student status will continue to receive the scholarship every semester in which they enroll for at least six semester credit hours (or, in the case of doctoral students who have completed required courses, are enrolled for the specific hours listed on an approved program of study) for up to six semesters for master’s students or ten semesters for doctoral students. For recipients who have been approved for enrollment of less than six hours, the WPAFB Scholarship will cover half of total tuition costs. Students who become inactive by not enrolling for three consecutive semesters will need to reapply both for admission to their graduate program and for the scholarship.

WPAFB Scholarship Application