WPAFB Scholarship

Wright State University's Wright-Patterson AFB Scholarship

Scholarship Requirements

Scholarship Overview

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.  Contractors are not eligible for this scholarship.

This non-refundable 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 enrolled full-time in a graduate program at Wright State. One scholarship is available per qualifying family and may be transferred to a spouse or dependent child. (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.)

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 receive the offered scholarships.

Wright State University employees (and their spouses and/or dependents) who are eligible for the Educational Benefits Program (employee tuition remission) are not eligible for the WPAFB Scholarship. Students receiving other forms of Wright State tuition support (i.e. Graduate Tuition Scholarship, Graduate Assistantship, etc.) are not eligible for the WPAFB Scholarship.  This scholarship is available to eligible students pursuing 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.

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.

Application procedures

To receive the scholarship, students must:

  1. Be accepted into a graduate program at Wright State University.
  2. Complete the online Wright State WPAFB Scholarship Application Form. There is no fee to apply for the scholarship; however all other application fees apply.
  3. Provide verification of employment status (either the student's own or a spouse/parent’s) at WPAFB per the guidelines 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.

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

For active-duty military personnel: provide proof of your Common Access Card (CAC) or present a Proof of Service letter. If sponsoring a family member, provide a Dependent Verification document.

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 confirm that the reservist is an active participant in that unit and indicate the duration of duty the reservist will be serving. If sponsoring a family member, provide the above information for the sponsor and a statement of the sponsor's relationship to the student.

The Graduate School will inform students of the scholarship award status shortly after receiving the application form and verification of employment document.

Completed applications (including both the completed online form and submitted verification of employment) for the current semester are due on the by 5:00 pm on Friday of the 2nd week of the semester. Any applications received after this time will be processed for the next semester.

Scholarship Renewal

Scholarship renewal is contingent upon the student:

  • maintaining a satisfactory GPA (3.0 or better),
  • maintaining full-time status (6 or more graduate credit hours per semester),
  • maintaining satisfactory progress toward a qualifying credential (see list in “Scholarship Overview”), 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. If a student receives the scholarship but drops classes after the 100% refund date, that semester will count toward the total number of eligible semesters. Special exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for students who need to drop classes late due to an unforeseen deployment.

Partial Scholarship Awards

Scholarship recipients who have fewer than six credit hours remaining to complete their program may request permission to enroll for fewer than six hours in their final semester.

Partial scholarships are available only in a student's graduating semester for degree-seeking students and in their final semester for licensure, endorsement or certificate seeking students. These partial scholarships are limited to $1,000 for 3-5 hours of graduate credit. No awards will be given for fewer than 3 hours. In order to receive this exception, students must:

  • be registered to graduate in the semester for which the waiver is being requested (this requirement applies to degree-seeking students only);
  • submit a memo from the program stating that the listed semester is the final/graduating semester

This exception can be used only once.

Scholarship removal due to inactive status

Students who are receiving the scholarship do not need to reapply for subsequent semesters unless they have been inactive students (i.e., not enrolled in classes) for three or more consecutive semesters. 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.

Combining the scholarship with the GI Bill or Tuition Assistance

Once you are admitted to your graduate program, you will work with either RaiderConnect or the Veteran and 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 after and in addition to those benefits up to the remainder of your tuition amount.

Degree/program completion if transferred from WPAFB

Once you have started a graduate program under this scholarship, you will maintain your eligibility for the scholarship until you have either completed that program or reached the end of your eligibility period, even if you have been transferred away from WPAFB or separated from the military.

Scholarship Application