Wright State University's Wright-Patterson AFB Scholarship
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, and their spouses and 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 $7,500 of tuition support per year ($2,500 per semester for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) for qualified WPAFB employees and their family members (spouse and dependent children) pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees at Wright State. 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.
To receive the Scholarship, students must take the following steps:
- Apply for, and be accepted into, a graduate degree program at Wright State University.
- Fill out the online Wright State WPAFB Scholarship Application Form.
- 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) or to Terri Haney in the SOCHE office on base (Area B, Bldg. 50). Scanned, faxed, or photocopied images of the CAC card will not be accepted.
Civilians: For current employees provide proof of your Common Access Card (CAC) or an Employment Verification document from your MyBiz account. With regards to sponsoring a family member provide above information for sponsor and statement of relationship to student.
Military: For active duty personnel provide proof of your Common Access Card (CAC) or present a Proof of Service letter. With regards 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 regards to sponsoring a family member, provide the above information for sponsor and a statement of relationship to the student.
Students will be notified of the scholarship award as soon as the form and verification are received.
Scholarships can be renewed from year to year under the following conditions:
- Students must be enrolled full-time (6 credit hours or more per semester, fall, spring, and 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.
- Scholarships are renewable until degree completion.
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), and their spouses and 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 $7,500 of tuition support per year ($2,500 per semester for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) for qualified WPAFB employees and their family members (spouse and dependent children) pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees at Wright State. 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 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) 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 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 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.
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 WPAFB Scholarship is then applied on top of those benefits up to the full amount of your tuition if that gap is $2,500 or less. Many receiving these benefits may end up with no out-of-pocket tuition cost at all!
Who in my family can apply for this scholarship?
Members of an eligible military or civilian employee’s family can also take advantage of the Wright State WPAFB Scholarship. This includes spouses, registered domestic partners, and dependents. 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?
The scholarship can be renewed for every semester of full-time enrollment (6 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, and Ed.D.’s. 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 on a graduate degree or certificate program under this scholarship, the scholarship can continue to be applied until you have completed that credential, 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 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.