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First-Year Scholarships

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Wright State University is proud to offer an increased number of awards in our redesigned scholarship program. Whether you have excellent grades or your FAFSA indicates you qualify for need-based aid, Wright State can help! 

Additional benefits of choosing Wright State University:

  • Affordable: Among the lowest tuition in the state for four-year universities
     
  • Consistent: The Wright Tuition Guarantee keeps the cost of in-state tuition, housing, and dining the same during your four years of attendance
     
  • Total package: Financial aid awards plus our affordability plus our outstanding academics makes Wright State a top value for your family! 

Academic Performance and Need-Based Scholarships

    These scholarships are offered to students who are admitted directly from high school. No separate application is necessary—just apply and be admitted for Fall 2021.

    Apply to Wright State today! February 1, 2021, is the priority consideration deadline for scholarships. Funds are awarded as available.

    For the 2020–21 academic year, scholarship offers will be made using a holistic approach, reviewing each student’s high school GPA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and admissions application. Scholarships range from $500 to $3,500 and are renewable based on continuing to meet the criteria specified in your offer letter.

    • Academic Performance Scholarships: A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required to be considered for academic performance scholarships solely based on merit.
       
    • Need-based Scholarships: All students who are admitted and complete a FAFSA will be considered. Students may access the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2020. No minimum GPA is required for need-based scholarship offers.

    Honors Scholarships

    Join the University Honors Program and compete to earn a competitive honors scholarship. Scholarships range from $1,000 to full in-state tuition.

    Students can indicate their interest in being admitted into the honors program on their admission application. Once admitted into the university, those who are interested can apply for honors scholarships beginning this fall using the Wright State University online scholarship application. Students must have a 3.8 high school GPA to be considered for a Honors Scholarship. The 2021-22 Wright State University online scholarship application will open later this fall. A link will be posted on this page when the application is available.


    Additional Scholarship Opportunities

    New undergraduate students can submit ONE online scholarship application to apply for multiple scholarships. Applicants are considered for each scholarship based on the eligibility criteria listed in the descriptions. To see what you may qualify for, use the scholarship search. Scholarships range from $300 up to the value of tuition. The 2021-22 Wright State University online scholarship application will open later this fall. A link will be posted on this page when the application is available.


    ROTC Scholarships

    Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship Program (HSSP)

    • Award Amount: Typical awards cover Wright State University tuition and fees; $900/yr book allowance; and a monthly stipend, which will increase each year the student progresses in the program; scholarship winners may also be eligible for a Wright State University room and board scholarship
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: 3.0 high school cumulative GPA; ACT composite of 26 or SAT composite of 1180 (math and verbal portion only); class ranking in the top 40 percent, and/or outstanding leadership qualities; offers are made to high school seniors and graduates who have not had any full-time college experience; must be a U.S. citizen or able to obtain citizenship within one year
       
    • How to Apply: High school students should apply during their senior year at the AFROTC website or contact the Wright State University Air Force ROTC Department. The deadline for applications varies from year to year.
       
    • Application: AFROTC Website
       
    • Contact: Wright State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 643; 937-775-2730

     

    Army ROTC 4-Year Nursing Scholarship

    • Award Amount: 100 percent tuition and fees; $1,200 book allowance per year; tiered tax-free monthly stipend of $300 to $500; a possible Wright State University room/board incentive; no obligation until sophomore year
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: As a National Partnership in Nursing Education (PNE) school, scholarships are available for qualified pre-nursing incoming freshmen; minimum requirements include a 2.5 cumulative GPA, 19 ACT or 920 SAT, exhibit scholar, athlete, and leader attributes; must be a U.S. citizen, pass a medical exam, and score at least a 60 percent on the Army Physical Fitness Test by the end of Fall semester of your freshmen year of college
       
    • How to Apply: Apply online at www.goarmy.com or call 1-800-USA-ROTC between February 1 of your junior year and January 10 of your senior year in high school; designate Wright State University as one of your seven school choices; contact Wright State University Army ROTC at 937-775-2763 or 937-775-3841 and/or visit Wright State University Army ROTC. Follow WSU AROTC on Facebook and/or Twitter for the latest news and activities.
       
    • Application: Application at goarmy.com

     

    Army ROTC High School 4-Year Scholarship

    • Award Amount: 100 percent tuition and fees; $1,200 book allowance per year; tiered tax-free monthly stipend of $300 to $500; and a possible Wright State University room/board incentive; no obligation until sophomore year.
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: Merit-based with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, 19 ACT or 920 SAT, and exhibit scholar, athlete, and leader attributes; must be a U.S. citizen, pass a medical exam, and score at least 60 percent on the Army Physical Fitness Test by the end of Fall semester of your freshman year of college.
       
    • How to Apply: Apply online at www.goarmy.com or call 1-800-USA-ROTC between February 1 of your junior year and January 10 of your senior year in high school; designate Wright State University as one of your seven school choices.
       
    • Application: Application at goarmy.com
       
    • Contact: Visit the Wright State Army ROTC website.

     

    Army ROTC Scholarship Program

    • Award Amount: There are two main types of Army ROTC scholarships these include the National Board AROTC Scholarships and Campus Based Scholarships. These scholarships pay 100% tuition and fees, $1200.00 per year for books and a monthly stipend. Additional incentive money is also available.
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: 2.5 CGPA, at least 1000 SAT score or 19 on ACT, U.S. Citizen, no felony convictions-for misdemeanors more than $250.00 waiver is required, be between the ages of 18-31 before commissioning, physically fit, and medically qualified.
       
    • How to Apply: For the National Board Scholarship high school seniors apply online at www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html The National Board window opens in July between the junior and senior year of the high school student and closes in February of the student's senior year. Campus Based Scholarships are for students who enroll in Army ROTC at the college level.
       
    • Application: Apply online
       
    • Contact: Visit the Wright State Army ROTC website.

    College of Liberal Arts Talent Scholarships

    Wright State University offers various scholarships based on talent. Read below for more details.

    Artsgala Scholarship Department of Art and Art History

    • Award Amount: Amount varies up to $3,000 annually
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: Based on portfolio review with Department of Art and Art History
       
    • Renewable: Yes; 2 years
       
    • How to Apply: Contact Nancy Patton for application process and deadline date
       
    • Contact: (email) nancy.patton@wright.edu (phone) 937-775-2898

     

    Artsgala Scholarship Department of Music

    • Award Amount: Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: Based on audition with School of Music
       
    • How to Apply: Contact the School of Music and for application process and deadline date
       
    • Contact: (email) music@wright.edu (phone) 937-775-2346

     

    ArtsGala Scholarship Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures

    • Award Amount: Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: Based on audition/interview with Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures
       
    • How to Apply: Contact Victoria Oleen to audition/interview with the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and for the application process and deadline date
       
    • Contact:  (email) victoria.oleen@wright.edu (phone) 937-775-3072

     

    Dayton Ballet II and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II Scholarships

    • Award Amount: Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: Based on audition with Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures
       
    • How to Apply: Contact Victoria Oleen to audition/interview with the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and for the application process and deadline date
       
    • Contact: (email) victoria.oleen@wright.edu (phone) 937-775-3072

     

    Garrett and Kathleen Gall Endowed Scholarship

    • Award Amount: Minimum award amount is $1,500
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: Be either an Acting or Dance Major and have demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to incoming students from Stivers School for the Arts. 
       
    • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures for more information.

     

    Music Scholarship

    • Award Amount: Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: Based on audition with School of Music
       
    • How to Apply: Contact the School of Music for the application process and deadline date
       
    • Contact: (email) music@wright.edu (phone) 937-775-2346

     

    Theatre Arts Talent Scholarships; Tom Hanks Scholarship; Augsburger/Estevez Scholarship (Martin Sheen)

    • Award Amount: Amount varies from $500 to the value of in-state tuition
       
    • Eligibility Criteria: Based on audition with Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures
       
    • How to Apply: Contact Victoria Oleen to audition/interview with the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and for the application process and deadline date
       
    • Contact: (email) victoria.oleen@wright.edu (phone) 937-775-3072