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

    Scholarships based on academic performance and need are offered to students who are admitted directly from high school. No separate application is necessary—just apply and be admitted for Fall 2021.

    For the 2021–22 academic year, scholarship offers will be made using a holistic approach, reviewing each student’s admission application and  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can qualify for one or all scholarships listed below using this holistic approach. Combined annual totals range from $500 to $3,500 and are renewable based on continuing to meet the criteria specified in your offer letter.

    • Green and Gold Scholarship: Offers determined by your academic performance. You are eligible if your high school GPA is 3.2 or higher.
       
    • Wright Start Scholarship: Offers determined by need, as determined by the FAFSA. No minimum high school GPA required. You must be admitted and file a FAFSA to be considered.
       
    • Dunbar Scholar: Offers determined by academic performance and ethnicity. You are eligible if your high school GPA is a 3.0 or higher and you are a member of an under-represented ethnic group (African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, or American Indian/Alaskan Native).

    Presidential Welcome Scholarship

    Wright State is offering a $1,000 Presidential Welcome Scholarship to Ohio residents attending directly from high school this Fall 2021. The scholarship is designed to assist with expenses during the first year of college. Eligibility is based on need, as determined by the FAFSA. Apply for admission and complete the FAFSA to see if you qualify.

    Dayton On-Campus Housing Scholarships

    Living on campus is a great way to create lasting relationships and become more involved with the campus community. While living on campus is not required, it is recommended. We offer a $2,000 Wright State Dayton On-Campus Housing Scholarship designed to reduce the cost of housing during your first year, saving you $1,000 per semester. Funds are awarded as available.

    Meet the following criteria for automatic consideration:

    • Be admitted to our Dayton Campus.
    • Have at least a 3.2 High School GPA.
    • File your FAFSA.
    • Have a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is between 0–7,000.
    • Indicate interest for on-campus housing on the FAFSA.

    If you are selected as a recipient, you will need to accept your scholarship and apply for on-campus housing at our Dayton Campus by June 1, 2021


    Honors Scholarships

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

    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 using the Wright State University online scholarship application. This is the same application that allows you to apply for additional scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply was February 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). Students must have a 3.8 high school GPA to be considered for an honors scholarship. What should you expect when completing the online application? View the application tips below to have an idea about what questions will be asked and how to prepare.


    Additional Scholarship Opportunities

    New students can submit ONE online scholarship application to apply for multiple scholarships funded by both the Wright State Foundation and the University. Applicants are considered for each competitive scholarship based on the eligibility criteria listed in the descriptions. To see what you may qualify for, use our scholarship search. Scholarships range from $300 up to the value of tuition.

    You can apply once you are admitted into the University. What should you expect when completing the online application? View the application tips below to have an idea about what questions will be asked and how to prepare.

    The deadline to apply for the 2021–22 academic year was February 1, 2021. Missed the deadline? Mark your calendar to apply for the 2022–23 academic year. The application will be available again in fall 2021.

    How to Apply

    New students can access the online scholarship application via the Admissions Portal.

    1. Log into your Admissions Portal.
    2. In the Next Steps section, select Access your Student Portal. If you have not already done so, you will need to set up your computer accounts using the on-screen instructions.
    3. Select the Student and Financial Aid link.
    4. Select the Financial Aid and Scholarships link.
    5. Select the Online Scholarship Application link.

    Once you have submitted your application you will NOT be able to access it to make changes. However, you will be able to monitor the return of your Recommendation Form and make changes to your reference after the application has been submitted. Reference information can only be updated if one is listed at the time the application is submitted. Once in your application, click on the “blue button” titled Recommendations.

    Application Tips

    1. You must apply for admission and be admitted to Wright State University to access the scholarship application. New students will access the application via the Admissions Portal. If you have forgotten or don’t know the password that is used with your Campus Username (w000abc), please contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827, or toll free at 1-888-775-4827.
       
    2. Make a list of all of your extra-curricular activities, volunteer experience, community service, memberships, awards, honors, etc.
       
    3. An essay is needed for all scholarships. Your essay will set you apart from the other applicants. Take your time, edit, review, and edit again! Write your essay in Word, then copy and paste into the application. The essay should: explain your educational goals, professional goals, career aspirations, commitment to community service, and also tell us how a scholarship award will make a difference in your personal and financial circumstances.
       
    4. There is an additional essay you must complete to be considered for an honors scholarship. The topic is "Why do you want to be a part of the University Honors Program and what do you hope to get out of it?".
       
    5. Recommendation Forms (letters of recommendation) are not required for ALL scholarships, but suggested to help set you apart from other applicants. Recommendations are REQUIRED for students who want to be considered for an honors scholarship. Select a previous or current teacher or counselor who can provide information about your unique qualities and/or exceptional academic abilities. Contact your intended reference prior to listing him/her. Be sure to collect their email address since they will receive a request by email to complete your online recommendation form from notify@ngwebsolutions.com, not from a Wright State University email address. Forms are due by February 8, 2021, by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).
       
    6. Complete your 2021–22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2020. Your completed FAFSA should be filed by February 1st to be considered for need-based scholarships. 

    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 percent tuition and fees, $1,200.00 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

     

    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

     

    Dayton Ballet II and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II Scholarships

     

    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)

    Accepting a Scholarship Offer

    If you are new to the university, follow these instructions to accept your scholarship online.

    • Revisit your Admissions Portal at wright.edu/apply.
    • In the Next Steps section, select Access your Student Portal.
    • Select the Student and Financial Aid link.
    • Select the Financial Aid and Scholarships link.
    • Select the Award Notice link.
    • Select the Award Overview tab to review your award notice.
    • Select the Accept Award Offer tab to accept/decline aid.