First-Year Scholarships

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Wright State University's First Year Student Scholarship Programs are merit-based and designed to recognize academically outstanding and creatively talented students attending directly from high school. More than 2,000 new freshmen were offered over $8 million in scholarships for the 2019–20 academic year. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $20,000.

Competitive Scholarship Program

New undergraduate students can submit ONE online application to apply for multiple donor-based scholarships funded through both the Wright State University Foundation and the University. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who complete the online Wright State University Scholarship Application. Applicants are considered for scholarship awards based on the eligibility criteria listed in the scholarship descriptions. Scholarships are awarded on an “as funds are available basis.” Recipients are selected by committee(s) comprised of faculty members from their college. The majority of the scholarships are not renewable and range from $300 up to the value of tuition.

For more details on possible scholarship opportunities, use the scholarship search to see what you may qualify for. The 2020-2021 Wright State University Online Scholarship Application deadline is February 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). (Deadline has passed)

How to Apply

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

  1. Login to 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.

The 2020-2021 Wright State University Online Scholarship Application deadline is February 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).  (Deadline has passed)

Once you have submitted your application you will NOT be able to access it to make changes. However, if you list a reference prior to submitting the application, you will be able to monitor the return of your Recommendation Form and make changes to your reference after the application has been submitted. You will log back into your scholarship application via WINGS Express. Once in your application, click on the “blue button” titled Recommendations.

Application Tips:

  1. Make a list of all of your extra-curricular activities, volunteer experience, community service, memberships, awards, honors, etc. etc. Only include information relevant during your post-secondary studies. Include contributions made to the Wright State University Campus Community.
  2. In order to go back and update the recommendation section you must at least one reference prior to submitting the application. Choose a previous or current faculty member 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.
  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. Recommendation forms for this application are due by 11:59 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020 Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  4. Complete your 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2019. Your completed FAFSA should be filed by February 1st to be considered for need-based scholarships. 
  5. If you need help with writing your essay you can use the Wright State University Writing Center.

Scholarship award decisions begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer. If a scholarship has been posted to a student’s award notice, the student will receive the general Financial Aid Award notification email via their Wright State University email account. The Award Notice is available in WINGS Express. A scholarship award letter will also be mailed by either the Office of Financial Aid or the department/college who made the award.

Academic Performance Scholarship Program

Wright State University is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to eligible new students who enroll directly from high school for the 2020-2021 academic year. These scholarships range from $2,000 to full in-state tuition, room/board* and books per year, renewable for four years! (*up to the value of residential default meal plan). No scholarship application is needed to be considered for an Academic Performance Scholarship, simply apply to the university and be admitted. Apply today! Scholarships are awarded on an "as funds are available" basis.

Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator

Please enter your information below to determine your possible eligibility for the University Academic, Raider Excellence, Paul Laurence Dunbar, or  Montgomery Greene Scholarship. Other Academic Performance Scholarships are awarded based on different eligibility criteria. See below for more details.

ACT/SAT Score
Enter your ACT Composite score, SAT Math and Critical Reading score (taken before March 2016), or SAT Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score (taken March 2016 or after).

Scholarship Descriptions

Notes about Academic Performance scholarships:

  • Students may receive only one Academic Performance scholarship
  • NO Scholarship application is needed to be considered for an Academic Performance Scholarship. Simply apply for undergraduate admission. Apply today! Scholarships are awarded on an "as funds are available" basis. 
  • Scholarships are awarded on an "as funds are available" basis.
  • Academic Performance Scholarships are for undergraduate study.

Academic Performance Scholarships

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition, room*/board** (*Must reside on campus to receive room and board benefits. **The board rate is less than or equal to the value of the residential default meal plan.)
Eligibility Criteria

Named a National Merit Scholarship Program or National Achievement Scholarship Program Finalist; designate Wright State University as university of first choice; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA.

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (Prior to the start of the academic year. This is a priority deadline. We will continue to award scholarships as funding is available.)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date; submit documentation of National Merit Finalist to RaiderConnect

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition, room*/board** (*Must reside on campus to receive room and board benefits. **The board rate is less than or equal to the value of the residential default meal plan.)
Eligibility Criteria

Named a National Merit Scholarship Program or National Achievement Scholarship Program Semifinalist; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA.

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (Prior to the start of the academic year. This is a priority deadline. We will continue to award scholarships as funding is available.)
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted by deadline date; submit documentation of National Merit Semifinalist to RaiderConnect

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Ranked first or named Valedictorian by a four-year high school; minimum 3.75 cumulative GPA.

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
Apply today! Scholarships are awarded as funding is available.
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted.

Award Amount
$4,500
Eligibility Criteria

Achieve a minimum composite score of 70 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
Apply today! Scholarships are awarded as funding is available.
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted.

Award Amount
$3,500
Eligibility Criteria

Achieve a minimum composite score of 67 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
Apply today! Scholarships are awarded as funding is available.
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted.

Award Amount
$2,500
Eligibility Criteria

Achieve a minimum composite score of 60 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
Apply today! Scholarships are awarded as funding is available.
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted.

Award Amount
$2,000
Eligibility Criteria

Be a member of an underrepresented ethnic group (African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, or American Indian/Alaskan Native). Achieve a minimum composite score of 55 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula which incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above)

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
Apply today! Scholarships are awarded as funding is available.
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted.

Award Amount
$2,000
Eligibility Criteria

Graduate from an Ohio high school in Montgomery or Greene Counties and achieve a minimum composite score of 55 based on Wright State scholarship funding formula (see Academic Performance Scholarship Calculator above). The formula incorporates ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing with cumulative HS GPA to measure overall academic performance.

Renewable?
Yes; for four years
Deadline Date
Apply today! Scholarships are awarded as funding is available.
How to Apply

Apply for Undergraduate Admission and be admitted.

Competitive Honors Scholarships

Award Amount
The value of in-state tuition, room*/board** (*Must reside on campus to receive room and board benefits. **The board rate is less than or equal to the value of the residential default meal plan.)
Eligibility Criteria

Meet two of three criteria: (1) 3.75 cumulative GPA; (2) rank in top 5% of graduating class; (3) 95th percentile rank or above on ACT or SAT (approximately 30 ACT composite, 1300 SAT (critical reading and math only) prior to March 2016, or 1360 SAT (math and evidence based reading and writing score) March 2016 and after).

Renewable?
Yes; for a total of four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Submit a complete Undergraduate Admission application. Must complete the Wright State University Online Scholarship Application by February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year). Login to your Admissions Portal and click on "Complete Online Scholarship Application" under Next Steps once admitted.

An online recommendation from an academic teacher or counselor is suggested. Please contact your intended reference prior to listing them on your application.

Essay Requirements/ Expectations

Prepare now! Type and save your Honors essay in an electronic document (Minimum length: 300 words. Maximum length: 600 words). Essay topics can be found on the Honors website. An online recommendation from an academic teacher or counselor will be required. Please contact your intended reference prior to listing them on your application.

Application
Award Amount
Maximum award amount is $3,000 (These awards are for students attending the Dayton Campus)
Eligibility Criteria

Meet two of three criteria: (1) 3.5 cumulative GPA; (2) rank in top 10% of graduating class; (3) 90th percentile rank or above on ACT or SAT (approximately 28 ACT composite, 1220 SAT (critical reading and math only) prior to March 2016, or 1290 SAT (math and evidence based reading and writing score) March 2016 and after).

Renewable?
Yes; for a total of four years
Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Submit a complete Undergraduate Admission application. Must complete the Wright State University Online Scholarship Application by February 1st (prior to the start of the academic year). Login to your Admissions Portal and click on "Complete Online Scholarship Application" under Next Steps once admitted.
An online recommendation from an academic teacher or counselor is suggested. Please contact your intended reference prior to listing them on your application.

Essay Requirements/ Expectations

Prepare now! Type and save your Honors essay in an electronic document (Minimum length: 300 words. Maximum length: 600 words). Essay topics can be found on the Honors website.

Application

College of Liberal Arts Scholarships

Award Amount
Amount varies up to $3000.00 per year
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
Nancy Patton
nancy.patton@wright.edu
(937) 775-2898
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 Amy Neace to audition with the School of Music and for application process and deadline date

Contact
Amy Neace
amy.neace@wright.edu
(937) 775-2346
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 application process and deadline date

Contact
Victoria Oleen
victoria.oleen@wright.edu
(937) 775-3072
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; must provide a DVD with B.F.A. Admission/Scholarship Applications

How to Apply

Contact Victoria Oleen to audition/interview with the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures and for application process and deadline date

Contact
Victoria Oleen
victoria.oleen@wright.edu
(937) 775-3072
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.                                 

Deadline Date
See "How to Apply"
How to Apply

Contact the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures for more information.

Additional Information

All eligible applicants will be considered

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 Amy Neace to audition with the School of Music and for application process and deadline date

Contact
Amy Neace
amy.neace@wright.edu
(937) 775-2346
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 application process and deadline date

Contact
Victoria Oleen
victoria.oleen@wright.edu
(937) 775-3072

ROTC Scholarships

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
Contact
Wright State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 643
(937) 775-2730
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

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
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; 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
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.

Information
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

Lake Campus Scholarships

Award Amount
Varies by scholarship award; up to value of full in-state tuition
Eligibility Criteria

Must attend Lake Campus; eligibility varies by scholarship

Deadline Date
February 1 (prior to the start of the academic year)
How to Apply

Submit online application (see below) by the deadline date or call (419) 586-0376 or 1-800-237-1477

Application