Wright State University is investing $3 million in a new, expanded scholarship program designed to make a college education more affordable and attract and retain high-achieving and academically successful students.
The new program broadens the requirements of existing scholarships, making more students eligible.
“This is Wright State’s way of helping deserving students who may find the pursuit of a college degree financially challenging,” said Wright State President David R. Hopkins. “We want to open the doors to a college education as widely as possible. Our Academic Performance Scholarship program, which features the new Wright Promise Scholarship and the new Raider Excellence Scholarship, is a perfect way to do that.”
Under the expanded Academic Performance Scholarship program, a student who applies for admission for fall semester by March 1 and meets the requirements will receive a scholarship. As a result of doing more for prospective students, university officials expect the scholarship money awarded to greatly exceed the current annual amount of $15 million.
“Families are struggling to send their children to college, and we are committed to doing all we can to help,” said Jacqueline McMillan, Ph.D., Vice President for Enrollment Management. “We are very excited to be able to pledge new institutional dollars for scholarships, which will help students realize their dreams of a college education.”
Under the new program, high school students with a GPA of at least 3.0 and an ACT score of 22 to 26 will receive a $1,500 Wright Promise Scholarship that can be renewed if the student maintains a 2.5 GPA after earning 24 credit hours.
High school students who meet two of the three following requirements will receive a $2,500 Raider Excellence Scholarship that can be renewed if the student maintains at least a 3.0 after earning 30 credit hours—ranks in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, has an ACT score of at least 27 and has at least a 3.5 high school GPA.
Valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school classes with at least a 30 on their ACT will receive full in-state tuition that can be renewed if the students maintain at least a 3.0 GPA at Wright State after earning 30 credit hours.
Valedictorians or salutatorians with less than a 30 on their ACT will receive half in-state tuition that can be renewed if the students maintain at least a 3.0 GPA after earning 30 credit hours.
For more information, please visit: http://www.wright.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/first-year-scholarships