Wichita State University has refocused and resized its scholarship program to expand opportunities for prospective and academically qualified students.
Scholarships for the new Freshmen Merit Program -- with awards of up to $12,000 over four years -- will begin with the 2014-15 academic year. The scholarships, which span from $1,000 per year to $3,000 per year, are being offered this week and will continue to be offered on a monthly basis through March 1. Awards after that date will be based on availability of funds.
"The goal of the new merit scholarship program is to reward a wider range of students for their academic excellence, while helping with money to fund their educational experience at Wichita State," said Deb Byers, director of financial aid at WSU.
One key change is refocusing WSU's scholarship programs so that students can pursue a WSU education with the aid of a renewable merit scholarship during a four-year period of time.
A second change eliminates the need for students to submit a separate scholarship application. All newly admitted students who are qualified will receive an offer as long as money is available.
"With the new scholarship program, students should know within four to five weeks of being admitted to WSU what they can expect to receive," said Byers.
In addition to the new Freshmen Merit Program, WSU also has announced a new National Merit Scholarship Program, Transfer Merit Scholarship Program and Honors College Scholarship Program.