Freshmen Merit Scholarship awarding for 2020-2021 has concluded.  Please check with your academic college for scholarship consideration.

Check Out How Much You Could Receive from our 2020-2021 Scholarship Program!

Renewable merit scholarships are split over four years.

Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and a minimum 22 ACT / 1100 SAT in order to be considered for merit scholarships.

In-State rates are listed in bold.  Out-of-State rates are listed in regular font.

Freshmen Merit Scholarships*
GPA 3.9 or above 3.85-3.89 3.75-3.84 3.25-3.74
ACT 33 or above / SAT 1490 or above $16,000 / $24,000 $14,000 / $20,000 $14,000 / $20,000  $12,000 / $16,000
ACT 29-32 / SAT 1350-1480 $14,000 / $20,000 $14,000 / $20,000 $12,000 / $16,000  $12,000 / $16,000
ACT 26-28 / SAT 1240-1340 $14,000 / $20,000 $12,000 / $16,000  $12,000 / $16,000 $8,000 / $12,000
ACT 22-25 / SAT 1100-1230 $12,000 / $16,000 $12,000 / $16,000 $8,000 / $12,000 $8,000 / $12,000


Additional Details

 Scholarship Length

This scholarship is awarded for a total of four consecutive academic years (excluding summers) -- or -- to the point where the student earns their first bachelor’s degree; whichever comes first.

Renewal Requirements

Maintain a minimum overall and semester GPA of 3.25
-- and --
Enroll in and successfully earn at least 30 credit hours each academic year.

Scholarship Increase

Previously awarded students with test score improvements will be reviewed in early February for a merit scholarship increase, if eligible. Updated test scores can be submitted to WSU, but must be received by February 1st of senior year of high school.


  • Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and a minimum 22 ACT / 1100 SAT in order to be considered for merit scholarships.
  • The WSU Financial Aid merit scholarship chart is provided so you can estimate your merit scholarship eligibility as a new incoming freshman student. It provides an approximation of what you can expect to qualify for based on the composite of your grade point average and test score. It is not an application for scholarships or financial aid, and the results are estimates, not guarantees. Official scholarship offer letters will be mailed if students qualify for merit scholarships. Full consideration is given to students who apply for admission by the November 1 priority date. After November 1, consideration will be based on available funding.
  • The chart reflects scholarship amounts over a four-year period. Scholarships can only be applied to direct costs: tuition and student fees and on-campus housing. (Cannot be applied to deposits -- i.e. – housing deposit.)
  • Scholarship amounts are based on residency status at the time of admission. If residency status changes or tuition adjustments are approved at a lower rate (e.g., MSEP, Shocker Select, Shocker City, etc.), scholarships will be reduced to the amount awarded to Kansas residents.