WSU National Merit Scholarships

  • Estimated value of $80,000 for residents and $112,000 for non-residents
  • Good for four years with eligibility
  • Open to National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Recognition Finalists

Upcoming Event: WSU National Merit Recognition Day

National Merit Semifinalists and National Hispanic Finalists are invited to WSU's National Merit Recognition Day on Monday, October 22, 2018.  To find out more about this event and to RSVP, click here



Who is eligible?

  • National Merit Finalists
  • Finalists in the National Hispanic Recognition Program

NOTE: Eligibility is contingent upon submission of a complete admission application to WSU by April 1. These scholarships cannot be combined with other institutional scholarships offered through WSU.

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What does the WSU National Merit Scholarship cover?

These scholarships can be applied to the following direct costs:

  • Tuition, Student Fee, and Campus Infrastructure & Support Fee up to 15 credit hours per term
  • On-Campus Room and Board (any choice except private room)
  • $1,000 stipend for books at $500 per semester

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What are the requirements to receive the WSU National Merit Scholarship?

  • Become a National Merit Finalist or a Finalist Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program
  • Submit an application for admission to WSU by April 1
  • National Merit Finalists: Designate WSU as your number one school of choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 1
  • National Hispanic Recognition Finalists: Provide a copy of your certificate/notification letter from College Board to the Office of Financial Aid by May 1
  • Become fully admitted to WSU in a degree-bound program by May 1 of your senior year
  • Participate in the Bill and Dorothy Cohen Honors College during your first year at WSU

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What are the renewal requirements for the WSU National Merit Scholarship?

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 at the conclusion of each semester of the academic year
  • Enroll in and successfully complete at least 15 credit hours each semester (Fall and Spring)
  • NOTE: If you have fewer than 24 hours remaining in your degree program, enrollment exceptions may be granted on an individual review based on a written request.
  • Participate in one organization with your major or academic college and one organization through Student Involvement
  • Pre-register for classes for each fall semester by July 1, and each spring semester by December 1 of each year

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