WSU National Merit Scholarship

  • Estimated value of $50,000 over 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 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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 March 1.  National Merit/National Hispanic scholarships will replace Freshmen Merit awards, but may be combined with scholarships awarded through the student's academic college, up to the Cost of Attendance.

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
  • Become fully admitted to WSU in a degree-bound program by March 1 of your senior year
  • 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
  • Participate in the Bill and Dorothy Cohen Honors College during your first year at WSU
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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