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Scholarships

Your educational needs and aspirations are at the forefront of everything we do in Honors. We firmly believe in our power to transform the lives of our students, and that they in turn will transform our common future.

Most students in Honors receive some type of scholarship – either university-supported or privately funded. Scholarships are important because they help us recruit and retain the best and brightest students, which enriches the reservoir of talent in Honors and raises the bar for academic excellence.

Students who have been admitted for Fall 2014 and have received an offer of a Presidential, Distinguished or Gold scholarship, will also have been accepted as a member of the Honors College.

These students are required to attend an Honors Convocation event to secure their spots in the Honors College as well as their scholarships.

Scholarships available for Honors College Students

  • University Scholarship: This scholarship is for National Merit Scholar finalists and is valued at $68,500. The award package includes a scholarship valued at $46,000 ($11,500 per year for up to four years of study), $20,000 towards on-campus room and board ($5,000 per year for up to four years of study), and one-time $2,500 Study Abroad stipend. (Students must notify WSU of National Merit Scholar finalist standing.)

  • Presidential Scholarship: Freshmen who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement are eligible for the Presidential Scholarship, a tuition award of $11,500 a year for up to four years. You must attend an Honors Convocation event to be considered for this award.

  • Distinguished Scholarship: Freshmen who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement are eligible for the Distinguished Scholarship, a tuition award of $8,000 a year for up to four years. You must attend an Honors Convocation event to be considered for this award.

  • Wayne State Gold Scholarship: The Gold Scholarship is a $24,000 award - $6,000 per year for up to four years. It is awarded to incoming freshmen and requires attendance at an Honors Convocation event. Your academic record may qualify you for the Gold Scholarship.

Students are notified by mail as to which scholarship they qualify for following their official admission to the university. Students are encouraged to be admitted by December 8, 2013 for optimal scholarship consideration.

Wayne State offers a number of scholarships to meritorious students. If students are offered more than one of these scholarships, they will have to choose the one that fits them best, as they can only receive funding from one of these awards.  

To receive financial aid, including scholarships through the Office of Student Financial Aid or Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Scholarships, you must be a citizen of the United States or have permanent resident status. The standard documentation for a permanent resident of the United States is the Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551, since 1997) or Resident Alien Card (Form I-551, before 1997).