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

Many 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 most ambitious students, which enriches the reservoir of talent in Honors and raises the bar for academic excellence.

Scholars Day/Dean's Award maintenance

  • Honors first-year are expected to complete University Honors. 28 credits for students entering Fall of 2019, including the first-year foundational sequence: HON 1000 (fall) and the Honors Foundational seminar (winter).
  • Honors good standing requires annual progress toward completing University Honors, which is an average of 7 Honors credits a year.
  • Honors good standing also requires a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA.
  • Please also refer to your Scholars Day/Dean's Award agreement for additional specific requirements.

Honors College private scholarships

Wayne State University is pleased to announce the implementation of a new interactive scholarship application, AcademicWorks.

WSU AcademicWorks - Private Scholarship Application 

The 2022-23 Private Scholarship Application will be open until March 1, 2022.

Students interested in applying for WSU's private scholarships via AcademicWorks, please visit and log in using your AccessID and password. When an application is submitted, students will receive an email confirmation. With hundreds of scholarships available, WSU encourages students to apply before the March 1, 2022 deadline.

The application process:

Any required supplemental material(s) must be submitted by March 1, 2022 for private award consideration.

When determining award recipients, students who complete a scholarship profile will be reviewed first.

The number of qualified applicants for scholarships is far greater than the available funding. Not all qualified applicants will receive scholarships. The decisions of the scholarship committee are final.

Finish Line Scholarship

Honors seniors who are on track to graduate in the Winter 2022 or Spring/Summer 2022 semesters are invited to apply for the Finish Line Scholarship. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 17, 2021 at 5 pm. For consideration, students must complete and return the Finish Line Scholarship application and Major Verification form.


Complete the FAFSA

Some of the awards are need-based, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA must be successfully on file by March 1, 2022 with the WSU school code 002329 to be considered for those awards. The 2021-22 FAFSA is available now.

Other aid

Need-based financial aid may be adjusted if you subsequently receive additional aid (scholarships, grants or loans). Private scholarship awards may reduce other WSU scholarships, grants, loan eligibility or other aid.

Wayne State offers a number of scholarships to meritorious students. If students are offered more than one of these scholarships, they will be asked to choose the one that suits 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 the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 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).