Merit Scholars Alumni

Wayne State University created the Merit Scholars program in 1972, and it provided full tuition to more than 4,500 students who demonstrated strong academic achievement. This legacy of support continues today as the Presidential Scholars program in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.

Like the Merit Scholars before them, Wayne State's Presidential Scholars continue to excel in their fields and communities.

Wayne State created the Merit Scholars Alumni Annual Scholarship to honor the Merit Scholars program's tradition of excellence. This scholarship helps draw high-achieving students to the challenging, innovative and interdisciplinary program in the Honors College.

We hope you will consider supporting this fund or establishing your own named scholarship to benefit our rising scholars. Gifts can be made online, or you may contact Mary Barden, Director of Philanthropy, at or 313-577-1664 for more information on alternative methods of giving.

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Please designate your gift for the Merit Scholars Alumni Annual Scholarship.

We will create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.