WSU Freshmen Merit Scholarship FAQ

***Awarding for the 2018-2019 entry term is closed***

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Incoming domestic high school seniors who are fully-admitted to WSU as a degree-bound student with:
    • A completed 6th semester transcript
      -- and --
    • ACT / SAT test scores
  • Students will be evaluated based on a composite of the following:
    • High School GPA (unweighted)
    • National Test Score (ACT / SAT)
  • Students with test score improvements have an opportunity for reconsideration. Updated test scores must be applied to the student's file by February 1st.
  • Awarding begins in September for the following academic year and will continue until available funding is exhausted.
  • Priority Date for admission is December 1st.
Students must have a minimum 22 ACT or 1,100 SAT and 3.25 GPA in order to be considered for merit scholarships.

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How much could I receive?

DIRECTIONS: Using the tables below, add your scores for GPA and either the ACT or SAT Test Score to determine your total scholarship points.

1. GPA  

NOTE: Unweighted GPAs are measured on a scale of 0 to 4.0 and do not take the difficulty of your courses into account. This means that an A in an AP class and an A in a low-level class will both translate into 4.0s. 


GPA Range Points
  3.9 or above   4
3.85-3.89 3
3.75-3.84 2
3.25-3.74 1


  NOTE: Only one test score may be used in your calculation. You must choose either the ACT or SAT score.


Test Score Points
  33 or above   4
29-32 3
26-28 2
22-25 1


Test Score Points
1490 or above 4
1350-1480 3
1240-1340 2
1100-1230 1

(SAT or ACT + GPA )

Total Points Scholarship Scholarship Amount**
8 Presidential Merit Scholarship Kansas Residents: $16,000
Nonresidents: $24,000
6-7 Morrison Merit Scholarship Kansas Residents: $14,000
Nonresidents: $20,000
4-5 Founders Merit Scholarship Kansas Residents: $12,000
Nonresidents: $16,000
2-3 Heritage Merit Scholarship Kansas Residents: $8,000
Nonresidents: $12,000

* DISCLAIMERThe WSU Financial Aid merit scholarship chart is being provided as a means to estimate your merit scholarship eligibility as a new incoming freshman student. It provides an approximation of what you can expect to qualify for based on the composite of your grade point average, and test score.  It is not an application for scholarships or financial aid, and the results are estimates, not guarantees. Official scholarship offer letters will be mailed if students qualify for merit scholarships. Full consideration is given to students who apply for admission by the December 1 priority date. After December 1, consideration will be based on available funding.

** Figures reflect scholarship amounts over a four-year period beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarships can only be applied to direct costs: tuition and student fees and on-campus housing. (Cannot be applied to deposits -- i.e. – housing deposit.)

Scholarship amounts are based on residency status at the time of admission. If residency status changes or tuition adjustments are approved at a lower rate (e.g., MSEP, Shocker Select, Shocker City, etc.), scholarships will be reduced to the amount awarded to Kansas residents.

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What is the length of the WSU Freshmen Merit Scholarship?

This scholarship is awarded for a total of four consecutive academic years (excluding summers) -- or -- to the point where the student earns their first bachelor’s degree; whichever comes first. 

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

  • Maintain a minimum overall and semester GPA of 3.25
    -- and --
  • Students must earn 30 credit hours with a minimum overall 3.25 GPA by the end of each academic year for annual renewal consideration.
  • High school seniors transferring in credit hours that count toward their major will be allowed to utilize a maximum of six credit hours toward the 30-hour requirement during their freshman year at Wichita State.

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