First-year scholarship program expanded by $3 million

Hannah Hendrix, Contributing Writer

Wright State has recently announced a $3 million increase in first-year scholarship funding. The newly established scholarships—the Raider Excellence Scholarship and the Wright Promise Scholarship—will be automatically applied to every eligible incoming freshman who applies for Fall 2013 admission to Wright State before March 1st, 2013.
“We don’t know how many [of each of the] scholarships we’re going to offer. We’re thinking thousands,” says Annie Barnhart from the Office of Financial Aid. She also said incoming students should know “apply before March 1st, and if they meet the requirements, they automatically get the best scholarship… with no additional application.”
Some continuing students might be worried about the effect of this $3 million bump on their own tuition. Annie stressed that “the scholarships are coming out of the university’s operating budget.” She goes on to say that, every year, WSU puts aside some of their operating budget to devote to scholarships—that’s why offering these new scholarships to incoming freshmen will not result in a tuition hike.
To be eligible for the Wright Promise Scholarship in the amount of $1,500, students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, a composite score of 22 on the ACT or a 1030 math and critical reading score on the SAT. For the Raider Excellence Scholarship for $2,500, students have to have a 3.50 GPA, a score of 27 on the ACT or 1220 on the SAT math and critical reading, and rank in the top 10% of their graduating class. Both scholarships are renewable for four years.
To learn more about scholarship opportunities for new and/or continuing students, go to the webpage for the Office of Financial Aid at www.wright.edu/financial-aid/scholarships, or visit the Office of Financial Aid in RaiderConnect in the Student Union Atrium.

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