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2024-2025 Academic Merit Scholarships

Academic Merit Scholarships


Eligibility & Application

Students with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA qualify for WKU’s Academic Merit Scholarships.   

To be considered for an Academic Merit Scholarship, students must have a complete application package on file by December 31st, 2023.  A complete application package includes the following:

  • Applied AND admitted  to WKU
  • Submit official high school transcript*
  • Submit Composite ACT or SAT scores (if seeking a scholarship with an ACT/SAT requirement). Superscores are not considered.


*NOTE: Students conditionally admitted to WKU based upon a self-reported GPA must submit an official high school transcript and be officially admitted by December 31st. Conditional scholarship offers up to that point will be appropriately adjusted to reflect the award for which the student qualifies based upon the updated transcript and admission date. Scholarships estimated upon a self-reported GPA will not disburse to the student account until an official transcript is received.


Award & Notification

Academic Merit Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year ($4,000-$30,000 over a four year period) as demonstrated in the chart below.



3.80 – 4.00 GPA and a 30+ ACT (or 1390 SAT)

$7,500 per year - $30,000 total

3.80 – 4.00 GPA (No ACT or SAT requirement)

$3,500 per year - $14,000 total

3.50 – 3.79 GPA (No ACT or SAT requirement)

$2,500 per year - $10,000 total

3.30 – 3.49 GPA (No ACT or SAT requirement)

$1,500 per year - $6,000 total

3.00 – 3.29 GPA (No ACT or SAT requirement)

$1,000 per year - $4,000 total


Students who qualify for an Academic Merit Scholarship will be notified of their eligibility for this award shortly after being admitted to WKU.

Students receiving an Academic Merit Scholarship may also be eligible for Supplemental Awards and TOPDollar awards, up to Cost of Attendance.

Please note that your scholarship may be partially funded using foundation awards.

Academic Merit Scholarships require full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours each semester at WKU).



Scholarship awards are applied toward charges that exist on the student’s WKU account. Scholarships often disburse before the semester begins and always show as a credit on the bill, not to exceed the cost of attendance budget. In the event that total awards (grants, loans, scholarships) exceed total charges (tuition, fees, housing, meals, books), a refund will be issued to the student up to the cost of attendance according to the refund preference the student selected at my.wku.edu. For more information about the refund process, please visit the Office of Student Billing & Account Services.



Academic Merit Scholarships are automatically renewable with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (at the end of the spring semester). 

Academic Merit Scholarships are renewable for up to eight (8) semesters of full-time undergraduate study or until receipt of a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first.


We encourage all students to explore additional opportunities at https://www.wku.edu/topdollar/


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 Last Modified 9/7/23