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Academic Merit Awards

Academic Merit Awards for Beginning Freshmen Fall 2017

Eligibility & Application

Students with a minimum 3.3 unweighted GPA and a minimum 25 ACT (1130 SAT) qualify for WKU’s Academic Merit Awards.    

To be considered for an Academic Merit Award, students must have a complete application package on file.  A complete application package includes the following:

Award & Notification

Academic Merit Awards range from $1,500 to $8,000 per academic year ($6,000-$32,000 over a four year period) as demonstrated in the chart below.

Academic Merit Based Awards

Students who qualify for an Academic Merit Award and are admitted by January 15 will be notified of their eligibility for this award shortly after being admitted.

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

Academic Merit Awards require full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours).

Students who meet the minimum criteria for this award (GPA/ACT) but do not apply for admission by the January 15 deadline will still be considered, contingent upon availability of scholarship funds.  Notification of eligibility for late applicants will occur mid-May and mid-July.

Disbursement

Scholarship awards are applied toward charges that exist on the student’s account at WKU.  In the event total awards (grants, loans, scholarships) exceed total charges (tuition, fees, housing, meals, books), a refund will be issued to the student by the option chosen when selecting the refund preference at RefundSelection.com

Renewal

Academic Merit Awards are automatically renewable with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (at the end of the spring semester).  Students who fail to meet the renewal GPA of 3.0 can use the summer term to bring their GPA up to the required level.     

Academic Merit Awards are renewable for up to 4 academic years or until graduation, whichever occurs first.

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