Most Honors students, like other WCU students, receive some form of financial aid in the form of (loans, grants, Work-Study, need-based scholarships or a variety of other scholarships).

Incoming first-year Honors students, by virtue of admission to The Honors College, are automatically considered for a WCU merit scholarship. These scholarships are very competitive, and not every Honors student will receive one.

Transfer Honors students may be eligible for transfer scholarships that are managed by the Office of Admissions.

Continuing Honors students might consider applying for WCU scholarships, such as the Honors College Merit Scholarship or scholarships offered through the academic department of the student’s major (the Crum Scholarship in the English Department, for example). For information about scholarships for continuing students related to a particular major, contact the academic department head. External scholarships, fellowships, and internships are important for continuing Honors students to consider, although they are extremely competitive. For more information about Honors scholarships or prestigious fellowships, contact the dean.

Honors College Merit Scholarship Competition

The Honors College will be able to fund a limited number of merit-based scholarships to help students and families with needed support for the spring semester. This scholarship competition is made possible by the generosity of our Honors College donors. These are one time only awards and will be applied to the award recipients’ FALL semester bill. Awards in this competition are NOT renewable.

In order to be eligible to apply for these funds, (1) the applicant must be in his or her first or second year at WCU and must have completed FEWER than 51 credit hours at WCU at the time of application*, (2) the applicant must complete at least 15 credit hours in the current semester, and (3) the applicant must be in good standing at the time of application and must finish the current semester in good standing in the Honors College to receive the scholarship. If you have questions about your eligibility to apply, you should call the Honors College Office.

The application requires you to complete a few simple screening questions and will require you to upload a prepared document (.pdf format is recommended). Your document will be a statement of purpose that describes your academic interests, long-term academic goals, and why this scholarship is important to you. Statements should be limited to no more than 1000 words.

Selection Criteria: The selection committee will consider your statement of purpose and will look at your academic transcript at the end of the semester. By applying, you also give the committee permission to ask for financial need information from the Financial Aid Office.   Awards will be made based on a combination of scholastic achievement, the written essay, and financial need. Students who do NOT currently receive merit-based aid from The Honors College will be given higher priority during the selection process.

Here is the link to the new online application:  Honors College Scholarship Competition

You can save your application before submitting, but be sure to submit it by the deadline.

DEADLINES: The application for SPRING 2018 will close on May 4th, 2018 at 11:55 pm. Because this is an electronic application, it will not be possible to submit a late application.

And a final word of advice: If you are going to apply, take the time to put in your very best effort. These applications tend to be VERY competitive. You will want to be thoughtful, organized, and clear. Check for grammar, spelling, and formatting errors. Follow the instructions. Put forth your very best effort.  

Undergraduate Study Abroad Travel Support (SATS)

The Honors College offers a limited number of Study Abroad Travel Support (SATS) to reimburse students for travel abroad in an approved sponsored program. Travel on your own (outside an approved sponsored program) will not be considered. Students traveling abroad and earning academic credits will be prioritized over students who are traveling abroad without enrolling in credit bearing courses. Students who have not previously received funds for travel will be prioritized over those who have previously received funds.

Your application will be considered by a committee of staff and faculty, and you will be notified about the outcome via email within four weeks of the submission deadline. For more information, download the application materials here:

SATS Application (Word)
SATS Application (PDF)


The Honors College offers scholarships, based on academic merit, to incoming first-year students. As funds allow, The Honors College also provides scholarships and one-time grants to continuing Honors students. All scholarships depend on remaining in good standing in The Honors College, in terms of grade point average and progress towards The Honors College diploma. Transfer scholarships are awarded through the Office of Admissions (828.227.7317). For information about other WCU scholarships not offered through the college, please contact Brenda Holcombe in the Office of Financial Aid (828.227.7732) or visit the WCU Scholarships website.

Distinguished National and International Scholarships

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