Applying for Scholarships
Western Carolina University is proud to recognize many of the generous contributors who have funded endowed scholarships for deserving students. These scholarships have a wide variety of criteria including: academic merit, financial need, program of study, county of residence, demonstrated leadership, community service, talent, or campus involvement. For a full list of these scholarships, please visit scholarships.wcu.edu.
In order to be considered for these scholarships, new and continuing students must submit the online scholarship application each year. The University Scholarship Committee works in conjunction with departmental scholarship committees to select scholarship recipients in the spring for the following academic year. In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, students must also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority filing deadline and demonstrate financial need as determined by Federal Methodology.
Each year, WCU awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships recognizing academic achievement. These scholarships are awarded based on academic credentials presented during the admission process and a separate application is not required. These scholarships are highly competitive and students should apply for admission by November 15 in order to ensure consideration.
Scholarships are also available to students with demonstrated talent in the performing arts or athletics. For more information about athletic scholarships, please contact the WCU Athletics Department. Scholarships for the performing arts are awarded by audition.