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Scholarships Available for Entering Freshmen

WWU offers many scholarships to entering, first-time freshmen. Students are advised to inform Student Financial Services of scholarship eligibility and be prepared to document eligibility as required. Entering freshmen who do not attend WWU all three quarters of their freshman year forfeit a portion of their scholarships. 

This scholarship program was designed for first time freshmen who enroll after September 1, 2017. Students already enrolled prior to the 2017-18 year will remain on the scholarship program in place when they enrolled as a first time freshmen at WWU.

ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP = $8,000 to $11,000 per year

A student can be awarded only one of the following GPA or ACT/SAT scholarships, which ever has the highest cumulative dollar value over four years.

This award is fully renewable for three additional years if the student maintains a 3.00 cumulative grade point average at WWU. To validate this award, evidence of high school grade-point average must be submitted to Student Financial Services by the student's school. General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test scores do not qualify. Students who attend any other college or university (except for the summer) forfeit the balance of their scholarship.



ACT / Old SAT / New SAT Composite Score / GPA


ACT Score 31+ / Old SAT 2060+ / New SAT 1440+ / 3.90-4.00


ACT Score 29+ / Old SAT 1920-2050 / New SAT 1360-1430 / 3.75-3.89


ACT Score 25-28 / Old SAT 1700-1910 / New SAT 1220-1350 / 3.50-3.74


ACT Score 23-24 / Old SAT 1590-1690 / New SAT 1150-1210 / 3.00-3.49


This award is fully renewable for three additional years if the student maintains a 3.00 grade point average. The student may receive the larger of this scholarship or a Freshman Achievement Scholarship, but not both.

Students who attend another college or university (except for Running Start and summer school immediately after high school graduation) prior to attending WWU forfeit their Achievement Scholarship.

OUT-OF-AREA GRANT = $2,000 per year

A student whose residential address is outside of Washington or Oregon will receive an award of $2,000. Students who receive this grant can continue to receive it for an additional 3 years as long as they maintain the out-of-area residency requirement. If the student is a dependent financial aid applicant, the state of residence is that of the parent supplying information on the FAFSA. Otherwise, we use the state in the student's permanent address. Students who attend any other college or university (except for the summer) forfeit the balance of their grant. Students receiving this grant cannot receive the Washington State Need Grant.

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS AWARD = $1,000 to full tuition

Placement LevelAward
Finalist (President's Scholarship)full tuition1
Semifinalist (WWU Merit Award)$1,5002
Commended Student (WWU Merit Award)1,0002

1Renewable at 100% for one year and at 50% for two more years if student maintains 3.80 cumulative GPA at WWU. Recipient not eligible for other academic scholarships including the Out-of-Area Grant; recipient is eligible for leadership scholarships.

2Fully renewable for three additional years if student maintains a 3.80 cumulative GPA at WWU. Recipient also eligible for GPA or ACT/SAT scholarship and the Achievement Bonus.

LEADERSHIP AWARD = $500 to $1,500

Walla Walla University awards a scholarship to entering freshmen who served in selected leadership roles during their junior and senior years. To validate this award, evidence of the office held must be submitted to Enrollment Services. Students may qualify for more than one Excellence in Leadership award up to a total of $1,500.

Student Association (S.A.) President$1,500
SA Executive Vice President1,000
SA Spiritual Vice President1,000
Senior Class President1,350
Senior Class Executive Vice President1,000
Senior Class Spiritual Vice President1,000
Junior Class President1,000
Junior Class Executive Vice President750
Yearbook Editor1,350
Yearbook Assistant Editor825
Yearbook Co-Editor750
Newspaper Editor1,350
Newspaper Assistant Editor825
Newspaper Co-Editor750
Head Resident Assistant850
Resident Assistant825
Team Captain500
Outstanding Community/Church Leadership*500
Other Office (JR or SR year)500*

*Office subject to WWU approval. Limit two awards of this type per student.


Students in the Honors Program are awarded an annual scholarship dependent on successful completion of specific courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at WWU. Freshmen and sophomore students receive $1,000 and juniors and seniors receive $1,500. Scholarship funds will be applied to student accounts at the start of spring quarter.

This scholarship is under review and may be changed or eliminated for students enrolling after June 1, 2017.

Last update on January 3, 2017