Quad Cities Campus

Western Commitment Scholarship (4-years)

The Western Commitment Scholarship is a new program intended to reward students with excellent academic ability who demonstrate achievement in high school by offering 4-year scholarships towards the cost of attendance at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.

New freshmen who submit all application materials for admission by May 15 are automatically considered for Western Commitment Scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required to be considered for a Western Commitment Scholarshp. Awards are based on student’s high school GPA and ACT/SAT score. High school GPA will be based on weighted or unweighted GPA, which ever is higher, and converted to a 4.0 scale. The ACT score considered is the highest composite score submitted to WIU. Students can enter as new freshmen in any semester but the Western Commitment Scholarship may only be used for Fall and Spring semesters. The scholarship will be distributed half in the fall semester and half in the spring semester. Western Commitment Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at WIU by maintaining eligibility requirements.

Students may move up in scholarship levels if they improve their ACT/SAT scores prior to the start of the academic year.

automatic scholarships levels

Scholarships Levels


  • Minimum ACT of 32 or SAT of 1420
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale


  • Minimum ACT of 29 or SAT of 1300
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


  • Minimum ACT of 25 or SAT of 1140
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


  • Minimum ACT of 22 or SAT of 1010
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

* All $10,000 scholarships have been awarded for the Fall 2013 semester. Students who meet the criteria for the top scholarships will be awarded the $3,000 scholarship and will be considered for the $10,000 award as they become available.

Scholarship Eligibility

In order to receive a Western Commitment Scholarship students must complete high school with a cumulative GPA above the minimum criteria for the award level, maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) each semester, maintain a cumulative WIU GPA of 3.0 or better, maintain good standing with regard to the Student Code of Conduct, and submit a completed FAFSA to WIU prior to May 15.

Students attending WIU-Quad Cities will not be required to live in University Housing.

How the Scholarship Works

A Western Commitment Scholarship will be packaged as a part of student’s financial aid, added after tuition waivers, federal grants, and state grants to cover direct costs such as tuition, fees, room, and board. A Western Commitment Scholarship will not disqualify students from receiving loans to cover additional costs of attendance such as books and travel.

Western Commitment Scholarships will cover up to the entire direct costs (tuition, fees, room, and board) above federal grants, state grants, and tuition waivers if applicable. The Western Commitment Scholarship will not reduce student’s eligible grants. Students may not receive additional variance dollars of Western Commitment Scholarships above the total direct costs; however, any competitive scholarships through the University Foundation or outside scholarships may be used above the total direct costs.

Renewal Information

Western Commitment Scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years (8 total semesters). For more information about renewal requirements please visit the Western Commitment Scholarships Renewal website.