Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is the most prestigious award offered at Western Illinois University.  Awards are determined by a selection committee that considers academic merit, demonstrated leadership ability and community engagement as factors in the selection process.  Presidential Scholars receive scholarships to cover full tuition, student fees, a double residence hall room and meal plan not covered by other scholarships. 

What are the requirements for Fall 2021 students?

  • 3.6+ GPA
  • Meet freshmen admission requirements for the Centennial Honors College
  • Enroll in the Centennial Honors College
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and community engagement

Is this scholarship renewable?

  • Yes, for an additional three years (six semesters) of continuous undergraduate study
  • Maintain a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA at WIU

What else do I need to know?

  • SAT/ACT scores are not required to apply for the Presidential Scholarship, but may be used during final phases of the selection process.  If used, scores of a 1300+ SAT or 28+ ACT will be considered.
  • Scholarships will be disbursed in equal amounts between the fall and spring semesters
  • Total financial aid and scholarships cannot exceed the total cost of attendance for Western Illinois University
  • Scholarships are subject to the availability of funds

How to Apply

  • Deadline: December 1
  • Complete the WIU Foundation Scholarship application