Undergraduate Admissions

Western Commitment Scholarships Renewal

Western Illinois University awards automatic scholarships to eligible incoming freshmen with excellent academic ability and achievement in high school. Western Commitment and Centennial Honors Commitment scholarships are renewable for up to eight semesters (four years) of full-time undergraduate attendance in fall/spring terms. Renewal criteria must be met for students to maintain scholarship funding; however, a one-semester grace period will be allowed if students fall below the applicable cumulative GPA requirement before scholarship funding is forfeited.

Western Commitment Scholarship renewal criteria:

  • Maintain a cumulative WIU GPA of a 2.75 or higher
  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) each fall/spring semester at WIU as an undergraduate student
  • Live in University Housing for the first 2 years of enrollment (exceptions are granted for credited internships, study abroad and Quad Cities campus enrollment)
  • Apply for financial aid at WIU by completing the FAFSA each year, which is available beginning October 1.
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  • Comply with the WIU Code of Student Conduct
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Centennial Honors Commitment Scholarship renewal criteria:

  • Maintain a cumulative WIU GPA of a 3.4 or higher
  • Maintain enrollment in the Centennial Honors College
  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) each fall/spring semester at WIU as an undergraduate student
  • Live in University Housing for the first 2 years of enrollment (exceptions are granted for credited internships, study abroad and Quad Cities campus enrollment)
  • Apply for financial aid at WIU by completing the FAFSA each year, which is available beginning October 1.
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  • Comply with the WIU Code of Student Conduct
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Centennial Honors Commitment scholarship award recipients who do not meet or who do not wish to meet the renewal requirements for the $10,000 annual award can opt to instead receive the next highest Western Commitment scholarship award if they meet the stated renewal criteria.

Additional Renewal Information

Violations of the Code of Student Conduct will be reported to the Coordinator of the scholarship program. Students who are placed on Disciplinary Probation or a more sever sanction will face rescission of their Western Commitment or Centennial Honors Commitment scholarship.

Students not meeting assigned criteria will not be required to reimburse any previously awarded Western Commitment or Centennial Honors Commitment scholarship funding but will not receive future funding. If a student chooses to attend another college or university, the scholarship is forfeited; once forfeited, the scholarship cannot be reclaimed. Scholarships are contingent upon continued funding availability.

Macomb
  • Award amounts will be renewed at the maximum amount of the student's initial eligibility after federal/state grants, tuition waivers, housing waivers and other federal/state aid (not including federal loans or additional scholarships) is assessed.
  • Award amounts will not exceed the student's total direct costs (tuition, student fees, campus housing and meal plan) but students can obtain federal loans and additional scholarships in excess of direct costs to cover additional education expenses such as books and travel.
Quad Cities
  • Award amounts will be renewed at the maximum amount of the student's initial eligibility after state grants, tuition waivers and other federal/state aid (not including federal loans or additional scholarships) is assessed.
  • Award amounts will not exceed the student's total direct costs (tuition and student fees) but students can obtain federal grants/loans and additional scholarships in excess of direct costs to cover additional educational expenses such as books and travel.

Questions regarding the renewal terms of the Western Commitment or Centennial Commitment scholarships may contact Undergraduate Admissions at (309) 298-3157 or
email admissions@wiu.edu.