The W cares about all of our students and their potential. That's why we've created financial awards that recognize all levels of academic achievement and provide support for your studies. We'll be happy to talk to you about what The W can do to encourage your success!
Our four levels of W Freshmen Awards are:
Presidential Award-$4,500 per year
Whitfield Award- $3,000 per year
Franklin Award- $1,500 per year
Kincannon Award- $750 per year
To qualify for a scholarship award at The W, your ACT/SAT score and your college preparatory curriculum (CPC) grade point average from high school are weighed to determine your award range. All merit awards begin with at least an 20 ACT or 940 SAT and a 3.0 CPC GPA. Priority deadlines for awards are May 1. The final deadline for all awards is July 1.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
Residents of Mississippi whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) graduated from The W and are an active member of the MUW Alumni Association are eligible to receive this renewable scholarship in the amount of $400 per year. Students must notify the Office of Admissions and indicate parent(s) or grandparent(s) name and year of graduation to determine eligibility.
Out-of-state students whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) graduated from The W and are an active member of the MUW Alumni Association are eligible to receive these renewable scholarships which cover non-resident fees. Students must notify the Office of Admissions and indicate parent(s) or grandparent(s) name and year of graduation to determine eligibility.
Out-of-state students who are from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, or Tennessee will receive a scholarship to cover the out-of-state portion of tuition.
Out-of-state students who meet eligibility requirements for submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and also meet the following criteria may apply for this scholarship which covers out-of-state portion of tuition:
Minimum ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 980
Minimum 3.0 college prep curriculum grade point average
The W awards these one year scholarships to first-time college students who were valedictorians or salutatorians of their high school class. The award for salutatorian is $400 and the award for valedictorian is $500. These awards are one time awards over a one year period.
In addition to the academic and need-based scholarships that are awarded to you during the admissions process, many of the academic programs and departments at The W have separate scholarships that are exclusively for their majors. These scholarships have their own application, deadline, and selection process.
Additional Financial Aid Options
For additional information about loans, grants and state aid, contact the Financial Aid Center at 877-462-8439 ext. 7114,
Most MUW scholarships and awards are for a period of one academic year (fall and spring only). However, some can be renewed for three additional academic years, or until graduation, whichever occurs first. In order to renew scholarships, all scholarship recipients must complete at least 12 hours per semester at The W and maintain a 2.5 or higher MUW cumulative grade point average per academic year. Centennial and Honors Award recipients must complete at least 12 hours per semester and maintain a 3.0 or higher. Out of State Fee Waiver (Contiguous States, Military, Near Completers, Alumni, and Mission Specific Academic Programs) recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to have their award renewed. Students may receive more than one type of scholarship to attend The W. However, the total W award package, including state, federal, institutional, and private funds, may not exceed total cost of attendance. Awards will be adjusted should the total amount exceed this cost.
The total amount of institutional scholarships awarded by the university may not exceed the total cost of tuition, room, board and a book stipend.