Widener awards a limited number of full-tuition scholarships each year based on the strength of the applicant pool. Minimum criteria to be considered for an invitation to interview for a full-tuition scholarship includes:

  • 1350 minimum combined SAT score (Math & Critical Reading components)
  • Top 10% of senior class
  • 3.85 minimum cumulative grade point average (based on 4.0 grade scale)

Academic Scholarships

Widener academic scholarships are awarded to incoming undergraduate students based on criteria established by the Office of Admissions. Incoming students are automatically considered for scholarship aid when they apply for admission. Scholarships are renewed in compliance with standards established by the Office of Admissions and may vary by year of admission. Assistance is limited to eight semesters.

This award is applicable to tuition charges only. This award does not apply to any coursework taken during a summer term or at any other institution. In order to qualify for and maintain the award, a student must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate day student. 

Academic scholarships can not be applied to second bachelor degrees.  In addition, students are expected to conform to positive standards of behavior expected of all members of the Widener University community.  Violations of the student code of conduct may result in the loss of this award.

The scholarship will be reviewed annually.  The name of the award may be changed to reflect the contributions of donors to Widener’s scholarship fund, but the total amount will remain the same.

Endowed Scholarships

Widener University has a number of privately funded scholarships that have been given by individual donors and other benefactors.  These endowed awards are designed to recognize our students outstanding academic, leadership, and service achievements and are awarded by individual schools and committees at the University. 

Additional Scholarships

Other scholarship opportunities at Widener include music scholarships, ROTC scholarships, the Laptops for Engineering Students program, and transfer student scholarships.  If an application is required, students will be notified by the appropriate department.

Additional information is available online:

Information on the Give a YearPartnership with City Year and Widener University is found on their web page.

Private Scholarships 
Widener encourages students to seek private scholarships to assist in meeting the cost of education. According to federal regulations, students receiving federal need-based aid may not receive more aid than their demonstrated need. Widener's generous adjustment policy permits scholarships that do not cover full tuition to fill any gap between the student's demonstrated financial need and the amount of his or her financial aid package.

Once need has been met, Widener adjusts Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Work-Study before retracting any need-based gift aid offered by the university.

Consult your Widener Financial Counselor if you have specific questions about how a private scholarship will affect your aid package. Private scholarships must be reported to the Widener Office of Student Financial Services.

For more information about private scholarships, resources you can use include :

  • Public libraries
  • Guidance counselors
  • Community organizations and civic groups
  • Bulletin board for your school or college or Lipka Hall Service Center
  • Reference desk at Wolfgram Library
  • Web searches.