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.

Widener Scholars Full-Tuition Scholarship

Widener awards a limited number of full-tuition scholarships each year.  Students invited to apply for the Widener Scholar Full-Tuition Scholarship can submit an online application.  Please note that the Widener Scholars application is now closed.

Minimum criteria to be considered for an invitation to interview for a full-tuition scholarship includes:

  • 1410 minimum combined SAT score (Math & EBRW sections), or 30 minimum ACT composite score
  • Top 10% of senior class
  • 3.85 minimum cumulative grade point average (based on 4.0 grade scale)


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 Year Partnership with City Year and Widener University is found on their web page.

The Maguire Foundation Endowed Scholarship
The Maguire Scholars Fund provides $10,000.00 scholarship awards to up to five incoming Widener freshmen each year. The award is renewable each year for a total of four years providing students continue to meet qualifications.

Maguire Scholars come from a select list of Philadelphia area high schools; students must apply as freshmen and be admitted to the university, must remain in good academic standing, and actively participate in school and/or community volunteer extra-curricular activities, as well as have demonstrated financial need as determined by the university.  Students interested in applying for the Maquire Scholars award must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and release the application to Widener University.

The Maguire Foundation’s mission is grounded in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola that we are men and women for others. Through partnerships with educational institutions, The Maguire Foundation provides students and families of need with scholarship assistance and grants to grade school, high school, and college in order to build a strong foundation for success.

Maguire Foundation Scholarship Application

For information on the Maguire Foundation and the listing of participating high schools students must have attended to apply for the award at Widener, please visit the Foundation website at: http://www.maguirefoundation.org.

General Carl E. Mundy Jr. and Linda Sloan Mundy Marine Corp Scholarship
Students attending Widener University who are receiving a Marine Corps Foundation Scholarship award can now significantly increase their award thanks to the establishment of The General Carl E. Mundy Jr. and Linda Sloan Mundy Marine Corp Scholarship Matching Fund. Widener alumnus Mr. Tom Bown and his wife Bonnie Bown have offered this generous opportunity through Widener that both recognizes General and Mrs. Mundy, as well as ensures that a Widener education is not one more sacrifice the children of our military have to make.

The Mundy Endowed Scholarship Fund will match the amount students receive from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, up to $5,000 per year, for four years.

The Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation is the Nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children, with particular attention given to those whose parent has been killed or wounded in combat, or have demonstrated financial need. For more information about the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and to apply, please visit http://www.mcsf.org/.

Students who are recipients of a Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation award and have applied and been accepted to Widener University should contact Ms. Kathleen Smith, Associate Director of Student Financial Services at kasmith@widener.edu.

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 the 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