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Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Did you know that more than $20 million in Widener University scholarships and grants were awarded to last year's undergraduate incoming class? It's true!

Scholarships are academic, merit, and talent-based educational funding which means you are not only recognized for your hard work and achievement – you don't have to pay the funds back after graduation!

Explore the various scholarships below to review all of the potential ways you can receive some well-earned financial assistance.

Academic, Merit Scholarships

At Widener, incoming full-time, undergraduate, day students are automatically considered for academic scholarships just by applying for admission. The average merit scholarship for freshmen is $100,000 over four consecutive academic years at Widener. Meanwhile the average merit scholarship for transfer applicants is $14,000 per academic year at Widener. 

Merit scholarships for first year students are based on academic performance in high school, the strength of your high school's curriculum, and standardized test (SAT or ACT) scores. Merit scholarships for transfer students are based on cumulative college grade point average (from all institutions attended) and for Phi Theta Kappa honor society members.

Maintaining Merit Scholarships: In order to maintain a merit scholarship, students must progress toward the completion of their program of study at a rate that will ensure graduation in a reasonable length of time, both quantitatively (credit hours) and qualitatively (grades) while maintaining full-time, undergraduate, day status. Assistance is limited to eight full-time semesters, is applicable to tuition charges only, and is reviewed annually.

Need-based aid is taken into account when processing merit scholarships. Learn how to calculate financial need.  

Widener University 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 outstanding academic, leadership, and service achievements and are awarded by individual schools and committees at the university. No separate application is required for incoming students to be considered for these awards.

The Maguire Foundation Endowed Scholarships

The Maguire Scholars Fund provides scholarship awards to up to five incoming Widener freshmen each year and is renewable each year for a total of four years providing students continue to meet qualifications.

Eligibility to be considered for a Maguire Scholarship includes:

  • Coming from a select list of Philadelphia-area high schools
  • Applying as freshmen and being admitted to the university
  • Remaining in good academic standing, and actively participating in school and community volunteer extracurricular activities
  • Demonstrating financial need as determined by the university

For information on the Maguire Foundation and the listing of participating high schools students must have attended to apply for the award, please visit the Maguire Foundation website.

Students interested in applying for the Maguire Scholars award must file the FAFSA and list Widener University, as well as complete a Maguire Foundation Scholarship Application. The deadline to submit the Maguire Foundation Scholarship Application is March 1, 2019.

Military Scholarships

Full-tuition ROTC scholarships are available for high-achieving students that participate in Widener's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. These scholarships also include a monthly stipend, an allotment for books and are supported by Widener University's room and board incentive. 

As the former Pennsylvania Military Academy (PMC), Widener University also supports active and fallen military members and their families by offering several scholarship opportunities such as the General Carl E. Mundy Jr. Marine Corps scholarship as well as the Widener CARES scholarship program for children of fallen military personnel who were killed in action in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Visit the Financial Aid for Military and Families page for information regarding all financial assistance opportunities available to military members and their families.

Additional University Scholarships

Applications for the following scholarships are available online:

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are a great way to fill any gap between the student's demonstrated financial need and the amount of their financial aid package.

All private scholarships must be reported as they may impact your financial aid package. Once financial need has been met, Widener adjusts Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Work-Study funds before retracting any need-based gift aid offered by the university.
The following resources are great places to look for private scholarships:

  • Web searches
  • Guidance counselors
  • Community organizations and civic groups
  • Public libraries
  • Widener Lipka Hall Service Center or Wolfgram Library Reference Desk

Consult the Financial Aid Services Department if you have specific questions about how a private scholarship may affect your financial aid package.

For questions or additional information about scholarship opportunities, please contact the Financial Aid Services at 610-499-4161 or