Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Explore the various scholarships available to Widener University undergraduate students.

Academic Scholarships

  • Open to: full-time, undergraduate, day students
  • How to apply: incoming students are automatically considered for academic scholarships just by applying
  • Scholarship amount: The total average merit scholarship for freshmen over four year is $100,000. The scholarship is limited to eight full-time semesters, is applicable to tuition charges only, and is reviewed annually. The average merit scholarship for transfer applicants is $14,000 per academic year. 

Merit scholarships for first-year students are based on academic performance in high school and the strength of your high school's curriculum. Merit scholarships for transfer students are based on cumulative college grade point average (from all institutions attended). Phi Theta Kappa honor society members are eligible for additional scholarship.

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 is a reasonable length of time, both quantitatively (credit hours) and qualitatively (grades) while maintaining full-time, undergraduate, day status. 

  • Open to: undergraduate first year students accepted into the The Honors Program in General Education
  • How to apply: no separate application is required to be considered, students are invited to join The Honor's Program in General Education based on their high school academic performance
  • Scholarship amount: up to $2,000 per year for up to 4 years

Learn more about The Honors Program in General Education 

  • Open to: community college transfer students who are part of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society
  • How to apply: students must submit proof of Phi Theta Kappa membership during application process
  • Scholarship amount:  $2,000/year in addition to all other merit scholarships awarded

Talent-Recognized Scholarships

  • Open to: undergraduate students
  • How to apply: submit a Music Scholarship application
  • Audition requirements: Short auditions are required in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Auditions can be held at any of the Widener Open House events, or by appointment on campus with Dr. Iain Moyer. If you cannot make it to campus, you may also submit a recording. 
    • Woodwind, Brass, and Rhythm Auditions:
      • Performance of major scales up to and including two sharps and two flats
      • A chromatic scale displaying your achievable range
      • A performance of a short solo piece that demonstrates your level of technical and musical proficiency OR several excerpts from your current concert band/wind ensemble repertoire
    • Percussionist Auditions:
      • A short snare drum or keyboard solo that demonstrates your level of technical and musical proficiency
      • Mallet players - a keyboard etude available via email to Dr. Iain Moyer at
      • Rudimental percussionists - a rudimental etude available via email to Dr. Iain Moyer at
  • Scholarship amount: $2,000 - $3,000, renewable each year 

Maintaining Music Scholarships: Students are expected to participate in band and wind ensemble, and take private lessons.

  • Open to: undergraduate students
  • How to apply: submit a Color Guard Scholarship application
  • Audition requirements: Short auditions are required in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Auditions can be held at any of the Widener Open House events, or by appointment on campus with Dr. Iain Moyer. If you cannot make it to campus, you may also submit a video recording. 
  • Scholarship amount: $1,250 fall semester, renewable each year 
  • Open to: incoming new undergraduate students
  • How to apply: submit an Esports Scholarship Application for consideration
  • Interview requirements: Short interviews are required in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Please schedule an appoint with Devin Hartnett, Esports Coach at Interviews can be held on campus. If you cannot make it to campus, you may also request a remote interview with Coach Hartnett. 
  • Scholarship amount: $1,000 - $5,000, can be renewed each year if criteria are met

NOTE: Because Widener is a Division III school, we do not provide any athletically-related scholarship funding to our scholar athletes. Learn more about Athletics & Recreation at Widener.

Additional University Scholarships

  • Open to: Undergraduate students
  • How to apply: The PSC application deadline has passed. If interested in the PSC program, please contact Alexandra Garney at
    • Cover letter (one-page, single-spaced): We want to get to know you. Why are you applying to the program and what makes you an ideal candidate based on your experiences, skill sets, and passions?
    • Resume (one-page): Be sure to include your contact information, activities, awards, and community service experience. 
  • Scholarship amount: $5,000 awarded annually

Scholarships are awarded to students who participate in the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader (PSC/Bonner) Program. Recipients not only graduate with a degree, but also benefit from transferrable workforce skills including 4 years of work experience in the nonprofit sector, intensive leadership training, and a drive to make an impact in our local to global communities.

PSC Bonner Leaders in the program commit to 300 hours of internship-level community service per year and participate in training and enrichment activities. They also participate in customized, experiential learning opportunities designed to make them stand out as civic leaders, social justice agents and active global citizens.

This opportunity is made possible through a partnership between Widener University and the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation

The PSC Bonner program provided Michael Dixon '17 with the vehicle to serve his community and build skills he would carry into life and career.

Learn more about civic engagement at Widener

  • Open to: Incoming freshmen coming from a select list of Philadelphia-area high schools that remain in good academic standing, actively participate in school and community volunteer extracurricular activities, and demonstrate financial need as determined by the university
  • How to apply: Submit the FAFSA and list Widener University, as well as complete a Maguire Foundation Scholarship Application
  • Scholarship amount: Varies

The Maguire Foundation 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.

As the former Pennsylvania Military Academy (PMC), Widener University supports active and fallen military members and their families by offering several scholarships and other financial aid opportunities. 

View financial aid for military members and veterans

  • Open to: first-year, undergraduate international students
  • How to apply: submit an online application 
  • Deadline: Application closed for Fall 2020
  • Scholarship amount: minimum of 50% tuition; renewable annually providing student maintains satisfactory academic progress

Widener University is a proud participant in the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship program and offers three annual, renewable scholarships to students dedicated to advancing intercultural learning and have demonstrated leadership abilities through prior high school and community experiences.

  • Open to: students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware who received a High School Leadership award who have enrolled at Widener as a first year student
  • How to apply: students are nominated by their high school principal or administrator
  • Scholarship amount: Total awarded over four years is $20,000

The High School Leadership Awards program recognizes the region's best and brightest future leaders. If an award recipient enrolls as an undergraduate student at Widener they will automatically receive the scholarship and be included in the apogee scholars program managed by the Oskin Leadership Institute.

City Year is proud to partner with Widener University, offering a $5,000 Presidential Service Corps / Bonner Leader Program scholarship plus a Segal Education Award match. Scholarships are awarded to City Year corps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years. Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the applicant's academic strength.

Interested students can visit our Partnership page on City Year's website for additional information.

Private Scholarships   

We aren't the only ones that can help you finance your education through helpful scholarships. There are many places you can also seek financial assistance.

Resources for Additional Scholarships

If you receive a private scholarship from a foundation or organization, you must report this information to the Financial Aid Services Office as it may impact your financial aid offer. Once financial need has been met, the loan and work-study portions of your financial aid offer may be adjusted before reducing or retracting any need-based aid offered by the university. 

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