Scholarships & Grants 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 years is $120,000. 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 starts at $15,000 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 and who are interested in pursuing a full-time, undergraduate, day program.
  • 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
  • Virtual audition requirements:
    1. Participate in a short Zoom interview with Dr. Iain Moyer, Director of Athletic Bands.
    2. Email imoyer@widener.edu a YouTube link of a Band performance you have participated in.
    3. Dr. Moyer will reach out to your Band Director via email for a short recommendation.
  • 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
  • Virtual audition requirements:
    1. Participate in a short Zoom interview with Dr. Iain Moyer, Director of Athletic Bands.
    2. Email imoyer@widener.edu a YouTube link of a Band performance you have participated in.
    3. Dr. Moyer will reach out to your Band Director via email for a short recommendation.
  • Scholarship amount: $1,250 fall semester, renewable each year 
  • Open to: incoming new undergraduate students
  • How to apply: Fall 2022 application will be available soon 
  • Interview requirements: Short interviews are required in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Please schedule an appoint with Devin Hartnett, Esports Coach at dhartnett@widener.edu. 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: Registration will open in January 2023. 
    • Essay Requirements: In no more than 2 pages, please share why you should be considered for the Bonner Leader Scholarship. Please include your involvement in volunteering efforts in your community and your passion and commitment for social change.
  • Scholarship amount: $5,000 awarded annually

Scholarships are awarded to students who participate in the Bonner Leaders 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.

The Bonner Leaders in the program commit to 250 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 who are graduating from a Philadelphia high school who hold at least a 3.0 GPA, actively participate in school and community volunteer extracurricular activities, and demonstrate financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0-$25,000. High schools that are partners with The Maguire Foundation will be prioritized.
  • How to apply: Submit the FAFSA and list Widener University, as well as complete a Maguire Foundation Scholarship Application. If you have questions or concerns, please contact LaShanda Patton, Assistant Director of Civic Engagement, at lapatton@widener.edu
  • Scholarship amount: $5,000 per year for a total of eight consecutive semesters. 

The Maguire Foundation provides scholarship awards to up to three incoming Widener freshmen. 

Scholarships for Military Members & Their Families

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

Army ROTC Scholarships & Other Financial Benefits

Cadets in the ROTC program are given the opportunity to have a significant portion of their education paid for through scholarships. If eligible, the scholarship program has numerous benefits for cadets including room and board, a monthly stipend, and more.

Learn More About ROTC Scholarships & Benefits

Widener offers many scholarship opportunities to undergraduate international students including the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship and other exclusive scholarships. 

Learn More About International Scholarships 

International undergraduate students can also apply for specialty and talent-based scholarships, including:

  • Honors Program Scholarships
  • Presidential Service Corp (PSC)/Bonner Leader Scholarships
  • Band Scholarships — Music & Color Guard
  • eSports Scholarships

 

  • 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 Office of Student Engagement

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. 

How to Apply for a Grant

You apply for a grant by completing the FAFSA. Have questions? Learn more about how to submit your FAFSA.

Types of Grants

Federal Pell Grants are funds provided by the U.S. government for students who need it to pay for college based on their expected family contribution (EFC). Federal Pell Grants are administered by Widener's financial aid services department. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student who has not earned a bachelor's or professional degree
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regularly admitted student in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Have earned a high school diploma or a GED or have completed a high school education in an approved home-school setting
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen 

Award Amount

  • The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for 2019–2020 academic year is $6,195
    *U.S. government determines maximum grant amounts annually
  • Individual award amounts are finalized at the end of drop/add periods each semester and are determined based on student status

FSEOG grants are for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.

To be eligible for a FSEOG grant, you must:

Be an undergraduate student who has not earned a bachelor's or professional degree
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regularly admitted student in an eligible degree or certificate program
Have earned a high school diploma or a GED or have completed a high school education in an approved home-school setting
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
Although the requirements for eligibility are the same as the Federal Pell Grant, not all Pell Grant recipients will receive a FSEOG grant.

Many states offer grants that are typically need-based and limited to students attending schools within their own state of residence. 

For a comprehensive list of state-specific grants and awards, visit the State Contacts page on the U.S. Department of Education website. 

Some states, such as Delaware, have reciprocity agreements with Pennsylvania, so that you can receive Delaware grants while studying in Pennsylvania. Students who are residents of Pennsylvania, Delaware, or other reciprocal states are expected to apply for their own state's grant.

Widener shares its financial resources with full-time, undergraduate, day students who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing their first degree.

Eligibility

  • Eligibility is determined based on the FAFSA
  • Students are automatically considered for the Widener Grant-In-Aid after they complete and submit their FAFSA. A separate application is not needed

Award Amount

  • up to eight full-time semesters of grant assistance

Widener University is proud to participate in the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program. The Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program provides an additional grant provided by Widener University to help cover the cost for tuition and mandatory fees charged for youth who are or were in foster care and meet eligibility criteria.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM 

For specific questions related to the program and other concerns applicants or current students may have, please contact Financial Aid Services.

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