Scholarship Office

Foundation Scholarships for Incoming Freshman

The Western Illinois University Foundation offers scholarships specifically for entering freshman. These scholarships are based on individual criteria set forth by our scholarship donors. Criteria for each highly competitive scholarship varies based on a variety of factors, including high school Grade Point Average, cumulative ACT score, community service/volunteer activities, and possibly class rank or financial need.

Spring 2018 New Freshmen: Submit the 2017-18 Scholarship Application for Entering Freshman by DECEMBER 1, 2017. By completing this application, you are automatically applying for the scholarships listed below. A separate application is not necessary to be considered for these scholarships. New freshman applicants will receive a paper letter at their home address within 4 weeks after the posted deadline.

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 New Freshmen: Accepted students may login to the WIU Scholarship Portal and complete the General Application. This application will automatically consider you for most new freshmen scholarships and recommend others that require additional questions be answered. Deadlines include:

DECEMBER 1, 2017 - for students with ACT 30+ or SAT 1390+

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 - for all other new freshman students

Scholarship award information will be sent to new freshman applicants at their home address 4-6 weeks after the posted deadline. 

New freshmen are also encouraged utilize our New Freshman Scholarship Checklist for additional recommendations and resources! .