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Western Commitment Scholarship (4-years)

Western Commitment Scholarships reward students with excellent academic ability who demonstrate achievement in high school by offering 4-year scholarships towards the cost of attendance at Western Illinois University.

New freshmen who submit all application materials for admission by May 15 are automatically considered for Western Commitment Scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required to be considered for a Western Commitment Scholarship. Awards are based on student’s high school GPA and ACT/SAT score. High school GPA will be based on weighted or unweighted GPA, which ever is higher, and converted to a 4.0 scale. The ACT score considered is the highest composite score submitted to WIU. Students can enter as new freshmen in any semester but the Western Commitment Scholarships may only be used for Fall and Spring semesters. The scholarship will be distributed half in the fall semester and half in the spring semester. Western Commitment Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study at WIU by maintaining eligibility requirements.

Students may move up in scholarship levels if they improve their ACT/SAT scores prior to the start of the academic year.

automatic scholarships levels

Scholarships Levels

$10,000 and Residence Hall Room

  • Minimum ACT of 32 or SAT of 1420
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale


  • Minimum ACT of 29 or SAT of 1300
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


  • Minimum ACT of 25 or SAT of 1140
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


  • Minimum ACT of 22 or SAT of 1010
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Scholarship Eligibility

In order to receive a Western Commitment Scholarship students must complete high school with a cumulative GPA above the minimum criteria for the award level, maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) each semester, maintain a cumulative WIU GPA of 3.0 or better, maintain good standing with regard to the Student Code of Conduct, and submit a completed FAFSA to WIU prior to May 15.

Students receiving the $10,000 scholarship will also be required to actively participate in the Centennial Honors College and live in University Housing each semester. Students who are eligible to receive the $10,000 scholarship but who do not want to comply with the stated criteria, such as living in the residence halls or participating in the Honors College for 4 years, may elect to accept a $3,000 scholarship if they comply with the criteria for the next tier scholarship amount.

International students are also eligible for the Western Commitment Scholarship. In addition to the stated eligibility criteria noted above, international students must also demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the TOEFL or IELTS exams. International students will not be required to submit a FAFSA, but must submit their Declaration of Finances to the Center for International Studies.

How the Scholarship Works

Western Commitment Scholarships anchor the student’s financial aid, added after tuition waivers, federal grants, and state grants to cover direct costs such as tuition, fees, room, and board. Western Commitment Scholarships will not disqualify students from receiving loans to cover additional costs of attendance such as books and travel. Students who do not expect to receive need-based aid are still required to submit a FAFSA in order to be eligible to receive a Western Commitment Scholarship. Students requesting consideration under Illinois Public Act 93-7 will not be required to submit a FAFSA, but will need to submit an affidavit of intent to apply for citizenship in order to receive a Western Commitment Scholarship.

Western Commitment Scholarships will cover up to the entire direct costs (tuition, fees, room, and board) above federal grants, state grants, and tuition waivers if applicable. The Western Commitment Scholarship will not reduce student’s eligible grants. Students may not receive additional variance dollars of Western Commitment Scholarships above the total direct costs; however, any competitive scholarships through the University Foundation or outside scholarships may be used above the total direct costs.

Renewal Information

Western Commitment Scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years (8 total semesters). For more information about renewal requirements please visit the Western Commitment Scholarships Renewal website.