Undergraduate Admissions

Western Commitment Scholarships Renewal

A Western Commitment Scholarship is a new program intended to reward students with excellent academic ability and achievement in high school by offering a 4-year scholarship towards the cost of attendance at Western Illinois University.

Western Commitment Scholarships are renewable for students to receive the awards for up to 8 total semesters if students maintain eligibility.

In order to maintain eligibility for the $10,000 scholarship students must:

  • Apply for financial aid at WIU by completing the FAFSA 
  • Live in University Housing for the first 3 years of enrollment (except for Credit Internship, Study Abroad and QuadCities Campus Enrollment)
  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) each semester
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or better (required for Honors College participation)
  • Be accepted and actively participate in the Centennial Honors College
  • Maintain good standing with regard to the Code of Student Conduct

In order to maintain eligibility for all other Western Commitment Scholarships students must:

  • Apply for financial aid at WIU by completing the FAFSA
  • Live in University Housing for the first 3 years of enrollment (except for Credit Internship, Student Abroad and QuadCities Campus Enrollment)
  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment (12 hours or more) each semester at WIU
  • Maintain a WIU cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Maintain good standing with regard to the Code of Student Conduct at WIU

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, reside in University Housing for the first 3 years of enrollment and maintain good standing with regard to the Code of Student Conduct, and submit a completed FAFSA to WIU. Any violations of the Code of Conduct will be reported to the coordinator of the scholarship program. Students who are placed on Disciplinary Probation or a more severe sanction, or who violate the cannabis or other controlled substance policy will face rescission of their Western Commitment Scholarship.

Students who are eligible to receive the $10,000 scholarship but who do not wish to comply with the stated criteria, to participate in the Honors College for 4 years, may elect to accept a $3,000 scholarship if they comply with the criteria for the lower scholarship amount. This same standard applies for students who fail to meet the higher criteria; they may voluntarily elect to accept the lower scholarship award if they meet the lower criteria.

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA above the minimum criteria at WIU each semester. If a student fails to meet all eligibility requirements each semester, there will be a one-semester grace period for the student to again meet all eligibility requirements otherwise the scholarship is forfeited. Students not meeting assigned criteria will not be required to reimburse any previously awarded automatic scholarship, rather they will no longer be eligible to receive future awards after the one-semester period has lapsed. If a student chooses to attend another college or university, the scholarship is forfeited. Once the scholarship is forfeited, it may not be reclaimed.

Scholarships are conditional upon funding availability. Students may also use their Western Commitment Scholarships (not including room waivers) for credit internships and study abroad.

For questions regarding the Western Commitment Scholarships may contact the Office of Admissions at (309) 298 – 3157 or email admissions@wiu.edu.