Institutional Scholarships for Incoming Students

Awarded by the Undergraduate Admissions Office

Freshmen Awards (Fall 2015)

A limited amount of merit-based scholarship funds are awarded to incoming freshmen (students applying to William Paterson University directly from high school) based on various criteria described below. All admitted freshmen are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships and no separate application is required. Award recipients are notified in writing within two weeks of their admission to the University. Eligible students who complete the admission application process after the published deadline will only be considered for a scholarship award if funds are available.

For priority consideration, all supporting documents must be received by February 1 for Fall Semesters and November 1 for Spring Semesters. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Spring scholarships are subject to available funding for Transfer students only; contact the Admissions Office after October 1 for availability.

All scholarship recipients are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1, and must accept all need-based financial aid. The University reserves the right to rescind your scholarship award if you fail to file the FAFSA. There are no exceptions. 

Trustee Scholarships

William Paterson University Trustee Scholarships range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year and are designed to recognize high-achieving high school students for their academic accomplishments.  Trustee Scholarships are automatically awarded on a first-come first served basis to students who have been admitted to the University; no separate application is required. These awards are packaged with all other sources of merit and need-based financial aid. The priority application deadline for this scholarship is February 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester.

Trustee Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters).  This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses.  Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

Music Talent Trustee Scholarships

All high school seniors admitted to degree programs in music are considered for a limited number of Trustee Talent Scholarships.  Students who demonstrate an exceptional level of potential creative talent in their music audition are automatically considered for this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected by the faculty in the Music department. No special application is required. The priority application deadline for this scholarship is February 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester.

Trustee Talent Scholarships for freshman are renewable for up to four years (eight consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters).  This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses. Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

University Honors College Scholarships

All freshmen who are admitted to and enroll in the William Paterson University Honors College receive a $6,000 per year merit scholarship. This award is in addition to any other institutional scholarship. Admission to the University Honors College is highly competitive. Average Honors students have a 3.74 high school GPA (middle 50% range of 3.50 to 3.98) and 1183 SAT (middle 50% range of 1130 to 1220 - Critical Reading and Math only).  Successful Honors College applicants have also taken honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes in high school.

Students who wish to be considered for this scholarship must complete and submit the online University Honors College Application, which includes a short essay. Interested candidates may contact the Director of the University Honors College for additional information at 973.720.3658 or honors@wpunj.edu.

University Honors College Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first served basis to students who have been admitted to the University beginning in October of the applicant’s senior year in high school. These awards are packaged with all other sources of merit and need-based financial aid. Honors College admission is for the Fall semester only.  The priority application deadline for this scholarship is March 1, although applications will continue to be reviewed until the program is full.

University Honors College Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (eight consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters). Recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 and membership in the University Honors College. This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses. Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

Transfer Awards (Fall 2015)

Students who, after graduating from high school, began their studies at a college or university other than William Paterson University are considered transfer students.  Merit scholarships for transfer students are extremely competitive.

For priority consideration, all supporting documents must be received by the deadline noted in each scholarship description.  Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Spring scholarships are subject to available funding; contact the Admissions Office after October 1 for availability.

All scholarship recipients are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1, and must accept all need-based financial aid. The University reserves the right to rescind your scholarship award if you fail to file the FAFSA. There are no exceptions.

Presidential Scholarships

Students who transfer to William Paterson University and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and 45 credits accepted to the University are eligible to receive a $1,000 – $2,000 per year Presidential scholarship. This scholarship is automatically awarded on a first-come first served basis to students who have been admitted to the University; no separate application is required.  The Presidential Scholarship cannot be combined with the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship.  The application deadline for this scholarship is May 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester.

Transfer Presidential Scholarships are renewable for up to two years (four consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters) or completion of a bachelor’s degree (whichever occurs first).  This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses. Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

Note that NJ STARS II students are not eligible for a Transfer Presidential Scholarship or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, but may receive a University Honors College Scholarship if admitted to and enrolled in the University Honors College.

Community College Students: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Transfer students from two-year institutions who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, admitted to and enroll in William Paterson University receive a $2,000 per year scholarship.  The application deadline for this scholarship is May 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships are renewable for up to two years (four consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters). This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses. Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship cannot be combined with the Presidential Scholarship.  Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for a University Honors College Scholarship if admitted to and enrolled in the University Honors College. A copy of your Phi Theta Kappa membership card is required for proof of membership and to be considered for this award. This copy may be mailed, faxed (973.720.2910) or scanned/emailed to Melissa Lorah, Associate Director of Transfer Admission.

Note that NJ STARS II students are not eligible for a Transfer Presidential Scholarship or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, but may receive a University Honors College Scholarship if admitted to and enrolled in the University Honors College.

Music Talent Trustee Scholarships

All transfer students admitted to degree programs in music are considered for a limited number of Trustee Talent Scholarships.  Students who demonstrate an exceptional level of potential creative talent in their music audition are automatically considered for this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are selected by the faculty in the Music department. No special application is required. The priority application deadline for this scholarship is February 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester.

Trustee Talent Scholarships for transfer students are renewable for up to two years (four consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters).  This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses. Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

University Honors College Scholarships

Transfer students from two and four-year institutions who are admitted to and enroll in the William Paterson University Honors College may receive an annual merit scholarship. Typically, students should have an outstanding secondary school record and a college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher. The determination of admission to the University Honors College will also be based on the applicant’s ability to complete the requirements for University Honors College students within a reasonable time frame.

Students who wish to be considered for this scholarship must complete and submit the online University Honors College Application. Interested candidates may contact the Director of the University Honors College for additional information at 973.720.3658 or honors@wpunj.edu.

University Honors College Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. These awards are packaged with all other sources of merit and need-based financial aid. Honors College admission is for the Fall semester only and the priority application deadline for this scholarship is March 1.

University Honors College Scholarships are renewable for up to two years (four consecutive semesters of full-time study during the fall and spring semesters) and recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 and membership in the University Honors College. This scholarship does not apply to Winter Session or Summer Session courses. Academic performance is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Students who do not satisfy the criteria for the renewal of their scholarship award are notified in writing.

New Jersey Residents Attending New Jersey Community Colleges: NJ STARS

Students who graduate in the top 15% of their high school class may be eligible to receive a NJ STARS I award for attendance at the New Jersey county college where they reside. A complete description of this program is available at http://www.njstars.net/. NJ STARS I students who earn an associate’s degree and have the requisite cumulative G.P.A. qualify for a $2500 per year for two years scholarship at William Paterson University through the STARS II scholarship program (go to http://www.njstars.net/ for additional information).  The scholarship is for four consecutive semesters (fall and spring only) and covers up to 19 credits per semester. To renew the scholarship for the third and fourth semesters, an NJ STARS II student must earn the requisite cumulative G.P.A. required at http://www.njstars.net/.

Note that NJ STARS II students are not eligible for a Transfer Presidential Scholarship or a Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, but may receive a University Honors College Scholarship if admitted to and enrolled in the University Honors College.

All Incoming Students

New Jersey World Trade Center Dependent Waiver Program

This scholarship is program designed to cover higher education tuition and fee expenses for children and spouses of those who died in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Recipient must be a resident of and attend a college in New Jersey. Contact the Office of Financial Aid by email or phone 973.720.2202.