Donor Scholarship Program

William Paterson University has a robust Donor Scholarship Program that annually awards more than 600 scholarships totaling more than $1 million to undergraduate and graduate students from all five colleges. The scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the many alumni and friends who recognize the value of higher education and wish to make it accessible to students with academic promise and financial need.

The Donor Scholarship Program Application for the following academic year is available online for all accepted and enrolled students during the second spring semester. Completing this single, simple application enables students to compete for all scholarships available. An essay and a letter of recommendation (from a William Paterson University faculty or staff member, or from an external supervisor, mentor, or instructor) are required. A resume and FAFSA are not required but are highly recommended.

Students who are awarded a donor scholarship are notified over the summer via their William Paterson University email. In order to receive the scholarship, recipients must complete the required post-acceptance tasks by the deadline, as outlined in the award notice.

Click here to apply for a donor scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year.  The deadline to apply has been extended to April 8, 2022. 

If you have been asked to provide a letter of reference for a student, please click here for instructions. If you have any questions at any point in the process, please contact Mariel Read Essner at or 973.720.3811.

Disclaimer: The number and amount of scholarship awards listed anywhere in the William Paterson University website are for general information purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of what a student will receive if selected. Actual award amounts vary based on students’ individual eligibility factors and funds available.

Unless specifically stated otherwise in the scholarship description, all scholarship recipients must be full-time students (12 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits) at William Paterson University for each of the fall and spring semesters and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. (Academic status and progress are evaluated at the conclusion of each semester.)

Please contact if you have any questions.