Academic Scholarships

Pioneer Scholarship

As a means of encouraging and rewarding our country’s most productive students, Wayland proudly offers the Pioneer Scholar Award to outstanding undergraduate students. The scholarship is based on scores from the ACT or SAT (new or old format) college entrance examinations and may be renewed if the student maintains a satisfactory grade point average at Wayland. The Pioneer Scholarship is awarded to the extent of university budget allocations and eligible students will receive consideration in the order of the date on which they submitted their completed contracts. The scholarship award may be applied only to face-to-face courses.

Scores required to receive the Pioneer Scholar Award and corresponding scholarship amounts follow.  All New SAT and Old SAT scores are based on Reading, Writing, and Math.

Freshman Students

Scholarship amounts are for a maximum of 15 hours per semester. The scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive long semesters (fall and spring only) and applied to tuition only. Full-time status (12 semester hours) is required to receive the scholarship. For renewal, each student must have a minimum 2.75 GPA following the first semester. The student’s GPA is evaluated at the end of each semester and must meet the required cumulative for the level of Pioneer Scholarship awarded. After the first semester, no student with a cumulative Wayland GPA less than 2.75 may continue to receive a Pioneer Scholarship.

Re-Entering Students

Pioneer Scholars who do not maintain continuous enrollment at Wayland, those who transfer to another school or do not enroll anywhere else, may apply to be reinstated to the Pioneer Scholarship program. However, the maximum award for re-entering scholars is one-third tuition, the Dean’s scholarship level. The number of semesters enrolled at other universities will be deducted from the number of semesters for which the student qualifies for the Pioneer Scholarship at Wayland.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

A one-third tuition Pioneer Scholarship is available to valedictorians and salutatorians of accredited high schools if they do not otherwise qualify through ACT or SAT scores. Official verification of class rank and standing is required upon application. For renewal, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 following their first semester and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the end of each subsequent semester. All other restriction and benefits previously mentioned also apply.

After the first semester, no student with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.75 may continue to receive a Pioneer Scholarship or have it reinstated. Students who fail to maintain the required GPA for subsequent semesters will have the scholarship suspended for one year, at the end of which they may request reinstatement of the scholarship at the original entry level. The reinstatement request should be made to the Director of Admissions. Students who fail to maintain the required GPA may move down in scholarship funding to the level that coincides with the GPA at a lower Pioneer level, or with the GPA of the Centennial Scholarship level for one school year.


Centennial Scholar Award

Introduced during Wayland’s 100th year celebration, the Centennial Scholarship serves as an additional means of encouraging and rewarding outstanding students. Available to first-time Freshmen, this scholarship is based upon scores from either the ACT or SAT (new or old format) college entrance examination and may be renewed for up to eight semesters by maintaining a satisfactory grade point average (GPA) at Wayland. The Centennial Scholarship is awarded to the extent of university budget allocations, and eligible students will receive consideration in the order of the date on which scholarship contracts are received. The scholarship award may be applied only to face-to-face courses.

Scores required to receive the Centennial Scholar Award and corresponding scholarship amounts follow.

The scholarship applies to tuition only, but not online course tuition. Amounts are awarded for a maximum of 15 hours per 15-week semester and the scholarship is renewable for eight consecutive long semesters (fall and spring only). Full-time status (12 semester hours) is required to receive the scholarship. For renewal, students must have a minimum Wayland GPA of 2.75 following the first semester and 3.0 after subsequent semesters.

Re-Entering Students

Centennial Scholars who do not maintain continuous enrollment at Wayland, those who transfer to another school or do not enroll anywhere else, may apply to be reinstated to the Centennial Scholarship program. The award can be reinstated for re-entering scholars at the original or entry level of the scholarship for the student; it cannot be reinstated at a higher level. The number of semesters enrolled at other universities will be deducted from the number of semesters for which the student qualifies for the Centennial Scholarship at Wayland.

After the first semester, no student with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.75 may continue to receive the Centennial Scholarship or have it reinstated. Students who fail to maintain the required GPA for subsequent semesters will have the scholarship suspended for one year, at the end of which they may request reinstatement of the scholarship at the original entry level. The reinstatement request should be made to the Director of Admissions. Students who fail to maintain the required GPA may move down in scholarship funding to the level that coincides with the GPA at a lower Centennial level.


Blue & Gold Scholarship

In its tradition of encouraging promising students, Wayland is proud to offer its Blue & Gold Transfer Scholarship to outstanding transfer students. The award may be applied to tuition for up to 15 hours of face-to-face classes per long semester. It is based on a cumulative WBU transfer GPA, and is renewable for 8 continuous enrollment semesters less the number of semesters attended at another college. The Transfer Scholarship is awarded to the extent of university budget allocations and eligible students will receive consideration in the order of the date on which they submitted their completed applications.

Blue and Gold: General (must have acquired a cumulative GPA on post-secondary transferable hours that is within the scholarship-entry range)


Blue & Gold: Pioneer

Students need to have an incoming cumulative GPA on transferable work of 3.25


Honors Program Scholarship

Students admitted to the honors program are eligible for scholarship assistance.  The Honors Council bases individual scholarship awards on information furnished by each candidate.  These awards continue provided the student maintains the proper grade point average and makes steady progress in completing seminar, tutorial, and thesis hours.  Honors students on scholarship receive half-tuition remission for each Honors seminar they complete and full-tuition remission for twelve hours of tutorial and thesis courses.


Departmental or Performance Scholarships

Performance and Departmental scholarships are available to students who meet the eligibility criteria, evidence financial need, and apply early. Scholarships exist in most academic areas for students majoring in those areas. The chair of the school offering the major should be contacted for an application or to schedule an audition, if necessary.