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What is a Top Scholar?

Top Scholars at WSU represent the wholistic student body, coming from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and geographies. Top Scholars demonstrate academic achievement, potential, and embrace the spirit of what it means to be a Coug! Top Scholars at WSU represent the top 10% of our incoming class.

How do I become a Top Scholar?

To be considered for our WSU incoming Top Scholars selection you must submit a completed application (application, application fee or fee waiver, and all application materials such as transcripts) as well as a scholarship application by January 31.

Both first-year and transfer students are eligible for selection!

Selection is based on a variety of factors including:

  • Complete admissions application on or before January 31
  • Completed scholarship application on or before January 31
  • Minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA (first-year students) or minimum 3.4 GPA (transfer students)

Other factors that may be considered:

  • Financial need
  • Academic interest
  • Participation in state and federal education programs (i.e. Trio, CollegeBound)

What if I’m selected to be a Top Scholar?

Top Scholars will be notified of their status as a Top Scholar by mid-February 2023.

As a Top Scholar at WSU you may:

  • Attend special top-scholar recognition during our admitted student only events Experience WSU
  • Participate in top-scholar meet and greets with other Top Scholars, faculty and staff during Week of Welcome at WSU
  • Receive excusive invitations to participate in unique academic opportunities, research and programs
  • Be eligible for additional scholarships through your academic department
  • Participate in mentoring programs
  • And more – programming varies by academic department


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