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WSU Private Scholarships

These scholarships are administered by this office and are funded through the generosity of private donors. They may be based on a combination of the specific award criteria, including financial need, scholastic achievement or leadership qualities.

  • You may apply if you are a current Wayne State University student or an admitted student planning to enroll for the upcoming fall semester.
  • Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of factors and may include a review of the information you provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), your grade point average and your completed admission application.

The application process

All WSU Private Scholarships require submission of the Private Scholarship Application.

The number of qualified applicants for scholarships is far greater than the available funding. Not all qualified applicants will receive scholarships. The decisions of the scholarship committee are final.

Complete the FAFSA

To apply for need-based scholarships, in addition to completing the Private Scholarships Application, you must complete the FAFSA

  • Complete the FAFSA by March 31 for scholarship consideration.

Minimum GPA

Generally, you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time you submit the scholarship application. Exceptions are noted in the criteria of individual scholarships.

Enrollment status

The required enrollment status may be either full time or half time.

  • At the undergraduate level, enrollment for 12 credits minimum is considered full time; six to 11 credits is considered half time.
  • At the graduate level, enrollment for eight credits minimum is full time; four to seven credits is half time.

Other aid

Need-based financial aid may be adjusted if you subsequently receive additional aid (scholarships, grants or loans).

  • Private scholarship awards may reduce Board of Governors equity awards, loan eligibility or other aid.

Thank you letter-writing tips

Congratulations -- You've been awarded a WSU private scholarship! Now it's time to say "thank you."

Wayne State University offers diverse, privately-funded scholarships due to the generosity of donors who have chosen to express their application for the university and their beliefs in its ongoing work by investing in students. Your commitment to achievement in your education and to the university community is precisely the thanks these donors would like to receive.

These sample letters and writing tips will help you get started:

The donor's name and title of the scholarship may be found in the offer letter you received from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Please mail or deliver your final letter to:

Office of Donor Relations
Attn: Jennifer Snowden
Wayne State University
Academic Administration Building
5700 Cass Avenue, Suite 1200
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-9500

Questions regarding the process for thank you letters may be directed to Jennifer Snowden in the Office of Donor Relations, at