All students who apply to Willamette University are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships of up to $20,000 per year. These scholarships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement based on cumulative GPA, SAT or ACT scores (unless you are applying test optional), and course selection (based on what is available at your school.) Merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.

Merit scholarships may be stacked with other forms of financial aid such as need-based grants, low-interest loans, competitive scholarships and student employment.

Students must be enrolled full-time each semester in order to be eligible for a merit scholarship.

Willamette Merit Scholarships for First-Year Students Up to $20,000 Students who apply to Willamette as first-year applicants will be considered for these awards. While consideration is primarily placed on academic performance, all elements of a student’s application are taken into consideration.
Transfer Merit Scholarship Up to $19,000 Transfer students who apply to Willamette will be considered for these awards. Primary consideration for these awards will be the student’s cumulative GPA from all college credit attempted.
National Merit Scholarships $1,000 Awarded upon admission to students who are National Merit Finalists who designate Willamette as their first choice and who are not receiving any other scholarship awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Can be stacked with a Willamette merit scholarship award.
National Hispanic Recognition Scholarships $1,000 Awarded upon admission to students recognized as part of the National Hispanic Recognition program. Can be stacked with a Willamette merit scholarship award.
Phi Theta Kappa $2,000 Awarded upon admission to transfer applicants who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa. Can be stacked with a Willamette merit scholarship award.
BPA High School Science Bowl $1,500 Awarded upon admission to qualifying members of Science Bowl winning teams. Can be stacked with a Willamette merit scholarship award.

Other Merit-Based Scholarships

Other merit-based scholarships are awarded in partnership with community organizations or in recognition of nationally competitive scholar designations. Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility in partnership programs including, but not limited to:

  • Academic All-Stars
  • All Oregon Academic Team
  • Black United Fund Partnership Scholarships (BUFO)

Merit Scholarship Renewals

All Willamette Merit Scholarships are available for a maximum of eight semesters, or until the student’s graduation requirements are completed, whichever comes first. Funds will be renewed automatically each year provided the student continues to make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their degree (minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and completion of full-time enrollment each semester). Scholarship amounts will not increase from year to year. They will be renewed for students at the same amount each year, regardless of changes in costs for tuition, fees, room, board, etc. Learn more about renewal requirements.

Willamette University

Office of Financial Aid

1st Floor Waller Hall
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6273 voice
877-744-3736 toll free

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