Wilkes University

Scholarships Designed to Reward Your Hard Work

If you're concerned about college costs (and let's face it, that's just about everyone), you should know that very few of our students pay the sticker price. With a combination of scholarships, grants, loans and employment opportunities, we'll work to make this journey affordable. Whether you're an incoming freshman or continuing undergrad, we give our students more than $20 million in aid each year.

Start with our Net Price Calculator, which is designed to help you estimate your scholarship and grant eligibility at Wilkes. The following chart will also assist you in understanding our unique scholarship options.

All Wilkes students, regardless of financial need, are eligible for merit scholarships based on academic performance. Scholarships offered for those students applying for fall 2017 include:

    • SAT 1290 or higher
    • or ACT 28 or higher
    • or top 5 percent high school class rank
    • 1190-1280 SAT 
    • or ACT 26-27 
    • or top 10 percent high school class rank
    • 1100-1180 SAT 
    • or ACT 23-25 
    • or top 20 percent high school class rank
    • Top 35 percent class rank 
    • or 1000-1090 SAT or 21-22 ACT AND top 50 percent class rank

*Plus $2,000 out of state for each level.

Between $7,000 and $14,000 is awarded each year to students who have earned a minimum of 24 credits at another institution and have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

  •  Awarded to the students leading our major student publications, The Beacon, Manuscript and Amnicola, along with the radio station. Students are selected based on the positions they hold within the publication staff.

  • The presidents of Student Government, Commuter Council, Inter-Residence Hall Council and Off-Campus Council and the chairperson of the Programming Board are also awarded scholarships. It is not necessary to show financial need to be eligible for these scholarships.

Offered to students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds that contribute to Wilkes' community service activities. All students with financial need will be considered, regardless of cultural or ethnic backgrounds. An interview with the coordinator of the Multicultural Service Scholarships is required to determine the legitimacy of each candidate and how they can help the university attain its service goals. Renewal requirements include active participation in at least one campus or community service activity.

These scholarships are available due to the generosity of several thousand friends and alumni of Wilkes University who contribute every year. Many of our dear friends have created scholarships and awards that bear the names of the donors or people who have been memorialized. Requirements for these very special scholarships are varied.

Awarded to students who major in theatre arts and musical theatre. Auditions are required. The amount of the scholarship varies and is based on the recommendation of the faculty.
This is a college savings plan program that provides a minimum reduction in tuition, given to students participating in our SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards program. This award comes in the form of a scholarship, grant, or direct discount and may not be additional to the financial aid award for which the student qualifies. For more information on SAGE, click here [suggested link to SAGE site at tuition rewards.com].
Awarded to qualified students in the form of full- and partial-tuition scholarships. All scholarships are based on individual merit, regardless of financial need, with most scholarship recipients determined by central selection boards. Scholarship selection boards are held early in the school year, and applicants must meet certain academic, fitness and medical requirements to be considered. For more scholarship information, please visit www.afrotc.com
contact the Aerospace Studies Department for additional information.
Offered to a limited number of students who are also recipients of two- to four-year Air Force ROTC scholarships while being enrolled at Wilkes. These funds are used to cover Wilkes room and board charges exclusively. Further information is available at the Air Force ROTC Office.
Designated for students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and the promise of continued excellence. This program is funded by the federal government, but is administered by the state agency responsible for public elementary and secondary schools.
Second-generation Wilkes University students are eligible to apply for the Alumni Association Scholarship. A committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors annually selects a legacy student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students may apply during their freshman, sophomore or junior years. The deadline is in early April. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations for more information at alumni@wilkes.edu.


Choosing a college is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make. And cost plays a big factor in that decision. Like most schools, we offer scholarships, grants and loans to help you along your way. But you won't know what you qualify for until you fill out the FAFSA, which is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You should complete it even if you think you won't qualify, since many applicants receive unexpected aid.

You should also use our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate on how much you'll actually pay each year—and see what scholarships you'll automatically get just for being a good student. Over 90 percent of our full-time undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. So if you make the decision to attend Wilkes, we'll do everything we can to help you reach both your personal and professional goals.


We participate in the Federal Direct Loan Program. Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student's education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, though the entity you deal with, your loan servicer, can be a private business.

With Direct Loans, you:

  • borrow directly from the federal government and have a single contact—your loan servicer—for everything related to repayment, even if you receive Direct Loans at different schools;
  • have online access to your Direct Loan account information via your servicer's website;
  • can choose from several repayment plans that are designed to meet the needs of almost any borrower, and you can switch repayment plans if needs change.