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What Does A Student Need To Do To Be Eligible For Merit-Based Scholarships?”

At Wake Forest, we want to consider as many students as possible for our selective scholarships. This is why our admissions application doubles as a merit-based application for most of our academic awards (including our full-cost of attendance Carswell, Gordon, Reynolds, and Stamps Leadership scholarships).

Students wishing to be considered for most merit-based awards at Wake Forest need only submit a complete application for undergraduate admissions by December 1. Students that complete their applications by December 1 and interview after that date will still be considered for merit-based scholarships.  Turning in the application a month before our regular admissions deadline ensures that we have time to review your application for both admissions and scholarships.

Some of our scholarships are merit within need in nature and recipients will have to demonstrate that they are not only deserving of the award, but also that they need the financial help.   If you believe your family will qualify for need-based aid, it is important that you also meet the Financial Aid deadlines so that we may consider you for awards like the Heritage Scholarship.

Finalists for our full cost scholarships will receive an invitation to one of our scholarship weekends in February or March.  Our smaller merit-based scholarships do not require a winter interview – we mail notices for these awards to their recipients around the same time (approximately April 1st) as the Financial Aid office mails their award packages to need-based recipients.

A reminder that the application deadline for our talent-based scholarship program is also December 1st. I encourage you to review Dean Pilon’s description of the Presidential Scholarship program if you are interested. Good luck!

For more information on merit-based scholarships at Wake Forest, please visit our Merit-based scholarships website.

Paul Gauthier ’93
Associate Dean, Merit-based Scholarships