Wooster’s most competitive merit scholarship, the College Scholar Award, recognizes exceptional academic and extracurricular achievement. The College Scholar Award is valued up to $42,000 annually.

The Admissions & Scholarship Committees will consider your short-answer responses, overall academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, leadership, and personal merit. Scholarship designations will be made by a combination of these evaluations.

To apply for the College Scholar Award, please follow these instructions:

  • Complete the general application for admission
  • Complete the College Scholar Application Form, including responding to one of two prompts in 250 words or less:
    • The College of Wooster is one of the most globally diverse undergraduate communities in the country.  All students bring their own heritage and history to the Wooster community.   Tell us more about you and how others will learn from your background and experiences?
    • It’s common to hear the phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. We are asking for 250 or less. Upload an image that you believe best represents you or shares more about your personality or identity. The catch? You cannot be included in the image. In 250 words or less, describe why you believe the image illustrates you.
  • Complete an interview with an admissions or alumni representative. Interviews can be conducted on-campusoff-campus, or virtually;  interviews by phone are possible if the other options are not feasible.

Special note: Any interview that occurred prior to your application fulfills the College Scholar Award requirement; no additional interview is needed.

Students who submit all materials by midnight EST on January 21, 2024 and interview by February 1, 2024 will be notified by April 1, 2024.

Please note: International students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.  

*The maximum annual amount of Wooster merit scholarship is $43,000 annually and can be applied only to tuition charges. Prospective students may apply for more than one competition based scholarship but will only be awarded one. Competition based scholarships replace the Dean’s Scholarship amount, except for the Covenant and performing arts scholarships. All merit scholarships are automatically renewed each year as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and remains in good academic and judicial standing with the College (please see additional qualifications for performing arts). Scholarship amounts listed may change. All admission and scholarship deadlines are postmarked deadlines.

**Students who are eligible for and awarded a tuition benefit such as the Tuition Exchange Program, the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) program, Wooster’s employee tuition remission, or Veteran’s Education Benefits may choose to apply for the merit scholarships noted above, but if awarded, the scholarship status will be honorary only.