Scholarship opportunities for returning students

Thomas E. and Ruth Mullen Scholarships, part of the Carswell Scholarship program for returning students

The Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid annually recognizes up to ten students as Thomas E. and Ruth Mullen Scholars as part of the Carswell Scholarship Program for returning students. Applicants must have completed at least one year of coursework at Wake Forest and are judged on the basis of academic and extracurricular leadership while here. The competition is keen, with recipients generally standing at least in the top 10% of the class. Once awarded, the scholarship may be renewed through the fourth year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is $1,500 per year (though it could be less if the student has extensive other scholarships or financial aid packages). Students selected before the senior year are eligible to apply for summer grants of up to $5,000 to support research of educational value.

In order to apply, the student should address to the Committee a letter that includes an account of his or her academic progress, leadership, extracurricular activity, and contributions to university life. Such a letter is not simply a list but an expression of the student’s intellectual and social development. In addition to this letter, the student must ask two faculty members to submit letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Committee. All materials are due by October 15, but may be sent at any point during the summer or early fall. Approximately twenty finalists are invited to group interviews in November. Feel free to call the Merit-based Scholarships Office at 758-4209 with particular questions. Note that an application to become a Mullen Scholar automatically provides the members of the Committee access to your transcript and dean’s record. Send all letters and supporting materials to The Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid, P.O. Box 7305, Winston- Salem, NC 27109.  You may also scan and attach your application and supporting materials via email to

Wake Forest Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Up to 150 competitive, merit-based fellowships each year financially assist students who collaborate with faculty mentors on research projects. The awards can be used during the summer and are in the amount of $4,000. Student applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average at the time of application. Sophomore standing (29 or more credits passed) is required by the time the research project begins. More information and application materials are available on the Wake Forest College website.

WFU Study Abroad Scholarships

Valued at $2,000, these awards are available to enrolled students with a 3.0, who are studying abroad. Students may only receive one of these scholarships, and you must be receiving credit for courses taken while abroad. Applications may be obtained in the Center for International Studies. A variety of scholarships for study abroad at specific locations are also available. Information can be obtained from the Center for Global Programs and Studies website.

Richter Scholarships

The Richter Scholars Program awards competitive, independent study scholarships of up to $6,000 for students in the College, the Calloway School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University. Richter Scholarships will be awarded to students proposing an independent study project requiring travel away from Winston-Salem. International projects are especially encouraged. Most projects are expected to occur in the summer. Interested parties can find more information on the Wake Forest College website.

Kenneth A. Zick Fund for Leadership Excellence

The Kenneth A. Zick Fund for Leadership Excellence provides a scholarship to a rising senior with financial need and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2, who demonstrates more than one of the following characteristics: values personal integrity; practices humility; is actively involved in a service group on campus; gives a significant amount of time to an organization enriching the lives of students; fosters a sense of community; seeks authentic relationships with peers, faculty, and staff; and cherishes the campus culture. Application is made through the Office of the Provost by May 1.

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships

These scholarships are based on academic and extracurricular achievement as well as leadership potential. While the four-year scholarships are awarded after national high school competition, the three- and two-year scholarships are awarded after national college and university competition. Interested students should contact the Department of Military Science.

Departmental Scholarships

Several departments are able to award scholarships of varying amounts to a student or students majoring in the subject (or in some instances, simply significantly involved in studying the topic). See the table below for a listing of scholarships in various departments. Contact the chair of your department for more information about these scholarships.

Department Scholarships Available General Information
Art Eleanor Layfield Davis Scholarship for art majors; usually worth $2500 annually
Ted & Nancy Meredith Scholarship for art majors; usually worth $2500 annually
Biology Grady Britt Scholarship for biology students interested in parasitology for biology students
Elton C. Cocke Undergraduate Fund for biology students
Robert L. Sullivan Scholarship for biology students
School of Business John Belk Stevens Scholarship in Business For more information about these scholarship opportunities, contact the Office of the Dean at the School of Business (336.758.3989).
Thomas H. Davis Business Scholarship
Phillip Wilson/Peat Marwick Scholarship
Arthur Andersen and Company Accounting Leadership Award
Jones-Holder Business Scholarship Fund
Daniel Eugene and Beulah B. Gatewood Scholarship in Accountancy
Robert C. Bridger, Jr. Scholarship
Henry Russell and Clara Stephenson Harris Scholarship
Burke M. McConnell Management Excellence Scholarship
Augustine John Taylor and Roby Ellis Taylor Scholarship
William D. Brigman Scholarship
Neal Monroe Chastain Memorial Scholarship
Lowe’s Foods Fund
Classics William Royall Scholarship Fund for excellence in classical studies; preference to students traveling to classical sites
German & Russian W.D. Sanders Scholarship Awarded for intensive language study in Germany or Austria; worth up to $2000
Mathematics Kenneth Tyson Raynor Scholarship for mathematics majors, worth up to $2000
Barry and Ann Griffin Driggs Scholarship for mathematics majors, worth up to $1000
Walter Tatum Scholarship for mathematics majors, worth up to $5000 for both the junior and senior year
Music Thane E. McDonald and Marie D. McDonald Memorial Scholarships for qualified music students; financial need is a factor
Joseph Pleasant and Marguerite Nutt Sloan Memorial Scholarship for qualified music students; financial need is a factor
Maria Thornton and Miriam Carlyle Willis Scholarship for qualified music students; financial need is a factor
M. Elizabeth Harris Scholarship for qualified music students; financial need is a factor
Theatre Jordan Scholarship for theatre majors; worth $2500


Other possible sources of funds for upperclass students include scholarships awarded by some fraternities or sororities to their members, scholarships from the debate program, three to five scholarships awarded by Phi Beta Kappa to top achievers of the junior class, and a scholarship sponsored by the Chi Rho musical group for one of its members. Inquire with each organization for more information.

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Wake Forest University offers merit based scholarships that students from all socio-economic backgrounds may be eligible to apply for.

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