Scholarships for Returning Students

Available Programs

Various scholarships recognize exceptional achievement and assist with enhanced opportunities.

  • 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.

    How 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 336.758.4209 with 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 scholarships@nullwfu.edu.

  • 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 URECA Center 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 URECA 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.

    Applications need to be submitted to 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.

  • Miscellaneous

    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.


Department scholarships

A number of Wake Forest academic departments offer scholarships for returning students, which can be found below.

DepartmentScholarshipOverview
ArtEleanor Layfield Davis Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725173925For art majors (usually worth $2,500 annually)
ArtTed & Nancy Meredith Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726144150For art majors (usually worth $2,500 annually)
BiologyGrady Britt ScholarshipFor biology students interested in parasitology for biology students
BiologyElton C. Cocke Undergraduate Fundhttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725173837For biology students
BiologyRobert L. Sullivan Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726142750For biology students
School of BusinessJohn Belk Stevens Scholarship in Businesshttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726131438Contact the Office of the Dean at the School of Business (336.758.3989) for more info.
School of BusinessThomas H. Davis Business Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726144703
School of BusinessPhillip Wilson/Peat Marwick Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726135514
School of BusinessArthur Andersen and Company Accounting Leadership Award
School of BusinessJones-Holder Business Scholarship Fundhttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725184715
School of BusinessDaniel Eugene and Beulah B. Gatewood Scholarship in Accountancyhttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725160811
School of BusinessRobert C. Bridger, Jr. Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726142634
School of BusinessHenry Russell and Clara Stephenson Harris Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725181351
School of BusinessBurke M. McConnell Management Excellence Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725153943
School of BusinessAugustine John Taylor and Roby Ellis Taylor Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725153013
School of BusinessWilliam D. Brigman Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726145737
School of BusinessNeal Monroe Chastain Memorial Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726134300
School of BusinessLowe’s Foods Fundhttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726132836
ClassicsWilliam Royall Scholarship Fundhttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726150013For excellence in classical studies (preference to students traveling to classical sites)
German & RussianW.D. Sanders Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726145200Awarded for intensive language study in Germany or Austria (worth up to $2,000)
MathematicsKenneth Tyson Raynor ScholarshipFor mathematics majors (worth up to $2,000)
MathematicsBarry and Ann Griffin Driggs Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725153820For mathematics majors (worth up to $1,000)
MathematicsWalter Tatum Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726145332For mathematics majors (worth up to $5,000 for both the junior and senior year)
MusicThane E. McDonald and Marie D. McDonald Memorial Scholarshipshttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726144305For qualified music students (financial need is a factor)
MusicJoseph Pleasant and Marguerite Nutt Sloan Memorial Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220725185722For qualified music students (financial need is a factor)
MusicMaria Thornton and Miriam Carlyle Willis Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726133304For qualified music students (financial need is a factor)
MusicM. Elizabeth Harris Scholarshiphttps://financialaid.pprd.wfu.edu/types-of-aid/merit/#20220726133449For qualified music students (financial need is a factor)
TheatreJordan ScholarshipFor theatre majors (worth $2,500)

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