Scholarships & Grants

Western provided more than $7,000,000 in scholarships and financial aid in 2017-2018

There are many scholarship opportunities available that students can use to help pay for college.  The scholarships available are funded by Western, the WWC Foundation or trusted community organizations.  Keep reading for more information about these scholarships and how to apply.

How to apply for Western's Institutional and Foundation scholarships & grants:

  1. Apply for admission - students must be degree seeking to receive scholarships and you will need your westernwyoming.edu email address and password to log in to the scholarship application.
  2. Complete the general scholarship application online between December 1st and the priority deadline on April 1st for the following academic year.
  3. Based on the responses to the general application questions students  will be auto-matched to scholarships you potentially qualify for.  In addition,  if there are scholarships that require a few more steps beyond the general application alone those will be recommended to after the general application has been submitted.

Check out a few of the scholarships Western offers:

Scholarship for students who graduated from an out-of-state high school within the last two years (exceptions made for students who served in the military or went on religious missions) and haven’t attended another college or university.  Apply online by completing the general scholarship application and submit current high school transcripts.  If students meet the continuing eligibility criteria the scholarship will be awarded for up to four semesters (fall and spring only). Apply online at https://westernwyoming.academicworks.com/opportunities/673

Scholarship level requirements are based on high school GPA and composite ACT scores:

Scholarship Level Amount (per semester) ACT Score  GPA
Honors $2,280 25 3.5
Performance $1,760 21 3.0
Opportunity $840 19 2.5

 

Scholarship awarded to incoming freshmen who haven’t attended any other institutions after graduation. To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum of a 27 Composite ACT and a 3.75 cumulative high school GPA. Applicants must be current high school seniors and submit a sixth or seventh semester high school transcript, ACT score, apply for Western Wyoming Community College admission, personal essay and 3 letters of recommendation submitted by April 1st.   All qualified applicants will then be contacted to schedule a final interview for selection with a Foundation Board representative, VP Student Learning, VP Student Success, Director of Admissions and Director of Honors Program.  Students can apply as well as submit letters of recommendation and personal essay online beginning December 1st.  Apply online at https://westernwyoming.academicworks.com/opportunities/698

Scholarship for students transferring to Western Wyoming Community College after attending another post-secondary educational institution. Transfer must occur within 5 years of last college attendance. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 college GPA and completed a minimum of 12 college credit hours.  Apply online at https://westernwyoming.academicworks.com/opportunities/723

A $1,000 per semester scholarship awarded to residents who have completed high school in Sweetwater County and apply within two years of their high school completion date.  Students must be full-time and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 to receive the scholarship up to four semesters in total.  No application is needed as the scholarship is awarded upon receipt of final high school transcripts for those who qualify.

A scholarship awarded automatically when a student meets all requirements for the Honors or Performance level of Hathaway AND has their final high school transcript submitted by July 31st.

Additional scholarships opportunities from Western or the Western Wyoming Community College Foundation can be found by visiting AcademicWorks.


More scholarship opportunities offered by local community organizations (external scholarships):

The process for applying will depend on the scholarship and the sponsor, read on for more information.  Contact Mustang Central with any questions.  Some application materials can only be accessed on the Financial Aid page in the MyWestern student portal while others will be accessed through the sponsor and/or their website.

Steps to access External Scholarship Applications in MyWestern:

  1. Go to: MyWestern Financial Aid Page in the Portal
  2. Log in with your westernwyoming.edu email and password that is assigned to you after applying for admission to Western
  3. Go to Documents, then Forms
  4. All PDF versions of the Western's current Financial Aid forms and applications can be found on this page.

Adeline Neilson Scholarship Foundation is pleased to offer scholarship money for the 2019/2020 school year. Scholarships are available for trade school students as well as for college and university students. The Foundation awards an average of 25 scholarships each year in amounts ranging from $500 to $4,000. The self-explanatory application form is available through April 6, 2019 by sending an e-mail request to: ansfnd@gmail.com. The completed application must be postmarked no later than April 13.

A Place for Mom offers a scholarship for current students that intend to use their education to help the senior population. This $1000 scholarship is for students currently enrolled in college courses that are pursuing an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree or graduate level program in a medical, nursing or social sciences related major. Applicants must complete a letter of introduction, a 500-900 word essay on one of five given topics, and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement to apply. A scholarship is awarded to the winners of each essay topic as decided by a panel of judges. Applicants must complete a letter of introduction, write a 500-900 word essay on one of the five given topics, and sign the Scholarship Award Agreement to apply. Read essay topics and find further details regarding this scholarship at www.aplaceformom.com/scholarship

 Terry A. Bigler earned his Associates Degree in Maintenance from Western Wyoming Community College in 1977. His studies at Western Wyoming Community College gave him an opportunity to work as a co-op student at the Big Island Mine & Refinery. Upon graduation, he was hired as a full-time Mine Mechanic. Terry had a true passion for mechanical work, which was evident from his 28 1/2 years in Maintenance as well as his hobby of building hot rods. He made many contributions during his years of service with the Big Island Mine & Refinery and achieved 28 consecutive safe years. On April 4, 2005 a sudden, tragic mining accident claimed his life. He will forever be in the hearts of his family, friends, and co-workers. It is with heartfelt respect that we remember him for his loyalty, sense of humor, mechanical abilities, professionalism and compassion for friends and family. For further details and to apply please download the application from MyWestern portal.

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All athletes are eligible for this $500 scholarship regardless of which sport they participate in. The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institution. To apply, interested applicants need to send a 500-1000 word essay answering the question: How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you? Has your participation influence your career goals or how you relate to your family? Essays must be submitted to athleticawards@bigsunathletics.com by June 19, 2020, to be considered. Find further details regarding this scholarship at www.bigsunathletics.com

BPX Energy is pleased to be offering college scholarships to high school seniors or current college freshmen who will be enrolled at the University of Wyoming, any Wyoming community college, or the Colorado School of Mines in the fall of 2020. Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis (12 semester hours or more) and majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field. As members of the community, we recognize the importance of a highly trained and educated workforce to our region and to the state of Wyoming. Interested students are invited to visit our scholarship website at www.bpenergyscholarships.com for complete program information and to apply online. Please note: all scholarship applications must be submitted online by March 16, 2020 to receive consideration

Global Lift Equipment is awarding one student with a $500 scholarship. To be considered for this scholarship the applicant must be currently attending, or planning on attending, a post-secondary institution in Canada or the U.S. in the fall of 2020 and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. To apply for this scholarship applicants must write a short story from the perspective of an inanimate object that can be found on the Global Lift Equipment website. To be considered applications must be submitted online by June 15th, 2020. Students enrolled in any field of study can apply for this scholarship. Find further details regarding this scholarship and apply at their website

The Hawthorn Foundation provides a scholarship intended to enable highly motivated individuals to improve their life circumstances through education and training. Applicants must reside in Wyoming and may be: traditional students, GED graduates, nontraditional adults, individuals who did not finish high school and have not obtained a GED but would like to obtain a GED and pursue an education, low-income adults who are returning to school or starting a higher education for the first time, first generation students, or returning military. For more information, please visit the website www.thehawthornfoundation.org.

Horatio Alger Association was established in 1947 and began awarding scholarships in 1984. Since the first scholarship award the Association has awarded over $125 million in need-based aid to students who hope to pursue their American Dream. To be eligible for the Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship, applicants must complete high school, be younger than 30 years old, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career of technical program at an accredited, non-profit community college in the United States, demonstrate critical financial need, be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and have United States citizenship. Learn more at https://application.horatioalger.org.


The Mary Kay Anderson Scholarship is a one-year award of $800.00, awarded $400.00 each semester (as long as the requirements are met). To qualify the recipient must be a female resident of Sweetwater County for at least three years, demonstrate financial need determined by the information on FAFSA, be enrolled full-time or part-time, have a Western Wyoming Community College GPA of 2.5 or higher as confirmed by an unofficial transcript. No GPA necessary for women who are 30 or older and starting their first semester of college. To renew the scholarship for second semester a 2.5 GPA must be maintained. Applications may be downloaded or picked up at the Financial Aid office. Completed applications must be returned to the Financial Aid office by July 31, 2019. Download the application from your MyWestern portal.


General Federation of Women's Clubs of Wyoming, Inc. is pleased to offer the Mary N. Brooks Scholarship. This scholarship will benefit a Wyoming student, who is currently attending or will be attending a Wyoming University, College, or any licensed, vocational or trade school located in Wyoming. GFWC-W will determine the amount of the scholarship on a yearly basis and it will be awarded based on scholastic ability, financial need and leadership qualities. For the 2019-2020 school year, the total amount being awarded for this scholarship will be $1,000.00. Checks will be sent in early August and early January. All successful applicants will be notified before May 1st yearly. If chosen, GFWC-W Inc. will require the address of your chosen school's financial aid office and your student number. For further details and to apply, please download the application from MyWestern portal.


General Federation of Women's Clubs of Wyoming, Inc. is pleased to offer the Pauline Hayes Scholarship. This scholarship will benefit non-traditional Wyoming females who plan to attend a Wyoming University, College, or any licensed, vocational or trade school located in Wyoming. The number and amounts of the scholarships will be determined on a yearly basis and will be awarded based on scholastic ability, financial need and leadership qualities. All successful applicants will be notified before May 1st yearly. If chosen, GFWC-W Inc. will require the address of your chosen school's financial aid office and your student number. For further details and to apply, please download the application from MyWestern portal.

 The P.E.O. Chapter AY offers a scholarship available to traditional female residents of Green River, WY, who are a high school graduate or hold an equivalency diploma. Recipient must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. An award of $250.00 (if part time) or $500.00 (if full time) will be awarded at the end of the semester after verification of a 2.5 GPA or higher. Copies of semester grades required for consideration of future financial scholarship aid. Student must complete application, include letter of intent detailing educational plans, two letters of recommendation, and three personal references. Applications may be downloaded or picked up in the Financial Aid office. Completed application materials must be turned in by April 15th. Download the application from MyWestern portal.
 

The P.E.O. Chapter AY offers a scholarship available to non-traditional female residents of Green River, WY, who are a high school graduate or hold an equivalency diploma. Recipient must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester. An award of $250.00 (if part time) or $500.00 (if full time) will be awarded at the end of the semester after verification of a 2.5 GPA or higher. Copies of semester grades required for consideration of future financial scholarship aid. Student must complete application, include letter of intent detailing educational plans, two letters of recommendation, and three personal references. Applications may be downloaded or picked up in the Financial Aid office. Completed application materials must be turned in by May 15th. Download the application from MyWestern portal.

 P.E.O. strives to make a difference in women's lives by providing assistance for those seeking higher education. P.E.O. offers a one time, $3000 grant as part of their Program for Continuing Education (PCE). The PCE was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the U.S. and Canada whose education has been interrupted for at least 24 months and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. P.E.O. also offers an educational loan of up to $12,000 for undergrads and $20,000 for doctorate level students. This loan only has a 2% interest rate. Find more details about P.E.O. projects at www.peointernational.org. For any inquiries on how to apply for the above financial opportunities, or to receive a chapter recommendation please contact: Joy Cristian, PEO Chapter L, (307) 362-2410.

The Public Engagement Competition offers one full-tuition and one partial-tuition scholarship for adult and transfer students who wish to enroll at The New School. The New School is located in New York and offers a bachelor's program. Find more details about The New School and their scholarship at www.finishatthenewschool.com.

The Rock Springs Western Wyoming SPE Chapter and local golf committee are proud to offer a scholarship for degree seeking students in our area. These funds are raised from a local golf tournament sponsored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Participants come from several surrounding states to play in this tournament, and are eager to support continuing education for our youth. Their commitment to promote higher learning is what makes this scholarship possible. The application deadline is May 31st, 2019. To view additional information and to apply please go to MyWestern portal.


Teacher.org believes that teachers have the power to inspire our future. With that in mind, Teacher.org is offering a $2,500 scholarship to help students financially to obtain a teaching degree. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5. For further information and to apply, visit http://www.teacher.org/scholarships-grants/.

 

This scholarship is for students who are currently attending a Wyoming Community College and intend to transfer to University of Wyoming (Laramie Campus). Funding varies based on the scholarship awarded and is paid over eight consecutive semesters as long as a 2.5 GPA is maintained upon receipt.  For a complete list of scholarships available, application requirements and applications to download go to www.uwyo.edu/alumni/scholarships/scholarship-opportunities-and-applications.html. Applications must be mailed to: UW Alumni House, 214 S. 14th Street, Laramie, WY 82070.

1. Muriel E. Spacht Scholarship

Applicant mjust be a female Wyoming resident who has graduated from a Wyoming high school or has earned a High School Equivalency Certificate, who has been accepted at a college of her choice as a first, second, third, or fourth-year student.

2. Glen Ella Jones Scholarship

Applicants shall be female Wyoming residents 21 years of age or older, who have graduated from high school or have earned a High School Equivalency Certificate. This scholarship is intended to assist women who have no college credits, or who have earned some college credits but have not completed a degree. It may be used at any two or four-year college or university, including nationally accredited vocational schools. The scholarship shall be awarded based on educational goals, career plans, and financial need.

3. Karen f. Lippincott Scholarship

Applicants shall be female Wyoming residents, who have graduated from high school or have earned a High School Equivalency Certificate. Applicants may have some college credits, or be a first-year student with no credits. The scholarship may be used at any two or four-year college or university, including nationally accredited vocational schools, to which the applicant has been accepted. The scholarship shall be awarded based on educational goals, career plans, and financial need.

4. Grace N. Brown Scholarship Fund

Awards shall be made to women residing in Wyoming who have financial need and have demonstrated concern for others.

 

 

 

Wyoming Young Contractors Association (WYCA) is offering a scholarship program to assist individuals in their pursuit of further education and training for career advancement in the construction industry. Eligibility: Applicant must be a United States Citizen; Applicant must have Wyoming State residency (1 year minimum); Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited, Wyoming based University/College, Career/Technical School, or enrolled in a skilled trades training program approved by the scholarship committee; Applicant must be enrolled in a course of study that is directly related to the Construction Industry and/or is approved by the scholarship committee. Applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 45 at the time of submittal. Find further details regarding this scholarship and application at MyWestern portal.


Wyoming Chapter of ARMA offers a scholarship to any senior in a Wyoming High School or a current Wyoming College student with a GPA of 2.5 or higher pursuing a career in business, records and/or information management. If currently attending a Wyoming College full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours), send a transcript copy that shows successful completion of at least one 3 credit hour course in business, records and/or information management. If you are currently enrolled in a business, records and/or information management course, provide a statement from the college instructor indicating successful completion to that point in the semester. If you are a high school senior, include a copy of your High School transcript showing a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Visit armawyoming.org for more information or to apply.

 

The Wyoming Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) wishes to announce that it will grant a $750 scholarship during the spring semester of the 2019 school year. The recipient of this scholarship will be a deserving student preparing for a career in natural resource conservation or a related field at an accredited college, university, or vocational school in Wyoming. In order to be eligible applicants must have successfully completed at least one year of college in Wyoming and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Students must also be enrolled in an agricultural or natural resource conservation related curriculum and show reasonable need for financial assistance. Previous winners of this scholarship are ineligible. To apply the Wyoming SWCS Chapter requires a scholarship application form, a copy of the student's transcripts and one letter of recommendation (preferably from an employer or instructor). If you have any questions concerning the Wyoming Chapter SWCS scholarship program please contact Dicksie Michael at (307) 271-3126 or dicksie.michael@wy.usda.gov. Download the application form from MyWestern portal and mail it to: Wyoming Chapter SWCS Scholarship Committee, c/o Dicksie Michael, 1017 Highway 14A, Powell, WY 82435-9234.

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is pleased to offer college scholarships to current members of the organization. Applicants must have graduated from a Wyoming high school, be in the graduating class of a Wyoming high school, or be a Wyoming resident and have successfully completed an accredited home school curriculum when the application is submitted. In addition, the applicant must be enrolled at either a Wyoming junior college or the University of Wyoming at the time the scholarship is granted. The application must be postmarked or received on or before March 1st, 2019. Download the application from MyWestern portal.

 

The Wyoming Scottish Rite Foundation Scholarship is for graduates of Wyoming high schools or holders of a Wyoming GED enrolling in college. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time during the year the scholarship is used. Completion of a full course load with a minimum 2.0 GPA is required for renewal. Interested applicants need to complete the application, have two letters of reference, and a color photo of applicant. Applications may be downloaded or picked up in the Financial Aid office. Application deadline is June 1st, 2019. Download the application from MyWestern portal and mail it to: Scottish Rite Foundation, 1820 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001.

The objective of the WYTA Scholarship is to assist individuals who desire to further his/her education after high school. One scholarship valued at $1,000 will be awarded in total to a qualified student currently attending a college, university, or technical school and who is a previous graduate of a Wyoming accredited public, parochial, private, charter, alternative high school OR a homeschool graduate. The scholarship will be based on continuing financial need. The student or student's parent(s) or legal guardian must receive telecommunications service from a participating WYTA member. Eligible companies include All West Communications, Chugwater Telephone Company, Dubois Telephone Exchange, Project Telephone Company, Range Telephone Cooperative, RT Communications Inc., Silver Star Communications, TCT/Tri County Telephone and Union Telephone/Wireless. The selection will be based on financial need (50%), work history (30%), grade point average (10%), and community service and other outside activities (10%). The application deadline is June 15, 2020. For further details and to apply, please download the application from MyWestern portal.

 The objective of the WYTA Scholarship is to assist individuals who desire to further his/her education after high school. Two scholarships valued at $4,000 each will be awarded in total to a qualified student Wyoming student.The scholarships will be awarded in $1,000 annual increments over a period not to exceed 6 years. One scholarship will be based on academic achievement, while the other scholarship will be based on financial need. The student or student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must receive telecommunications service from a participating WYTA member. Eligible companies include All West Communications, Chugwater Telephone Company, Dubois Telephone Exchange, Project Telephone Company, Range Telephone Cooperative, RT Communications Inc., Silver Star Communications, TCT/Tri County Telephone and Union Telephone Company. The selection for the Academic Scholarship will be based on GPA, SAT/ACT scores and school curriculum. Academic achievements received in high school and/or continuing education/technical school grades 40%. Leadership qualities 30%. Community service 20% and Financial Need 10%. The selection for the Financial Need Scholarship will be based on Financial Need 50%, Work History 30%, GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and school curriculum 10%, Community Service 10%. The application deadline is April 17, 2020. For further details and to apply, please download the application from MyWestern portal

 

Wyoming Trucking Association, Inc. offers its Transportation Education Scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1,500.00 to a Wyoming high school graduate, who is enrolled in a Wyoming college, the university or trade school for the 2020-2021 school year. The student must be enrolled in courses, which could lead to a career in the transportation industry in Wyoming. The courses of study include but are not limited to: business management, accounting, diesel mechanics, truck driving training, office procedures & management, computer skills and safety. Please download an application from MyWestern portal and submit it to the WTA Scholarship Trust Fund, P.O. Box 1175, Casper, WY 82602 no later than February 10, 2020. A determination of the recipients will be made by March 2020 and funds will be distributed in August 2020.

 

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