Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application filling period?
The 2014-2015 scholarship application for Worcester State University will be available online starting February 1, 2014. The application deadline is April 15, 2014. However, several scholarship opportunities will remain open beyond that deadline for specific majors, programs or student groups. Therefore, we encourage all students to occasionally log in to check their application status and to see if there are any new scholarship opportunities available.
Please note there are different deadline dates for the various scholarship opportunities offered at Worcester State. Since these deadline dates can change without notice, we encourage students to not procrastinate on finishing the application process.
How do I apply for scholarships?
You need to access and complete our online scholarship application. We do not distribute paper applications and will only accept the online scholarship application for consideration of all donor-funded scholarship awards. By submitting this application, you will have an opportunity to be considered for all possible donor-funded scholarships.
How do I obtain a Worcester State Username and ID Number?
You must first apply for admission to Worcester State University and be accepted. Within your letter of acceptance will be information on how you can obtain your username and ID number. Current students should use their current WSU login credentials – any questions should be directed to the WSU University Technologies Help Desk (508-929-8856).
When will recipients be notified?
The awarding of scholarships starts at the beginning of May and usually concludes by the end of August. After the application deadline has closed, you will need to monitor your Worcester State email to see if you have been awarded a scholarship. If you are awarded a scholarship, a congratulatory email will be sent to you stating the name and amount of the scholarship. The notification process does not include a notification to all applicants, but only to the selected recipients of a scholarship.
Be sure to send a thank-you letter to the donor. Our scholarships are provided by private donors who take an interest in supporting our students. Without the support of these donors, many students would not be able to reach their educational goals. Your award letter will require you to return the thank-you letter to the Office of University Advancement, which will review your letter and forward it to the donor(s). Please review our guide on how to write a thank-you letter.
Who is eligible to apply for scholarships?
Scholarships are available to all matriculated students who are incoming freshman, continuing or transfer, undergraduate or graduate students who are planning to attend Worcester State for the 2014-2015 academic year. Most scholarships require full-time attendance.
Scholarship eligibility is administered by the University and qualifications vary according to stipulations of individual donors who provided funding for the program. Factors for consideration typically include scholastic achievement, academic major, involvement in school organizations, participation in community activities and full-time enrollment. Depending on specific donor criteria, these factors can vary, so regardless of your accomplishment, interests or background, we encourage students to apply online for scholarships.
International students who are currently enrolled at Worcester State University can apply for donor-funded scholarships using our online application. Incoming international students who are not currently enrolled, or have not been admitted, are not eligible to apply for donor-funded scholarships.
How do I write a thank-you letter?
Scholarship donors are generous people who unselfishly give to support the educational endeavors of students like you. They typically ask for nothing in return, but receiving a well-written thank-you letter from a student is always special and lets the donor know that his or her scholarship was greatly appreciated. Your letter reminds them why they gave in the first place and often helps secure continuing gifts for future students.
Writing a Well-Written Letter
Make sure the letter is free of both grammatical and spelling errors. You are an important part of the Worcester State family, and the literacy demonstrated in your letter is a reflection on all of us.
Thank-You Letter Tips:
1. Write clearly and concisely.
2. Double-check for typos and grammatical errors.
3. Express enthusiasm.
4. Be sincere.
5. Send it handwritten in a neat and professional format.
6. Use quality paper or attractive note cards.
You were awarded a scholarship because your personal qualities and academic abilities stood above all other applicants. Sending a handwritten thank-you letter confirms that this scholarship was important enough to you to take the time to present yourself in a professional manner. The sample letters on our website are to help you compose your own thank-you letter.