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Incoming Freshman Scholarships and Awards

Whether you are a scholar, a legacy, an actor or an athlete (or all of the above!), William Woods University has freshmen scholarships for just about every passion and excellence. Read about our various scholarships below — some are awarded automatically upon acceptance and some require an application. Please, do not hesitate to give us a call with any questions you may have.

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The LEAD Award Program

Lead Award

Increase your scholarship with the LEAD Award of $5,000 for residential students and $2,500 for commuter students per year!

Amy Shelton McNutt

Application deadline is Feb. 15th

Full Tuition, Room and Board for four years if you maintain a GPA of 3.5 (1 recipient per year)


  • ACT of 31 or SAT 1420
  • Minimum GPA of 3.75
  • Phone interview
  • Completed application
  • 1-2 page essay: Answering this question: If you could have a dinner conversation with three people, living or dead, who would they be and why?
  • Successful completion of the LEAD program
  • Requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 for renewal 

Honors Program

Application deadline is Feb. 15th

$1,000 Annual Housing Award


  • Minimum ACT of 26 or SAT 1240-1270
  • Minimum GPA 3.2
  • Submit a resume
  • Interview before a committee
  • Submit an essay with minimum of 250 words
  • Requires a minimum GPA of 3.25 for renewal 

Learn more about the Honors Program!

Additional Awards

William Woods University is presently reviewing scholarship offerings for incoming students. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for information regarding scholarships.