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Scholarships for every student

William Woods is committed to ensuring every student has the opportunity to flourish. We offer scholarships for involvement, academic achievement, diversity and inclusion, honors, athletics, and more. We offer a range of scholarship opportunities and will work with you to find the one that fits for you. Our graduates go on to work at industry-leading companies, excel in graduate school, and become innovative entrepreneurs. A William Woods University education empowers those dreams.

Automatic Consideration Scholarships / Limited Number of Awards

Students are automatically considered for these scholarships if they meet the selection criteria. Availability is limited; students are encouraged to apply to the University early to ensure consideration. Students must meet all admissions requirements and must live on campus.

  • Hometown Promise* - $20,000/year for up to four years.
    We are proud to be a community partner to members of our central Missouri community. As part of that commitment, we offer a $20,000/year scholarship to  accepted students of neighboring counties   who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must be residents of or must have attended high school in the following counties: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Gasconade, Montgomery, and Osage.
  • Opportunity Scholarship* - $22,000/year for up to four years.
    We believe every student should have the opportunity to flourish. The Opportunity Scholarship is offered to accepted students who are Missouri residents with 3.0+ G.P.A. and a “0” expected family contribution (EFC). To determine your EFC, you will need to complete the free application for federal student financial aid (FAFSA) at after October 1.
  • Transfer Elite* - $20,000/year for up to four years.
    In recognition of your hard work and achievement, the Transfer Elite scholarship is offered to all incoming transfer students who have earned an associate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • These awards cannot be combined with other scholarships. Students must live on campus. Students must meet University acceptance requirements; those with provisional acceptance are not eligible. Upon attendance, students must remain in good academic standing; remain a residential student, living on campus; and maintain full-time status.)

Automatic Consideration Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for the following scholarships. Simply apply to William Woods and we will use your application to consider you for the following:

  • Academic Merit
    You worked hard for your grades in high school. We understand and reward your commitment. Your grades, as well as standardized tests if applicable, will be automatically reviewed for a merit scholarship offer. Awards vary based on your individual record of achievement and continue for your four years if eligibility requirements continue to be met.
  • LEAD Award - $5,000/year for up to four years
    All incoming students are offered our innovative LEAD Award, regardless of financial need. LEAD promotes community involvement and rewards students for participating in a wide range of activities. (Commuter students are offered $2,500.) Read more about LEAD.

Scholarships requiring an application

Your personal experiences and goals are why you belong at William Woods. We invite you to explore these additional scholarship opportunities:

  • Amy Shelton McNutt Scholarship – Full tuition, room, and board for up to four years
    One outstanding student from each incoming first-year class is selected for the Amy Shelton McNutt scholarship. Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 to be considered. Learn more about the Amy Shelton McNutt Scholarship.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship – Up to $2,500/year for up to four years
    This scholarship supports a first-year student who is member of an ethnic minority group typically under-represented in higher education degree programs and may be combined with select additional awards. Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship.
  • Honors Program Member Award 
    Students of high academic achievement can choose to purse the William Woods Honors program which includes a living-and-learning community, enriching activities, scholarship, and faculty interaction and mentoring. This may be combined with select additional awards. Learn more about the Honors Program.


Those interested in pursuing an Athletics at William Woods should complete the Prospective Athlete Form. Your Athletic scholarship and any additional scholarship or aid offers will be tailored to you.

We're here to help

Our Student Financial Services team is here to ensure you have the resources and knowledge you need to invest in your future. We are experts in navigating need-based, merit-based, Pell Grants, work study, state programs and outside programs. We see the whole person and are committed to helping you achieve your dreams. Your admissions counselor can help you navigate your options.

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All scholarships detailed here are subject to change. Refer to your personal scholarship offer for your eligibility requirements. Last updated August 2021.