Wilson Scholars Program

Are you an incoming first-year student who:

  • Has a demonstrated commitment to service and leadership in your school and community?
  • Is ranked in the top of your graduating high school class?
  • Sought out and embraced opportunities to enrich your educational experiences?
  • Pursued and excelled in the most rigorous curriculum available to you?
  • Is eager and prepared to make a significant impact on the Appalachian community?

If so, you could become a Wilson Scholar

Benefits of the Wilson Scholars program include:

  • Full institutional costs for eight semesters, which include: tuition, fees, book rental, and room and board.
  • An annual (four years) experiential scholarship of $2,500 (total: $10,000) which can be invested in study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, summer school or service-learning activities.
  • A fall semester trip for all first-year Wilson Scholars (led by the program's faculty director).
  • Support for research and scholarship through the Office of Student Research, including travel funds to attend conferences where the student is presenting.
  • Priority registration for course selection.
  • Personalized academic mentoring and advising from the faculty director of the Wilson Scholars.
  • Housing available in Cone Hall (for first-year students) and Summit Hall (for upper-class students). 
  • Participation in university activities including lectures, concerts and seminars.
  • Opportunity to renew for up to eight semesters based upon an acceptable grade point average.

To Apply

Complete your application for admission before November 15 and follow the scholarship application steps

A committee of faculty and staff will review initial scholarship applications, essays and recommendation letters. Select finalists will be hosted for interviews as part of the annual Scholars Day event in mid-February.