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Fall 2018 Merit Scholarships


Central Washington University is proud to be one of the best values in education. We are also proud that we award over 17 Million in scholarships each year. The merit scholarships below recognize the academic achievements for Washington Residents who are new First-Year and Transfer students. These awards are tuition waivers and can only be applied to CWU tuition. You are automatically awarded if you meet the following criteria.

High School GPA Scholarships

Requires minimum 2.5 CWU cumulative GPA to renew


High School Test Scores Scholarships

Transfer Students

Minimum Transfer GPA 3.5 for Ellensburg campus, 3.25 for online and CWU centers, Requires minimum 2.5 CWU cumulative GPA to renew


Additonal Merit Scholarships Offered for One Year:

  • Early Scholar: $500 tuition waiver to CWU Cornerstone and Running Start students with at least a 3.00 CWU GPA.

  • Douglas Honors College (DHC): $1,000 tuition waiver to First-Year students who participate in the CWU honors college. For more information see:

  • Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP) Majors: $1,000 tuition waiver to eligible First-Year students who participate in the STEP Program. For more information see: for admission

Please note: Eligible students who apply after February 1st will be considered for merit awards as funds remain available. The total amount waived cannot exceed 80% of CWU tuition charges.

Academic Merit Awards are subject to change on an annual basis without notice.

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