Having four children, three of whom will hit college around the same time, I am thankful for the State of Wyoming Stanley Hathaway Scholarship. Established in honor of former governor Stanley Hathaway- who created the state's Permanent Mineral Trust Fund (whose income pays for state government operations)- this scholarship has three different award levels available to students who graduate from Wyoming High Schools and want to attend the University of Wyoming or affiliated Wyoming Colleges. Of course, students also have to meet certain academic criteria in high school as well as achieve certain ACT scores. However, it is without a doubt one of the best scholarships around for Wyoming High School Graduates.
The Hathaway Scholarship is offered at three different levels:
Opportunity Level will give $800 per semester to graduates who have taken the required high school curriculum and have a 2.50 or above GPA, and a score of 19 or above on the ACT.
Performance Level will give $1200 per semester to graduates who have taken the required high school curriculum and have a 3.0 or above GPA, and a score of 21 or above on the ACT.
Honors Level will give $1600 per semester to graduates who have taken the required high school curriculum and have a 3.50 or above GPA, and a score of 25 or above on the ACT.
These amounts may not sound like a big deal, but when you compare it to the tuiton rate at the very, affordable University of Wyoming, this is an unprecedented opportunity!
To put it in perspective, for 2012-2013 the cost of attending the University of Wyoming is:
$4278 per year for Tuition and Fees
or $2139 per semester.
So, you can see how proportionately, the award amounts available at all three levels are a very good deal.
Of course students will need to achieve at pre-determined levels of achievement to keep the scholarships for 8 semesters of college, but the requirements are spelled out clearly and the opportunity is there.
Even with the affordability of the University of Wyoming, it didn't really hit us until this year - with our oldest child a senior in high school - just how prohibitive the cost of higher education is. And it sadly sunk in that we couldn't really pay for it even if we wanted to. So we are seriously thankful for the Hathaway scholarship...
things have changed tremendously since I proudly wrote my first tuition and fees check in the fall of 1981 for . . . $249.00 !
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