Scholarship increase request and eligibility

If you are a current scholarship recipient, you can apply to increase your scholarship from $2,500 to $5,000 when you have met the following criteria:

  • You have earned at least 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits.
  • You have been accepted into an eligible high-demand major from the list of Approved Majors.
  • You are enrolled at an eligible four-year college/university, or an eligible community college offering a bachelors’ degree in your eligible high-demand major.

How to request a scholarship increase from $2,500 to $5,000

Use your Scholar Portal to submit a Request Form to increase your scholarship. In order to complete your request, you will need to upload the following documentation into your portal.

1. A letter on letterhead, or an email, from your college or university registrar or the department from which you will receive your degree. The letter must state:

• The major that you’ve been accepted into (not a declared major*).

• The date you were accepted into the major.

• The Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code for your major. Every major has a CIP code that defines the major and field of study. The CIP code information is available from your college or university registrar’s office.

*Please note that we do not accept documents stating that you have “declared” a major; the documents must show you’ve been accepted into the major. If your college or university does not have a formal acceptance process for major or degree programs, the documentation you submit must state that you have been admitted into and are on track to graduate with an eligible high-demand major.

2. Upload an unofficial college or university transcript that verifies you have completed the required number of credits, (at least 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits) at a four-year college/university. If you are transferring, you must submit an unofficial transcript from your new college or university that shows the total number of credits that were accepted at your new college or university upon transferring. This amount should be at least 90 credits at a quarter school or 60 earned credits at a semester school.

Timeline for Requesting an Increase

All scholars will be required to apply for the increase to maintain eligibility for the scholarship. As to when, it depends on your class standing when were selected for the scholarship. We recommend applying as soon as you meet the requirements above. Applying to increase your scholarship as soon as possible will also ensure that you don’t have any issues renewing your scholarship. If you are required to increase your scholarship in order to renew your scholarship, you will need to submit your documents no later than July to avoid forfeiting your scholarship.

After you submit your WSOS Increase, you can view the status of your Increase as pending, approved or denied. Please allow 2-4 weeks of processing time.

Please contact Scholarship Services if you would like to be reminded as to when you will be required to submit scholarship increase documentation.

If your scholarship disbursement has already been sent to your college at a lower level when your increase is approved, your increase can take effect that term if you were admitted into your eligible major before the start of the term.

Receiving Funding at the $7,500 Level

If you have already increased your scholarship to the $5,000 level, you do not need to submit any additional documentation in order to increase your scholarship to the $7,500 level. WSOS will automatically increase your scholarship to the $7,500 level after you have received $5,000 for three quarters or two semesters.

Please see Award Amounts and Requesting an Increase FAQ’s for more information.


Contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.