The Hathaway Scholarship (For WY High School Grads)
Education: The State’s Greatest Investment
The State of Wyoming has established a generous scholarship program in the name of former Wyoming Governor Stan Hathaway that provides an incentive for Wyoming students to prepare for and pursue post-secondary education within the State of Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Education’s program, which began with the high school graduating class of 2006, provides merit- and need-based awards to eligible students.
Follow this link to read more about the Hathaway Scholarship: http://hathawayscholarship.org/
Follow this link to view Hathaway Scholarship information for Parents: http://hathawayscholarship.org/planning/parents/
The Hathaway Scholarship is not an entitlement and awards are subject to legislative appropriation. The Legislature has the authority to modify or terminate the Hathaway Scholarship Program at any time.
How Do I Apply for The Hathaway Scholarship?
Applying for the Hathaway Scholarship at the Northern Wyoming Community College District’s Sheridan College or Gillette College is easy!
Follow this process and timeline:
- Complete the Hathaway Scholarship application.
- Supply a current copy of your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.
- Complete your admission file by providing your final official high school transcript to NWCCD’s Admissions Office upon graduation and provide any new test scores you may have.
The Financial Aid office will inform you of your Hathaway scholarship via your Financial Aid Self-Service account and email. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing after submitting the required paperwork (final official High School transcript showing your graduation date).
As of March 19, 2018, students must apply for the Hathaway Scholarship within 48 months of their high school class’ natural graduation date. Students must begin using the scholarship within 52 months. For example, a student graduates on May 24, 2015. This student has until May 24, 2019 to apply and has until that upcoming fall semester to begin using the scholarship. Exceptions may be made for documented military service or religious sojourns.
Students have 6 years from the semester they begin using the Hathaway Scholarship to use all 8 full time semesters (96 credits or 12 credits per semester). 4 full time semesters (48 credits) are intended for use at a Wyoming community college and 4 full time semesters (48 credits) are intended for use at the University of Wyoming. Exceptions for the 6 year clock may be made for documented military service or religious sojourns. Extensions may be possible at a Wyoming community college depending upon the Hathaway Scholarship level you are receiving and your program of study. Other restrictions apply. Please contact the financial aid office at 307.675.0203 for details.
A student must apply for the Hathaway Scholarship within 24 months of their high school graduation date. However, exceptions may be made for documented military service or religious sojourns.
High school graduates, High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC) recipients, and homeschool students all have different requirements for eligibility. Please visit http://hathawayscholarship.org/hathaway-scholarship/hathaway-calculator/ for additional information.
At this time your SAT score can be converted to an ACT equivalent for consideration. Contact us: We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the Hathaway Scholarship. Please contact Brenda in the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
To qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship, you must be considered a resident of Wyoming according to the Northern Wyoming Community College Districts residency policy which requires that a student’s parents live in Wyoming and/or the student graduated from a Wyoming high school.
A FAFSA is not required to determine your Hathaway Scholarship eligibility. However, a need based award is available to qualifying students, but the FAFSA must be 100% completed before the financial aid office can determine if you are eligible for the need based portion.
The Hathaway Scholarship is awarded each semester based on enrollment in 12 credits. If a student is enrolled in 6-11 credits, or is enrolled in a course numbered less than 1000 (eg Math 0920), the Hathaway Scholarship award amount will be prorated accordingly.
Students are required to enroll in at least 1 credit each fall and spring semester once they begin receiving the Hathaway Scholarship. If a student begins using the Hathaway Scholarship in fall of 2018 but decides to transfer outside of Wyoming or sit out for the spring 2019 semester, they will be required to attend the fall semester of 2019 at the same number of credits they were enrolled during fall of 2018 before the Hathaway Scholarship can be reinstated. Please submit an eligibility recheck request at http://www.sheridan.edu/admissions/financial-aid/hathaway-eligibility-recheck/ to see if you are eligible to regain the Hathaway Scholarship.
Students must maintain a specific cumulative GPA, complete the credits they attempt, and remain enrolled every fall and spring semester once they begin receiving the scholarship. Please visit https://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/hathaway/Regaining-Eligibility-Matrix.pdf to see what you need to do in order to regain the scholarship. Then visit http://www.sheridan.edu/admissions/financial-aid/hathaway-eligibility-recheck/ to submit the eligibility recheck form.
Students have 48 credits (or 4 full time semesters) to use the Hathaway Scholarship at a WY community college and an additional 48 credits to use at the University of Wyoming. If you want to transfer your scholarship to another WY community college or UW, please visit http://www.sheridan.edu/admissions/financial-aid/hathaway-transfer-request/ to submit the transfer request form.
No. The intent of the scholarship is, in part, to encourage students to pursue your education in Wyoming with hopes that you’ll consider pursuing a career here when you are done.
While the Hathaway Scholarship isn’t available to use out-of-state, students who attend an out-of-state school may come back within the 48 month time period to an in-state institution and begin using the Hathaway Scholarship. Students who initiated the Hathaway Scholarship before leaving Wyoming may also return and regain their eligibility if within the 6 year window. Continuous enrollment requirements (at a WY institution) apply.