The Office of Financial Aid does not select merit scholarship recipients. However, if you are receiving any financial aid from our office, you will first want to contact us directly with the amounts of your outside scholarships. Outside monies (e.g., scholarships, employee tuition assistance, prizes/awards) may affect your original financial aid award, so we would like to inform you of any changes as early as possible. You can expect to receive a revised award letter with any changes made to your award caused by outside resources.
These links are intended to be used as a resource to help you find additional funds for your education.
William & Mary Merit Scholarships
These scholarships are financial awards given to William & Mary students with proven scholastic ability. There are three merit scholarships offered by William & Mary; each is handled through the Admission Office.
- William & Mary Scholars - The William & Mary Scholars Award is presented each year to a small group of academically distinguished students who have overcome unusual adversity and/or are members of underrepresented groups who would contribute to campus diversity. Many will be the first members of their families to attend college. All applicants are considered for the award, and no separate application is needed. Awards are worth the amount of in-state tuition and fees. They are renewable each year (up to 8 semesters) as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing at the University.
- Monroe Scholars - The James Monroe Scholars Program is a designation offered each year to the top 10-15% of all admitted students to William & Mary. All first-year applicants are considered for this program, and no separate application is needed. Notification is sent from the Office of Undergraduate Admission in March. Monroe Scholars receive a $3000 research stipend to explore an academic area of their choice. Other benefits to this program include a special housing option during freshman year, special consideration in freshman advisors' appointment, priority course registration, and the invitation to participate in a series of additional seminars. If an enrolling William & Mary student is not offered the Monroe Scholar designation during the admission process, the student can become a Monroe Scholar at the end of their freshman year. Rising sophomores who have done exceptionally well academically (typically a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher) are invited to apply for seats in the Monroe Scholars Program through the Charles Center.
- 1693 Scholars - The 1693 Scholars Program is William & Mary's most selective scholarship. Finalists typically rank in the top 1% of their class, score a 1500 and higher on the SAT (Critical Reading plus Math), and take the most demanding curriculum available to them. While some of the variables that influence 1693 Scholar designations are quantitative, others are more subjective. These include students' application essays, extracurricular involvements, leadership, letters of recommendation, and intellectual engagement evidence. In conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Admission, faculty members will administer the selection process.
All students who apply to William & Mary through Early Decision (Nov. 1 postmark deadline) or Regular Decision (Jan. 1 postmark deadline) will be reviewed for the 1693 Scholars Program.
The 1693 Scholars Program will provide seven students per year with extensive benefits, including full tuition, general fees, room and board annually for Virginia residents, and the equivalent amount annually for non-Virginia residents.
Policy on the use of "Last Payer" Yellow Ribbon Post-9/11 GI Bill Funds
Under the new "last payer" provision for Post-9/11 funds recipients, we have determined that two William & Mary programs that pay for in-state tuition and fees make Virginia domicile recipients of these funds ineligible for tuition coverage through the Post -9/11 GI Bill. The Virginia residents receiving the William & Mary Scholars Awards and 1693 Scholarships will be considered to have their tuition and fees already covered through these two programs. They are still potentially eligible for the living and book allowances.
Nonresidents will still be able to receive up to the difference between in and out-of-state tuition from Post-9/11. For example, a nonresident student has a semester tuition and fees bill of $23,427. They could receive both W&M Scholar and 1693 Scholars funding for the $11,814 for Virginia tuition and fees, plus up to $11,814 from the Post-9/11 program.
Other William & Mary Sponsored Scholarships:
- Hulon Willis Scholarship - Sponsored by the Alumni Association. Only current students are eligible. Two successful applicants will be awarded $2,000 scholarships. Application Deadline: March 27, 2021.
- The Order of The White Jacket - For current students employed in foodservice that work on campus or in the Williamsburg community. Application Deadline: April 30, 2021.
Other William & Mary Opportunities
The Revolutionary Guard Battalion: The Revolutionary Guard Battalion offers 4, 3, and 2 years of on-campus scholarships covering full college tuition and educational fees to undergraduate and graduate students. Upon completing ROTC and degree requirements, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or the National Guard.
Army ROTC Scholarship: Covers full tuition and fees OR full room and board.
Student Activities – Organization, Conference, and Event Funding: The Student Activities Accountant serves as a financial resource to all organizations and advises them on William & Mary's policies. The Conference Fund and Special Activities/Event Funds are two financial programs that are in place to assist students with additional funding for conferences and campus programming efforts.
School of Education Financial Aid: This site offers information on departmental scholarships and graduate assistantships.
Law School Financial Aid: This site offers Law students information about financial aid, Virginia in-state tuition, and scholarships.
Mason School of Business Full-time MBA Program Financial Aid: This site has information for full-time MBA students regarding scholarships and graduate assistantships.
Arts & Sciences Funding Opportunities: This site provides a list of funding opportunities for graduate students in the Arts & Sciences programs.
School of Marine Science (VIMS) Funding Opportunities: This site provides a list of funding and award opportunities for current and prospective School of Marine Science students.