Apply for a Donor Scholarship

How to Apply for a Donor Scholarship

The Donor Scholarship application is available during the spring semester. Currently enrolled students may complete the general application to be considered for a donor scholarship for the upcoming academic year. By completing this one application, students will automatically be matched to any of the more than 300 scholarship opportunities for which they are qualified. In the application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Essay (required);
  • Letter of recommendation from a William Paterson professor or staff member, external supervisor from work or an internship, mentor, instructor, or coworker (required);
  • Resume (optional, but highly recommended).

The majority of donor scholarship awards are not automatically renewed. Students must complete the application, including the essay and letter of recommendation every spring, in order to be considered for scholarship support for the upcoming academic year.

The donor scholarship application for the 2023-24 academic year is closed. Click here to see the list of donor scholarships that were available for the 2023-24 academic year. The donor scholarship application will be available on March 1, 2024 to apply for a donor scholarship for the 2024-25 academic year.

Disclaimer: The number and amount of scholarship awards listed anywhere on the William Paterson University website are for general information purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of what a student will receive if selected. Actual award amounts vary based on students’ individual eligibility factors and funds available.

Unless specifically stated otherwise in the scholarship description, all scholarship recipients must be full-time students (12 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits) at William Paterson University for each of the fall and spring semesters and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  (Academic status and progress are evaluated at the conclusion of each semester.) Donor scholarships are not available to students enrolled in WP Online.


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Donor Scholarships at or 973.720.2934.  If you are an enrolled student, please have your student ID number ready when you call, and include it in all email correspondence to ensure a timely and accurate response.