The Best Scholarships in Wyoming

​Planning for college is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. From choosing which school to attend to planning room and board, there are a lot of things to consider. Deciding how to pay for your college education tends to be one of the more challenging obstacles high school graduates face. Student loans are always an option, and you may need to apply for those as well. However, no one wants to finish college owing thousands of dollars in student loans. So, the less you have to borrow now, the better off you will be in the future.

Many universities in Wyoming automatically consider students for available scholarships based on certain criteria. However, there are many others a beginning college student has to search for. Stressing over how to pay for college shouldn't overshadow what should be one of the most exciting times of your life. If you're planning to attend the University of Wyoming or any of the state community colleges one or more of the following scholarships may be just right for you. The scholarships listed are only available to Wyoming residents. We hope this helps in your search, and we wish you all the best.​

1. Alumni Association Premier Scholarship

This scholarship is available to spring high school graduates planning to attend the University of Wyoming. It is available for eight consecutive semesters. Recipients must take at least 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a GPA of 3.0. One parent or guardian must be a paid active member of the UWAA (University of Wyoming Alumni Association), and recipients must agree to return to their high school once a year during their college career to promote UWAA and the scholarship program. Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in the top fourth of the graduating class. An ACT composite score of 23 or SAT score of 1070 is also required. This scholarship pays $750 the first and second semester and $1000 per remaining semesters. It also includes a lifetime membership to the UWAA.

You can learn more about the ​Alumni Association Premier Scholarship here

2. Hershler/Skinner Family Memorial Scholarship

Paying $250 per semester for eight consecutive semesters, this University of Wyoming scholarship is available to students whose parent or guardian is a Wyoming State employee and a paid and active member of the UWAA. Spring, high school graduates, must be in the top third of their graduating class and have an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 990. Recipients must take at least 12 credit hours per semester and maintain a GPA of 2.5

You can learn more about the ​Hershler/Skinner Family Memorial Scholarship here

3. License Plate Funded Scholarship

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You can learn more about the ​License Plate Funded Scholarship here

4. John P. Ellbogen Foundation Scholarship

Spring, high school graduates, planning to attend the University of Wyoming can receive $375 per semester for eight consecutive semesters. Applicants must have graduated in the top third of their class and have an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 990. In order to continue receiving the scholarship, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 and complete at least 12 credit hours per semester.

You can learn more about the John P. Ellbogen Foundation Scholarship here

5. Tuff Samuelson Memorial Scholarship

Uinta County high school graduates planning to attend the University of Wyoming can apply for this scholarship. It pays $1000 per semester for eight consecutive semesters. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and complete 12 credit hours per semester. Applicants must have an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 990.

You can learn more about the ​Tuff Samuelson Memorial Scholarship here

6. Wyoming High School Seniors of UWAA Members

Applicants must have one parent or guardian who is a paid active member of the UWAA. They must also have graduated in the top third of their class and have an ACT composite score of 21 or SAT score of 990. The scholarship pays $500 the first two semesters and $750 for the remaining six semesters. It also includes a lifetime membership to the UWAA, which is a $500 value. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 2.5 and take at least 12 credit hours per semester.

You can learn more about the ​Wyoming High School Seniors of UWAA Members here

7. Allen A. and Dorothy Belle Dickey Scholarship

This generous scholarship is available to graduates or GED recipients of Weston County high schools planning to attend the University of Wyoming or one of seven Wyoming community colleges. First preference goes to students choosing majors in nursing or agriculture. Other factors considered are participation in the community, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Two $5000 and two $2500 payments will be sent directly to the school. The recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA and take at least 12 credit hours per semester.

You can learn more about the ​Allen A. and Dorothy Belle Dickey Scholarship here

8. Troy Yost Memorial Scholarship

Students planning to study art at the University of Wyoming or one of the community colleges can apply for this scholarship. The award pays $1000 per year and is based on the recommendation of the student's art teacher, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and financial need. Students planning to emphasize their studies in western or wildlife art will be considered for the award first.

You can learn more about the ​Troy Yost Memorial Scholarship here

9. Walter Urbigkit Scholarship

This award is available to graduating students of any Wyoming high school planning to study aviation. The award offers $400 per year for full-time students maintaining a 2.0 GPA. The advisory committee considers financial need, community involvement, academics, and extracurricular activities in making their decision. Residents of Fremont and Hot Springs counties are considered first for the award. Scholarship funds are sent directly to the school.

You can learn more about the ​Walter Urbigkit Scholarship here

10. Hathaway Opportunity Scholarship

The Wyoming Department of Education offers generous scholarships to students planning to attend the University of Wyoming or one of the seven Wyoming community colleges. Hathaway scholarships are divided into three categories based on GPA and ACT scores. All applicants must have followed the Hathaway Success Curriculum, which includes: 4 years of approved math, language, and science. It also includes three years of social studies, two years of foreign language, and two years of fine arts or career courses. The Opportunity Scholarship requires a student to have a GPA of 2.5 and an ACT composite score of 19. It awards $840 per semester for consecutive semesters, and the recipient must maintain a GPA of 2.25.

You can learn more about the ​Hathaway Opportunity Scholarship here

11. Hathaway Performance Scholarship

The Wyoming Department of Education offers generous scholarships to students planning to attend the University of Wyoming or one of the seven Wyoming community colleges. Hathaway scholarships are divided into three categories based on GPA and ACT scores. All applicants must have followed the Hathaway Success Curriculum, which includes: 4 years of approved math, language, and science. It also includes three years of social studies, two years of foreign language, and two years of fine arts or career courses. The Performance Scholarship requires a student to have a GPA of 3.0 and an ACT composite score of 21. It awards $1260 per semester for consecutive semesters, and the recipient must maintain a GPA of 2.5.

You can learn more about the ​Hathaway Performance Scholarship here

12. Hathaway Honor Scholarship

The Wyoming Department of Education offers generous scholarships to students planning to attend the University of Wyoming or one of the seven Wyoming community colleges. Hathaway scholarships are divided into three categories based on GPA and ACT scores. All applicants must have followed the Hathaway Success Curriculum, which includes: 4 years of approved math, language, and science. It also includes three years of social studies, two years of foreign language, and two years of fine arts or career courses. The Honor Scholarship requires a student to have a GPA of 3.5 and an ACT composite score of 25. It awards $1680 per semester for consecutive semesters, and the recipient must maintain a GPA of 2.5.

You can learn more about the ​Hathaway Honor Scholarship here

13. Douvas Memorial Scholarship

Looking to provide help for first-generation college students, this award is for Wyoming high school students whose parents were born outside the U.S. Applicants planning to attend the University of Wyoming or one of Wyoming's community colleges are eligible to apply. The award is $500 and is also based on financial need.

You can learn more about the ​Douvas Memorial Scholarship here

14. Wyoming County Commissioners' Scholarship

Each county commissioner has three scholarships to award every year. Recipients planning to attend a community college or the University of Wyoming receive $1000 per year. The decision is based on GPA, ACT composite score, and extracurricular activities. Applicants must contact the county commissioner based on the county they reside in. An application example is provided.

You can learn more about the ​Wyoming County Commissioners' Scholarship here

15. Bunny Chard Memorial Scholarship

Graduating students with a 3.0 GPA or higher of Niobrara County High School are eligible to apply. Academics, community participation, financial need, and extracurricular activities are considered when awarding this scholarship. Recipients receive $500 per academic year and must maintain a 2.7 GPA and attend school full time.

You can learn more about the ​Bunny Chard Memorial Scholarship here

16. Adeline Neilson Scholarship Foundation

This award ranges from $2000-$4000 per academic year. It is for students planning to attend Casper College with a strong academic record. Strong career goals and proper personal conduct are also considered. The award is also based on financial need, and it does not apply to any particular area of study.

You can learn more about the ​Adeline Neilson Scholarship Foundation here

17. Noland and Winter Memorial Scholarship 

A $750 award is available to sophomore students at Casper College, who have completed 20 credit hours and had a 3.0 GPA. Preference is shown to previous or current members of Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K, or Kiwanis Club. Applicants must submit a statement of financial need and educational goals.

You can learn more about the ​Noland and Winter Memorial Scholarship here

18. Wyoming Homemakers Scholarship

This $500 award applies to students attending UW, one of the seven Wyoming community colleges, or a Wyoming trade school. The recipient must be an entering sophomore or junior when applying. The decision is based on the applicant's academic achievements, financial need, leadership, citizenship, and community involvement.

You can learn more about the ​Wyoming Homemakers Scholarship here

19. James J. Reeb Memorial Scholarship

Casper College offers a memorial scholarship for full-time students majoring in social or behavioral science. Mr. Reeb was a Casper alumni who became an ordained minister and advocated civil rights. He was killed in 1965 in a civil rights incident. The award is $500.

You can learn more about the ​James J. Reeb Memorial Scholarship here

20. Natrona County Council PTA Casper College Scholarship

This $250 award is paid each semester to full-time Natrona County high honor graduating seniors. Applicants must plan to attend Casper College. A 2.0 GPA is required and must be maintained. The award is for two years and is based on financial need.

You can learn more about the Natrona County Council PTA Casper College Scholarship here

21. Dr. Ellyn E. Cavanagh Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to Casper College nursing majors in the spring for the following school year. Freshman or sophomore students taking at least 12 credit hours per semester and maintaining a GPA of 2.5 can apply. The $550 award is also based on financial need.

You can learn more about the ​Dr. Ellyn E. Cavanagh Nursing Scholarship here

22. Nissan of Casper Scholarship

Casper Nissan offers a generous award of a Nissan Versa and five scholarships in the amount of $2000. Applicants must reside in Natrona or Converse County, have a 3.5 GPA, an ACT composite score of 24, or SAT score of 1700. An essay and two letters of recommendation are also needed for the application. This award is also based on financial need.

You can learn more about the ​Nissan of Casper Scholarship here

23. James and Anita Crump Alumni Scholarship

Casper College Sophomores with 30 or more credit hours are eligible for this award. Applicants must be majoring in the health science field. The award is $700. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and meet financial need requirements based on the scholarship criteria.

You can learn more about the ​James and Anita Crump Alumni Scholarship here

24. Harold Boedeker Alumni Scholarship

There is $950 available to Fremont County High School graduates who have completed at least one semester at Casper College. The recipient must be a full-time student, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and show reasonable progress toward earning a degree. The award is also based on financial need.

You can learn more about the ​Harold Boedeker Alumni Scholarship here

25. American Association of University Women Scholarship

This $1000 scholarship is for women entering their junior, senior, or graduate studies in the following semester. Academics, financial need, the indication of commitment to the field of study, and overall application quality will be considered. Preference is given to Cody area residents.

You can learn more about the ​American Association of University Women Scholarship here

26. Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship

Technical education students entering their second year at Casper College are eligible for this award. Studies include electrical systems, HVAC/R, plumbing, welding, construction, and automotive. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained for this $2000 award. Applicants must submit an essay and two letters of recommendation along with the application.

You can learn more about the ​Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Scholarship here

27. Casper College Alumni Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Scholarships

Applicants must be enrolled at Casper College taking at least six credit hours per semester. 12 credit hours must have been completed at this college or another accredited Wyoming college with a 3.0 GPA. High academics, leadership qualities, and community involvement are considered. Applicants cannot be eligible for the Hathaway Scholarship to apply.

You can learn more about the ​Casper College Alumni Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Scholarships here

28. Sargent Ryan Zorn Scholarship

The $1250 award was formed in memory of Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Zorn from Upton, WY. Sgt. Ryan was killed in 2009 in a vehicle rollover while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gillette College students must be enrolled at least part-time with a GPA of 2.0. Applicants must write an essay saluting an American veteran from past or present. Consideration for the award will be based on the essay's clear content, subject passion, grammar, and punctuation.

You can learn more about the ​Sargent Ryan Zorn Scholarship here

29. Richard Bratton Memorial Scholarship

Gillette College students must be enrolled in their 3rd or 4th semester and studying nursing or business to be eligible. Requirements include a 3.0 GPA, ethical behavior in all areas of practice, and community service involvement. The award is $1000.

You can learn more about the ​Richard Bratton Memorial Scholarship here

30. Western Wyoming Community College Superior Student Scholarship

This generous award is $4500 per semester for four consecutive semesters regardless of other financial aid. A 3.75 GPA and an ACT composite score of 27 is required. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.5, take 15 credit hours per semester, and participate in the Superior Student Peer Mentor Program.

You can learn more about the​ Western Wyoming Community College Superior Student Scholarship here

31. WWCC Sweetwater County High School Graduates Scholarship

This stipend is awarded to students that graduate from a Sweetwater County, high school. This scholarship must be initialized within two years of graduation from high school. Applicants must be admitted to WWCC and attend full-time. The $2000 a year award will continue as long as the recipient completes 12 or more credit hours per semester and maintains a 2.5 GPA.

You can learn more about the ​WWCC Sweetwater County High School Graduates Scholarship here

32. WWCC Excellence in Academics Scholarship

Western Wyoming Community College students who have completed 15 credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 in the semester prior are eligible to apply. A stipend of $3500 is awarded as long as the recipient completes an additional 15 credit hours and maintains a 3.5 GPA. An essay must accompany the application explaining why the applicant feels they should receive the award. This award is not able to be combined with the Hathaway or any other out-of-state scholarships.

You can learn more about the ​WWCC Excellence in Academics Scholarship here

33. Founder's Scholarship 

Each year full-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming Wyoming Catholic College Freshmen. Requirements include attending one of the Founder's Scholarship weekends, academic excellence, strong work ethic, and excellent communication skills. The scholarship weekend includes writing an essay, a 5-minute oration on which the subject will be sent to you prior, and an interview by a faculty panel. Applicants must receive a nomination by a high school teacher or other school official to be considered.

You can learn more about the ​Founder's Scholarship here

34. Northwest College Trapper Scholarship

This Northwest College annual award is divided into four categories and is funded by a bank of private scholarships. The Explorer Scholarship is $500 per year for applicants with a GPA of 2.5. The Achievement Scholarship of $800 per year is awarded to applicants with a 2.5-2.99 GPA. The Excellence Scholarship is $1000 per year for applicants with a GPA of 3.0-3.49. Last, the Presidential Scholarship is $1200 per year and is awarded to applicants with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Recipients who are residents of Park County receive $200-$300 more per year.

You can learn more about the ​Northwest College Trapper Scholarship here

35. Scott Alan Miller Memorial Scholarship

High school graduates planning to attend full time, have financial need and are committed to finishing their studies are eligible for this award. $950 is awarded the first semester, and an additional $950 is awarded the second semester if the recipient has maintained a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

You can learn more about the ​Scott Alan Miller Memorial Scholarship here

​We've worked hard to include a variety of scholarship opportunities within our list. If you have any suggestions on additional scholarships, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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