Scholarships for Wayne College Campus students

New freshmen

New freshmen must be fully admitted to Wayne College and complete the Wayne College Scholarship Application by March 1 to be considered for the priority awarding. All applications received by July 1 will be considered for a second awarding.

RELATED: How to apply for aid in seven steps.

Continuing and transfer students

Continuing students/transfer students must submit a Wayne College Scholarship Application by April 1 to be considered for priority awarding. All other applications will be considered for spring only awards.

For full consideration for all types of financial aid, students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Oct. 1 and no later than Dec. 1 for priority consideration for need-based aid. Missed those dates? You should still apply; funds may remain available.

New scholarship applications and FAFSA renewals are necessary each year.

If assistance is needed, please contact financial aid in the Student Services Center or email

Akron-campus scholarships

Students attending Wayne may also be eligible for Akron-campus scholarships.

Scholarships for new and continuing students

The table below provides details about the scholarships available to Wayne College students. Please note, some scholarships require that additional information be sent to Wayne College Student Services, Attn: Scholarships.

NOTE: While every effort is made to provide accurate scholarship information here, it is subject to change without notice. All scholarship awards are based on the availability of funds and may be adjusted accordingly.

Name Award amount FT (12+ credit) or PT (6-11 credits) Criteria
Austin Bailey Health & Wellness Foundation $2,000 PT Major: Exercise Science & Nursing
Continuing/Second Year
Resident of Wayne/Holmes/Stark/Tuscarawas
3.0 GPA
Complete additional scholarship application
William T. Baker Family Scholarship $1,000 PT New freshman or Continuing Student
Holmes County Resident
Graduate of West Holmes HS
Carol M. Briggs Scholarship $500 FT New freshman or Continuing Student
James & Donna Dale Davis Scholarship TBD FT Graduate of Orrville or Dalton High Schools
Financial Need
Anita Degnan Memorial Scholarship $1,000 FT New freshman
Graduate of Wayne County HS – preference to Wooster HS, WCCC, or Smithville Boys Village
Julius Fejes Scholarship $1,500 FT Major: Business
Graduate of Orrville HS
3.25+ GPA
Employed PT/FT
First Knox National Bank Scholarship $2,500 PT 1 graduate from Hiland HS
1 graduate from West Holmes HS
2nd preference to nontraditional students
Farmers National Bank $500 FT Continuing (24+ credits completed)
Resident of Wayne County
Wayne County Founders Scholarships Summer $1,000/
FT/PT Complete 12 credit hours at Wayne College by the end of spring semester
3.0 GPA
  Early Admit Amount Varies FT/PT Admitted by March 1st
3.3 GPA and 22 ACT
Amount Varies
FT/PT GPA 3.0 and 18 ACT
  Continuing $2,000/
FT/PT Minimum 3.0 GPA
Great Start Book Scholarship $300 per semester FT/PT Award one time only
Scott Hagen Memorial Scholarship $500 FT/PT Major: Biology or related field
3.0 GPA
Hecker-Nussbaum Academic Achievement
$1,000 FT New freshman
Minimum 3.0-3.5 GPA
Hecker-Nussbaum Academic Opportunity Grant $500 PT New freshman
Fully admitted
All skills/placement testing completed
Minimum of 3 credits permitted
Holmes County Education Foundation Scholarship $2,000 FT/PT Minimum 2.5 GPA
Preference given to a resident of Holmes County or a graduate of a Holmes County high school
Must complete a Wayne College Campus scholarship application
First awarding of this scholarship will be for the Fall 2022 semester
John P. Kristofco Scholarship $1,500 FT/PT Major: English or Education
Traditional Student (age 17-21): GPA 3.5 ACT 26 Top 20%
Nontraditional (age 22 or older): Strong academic background; demonstrates accomplishments involved with writing or experience in public service or education
John & Virginia Kunkle Memorial Scholarship $500 PT/FT Major: Business, Office Admin, Healthcare Office
Completed 15 credits at Wayne College
Minimum GPA 3.0
Michael J. Manges Memorial Scholarship $500 8+ Credits Major: Social Work
Sophomore (32-63 credits)
Miles-Thompson Memorial Scholarship TBD FT/PT First consideration to students enrolled at UA Medina.
STEMM major (preference to nursing and engineering)
Financial Need
Janet Barnett Minc & David Minc Endowed Scholarship $250 FT Sophomore (32-63 credits)
Minimum 3.5 GPA
Chuck Nicholson Auto Superstore Scholarship $500 8+ credit Attending Wayne College
Holmes County resident
West Holmes HS Graduate
Obiekwe Memorial Endowed Scholarship $500 FT Attending Wayne College or University of Akron Main Campus
Minimum 30 credits completed
Minimum GPA 3.5
Earned “A” in College Algebra, English 111 and 112
Orrville Campus Foundation Grant $1,650/
FT/PT New Traditional & Nontraditional Freshman
Receiving less than $2,500 in other scholarships
Dr. Todd & Christin Rickel Scholarship Varies FT/PT First preference to non-traditional and first-generation students.
GPA 2.75+
Marian Rothstein Memorial Scholarship $2,000 FT Major: Nursing
New freshman
Wooster HS Graduate
Minimum GPA 3.0
Serpentini Chevrolet Buick of Orrville Scholarship $1,000 FT Graduate of Orrville HS or Smithville HS
Bruce Schantz Scholarship $1650/$825 FT New freshman
Peggy J. Shallenberger Memorial Scholarship $1,000 FT  
Paul H. Smucker Memorial Scholarship $1,500 FT Enrolled in Degree seeking program
Wayne County Resident
Community Service
Academic Promise
Eddie and Jane Steiner Endowed Scholarship $1,000 FT/PT Attending Wayne College
First consideration to nontraditional student, current employee, or child of employee at Commercial and Savings Bank
Student First Scholarship $500 FT/PT Traditional/Nontraditional
GPA 2.5+
Craig Alan Swope Memorial Scholarship $1,000 FT Major: Early Childhood Inclusive Teacher Prep Program (ECITPP)
Attending Wayne College
Mike & Cindy Taylor Textbook Scholarship $700 N/A Attending Wayne College or Millersburg Campus
Holmes County Resident
Brenda K. Tudor Endowed Scholarship $1200 FT First consideration to first generation college student
Second consideration to education major
Dr. H. Reid & Susan Smucker Wagstaff Scholarship $5,000 FT Wayne County Resident
GPA 2.5 – 2.9 must submit a letter of recommendation from counselor, employer, or staff member.
Walkerly Memorial Scholarship $250 FT/PT Major: Social Services
Completed 17+ credit hours
Wayne College Alumni Association Scholarship $500 FT/PT First consideration to children of Wayne College Alumni
GPA 2.5-3.5
Complete additional scholarship questionnaire
Wayne College Community Scholarship $1,000 FT/PT New freshman & continuing students
Resident of Wayne, Holmes, & Medina
Academic achievement
Ineligible for Federal or State Grants per FAFSA
Wayne College Dean’s Scholarship $3,000 FT New freshman
Fully admitted to Wayne College by March 1
Graduating senior from service area:
Holmes County, Medina County, and Wayne County schools.
GPA 3.5 and 24 ACT (1160-1190 SAT)
Wayne College Faculty-Staff Scholarship $1,000/$500 FT/PT First preference to non-traditional students (age 25+)
Full-time: completed 24+ credits
Part-time: Completed 12+ credits
GPA 3.5
Ineligible for Federal/State Grants
Wil-Burt Company Scholarship $1,000 FT New freshman
GPA 2.0
Louis Russell Wilson III Memorial Scholarship $1,000 FT First preference to Wayne College student employee/assistant
Scholarship for Inclusion and Diversity at the UA Wayne College Campus This scholarship was established to support students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+). Must be majoring in one of the four year degree programs available at the Wayne Campus and has already completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at the Wayne Campus as of fall 2021. Open to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrates a financial need (FAFSA). A separate essay is required and is included in this application. To apply to this scholarship visit:

Other scholarships that require a separate application

Other scholarship opportunities to support our students are administered through these foundations and require a separate application in addition to the Wayne College Scholarship application.

  • Catholic Community Foundation at:
    The Demkee Family Scholarship
    $800 – $1000 – May 1st Deadline – Annual scholarship held and administered through the Catholic Community Foundation. Students attending The University of Akron, Wayne College, or any satellite branch affiliated with the University. Part-time or full-time, documented minimum 3.0 GPA, registered in a Catholic parish in Wayne or Summit County. Visit for more information and application or email the Catholic Community Foundation at
  • Holmes County Education Foundation at:
    The French Ridge Title Company Scholarship

    Eligibility: Available to part-time or full-time students must demonstrate financial need, be a female graduate of West Holmes High School and be pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business or Law and attend Wayne College or The University of Akron. If no exact match exists, the award may be given to a female student attending another Ohio college or university. Visit for more information on this scholarship and application.

  • Wayne County Community Foundation at:
    Arden and Clarice Shisler Nationwide Insurance Scholarship (Wayne College)
    Eligibility: Available to Dalton High School graduating seniors enrolling at The University of Akron Wayne College as a full-time student who have a balance of participation in academics, extra-curricular activities and community service/part-time employment. Applicants must have a minimum 2.50 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Previous applicants and/or recipients may not reapply.
    Term: One Year
    Amount: $1,000
    Number of New Awards Each Year: One
    Contact: Wayne County Community Foundation

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