William Paterson Scholarships


William Paterson Scholarships for Incoming first-year and transfer students and currently enrolled students. William Paterson University also offers Departmental Scholarships and Awards.

William Paterson University offers an education in a learning community that is committed to providing academic excellence. In support of this commitment, the University provides a variety of student assistance and scholarship opportunities on the basis of need, scholastic performance, and related achievements. William Paterson recognizes that many of its students, at some point, will require financial assistance. Therefore, they are proud to be able to provide the resources to meet most students’ needs. Each year, close to 2,000 scholarships are awarded totaling over $7 million.

William Paterson University Honors College Scholarships

All freshmen who are admitted to and enroll in the William Paterson University Honors College receive a $4,000 per year merit scholarship. This award is in addition to any other institutional scholarship. Admission to the University Honors College is highly competitive. Average accepted Honors students for the Fall 2017 class had a 3.83 high school GPA (middle 50% range of 3.58 to 4.04) and 1250 SAT (middle 50% range of 1190 to 1290) or 27 ACT (middle 50% range of 26 to 28). Successful Honors College applicants have also taken honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes in high school.

Students who wish to be considered for this scholarship must complete and submit the online University Honors College Application, which includes a short essay. Interested candidates may contact the Director of the University Honors College for additional information at 973.720.3658 or honors@wpunj.edu.

University Honors College Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first served basis to students who have been admitted to the University beginning in October of the applicant’s senior year in high school. These awards are packaged with all other sources of merit and need-based financial aid.

Other Scholarships awarded by the University


One scholarship awarded to a student majoring in the Jazz Studies Program


One scholarship established by the family and friends of this legendary performer and composer in his honor and memory, will be awarded by the Jazz Studies Department to a trombonist in the University Music Jazz Program.


One $1,000 scholarship awarded to an incoming graduate Music major who demonstrates either outstanding music performance skills or outstanding scholarship.


Ten to fifteen awards funded by the Music faculty and ranging from $150 to $400, awarded annually to outstanding music students.


One $1,000 scholarship awarded to an incoming or currently enrolled traditional student in the Music Department of the College of the Arts and Communication. Student must demonstrate superior proficiency (vocal or instrumental) in the music of Swing Era and the Great American Songbook, including the traditional jazz and Broadway music of that era.


One $1,000 scholarship funded by Tami Cotsakos’71 in memory of her aunt and uncle. Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who is majoring in Music Performance, pursuing a career in opera, with a concentration in voice. Scholarship may be renewable with full-time status and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.


A number of scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 have been created by alumna Tami Cotsakos for classical music students in recognition of their outstanding musical talents. Recipients are expected to meet the normal expectations of the Music Department. Scholarships may be renewable for up to four years with full-time status and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.


One $1,000 scholarship awarded to a full-time student majoring in the Jazz Studies Program who demonstrates outstanding jazz performance. Scholarship is renewable upon meeting requirements specified by the Music Department. Scholarship applications are available through the Music Department. Students must submit the application with an audition tape of approximately 20 minutes of a recent musical performance.

Deadline and how to apply

All students applying for scholarships at William Paterson University are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, transfer students must submit a financial aid transcript from their previous institution(s). To allow for processing time, students are encouraged to file a FAFSA by April 1. The FAFSA may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA form is also available in high school guidance offices, community organizations, and college and university financial aid offices. Note: The undergraduate award process begins as early as February 1; therefore, it is advisable to submit application for admission, scholarship application, and other supporting credentials as early as possible.


You can also apply: WOASF Scholarship 

One Comment on “William Paterson Scholarships”

  1. Hello

    I’m not an American citizen, but I’m really searching for a scholarship for an international student, to study a master program. Is there any serious way that I can find it or seek it to get it?
    Thank you in advance

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