Wellesley Scholarship Foundation need-based scholarships are available only after students have applied for financial aid directly from the college or university they intend to attend. Applicants should first fully explore all the institutional financial aid available to them. WSF will then strive to meet unmet need after assessing the financial aid package provided by the educational institution. To be clear, WSF will review scholarship applications only after receiving of a copy of the financial aid award letter provided by the educational institution the student will be attending.
The Wellesley Scholarship Foundation (WSF) will soon begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 college year. In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must be residents of Wellesley who are graduates of either a public or private high school or a Wellesley High School METCO student. WSF only considers applications from students who intend to pursue either an undergraduate degree or a post-high school technical certification program. WSF does not award graduate school scholarships.
Financial Aid Profile
Need is determined using the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Students may apply for need-based scholarships at any point before the February of their senior year of high school and the February before their senior year of college. If demonstrated financial need exists, students are eligible to receive multi-year awards. However, they must reapply annually to be considered for these. Students must also maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average every year that they apply for a scholarship. Scholarship amounts range in size from $500-$10,000 annually and are awarded in June. All financial information is kept strictly confidential.
In 2018, WSF received applications from 124 Wellesley residents and determined that 81 of these students had demonstrated financial need. Of last year’s graduating Wellesley High School seniors, 7% qualified for financial assistance. Need-based scholarships ranged from $1,000-$13,000.