No. The intent of the scholarship is, in part, to encourage students to pursue your education in Wyoming with hopes that you'll consider pursuing a career here when you are done.
However, if your goal is to get out there and experience a new environment, you should seriously consider taking advantage of a national or international student exchange opportunity available through UW! Make the most of your scholarship and your resident tuition rate, but study elsewhere. UW students can study at other participating colleges and universities throughout the country and the world for a semester or a year while paying UW tuition and fees.
While the Hathaway Scholarship isn't available to use out-of-state, students who attend an out-of-state school may come back within the two year time period to an in-state institution and begin using their scholarship.
The Hathaway Scholarship can begin to be used no later than two academic years after you graduate from high school. Exceptions may be made for extended military service or religious sojourns.
The legislation that established the scholarships indicated the scholarship begins with the graduating class of 2006. Students who completed high school in December 2005 are considered part of the class of 2006.
Students who receive a Hathaway Scholarship, use it at another Wyoming institution, then transfer to UW will transfer their scholarship with them, subject to the continued eligibility requirements previously discussed.
Transferring students also need to complete UW's Hathaway Eligibility Verification Form prior to their arrival.
To qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship you must be considered a resident according to UW residency policy AND meet the residency requirements set forth in the legislation. For a more detailed description of Hathaway residency requirements, please view the "Qualifying and Eligibility" tab of this website and UW's residency policy for tuition purposes.
Residency requirements can be confusing. We encourage you to call the Admissions Office with your questions.
At this time your SAT score can be converted to an ACT equivalent for consideration.
Call the UW Admissions Office and let's discuss your situation. Contact information is listed below.
National data suggests that students who take challenging high school courses test better on the ACT and SAT. Better ACT and SAT scores will help students qualify for additional UW and other scholarships.
Doing well in AP and IB courses (and corresponding exams) can also result in credit at UW. This means that you'll have fewer credits to pay for down the road. This means your Hathaway Scholarship dollars will go further.
Your Hathaway Scholarship is good at UW and any of Wyoming's seven community colleges. Hathaway gives students the option to pursue their education at an institution that best fits their needs. So, why choose UW?
In a nutshell, UW offers a superior university experience that includes opportunities to:
The University of Wyoming offers competitive scholarships to students based on their cumulative GPA and ACT or SAT scores. Please review the scholarship information for more details.
Hathaway Scholarships are awarded based on a student's cumulative GPA based on an unweighted standard 4.0 scale. Using this scale, a student is awarded 4 points for each A received in high school, 3 points for every B, 2 points for each C, and 1 point for each D. Plusses and minuses are not considered, i.e. an A- is still 4 points and a B+ is still 3 points.
Wyoming high schools should be providing you with your GPA in this manner somewhere on your high school transcript. Contact your high school counselor if you do not see that GPA calculation on your transcript.
Students who graduate high school in December technically receive their diploma along with their counterparts in May or June later that year. Students can provide a letter from their high school stating they have completed coursework along with a copy of their final transcript to be considered for admission and Hathaway beginning in the Spring semester.
Hathaway provides the financial incentive for students to attend college and prepare themselves for success in college. Money alone, however, will not encourage students to seek higher education. Here are a few ideas how concerned citizens can help promote higher education in their communities:
Volunteer with local organizations aimed at encouraging at-risk youth to pursue education.
Citizens wishing to give of their financial resources can support the Hathaway Scholarship Program as well. The State of Wyoming is accepting donations to the endowment to help insure the program continues as the requests for support increases in the years ahead.
Direct Hathaway Scholarship questions to:
UW Admissions Office
Dept. 3435, 1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071