Cowboy Commitment

WYOMING RESIDENT | FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS


This information is for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 academic year. Unless otherwise noted, awards listed are for the academic year and not by semester.

The University of Wyoming wants students from the Cowboy State to know that college is within reach. We are proud to offer the Cowboy Commitment, an annual financial pledge that benefits first-time entering freshman students from Wyoming. This commitment is a merit-based financial pledge determined by a student's cumulative unweighted high school GPA and test scores (ACT or SAT), and it has four levels: $6,500, $3,500, $1,500 or $500. It is offered as a placeholder and will be funded with individual scholarships that are made possible through the generosity of Foundation donors and/or other institutional aid. Funding of this commitment is contingent on the completion of the general application and any applicable recommended applications within WyoScholarships.

The Cowboy Commitment normally cannot be combined with any additional institutional scholarship aid, including those made possible by the University of Wyoming Foundation.

Please note: All University of Wyoming financial awards are only available to eligible admits. The awards are subject to available funding and the approval of the UW Board of Trustees; they reserve the right to change said rates at any time.

Test-optional: First-time entering freshman students will be reviewed using the test-optional dollar amount; students who submit ACT/SAT test scores will be evaluated to determine if both cumulative unweighted high school GPA and test scores make them eligible for a possible higher tier.

Based on Wyoming Hathaway Legislation, eligible Wyoming students must submit ACT/SAT test scores for consideration of the Hathaway Scholarship.


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NEXT STEPS 

    • Apply for admission  and submit the non-refundable $40 admission application fee.
    • Submit official high school transcripts.
    • First-time entering freshman students will be reviewed using the test-optional dollar amount; students who submit test scores (ACT or SAT) will then be evaluated to determine if both cumulative unweighted high school GPA and test scores make them eligible for a possible higher tier.
    • Students selected to receive the Cowboy Commitment must confirm their enrollment at UW:
      • May 1, 11:59 p.m. MDT - for students beginning in the fall semester.
      • January 5, 11:59 p.m. MST - for students beginning in the spring semester.

Effective Fall 2023 the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will consider the final cumulative unweighted high school GPA for first-time entering freshman students for a potential increase in commitment award level. To be considered, official transcripts and/or test scores (ACT or SAT) must be received no later than the first day of class of your incoming semester. This applies to students who have confirmed enrollment by the above deadlines. Increases are subject to available funding.

 


RENEWING REQUIREMENTS

The Cowboy Commitment is renewable for up to 8 semesters (4 academic years), or up to the first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.

    • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative UW GPA (evaluated at the end of each spring semester).
    • Students must maintain full-time continuous enrollment (a minimum of 12 semester hours) during the fall and spring semesters, with successful completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours each academic year.
    • Study abroad students must be enrolled in a 4001 level study abroad course, with tuition billed by UW, for their commitment or scholarship to pay. If you enroll in a non-exchange program, you will waive that semester of commitment or scholarship eligibility.
    • Eligibility for the Cowboy Commitment will be reviewed at the end of every spring semester; therefore, enrollment during summer session(s) following the spring review is not included.
    • If the Cowboy Commitment is lost for not maintaining minimum requirements, it cannot be reinstated even if the requirements are met at a later date.
    • Details regarding the requirements to receive and renew the Cowboy Commitment are included in the award Terms & Conditions that are mailed to students for their first year.

 

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Cowboy Commitment and GED Applicants

The Cowboy Commitment provides one of four amounts annually for first-time entering freshman students based on their overall GED score and composite test scores (ACT or SAT). This is for students that have taken the GED after 2014. The same considerations and eligibility requirements described above apply.


Cowboy Commitment and Home Schooled Applicants

The Cowboy Commitment provides one of four amounts annually for first-time entering freshman students without a GPA based on their composite test scores (ACT or SAT). If they have a GPA, the scholarship would be awarded based on the first grid above. The same considerations and eligibility requirements described above apply.

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Contact Us

Scholarships & Financial Aid

1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 3335

Knight Hall, Room 174

Laramie, WY 82071-3335

Phone: (307) 766-2116

Fax: (307) 766-3800

Email: finaid@uwyo.edu

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