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