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Incoming Freshmen Scholarships

Woodbridge N. Ferris Scholarships

If you have been awarded a Woodbridge N. Ferris (WNF) Scholarship, please click here for important scholarship information, including renewal requirements.

We want to reward you for the work you did in high school. That's why a Woodbridge N. Ferris (WNF) Scholarship is given to every incoming freshman who meets the criteria. If you qualify, a scholarship will be automatically awarded to you, no essay or scholarship application required. 

To find out which scholarship you are likely to qualify for, start by determining if you applied (or will apply) with or without a test score. Test scores are not required to earn a WNF Scholarship. More information about earning a scholarship with no test score can be found in the "Scholarships based on GPA Only" section below. 

Scholarships based on HS GPA and ACT/SAT Scores

Ferris State University is proud to offer the following scholarship awards that are based on a combination of HS GPA and test score consideration for Fall 2021.  Students that submit test scores will automatically be considered for the following awards:

Founder's Scholarship

  • Value - $10,000 per year/$40,000 for four years
  • Criteria: 31 ACT or 1350 SAT score and a 3.90/4.00 scale HS GPA.
  • Requires continuous full-time enrollment
  • Renewal cumulative GPA: 3.30

President's Scholarship

  • Value - $6,000 per year/$24,000 for four years
  • Criteria: 29 ACT or /1300 SAT score and a 3.70/4.00 scale HS GPA
  • Requires continuous full-time enrollment
  • Renewal cumulative GPA: 3.30

Provost's Scholarship

  • Value - $4,500 per year/$18,000 for four years
  • Criteria: 26 ACT or 1210 SAT score and a 3.50/4.00 scale HS GPA
  • Requires continuous full-time enrollment
  • Renewal cumulative GPA: 3.00

Dean's Scholarship

  • Value - $3,500 per year/$14,000 for four years
  • Criteria: 24 ACT or 1140 SAT score and a 3.40/4.00 scale HS GPA
  • Requires continuous full-time enrollment
  • Renewal cumulative GPA: 3.00

Ferris Gold Scholarship

  • Value - $2,000 per year/$8,000 for four years
  • Criteria: 22 ACT or 1080 SAT score and a 3.25/4.00 scale HS GPA
  • Requires continuous full-time enrollment
  • Renewal cumulative GPA: 2.75

Ferris Crimson Scholarship

  • Value - $1,500 per year/ $6,000 for four years
  • Criteria: 21 ACT or 1040 SAT score and a 3.00/4.00 scale HS GPA
  • Requires continuous full-time enrollment
  • Renewal cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Please note that all of the SAT scores reflected above are based on the Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing Section and Math Section SAT score after March 1, 2016. For scholarship information regarding SAT test scores taken prior to March 1, 2016, please email [email protected].

Scholarships based on GPA Only

Ferris State University is pleased to offer the following "GPA Only" merit awards for Fall 2021. Those applying to the University without a test score will automatically be considered for the following scholarship opportunities listed in the chart below. All of these scholarships require continuous, full-time enrollment. 

 Scholarship Cumulative HS GPA/4.0 scale Annual Amount Four Year Value Cumulative Renewal Ferris GPA
Ember Scholarship 4.0 or above $5,000 $20,000 3.0
Provost's Scholarship 3.75 - 3.99 $4,500 $18,000 3.0
Dean's Scholarship 3.50 - 3.74 $3,500 $14,000 3.0
Gold Scholarship 3.25 - 3.49 $2,000 $8,000 2.75
Crimson Scholarship 3.0 - 3.24 $1,500 $6,000 2.75

WNF Fully-Online and Statewide Scholarships (New for Fall 2020)

Freshmen that are admitted to one of the following full-time, fully-online or statewide programs listed below, beginning in the fall 2020 semester, that have the high school GPA requirements listed in the chart below, may qualify for the WNF Dean's or Gold Scholarship.


  • Integrative Studies Associate's Degree
  • Information, Security & Intelligence (ISIN) Bachelor's Degree
  • Marketing Associate's Degree
  • Project Management Bachelor's Degree
  • (Fall of 2021) Digital Media Software Engineering Bachelor's Degree


  • Digital Animation and Game Design Bachelor's Degree *
  • Digital Media Software Engineering Bachelor's Degree *
  • Health Care Systems Administration Bachelor's Degree *

* Students enrolled in these three Statewide programs may take classes at both FSU and GRCC. Students must be enrolled continuously full-time (at least 12 credit hours) with combined enrollment at both schools to qualify for the scholarship. The Scholarship amounts will be prorated based on the number of Ferris credit hours each student is enrolled for. Example: If a student is enrolled in 6 Ferris credit hours and 6 GRCC credit hours, this meets the full-time requirement for the scholarship. The student in this example would receive the prorated amount for 6 Ferris credit hours. Please click here for proration information.

Fully-Online or Statewide WNF Scholarship Cumulative HS GPA Annual Amount
Dean's Scholarship 3.5 - 4.0 $3,500
Gold Scholarship 3.25 - 3.49 $2,000

Ferris Next Scholarship

Value - $1,000 per year/ $4,000 for four years

  • Renewal cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Requires continuous full-time enrollment
  • Criteria:
    • Must be admissible for degree granting program at Ferris State University
    • Must have graduated from high school
    • Must enroll full-time at one of Ferris State University sites within one year of graduation. Example: if you graduate in June 2018, you must begin classes at Ferris State by no later than Spring semester 2019. Please click here if you are a Kendall College of Art & Design student.
    • Must have successfully earned a C or better in at least 3 credits through a Ferris collaborative high school agreement
    • Scholarship is renewable for 3 years (option of 4 with administrative review) with satisfactory academic progress and a 2.75 accumulative grade point.
    • Ferris Next Scholarships may be offered to dual enrolled high school students that meet the criteria above, before the student has earned a final grade in the class. If the student fails to earn a C or better in the Ferris class, the offer will be cancelled.

Out-of-State Students

Effective in the Fall 2018 semester, Ferris State University will no longer charge a non-resident tuition rate. All U.S. citizens as well as Canadian citizens (from any province) will be charged the same undergraduate tuition rate as Michigan residents.