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Wofford Scholars Day

Guidance Counselors:  

Nominate Individual Candidates for Wofford Scholars 

Nominate Multiple Candidates for Wofford Scholars  

** If nominating multiple candidates, download and email form to admission@wofford.edu. For questions or concerns, call Palmer Straughn at (864) 597-4136.

About Wofford Scholars

Wofford Scholars is the largest merit-based scholarship program at Wofford College. Each February, high school counselors are invited to submit nominations for the Wofford Scholars Program.  The nomination period for qualified students begins in February of the junior year and ends on December 1 of the senior year.  (Note: To receive Wofford Scholars Nominee certificates for junior awards days, we must receive your nominations by April 1.)  To qualify as a Wofford Scholar nominee, a student should be ranked in the top 10 percent of the class and have achieved a combined score of 1250 (Critical Reading and Math) on the PSAT or SAT or a 28 on the ACT or PLAN.

Program Information  

Since 1949, outstanding high school students have been competing at Wofford for scholarships based on leadership, academic achievement and character. Each year the college receives nominations for the Wofford Scholars Program from guidance counselors across the United States. From these nominees, students are selected and invited to compete for a variety of scholarships. Wofford's faculty/staff, students and alumni eagerly anticipate meeting the best and brightest young people in the country on Scholars Day.

To be competitive, nominees should: 

  • 1. Rank in the top 10 percent of their class
  • 2. Score at least 1250 on the SAT/ PSAT or 28 on the ACT/PLAN
  • 3. Be active in leadership and service roles in their school and/or community

Becoming a Wofford Scholar 

Once they become high school seniors, potential scholarship candidates are required to apply for admission to Wofford and to visit the campus in November (for Early Decision and Early Action candidates) or in February (for Regular Decision candidates) to participate in interviews. This allows members of the selection committee to meet students, answer their questions, and introduce them to the Wofford community. Wofford Scholar nominees are invited to the appropriate Scholars Day depending on the application deadline for which they apply. Application deadlines are November 16 for Early Decision and for Early Action, and February 15 for Regular Decision.

To be eligible, nominees must submit the following items: 

  • 1. The Common Application (including Secondary School Report Form)
  • 2. An official transcript
  • 3. A letter of recommendation

If you are a high school junior, you will find that the Wofford Scholars Program can be an excellent way to learn more about the Wofford community and gain assistance in financing your education at an outstanding academic institution. If you are a high school counselor, you have the opportunity to help seniors in your school compete for scholarships worth between $8,000 and $180,000 over a four-year period.