Hathaway scholarship fund

The Wyoming Legislature established a scholarship fund, honoring the late Governor Stan Hathaway, for Wyoming students to attend an in-state community college or the University of Wyoming. The legislation provides merit and need-based awards to eligible students. For many students who meet certain requirements (outlined at the bottom of this page), this generous scholarship program will make Casper College more affordable.

Hathaway calculator for Wyoming graduates

2015 and later Wyoming High School Graduates: determine your potential Hathaway eligibilty. The calculator does not guarantee that you will receive the Hathaway Scholarship, it is merely a tool to help you plan for your WY college future.

Hathaway Calculator

Eligibility and Award Amounts

Merit Awards between $840 and $1680 per semester are available to high school graduates who are Wyoming residents and meet certain academic requirements.

Merit Awards

To qualify for Hathaway, students must graduate from a Wyoming high school. Students must apply within two years of high school graduation and initiate the scholarship by the following fall. Students may receive the equivalent of four full-time semesters of Hathaway at a Wyoming community college and four at UW. The eligibility window ends six academic years after the award is first received.

The four Hathaway Scholarship Merit Awards and their requirements are:

Provisional Opportunity - $840 per semester (for equivalent of 4 full-time semesters)
  • Meet graduation requirements
  • Minimum high school GPA: 2.5 (or GED score of 500)
  • Minimum ACT Score: 17 (or a 12 on WORKKEYS) is required to receive the award
  • Must initially be used at Wyoming community colleges for any certificate or degree program
  • To receive the additional four full-time semesters at UW, a student must first earn a certificate or degree at a WY community college with a minimum Hathaway cumulative GPA of 2.25
Opportunity - $840 per semester (for equivalent of 8 full time semesters - 4 can be used at a Wyoming Community College)
Performance - $1,260 per semester (for equivalent of 8 full time semesters - 4 can be used at a Wyoming Community College)
Honors - $1,680 per semester (for equivalent of 8 full time semesters - 4 can be used at a Wyoming Community College)

Wyoming Residency

To qualify for a Hathaway Scholarship, students must graduate from a Wyoming high school and be a Wyoming resident as determined by Casper College. In general, students who graduate from an eligible Wyoming high school, and/or students whose custodial parent or lawful guardian is a Wyoming resident at the time of high school graduation will be considered a resident.

Home School Students

Students who are home schooled may also qualify for Hathaway Scholarships. Merit awards for these students are based on ACT scores and success curriculum requirements. These students must meet all other eligibility requirements other than GPA.

GED Students

Students may also qualify for a Hathaway Scholarship if they attended a Wyoming high school and earned a GED after April 1, 2006 with a score of at least 500. GED students are still considered graduating with their high school class and are not eligible until their class would have graduated. These students must meet all other eligibility requirements other than GPA.

Part Time/Remedial Enrollment

Students taking 6-11 credit hours per semester above the 1000 level may be paid Hathaway. These students receive their eligible award in an amount proportionate to the hours they are taking. For example, a part time student who qualifies for an Opportunity scholarship taking 6 credit hours will receive $400 for that semester ($800 x (6 hours taken / 12 hours). All other eligibility requirements remain the same for part time students.

Disqualifying Factors

The following students do not qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship:

  • Students who are incarcerated
  • Students who are in default or owe a refund on a Title IV or other federal or state education loan
  • Students who are eligible, but have not complied with the United States selective service system requirements for registration
  • Students who have been convicted of a felony (appeals can be heard through the Wyoming Department of Education)

(This information is based on our understanding of current legislation and is subject to change.)

Need Awards

Students qualifying for the merit portion of Hathaway may also qualify for additional need-based Hathaway. Students seeking a need-based award must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need awards are calculated and finalized by the third week of the semester.

How much money can students qualify for?

Qualifying students may receive a percentage of their "unmet Hathaway need" based on their Hathaway category.
Provisional Opportunity - 25% of unmet need
Opportunity - 25% of unmet need
Performance - 25% of unmet need
Honors - 100% of unmet need

How is “Unmet Hathaway Need” calculated?

The Casper College Financial Aid Office will determine a student's cost of attendance, which includes allowances for the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board, transportation, and personal/miscellaneous expenses.

Cost of Attendance - (minus) Expected Family Contribution (determined by FAFSA) -Hathaway Scholarship Merit award per year - Any other grants and scholarships awarded to student - $2,000 = Unmet Hathaway Need (minimum $105 per semester, maximum $777 per semester for all but Honors category)

Casper College Academic Scholarships

Students are eligible to receive Casper College Academic Scholarships in addition to Hathaway award:

Casper College Trustee Academic Scholarship:

  • $1000 per semester renewable for up to 4 semesters.
  • Student must be Casper College degree seeking student.
  • Students with a 3.5 HS GPA and 25 or better on ACT.
  • Student must maintain 3.5 GPA successfully complete 15 credits per semester.

Casper College Achievement Academic Scholarship:

  • $750 per semester renewable for up to 4 semesters.
  • Students must be Casper College degree seeking student.
  • Student with a 3.0 HS GPA and 21 or better on ACT.
  • Student must maintain 3.0 GPA successfully complete 15 credits per semester.

Dick Means Scholarship: includes HiSet, GED, etc.

  • Up to $1000 per year, based on enrollment.
  • 4 semester award.
  • Applicants holding a high school equivalency certificate who are showing promise in their collegiate studies.
  • Full-time student.
  • Must maintain at least a 2.0 and complete 12 cr per semester to maintain.

If students are not registered in classes, or signed up for an advising session by July 1st, this scholarship will be canceled and awarded to an alternate candidate.

Success Curriculum Requirements

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