“We must all work together to build a better Wyoming.”
– Governor Stanley Hathaway
The Hathaway Scholarship was established to help Wyoming’s students prepare for and pursue their post-secondary education in the state.
The scholarship has its roots in Governor Stanley Hathaway’s 1974 decision to create the state of Wyoming Permanent Mineral Trust Fund. The fund’s income would support state government operations – including higher education in Wyoming.
In 2005, state lawmakers created a scholarship fund with a $400 million permanent endowment, whose income funds scholarships for qualified Wyoming high school graduates to attend the University of Wyoming or any of the state’s seven community colleges. They honored Hathaway’s many contributions to the state and accomplishments by naming the scholarship program for him.
The Hathaway Scholarship program has turned Governor Hathaway’s dream of building a better Wyoming into a reality by making attending college possible through merit- and need-based scholarships for qualified Wyoming high school graduates.
Hathaway calculator for Wyoming graduates
Use the Hathaway Scholarship Calculator to see your current eligibility status, make a plan to complete your eligibility, or learn how to move to a higher Hathaway Scholarship level.
The calculator doesn’t guarantee you’ll receive the Hathaway Scholarship, it’s simply a tool to help you plan for your college future in Wyoming.
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Eligibility and Merit Awards
To qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship, students must be a Wyoming graduate from or attend a Wyoming high school and have earned a diploma, HSEC or home school degree.
- 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 the University.
- The eligibility window ends six academic years after the award is first received.
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.
HIgh School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC) Students
Students may also qualify for a Hathaway Scholarship if they attended a Wyoming high school and earned a HSEC after April 1, 2006. HSEC students are still considered graduating with their high school class and are not eligible until their class would have graduated. Click here for HSEC qualifying scores.
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 $420 for that semester ($840 x (6 hours taken / 12 hours). Hathaway does not fund remedial hours.
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.)
Students qualifying for the merit portion of Hathaway may also qualify for additional need-based Hathaway by completing the the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need awards are calculated and finalized by the third week of the semester.
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