About the Program

Participating in the Payne Scholarship Program is one of Wilberforce’s most prestigious opportunities.

The Bishop Daniel A. Payne Scholarship at Wilberforce University is for incoming undergraduate students who have significant promise; excellent academic performance (3.8 or higher G.P.A.); and demonstrated artistic talent, entrepreneurial spirit, or promotion of social good. The scholarship includes designation as a scholar, tuition assistance, summer internship funding, a research mentor, and have access to an international travel experience.

This scholarship is a comprehensive, four-year distinctive experience.

Program Details

Scholarship recipients are expected to live in on-campus learning communities for their first three years of the program. In addition to regular engagement activities, scholars engage our President, members of campus senior leadership, alumni, faculty, Board of Trustees members, and leaders from the Xenia community.

Scholars also serve as mentors to incoming students.

Experience Details

  • Bishop Daniel A. Payne Scholarship Reception
  • Participation in the mandatory Scholar Orientation
  • Attendance in the Wilberforce University Seminars (at least twice per semester)
  • Faculty Research Partnership
  • Leader Development Opportunities (Annual Symposium, Campus Activities, and Academic Clubs)
  • Completion of Summer Internship
  • Maintain a 3.5 or higher G.P.A.
  • Participation in the Mark and Shelly Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Requirements For Consideration

Incoming undergraduate students who meet the criteria for the Bishop Daniel A. Payne Scholarship Program are invited to participate in the selection process. During the selection process students submit an essay, letter of recommendation, and phone interview.

Students selected to participate in the Program are named as one of the following scholars:

  • W.E.B. Dubois Scholar based upon demonstrated interest in pursuing a major in Humanities.
  • Leontyne Price Scholar based upon demonstrated interest in pursuing a major in Arts or Music.
  • Dorothy J. Vaughan Scholar based upon demonstrated interest in pursuing a major in Math, Science, Technology, Health, or Business.
  • Bayard J. Rustin Scholar based upon demonstrated interest in impacting the Social Good (may pursue a major in any field).
  • William Julius Wilson Scholar based upon demonstrated interest in pursuing a major in Sociology, Social Work, or Communication.

Important Dates/Deadlines/Guidelines

July 1-10, 2018 Program Selection Period.

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