Scholarship U Learn about amazing opportunities to finance your education. Hosted by the Office of Financial Aid.

Discover scholarships that will help fund your future.

Free money? Yes, please. Scholarships are a well-known form of gift aid that doesn’t require repayment. Grantors consider a variety of factors when awarding them, including academic achievement, talent, leadership, geographical location, field of study, or financial need. WSCO students can benefit from multiple sources of scholarships, including institutional scholarships, WSCO Foundation scholarships and outside scholarships. Be sure to pay attention to scholarship requirements and deadlines when applying. Whether you are a new high school graduate or a returning adult student, we have a scholarship for you.

Completing Your FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a necessary requirement for all students seeking Federal financial aid for higher education in the United States. This application determines how much financial aid a student is eligible to receive from the government based on need, and often, students are required to fill out the FAFSA when applying for scholarships.

Creating an FSA ID

If this is your first time completing a FAFSA, you will need to create an FSA ID. The FSA ID is a username and password that is unique to each individual. It is used by students and parents to access the U.S. Department of Education websites and will serve as an electronic signature to sign FSA documents, such as the FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parent will need to create their own FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA. You can create an FSA ID by visiting

Seven Easy Steps to Complete Your FAFSA

  1. Start the FAFSA® form at – Students should click “Enter your (the student’s) FSA ID” to enter student FSA ID username and password, click “Next” and create a save key. A save key is a temporary password that allows you to save the FAFSA form and return to it later.
  2. Fill out Student Demographics section – Student’s name, date of birth, etc. If you have completed the FAFSA in the past or if you log into the FAFSA with your FSA ID, this info may auto-populate. Double check your personal information exactly as it appears on your Social Security card.
  3. List schools you want your FAFSA sent – In School Selection section of FAFSA, enter Washington State College of Ohio’s School Code = 010453. You can add up to 10 school codes per transaction.
  4. Answer dependency status questions – In the dependency status section, you’ll be asked a series of questions to determine whether you are required to provide parent information. Even if you live on your own, support yourself, and file taxes on your own, you may still be considered a dependent student for federal student aid purposes. If you are determined to be a dependent student, you are required to report parent information.
  5. Fill out Parent Demographics section – This is where parent(s) will provide basic information. Remember that it doesn’t matter if you do not live with your parent(s); you will need to report information about them if you are determined to be a dependent student. "Parent" means your legal (biological or adoptive) parent and/or stepparent, or a person that has been determined by the state to be your legal parent. If your parents live together, you must report both parents on the FAFSA (even if they have never married or are separated/divorced).
  6. Complete your financial information – Here is where you (and your parent(s), if applicable) will provide financial information. The IRS DRT allows you to import your IRS tax information into the FAFSA form in just a few clicks. Using this tool also may reduce the amount of paperwork needed by your school. To access this tool, you’ll see a “LINK TO IRS” button. Choose that option and follow the prompts.
  7. Sign and submit your FAFSA – The FAFSA is not complete until has been SINGED by you (and your parent, if you’re a dependent student). The quickest and easiest way to sign your FAFSA is online with your FSA ID.

Before You Get Started

It is a good idea to have things prepared before you apply. Some scholarships may ask for a variety of things, including but not limited to:

  • College acceptance letter
  • Current transcript
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA
  • Up to 3 letters of recommendations
  • Essays

WSCO and Foundation Scholarships

WSCO is simplifying the scholarship search! One application. One deadline. Thousands of dollars in scholarships at your fingertips. Whether you are a high school senior, current WSCO student or a returning student, you only complete one application. Your application, GPA, and credits earned are then used to enter you for multiple competitive scholarships.

To Be Considered, all applicants must complete the following by March 15, 2021:

  • Submit a complete scholarship application
  • Been accepted to Washington State College of Ohio
  • Submit a 2021/2022 FAFSA to Washington State College of Ohio
  • The Washington Scholars Award and some Foundation Scholarships require a recommendation. Please send the letter of recommendation or the completed recommendation form to WSCO Financial Aid, 710 Colegate Drive, Marietta, OH 45750 or

Local Outside Scholarship Opportunities

The Marietta Community Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of their donors, dedicated to investing in students' futures, Marietta Community Foundation administers more than 50 scholarships. Download, complete and submit scholarship applications, along with all required documents to the Marietta Community Foundation. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 12th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to see scholarship Opportunities from the Marietta Community Foundation. Don’t have a printer at home? No problem. Our library has a black and white printer available, with free printing.

Applications can be mailed to:
Marietta Community Foundation
P.O. Box 77, Marietta, OH, 45750

Applications can be dropped off at:
Marietta Community Foundation
100 Putnam Street, Downtown Marietta, Ohio

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation believes that investing in the region's next generation is critical to the success of the community. Through generous donors, the Foundation manages 160+ scholarship funds. All applications must be completed online by Monday, March 1st, 2021.

Click here to see scholarship Opportunities from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

The J. Bryan and Norma R. McCann Charitable and Educational Trust

The McCann scholarship is available to graduating seniors and 1st, 2nd and 3rd year college students who are graduates of Fort Frye High School or any public or private high school in Washington County, Ohio.

Click here for more information and scholarship application.

The Corporation for Ohio Application Development David V. Stivison Appalachian Community Action Scholarship Fund

The COAD Appalachian Scholarship is open to residents of the 30-county service area who reside in a household with a total annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. You must show proof of acceptance into an accredited institution of higher education and have obtained (or will obtain) a high school diploma or GED.

Click here for more information and scholarship application.

*All of these scholarship applications can be printed in our campus library, free of charge.*

National Scholarship Opportunities


Note: Federal regulations require that external scholarships be considered part of a student's overall financial aid package, which cannot exceed the cost of attendance. Once scholarships are applied, your financial aid package may be revised to include the amount of the scholarship and could change the amount of student loans offered.