The Waldorf University Scholarship Day is an academic event for current high school seniors who meet eligibility requirements to compete for several scholarships, including up to full-tuition.


Students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 23 ACT/1130 SAT*(with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA)

*If you have not taken the ACT or SAT, please contact your Admission Counselor

Full-tuition scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at Waldorf University to maintain their scholarship.


Saturday, November 12, 2022


Waldorf University Campus

Tentative Schedule

  • 9:30-10 a.m. Registration
  • 10-10:30 a.m. Welcome
    • 10:05 a.m. Introduction
    • 10:10 a.m. President’s Welcome
    • 10:20 a.m. Honor’s College
  • 10:35 – 11:40 a.m. Student Essays and Parent Panel
    • Students:
      • 10:35-11:40 a.m. Student Essays
    • Parents:
      • 10:35 – 10:50 Academics
      • 10:50-11:05 a.m. Financial Aid
      • 11:05-11:20 a.m. Student Success
      • 11:20-11:35 a.m. Student Life
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch
  • 1-2:40 p.m. Student Interviews
  • 12:40-2:10 p.m. Optional Campus Tours

*Parking available across the street at the Winnebago County Courthouse


Students wishing to participate in Scholarship Day must be accepted to Waldorf University one week prior to the competition date. The following items are required to be admitted to the university:

If you have questions or special needs, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-292-1903 ext. 8112.

*Students that qualify and choose to live off campus will have the cost of housing deducted from the scholarship amount.

Evaluation criteria

Essay Phase

This phase consists of writing on a topic which will be provided at the beginning of the session. The essay is timed; students will have one hour to complete their essay. They will be allowed to use a dictionary. Students should take into consideration the following while writing: overall message, sentence structure, grammar and focus of essay.

Interview Phase

The interview phase consists of a two-person panel of Waldorf faculty and staff who will visit with each student. A range of questions will be considered, gearing toward the student's experiences academically, in the community and their chosen activities, groups or organizations. We encourage students to consider presentation, sentence structure, body language and appearance.

Suggested Attire

Business casual attire is suggested. Please be comfortable, but we kindly ask you not to wear jeans.