FAQ

FAQ

General Questions

Does the state of Wyoming offer any other scholarships other than the Hathaway Scholarship?

No. There are many different scholarship that are out there, but none like this one. The state of Wyoming only offers the Hathaway Scholarship. For more information on how to qualify for the scholarship, click here.

Do I have to be a degree-seeking student to receive my Hathaway Scholarship?

Yes, students must be degree or certificate seeking.

Do I need to apply for the FAFSA to be eligible for the Hathaway Scholarship?

No. However, if you are applying for the need-based Hathaway, then yes, you will need to apply for the FAFSA.

I plan to take my first year after high school to travel, work, or take classes from an out-of-state college, will I still qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship when I get back?

As long as you apply for the Hathaway Scholarship within 48 months of your graduation date and are still considered a resident of Wyoming, you will still qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship.

Do I have to pay taxes or claim the Hathaway Scholarship on my taxes?

Only scholarship dollars that exceed cost of attendance are taxed as income. Typically this does not happen with the Hathaway Scholarship, but each post-secondary institution sends out a tax form with the scholarship totals for all students for their tax records. In order to know if scholarship dollars are taxable, students need to consult that form, a tax preparer, or their post-secondary institution.

What’s the Wyoming residency requirement?

In addition to specific Hathaway Merit Scholarships eligibility requirements, a student must demonstrate Wyoming residency, which is determined by the post-secondary institution.

I graduated from high school on May 27, 2012 and did not use my Hathaway Scholarship. Am I able to still claim my Hathaway Scholarship?

No. You have four years from your high school graduation date, which is listed on your official transcripts, to apply for your Hathaway Scholarship. Some exceptions, such as, military or religous service. Contact the college you plan to attend for more details.

For the Honors and Performance levels of the Hathaway Scholarship, how many years of foreign language do I have to take?

As a part of the Hathaway Success Curriculum, Honors and Performance levels require students to take two sequenced years of foreign language. Students then can choose to take two additional years of foreign language, two years of career-vocational education courses, or two years of fine and performing arts courses.

Can I take one year of fine arts and one year of career vocational and satisfy the requirements?

No. You must take two years of either fine arts, career and vocational education, or foreign language.

For Opportunity and Provisional Opportunity Hathaway Scholarships, if I choose to study a foreign language, do the foreign language courses need to be sequenced?

Yes, for the Opportunity and Provisional opportunity, foreign language courses must be sequenced. However, the Honors and Performance Hathaway Scholarship “additional foreign language” courses do not need to be sequenced.

Hathaway Success Curriculum

I just graduated from high school and I am a few credits short for Hathaway, but plan to retake those credits this summer. Can I still qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship?

As long as your high school graduation date is not before the time you finished the course(s) you plan to make up, summer credits can be used for Hathaway Scholarship purposes. For example, if the course(s) you take end August 5, 2016, the graduation date on your transcript cannot be prior to that date. While you may still walk during your graduation ceremony, the graduation on your official high school transcript must to be after the date you have taken all Hathaway courses.

Does the Hathaway Success Curriculum allow for college courses?

Yes. One semester college course (1000 level or higher) is equal to one full year of high school content in most school districts (i.e. one semester of French 1010 is considered one full year of content at the high school level for Hathaway purposes).

Can I take a course after high school graduation to meet Hathaway requirements?

Yes, however the course(s) must be on the final, official high school transcript to be considered as part of the Success Curriculum. For example, if you graduate May 31, but intend to take a summer recovery course, the graduation date cannot be May 31, rather it should be after the course has ended.

Can I test out of a course and have it fill a Hathaway Scholarship eligibility requirement?

Yes. Testing out of courses is allowed if credits are given on the official high school transcript (i.e. CLEP exams).

ACT

If I am a senior and I graduate from high school on May 31 and want to attend college in the fall, can I take the ACT again in June and will that score be accepted?

Yes. After the scholarship has been initiated, you have until the start of courses to submit your ACT scores to the institution.

College Questions

Will the Hathaway Scholarship pay for remedial courses?

No, Hathaway will only pay for college level courses.

Who do I contact to receive my Hathaway Scholarship?

Make certain you have completed the necessary information for the Wyoming college you plan to attend. Admissions representatives at each college are there to help students take the proper steps towards enrolling and completing applications. Most questions about your scholarship can be answered by the Hathaway Scholarship coordinators at each college. You can also contact the Hathaway Scholarship program here.

I have the Honors level scholarship but failed to maintain a 2.5 GPA during my first semester in college. My current GPA is 2.32, can I receive the Opportunity level scholarship while I work to get my GPA back up to a 2.5?

Yes, the minimum GPA for the Opportunity scholarship is 2.25. Additionally, if you regain the 2.5 GPA, you are then eligible to receive your Honors scholarship again.

Can I use my Hathaway Scholarship to earn a certificate at a Wyoming community college?

Yes.

If I have a better GPA in college, will I be eligible for a higher Hathaway Scholarship?

No, your GPA is based on your academic performance in high school. With that said, there are certain academic requirements to maintain while using the Hathaway Scholarship in college.

Can the Hathaway Scholarship be used for the summer semester?

Yes, it may be used at an eligible institution. However, summer does not count as part of the academic year, so you must also attend the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. The summer semesters do count toward your total scholarship eligibility for an equivalent of eight full-time semesters.

Can I use my Hathaway Scholarship for graduate credits at the University of Wyoming?

If you still have remaining eligibility, you are able to use your Hathaway Scholarship for graduate credit at UW. Contact the Hathaway Coordinator at your school for more details. You can also get in touch with the Hathaway Scholarship office here.

Home Schoolers

What are the Hathaway Scholarship Application Requirements for Home Schoolers?

Home school graduates have until the age of 21 to apply for the Hathaway Scholarship.
All students must have the ACT score results (and all relevant documentation for the award) provided to the school they plan to attend prior to the first day of the semester they wish to use the funds. Home school graduates must meet the Hathaway Scholarship curriculum requirements, but their GPA is not considered for the award. Click here for a fill-in-the-blank form and the curriculum requirements to aid in determining the Success Curriculum level completed. The ACT score and curriculum completed will determine eligibility level. The Hathaway Scholarship Coordinator at the eligible institution will need a transcript, ACT results and a completed Hathaway Scholarship application separate from the admissions application, to make an award determination. Click here for tips for home schoolers.

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