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To apply, students must be:

  • A high school senior
  • Pell-eligible
  • A citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • A minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

 

Additionally, a student must submit either an SAT or ACT score.

 

Selected Wells Fargo Fellows must enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at an accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. Failure to enroll in the fall of 2018 will lead to forfeiture of the scholarship.

Pell eligibility is calculated by the US Department of Education after a student submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is based on family need, cost of college attendance, status as a full-time student, and the student’s academic plans.

 

For more information regarding Pell-eligibility, click here.

Applicants must be high school seniors who will graduate, or have graduated, in the 2017-2018 academic year.

No. There are no restrictions on major. The program will fund the completion of a bachelor’s degree in the Fellow’s choice of major. 

Yes. A student must attend an accredited, four-year, not-for-profit, private or public college or university in the United States. 

No. The Wells Fargo Leaders Fellowship Program will only be awarded to students who matriculate at a four-year program, directly after graduating from high school, without interruption.

Funding will be for a maximum of five years of study, with the expectation that s/he will complete a bachelor’s degree during that period.

 

Should the need arise, a student may seek approval to defer for up to one year. While no funds will be disbursed during deferment, the deferment period will count towards the five year funding eligibility timeframe.

 

Failure to enroll full-time after the one-year deferment period will result in forfeiture of any further funding from the Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program. 

To remain eligible, you must submit:

  1. A completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to each academic year.
  2. Transcripts showing that you are continuing to meet your institution’s academic requirements, at the beginning of each academic year.
  3. Enrollment Verification forms dated the day after the start of each new term.
  4. A copy of your Financial Aid Award Letter, every year.
  5. The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program Survey, when requested, every semester.

The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program is a selective, full scholarship for Pell-eligible high school seniors. The scholarship will be awarded to 20 student leaders in 2018 with the intent of promoting their academic excellence and leadership development, through college graduation.

 

The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program will only be awarded in 2018. Selected Fellows will be eligible for up to five years of funding to complete their bachelor’s program.

Applications for the Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program will launch on Monday, January 15, 2018. Selected Wells Fargo Fellows will be announced in April 2018.

The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program will fund 20 bachelor-degree seeking students, for a maximum of five years.

 

The Fellowship will only be awarded in 2018. It is a one-time cohort program with no additional cohorts selected in subsequent years.  

The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program is looking for students who are:

  • Graduating in the top 10% of their high school class
  • Taking rigorous college-preparatory coursework
  • Recognized as leaders in their community
  • Have obtained standardized test scores >50th percentile

Fellows will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other grants and scholarships, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

*Cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, and transportation, and may include other personal costs.

Funding will be for a maximum of five years of study, with the expectation that s/he will complete a bachelor’s degree during that period.

 

Should the need arise, a student may seek approval to defer for up to one year. While no funds will be disbursed during deferment, the deferment period will count towards the five year funding eligibility timeframe.

 

Failure to enroll full-time after the one-year deferment period will result in forfeiture of any further funding from the Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program. 

No. The program only funds the attainment of a bachelor’s degree. 

The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program funds will be electronically disbursed to colleges and universities. Disbursement allotments will be made each academic term.

Yes. Funding for off-campus housing will depend on what the institution discloses in the cost of attendance. We recommend that you contact your financial aid counselor to discuss educational expenses (including housing) and your full cost of attending that institution.  

A portion of each scholarship award may be considered taxable by the US Internal Revenue Service. Scholarship recipients are responsible for ascertaining tax liability for the scholarship, and for reporting the taxable portions of their scholarship as income. For details, please visit the IRS website and see publication 970, Chapter 1 (using the tab “Forms and Pubs” on the home page), and Topic 421 by entering “scholarships” in the search tool at the top of the home page. 

Yes. In addition to funding, the Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program will provide a number of online support services including mentoring; academic support; career and internship guidance, advice, and opportunities; financial literacy; and others.

 

Additionally, starting in 2018, Wells Fargo Fellows will attend a summer leadership conference, each summer, for five years. During the summer leadership conferences, Wells Fargo Fellows will have an opportunity to attend workshops by and network with leaders in myriad professional fields. 

The scholarship application will open on Monday, January 15, 2018. All students must complete the Wells Fargo Academic Leaders application by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00PM PST. Finalists will be invited in March to complete the Finalist Supplement. The first recipients will be selected in April 2018 and will attend the first summer leadership conference in June 2018.

 

  • January 15, 2018

-  Application Opens (short questionnaire)

  • February 28, 2018

-  Application Due

  • March 15, 2018

-  300 Finalists Announced

  • March 15, 2018

-  Finalist Supplement Opens (2 essays + evaluations)

  • April 6, 2018

-  Finalist Supplement Due

  • April 23, 2018

-  20 Selected Fellows Announced

  • June 28 – July 1, 2018

-  First Summer Leadership Conference

 

The MyWFALFP Profile is your portal for everything having to do with The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program, including the application, and – if you are selected as a Fellow – all associated support services, like mentoring, academic support; career and internship guidance, advice, and opportunities; financial literacy; and others. 

Yes. In order to apply, a student must first create a MyWFALFP profile, which will serve as his/her personal portal to all The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program resources, for the life of the scholarship.

Students will need to upload the following documents, which will be requested at various points during the application process.

  • A copy of his/her most recent official high school transcript
  • Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Unofficial copies of college transcript(s)
  • Unofficial copies of SAT and/or ACT Score Reports

 

Additionally, the Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program team will be verifying a student’s full-time enrollment, in an eligible program, in the fall of 2018. 

No. The Wells Fargo Academic Leaders Fellowship Program will not interview applicants.