Once an applicant is chosen as a scholarship recipient, funding may be renewed over a period of six years or until the degree or certificate for which the scholarship was awarded has been attained, whichever comes first. Funding is subject to the annual limits described below. In no event may funding to an individual for one degree program exceed $16,000. The process to renew the scholarship is flexible, allowing scholars the opportunity to request funds in alignment with their academic schedules, up to the yearly funding cap for their chosen degree or certificate program.
All Associates must meet all of the following criteria:
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States
- Must be employed part- or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior to the application due date for the award period in which the associate is applying (see chart below)
- Must have graduated high school/home school, have obtained a GED or be a graduating high school senior who intends to enroll in a college or university upon graduation
- If applying as a high school senior, must wait to apply until you are within 6 months of starting your college courses
- Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with the required documents (Note: Associates with other funds that pay entirely for tuition, books, fees and on-campus room & board are not eligible)
- Associates are eligible to apply for and receive a Walmart Associate Scholarship for any degree or certificate pursued, as long as they meet all eligibility requirements. Only one Walmart Associate Scholarship can be awarded per degree or certificate
An associate must have graduated high school/home school or obtained a GED before applying, or be a graduating high school senior who is within 6 months of starting college courses
Cost and Schedule
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There are 4 quarterly application periods in a single Walmart Fiscal Year (Feb. 1 - Jan. 31)
To get started, click 'Apply' at the top of this page. Here's what you can expect from the application process:
- Personal Information
- Academic Information
- Personal Reference
- Previous Work Experience
- Financial Planning
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Associates must meet all of the following criteria:
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
- Must be employed part-time or full-time with any division of Wal mart for at least six consecutive months prior to the application due date for the award period in which the associate is applying (see chart below).
- Must have graduated high school/home school, have obtained a GED or be a graduating high school senior who intends to enroll in a college or university upon graduation.
- If applying as a graduating high school senior, must wait to apply until you are within 6 months of starting your college courses.
- Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with the required documents. (Note: Associates with other funds that pay entirely for tuition, books, fees and on-campus room and board are not eligible.)
- Certificate Program (undergraduate or graduate): Up to $1,500 within a single Walmart Fiscal Year
- Associate's Degree: Up to $2,000 within a single Walmart Fiscal Year
- Bachelor's Degree: Up to $3,000 within a single Walmart Fiscal Year
- Graduate Degree: Up to $2,000 within a single Walmart Fiscal Year
- The recipient must be employed with a division of Walmart at the time their award is announced.
- The recipient must be actively enrolled in at least three college credit hours within six months of the scholarship award date at a postsecondary institution of higher education that is located in the U.S. and is accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx ). Scholarships cannot be applied to educational expenses at military academies.
- The recipient must submit the on line Scholarship Acceptance by the deadline stated.
- Prior to the first award being released, the recipient must submit a Payment Request and their class schedule showing their courses as well as credit hours for which they are seeking funding.
- The online Acceptance Form, Payment Request form and a valid class schedule must be submitted and validated by ISTS before funds will be released.
- Beginning with the first full Wal mart Fiscal Year (Feb. 1-Jan. 31) after being awarded, recipients must renew their scholarship at least 2 times during each fiscal year. Scholars can continue to renew until the degree or certificate is awarded, the funding limit has been reached, or the six-year time limit has lapsed, whichever comes first.
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