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College of Liberal Arts students have multiple opportunities to secure scholarships to ease the path to graduation. Some scholarships are based on merit, some on financial need, and some depend on the student’s course of study.

Incoming freshmen should contact RaiderConnect for information about available loans, scholarships, and grants.

In addition to the university-wide scholarships administered through RaiderConnect, the College of Liberal Arts has a number of first-year scholarships for freshmen intending to major in the college.

There are also scholarships designated especially for transfer students.

The college has scholarships designated for continuing students. In addition, all majors in the college have scholarships for continuing majors. See the webpages for each major for more information.

WPAFB Scholarship

Advance Your Career.  Look to the Future.

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Automatic scholarship upon accceptance.

$2500/semester for 6 or more credit hours.

For more information, click here.


Graduate Certificates

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Special Study Opportunities

photo of students on a study abroad tripStudents in the College of Liberal Arts have many opportunities to grow their portfolio of skills and experiences. Some may qualify for the honors program. Others may study abroad, either with short term experiences led by Wright State faculty in the Summer Ambassador Program or by spending a semester abroad. Service learning courses provide academic classes that include engagement with community partners. Internships can be arranged either through academic departments or through Career Services.




The Internship Experience
CoLA in the Community

Dean's Student Advisory Board

The College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) Dean’s Student Advisory Board is a student run organization that advocates for the needs of students within the College of Liberal Arts at Wright State University. The board works diligently to make sure that every student in CoLA feels that their voice is being heard. They are committed to working with the Dean to address any issue a CoLA student may have.

The Dean’s Student Advisory Board works closely with the Center for Liberal Arts Student Success to plan various programs for fun and professional development. They also are involved in various philanthropic efforts at the University and within the Dayton region.

Please feel free to contact our board with any concerns you may have. We are eager to help and will do everything we can to resolve the issue. You are able to reach our board by e-mailing our President Lukas Wenrick at

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Caressa Brown

A 1998 graduate of Jefferson High School and 2007 graduate of Wright State University’s Education and Human Services Department, Caressa Brown is earning a second degree in Urban Affairs.   Ms. Brown is a Community Voices Producer for 91.3 FM WYSO and a 6 season veteran with the Council of Fashion Designers of America receiving hands on training at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. Serving her first term with the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District Board of Trustees, Caressa is an employee with WSU’s Department of Psychiatry and the Owner/Director of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator (DE-FI) LLC.

Lauren Duke

Going into her senior year, Lauren is dual majoring in Anthropology and Political Science and is minoring in Marketing. With her degree, she hopes to pursue a career in politics and to eventually be the Press Secretary for the President of the United States. Lauren is involved in various student organizations on campus. Last year, she was a Morale Captain for the largest philanthropy event on campus, Raiderthon. This year she is the Internal Director and oversees five chairs that make up the Internal branch. She is also a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She is a new addition to this year’s College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory board and is very excited to help make a change and foster a positive impact on student’s college experiences!

Rachel Jackson

Rachel is a junior at WSU majoring in piano performance under the direction of Dr. Jackson Leung and minoring in business. She has been playing the piano since she was 6 and enjoys sharing music with others. She has been teaching private piano lessons for over 5 years and currently has 10 students. During the spring of 2015, Rachel’s piano trio was chosen to perform in a master class with Maestro Keith Lockhart, the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Along with her piano studies, Rachel also plays the viola in WSU’s Chamber Orchestra. 

John Klugh

John Klugh is a senior at Wright State University, earning a dual major in Philosophy and Religion. As a freshman, Klugh was elected Treasurer of Crosswalk Campus Ministry, one of the largest religious organizations on campus, and soon advanced to assume a position as the President. From this, he founded and became the first President of Wright State’s activist organization Ahimsa’s Army, a group dedicated to minimizing violence in the community through public demonstrations, open forums, and direct involvement. Klugh is currently serving his second year on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, working to improve the College of Liberal Arts to serve the needs of the students.

Elijah Knapp

Elijah Knapp hails from Centerburg, Ohio, cleverly named after its location in the geographical center of the state. Throughout the last few years he has done everything from sing in a folk pop band, compete in team policy debate and impromptu speaking, and head up a national writer’s collective. He is passionate about people and understanding innovative approaches to making human life better. He is currently a Wright State Freshman pursuing a degree in Mass Communication and Marketing. Elijah hopes to use his degree to work with “social business” start ups in an attempt to strengthen developing communities through business.

McKenzie McQuown

McKenzie McQuown is a sophomore at Wright State University who is studying Spanish and International Studies. She is very passionate about learning languages and is currently taking Arabic in hopes of being accepted into the minor program. Next year, McKenzie will study abroad in Argentina through Wright State’s ISA program and is very grateful to have a chance to do so. After she earns her degree, McKenzie would like to work for the United Nations or CIA as a translator. Eventually, she would like to return to Wright State and continue her studies to earn her master’s degree in Spanish.

Leah Mikesell

Leah is a senior transfer student majoring in communication with plans to attend grad school for either theatre performance or directing. She hopes to work as both a performer and a director in the theatre industry as well as write for online content/entertainment sources (such as Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, etc.) She has performed at the Schuster Center in the Dayton Opera's production of Dead Man Walking (non-singing role) and various productions at Sinclair, whom she also represented in the Irene Ryan acting competition (region 3, 2015) where she made it to the final round. Leah has a passion for telling stories in a way that touches people on an emotional level, which is why performance and writing are both so important to her. Outside of the DSAB, Leah is a mother and a health/fitness lover. Leah is very excited to be at Wright State this year and to serve the CoLA with the rest of the board!  

Stephen Monath

Stephen Monath is beginning his third year at Wright State University, pursuing a BM in Music Education and Performance/ percussion. He is in his second year as the Percussion Director for Tipp City Schools in Tipp City Ohio, where he has an active role teaching private lessons, percussion ensemble, concert band, marching band, and is the director of the indoor drumline. Stephen serves as a member of The Collage of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and The WSU Wind Symphony Leadership Council. Since moving to Dayton in 2013, Stephen has performed on numerous public and private events for the University and the surrounding community.

Joseph Panfile

Joseph is a senior majoring in History with a minor in Spanish. His love of history began in high school with an AP European History course and has persisted indefatigably since. After graduation in the spring, he plans to go on to graduate school to earn a Masters degree, followed by a Ph.D., with the goal of becoming a history professor or an archivist. Outside of the DSAB, Joseph is the President of WSU Quiz Bowl. He is currently working on an honors project on the development of England over the course of the Hundred Years War.

Gabriel Riegle

Gabriel Riegle is currently a Junior at Wright State University. He is a direct admit to the Crime and Justice Studies program while pursing minors in Organizational Leadership and French. He is a member of the Student Honors Association expecting to graduate with honors. He has served on the Academic Affairs Committee in Student Government addressing complications with DARS, online classes, and requirements of advisers on campus. He is a trained Student Conduct Panel member, and is the President of the Pre-Law Society. He loves to practice music in his spare time with the clarinet being his most experienced instrument. Ask him about his favorite animal sometime. 

Katherine Simpson

Katherine Jane Simpson is a Junior here at Wright State University. Her field of study is Communication Studies, and she is also pursuing a minor in Marketing. Her role on the DSAB is Social Media Coordinator. She currently serves as the Director of Public Relations for the Residential Community Association, as well as Vice President of Communication for the Nation Residence Hall Honorary. This is Katherine’s first year on the board, and she cannot wait for the chance to better the College of Liberal Arts. 

Frances Smith

Frances Smith is a freshman Art and Philosophy double major. During her high school career, she served as a council president of the Junior Ohio Model United Nations, competed in and won multiple art competitions, earned the Franklin B. Walter and John Philip Sousa awards, and graduated as Valedictorian of her class. She is a member of National Honor Society and looks forward to a productive year at Wright State.

Elizabeth Sweeney

Elizabeth Sweeney is majoring in Social Work and minoring in psychology as we as Spanish. Elizabeth would like to work with children when she finishes her time at Wright State University. She enjoys volunteering with the youth as well as the AWANA program at Fairview Brethren in Christ. Elizabeth enjoys traveling and has been to Japan, Colombia, and Spain. Next summer she hopes to visit Switzerland. One of her biggest interests is learning about different countries and cultures. Whenever she is not in class, volunteering, or leaving the country, she enjoys reading and participating in Trivia events. 

Lukas Wenrick

Lukas Wenrick is a fourth year student majoring in Social Science Education. He currently serves as the 2015-2016 President of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Student Advisory Board. While serving as the President of the Board, Lukas is also the CoLA Senator for the Student Government Association, the C.E.O. of the President’s Ambassadors, a Student Office Assistant for the Vice President of Student Affairs, a Peer Mentor for a UVC 1010 within First-Year Programs, a member of the Honors Director’s Student Advisory Board, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), and the owner of a landscaping operation in Sidney, Ohio. Lukas loves Wright State University more than life itself. His passion for our great University has been molded by the opportunities that he has been so fortunate to experience. 

Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson is a senior at Wright seeking two degrees. One in Communication Studies and one in Select Studies, which requires a title (Critical Integration of Human Systems) and an undergrad thesis. This is his second year serving on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and this year he is the Vice President. Dennis is a non-traditional student, single father of a twelve year old son.  Dennis also works at Sinclair Community College. He is a musician and a lover of the arts and baseball.