Wayne M. Densch First Generation Scholarship Program

Through a generous donation from Wayne M. Densch Charities, Inc., this formal scholarship program is available to qualifying incoming first-time freshmen each fall term, and provides funding and comprehensive support services, including:

  • Academic advisement
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Social activities and workshops
  • Peer mentoring


Students in the Wayne M. Densch Scholarship Program:

  • Receive a scholarship (Fall and Spring terms) for up to two consecutive years at Seminole State
  • Assigned advisors to assist through every step of the process, including academic advising and financial aid assistance, getting involved on campus, and transfer preparation
  • Peer mentoring, social activities, and workshops to enhance your college experience


To be eligible for the Wayne M. Densch Scholarship Program, you must:

  • Be a first-time-in-college student enrolling for the Associate in Arts for the fall 2024 term (2024 Summer Bridge Program students may also apply; cannot have attended any post-secondary institution before coming to Seminole State) 
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent has completed a bachelor's degree - in the U.S. or abroad) 
  • Show financial need (as determined by 2024-25 FAFSA)
  • Have a high school diploma or GED prior to the start of the Fall 2024 term

How to Apply

To apply for the Wayne M. Densch Scholarship Program, follow these steps:

The Fall 2024 application is 
now available! Priority deadline 
is April 26th. Final deadline is June 27th. Review the attached Scholarship Information Instructions for additional details

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State.
  2. Complete the online scholarship application.
  3. Complete the 2024-25 FAFSA. Seminole State’s school code is 001520.
  4. Type an essay describing your extra-curricular activities; educational and career goals; and how this scholarship would help you reach your goals (400-500 words). Remember to include your name, date, and title of the essay.
  5. Optional. Include a letter of recommendation on letterhead, dated, and signed by an employer, teacher/guidance counselor, or community member. Letters of recommendation cannot come from family members.
  6. Schedule your Zoom interview. Interviews will be held on the following days/times via Zoom and will require you to answer 3 questions and consent to be recorded.

Scholarship applications with missing documents will not be considered.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all 75 spots are filled. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply early for consideration.

Students in this scholarship program will receive support services from the First Generation Program office for the full duration of their time at Seminole State.

Scholarship Renewal Requirements for 2024-25

Scholarship recipients will be granted up to one additional one-year scholarship toward their degree provided the student meets the following criteria:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits per term, maintain a College GPA of 2.0 or higher, and complete 67% of all courses attempted
  • Attend at least 2 campus events per year (1 Fall, 1 Spring)
  • Meet with your First Generation Advisor at least once a semester for academic advising and financial aid information
  • Enroll in IDS 1107 First Year Flight Path in their first semester

 Student Success Stories


First Generation Program