Wayne M. Densch Scholarship Program

Through a generous donation from Wayne M. Densch Charities, Inc., this formal scholarship program is available to qualifying incoming first-time, first generation 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 $1,000 per term (Fall and Spring terms) for up to two consecutive years at Seminole State
  • Form a cohort and share a common course College Success (SLS 1101)
  • 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 fall term (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 (Pell Grant eligible as determined by FAFSA)
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.0 or higher (cumulative)

How to Apply

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

Application Deadlines
Priority Deadline: February 28, 2020
Official Deadline:May 1, 2020

  1. Apply and be accepted to Seminole State.
  2. Complete the FAFSA. Seminole State’s school code is 001520.
  3. Mail, email, or submit in person (SLM Student Center, Room 265) a completed scholarship application. The following documents must be attached to your scholarship application:
    1. An essay describing your extra-curricular activities; educational and career goals; and how this scholarship would help you reach your goals (500 word max)
    2. Full FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) 
    3. One reference letter
    4. A copy of your high school transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

Scholarship applications with missing documents will not be considered.

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

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

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

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

  • Maintain a College GPA of 2.0 or higher and complete 67% of all courses attempted
  • Attend at least 6 campus events per year (3 Fall, 3 Spring)
  • Meet with your Densch Advisor at least once a semester for academic advising and financial aid information
  • Enroll in a designated SLS 1101 College Success class in first term

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First Generation Freshmen Program