Magnolia Scholars

At Wake Forest, we are in the business of changing lives. We prize the liberal arts: asking “how” and “why” questions across a wide variety of disciplines. Having students with a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds creates a vibrant educational environment in which to ask these questions.

The cost of attendance at Wake Forest is expensive but we are committed to helping deserving students make it affordable. Student Aid remains a top fundraising priority for the University and generous donors continue to open doors with scholarships along with grants, work-study opportunities, and loans from the Office of Financial Aid. We have made great strides in the past ten years by increasing the number of need based awards, expanding our financial aid packages and decreasing the amount of debt a student has at graduation.

Students of promise, often first-generation attendees, directly benefit from knowing someone believes in them and have made possible their desire to experience all that campus life has to offer. Individuals can support Financial Aid and Scholarships by making an unrestricted gift to The Wake Forest Fund – Student Aid, in any amount, or by designating a gift to a specific need-based or merit-based fund.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to student aid or create your own named scholarship fund, please reach out to Ashley Blanchard MBA’07 P’23 in University Advancement at or 336.758.4013.


– Scholarship Support by the Numbers –


new financial aid funds were created during the campaign


of all campaign dollars raised were committed to financial aid


reduction in student debt

1 in 5

undergrad students have received scholarship awards

Brianna Aaron

Brianna Aaron (’22)

Aaron attends Wake Forest with the help of the Patricia H. and James J. Marino Scholarship and a Porter B. Byrum Scholarship.

Read Brianna’s Story

Agustin Martinez

Agustin Martinez (JD ’20)

Martinez attends Wake Forest with the help of the Charles P. Rose, Jr. Scholarship and the Keith and Margaret Sharpe Scholarship.

Read Agustin’s Story