Temporary Withdrawals from WSOS
We recognize life can sometimes get in the way of Scholars completing the program exactly as intended. Therefore, we carefully consider requests for temporary withdrawals from WSOS through a petition process. Note that Leave of Absence (LOA) requests for the 2021-22 academic year will no longer be processed as a deferment. Traditional LOA will resume for requests that take effect beginning in fall 2021 and Scholars approved for LOA will forfeit their funding for the term requested.
When Scholars who are currently enrolled know they will not meet a requirement of the scholarship in the future but think they will be able to meet requirements within one academic year, they can request a leave of absence (LOA). If they were withdrawn within the past academic year, but now meet requirements, they can request a reinstatement. Both of these requests are made via the Scholar Portal. Scholars studying nursing at a community college should see Community College Nursing BSN/RN Deferment as this is separate from the usual WSOS temporary withdrawal process.
Although Scholars can request reinstatement following time away from WSOS, those who are currently enrolled and know they will need future time off are encouraged to submit a Leave of Absence Request prior to their temporary withdrawal whenever possible. This ensures prompt reinstatement of their funding when they return.
We encourage Scholars to only utilize temporary withdrawals in extenuating circumstances. While on temporary withdrawals, students’ award level progression does not pause. Therefore, Scholars forfeit funding they would have received during this term(s) and are not able to recover it in the future.
Community College Nursing BSN/RN Deferment
Scholars studying nursing at a two-year college should see Community College Nursing BSN/RN Deferment as this is separate from the Temporary Scholarship Deferment.
Submitting LOA and Reinstatement Requests
Scholars can complete both Leave of Absence and Reinstatement Requests in the Scholar Portal. While completing the LOA or Reinstatement Request forms, students should be prepared to provide:
- For which term(s) they are requesting as a temporary withdrawal from WSOS
- A statement, 500 words or fewer, detailing the reason for their request
- A copy of an unofficial, current college or university transcript
- Optional: any other documents that may help WSOS understand the nature of the request
Processing LOA & Reinstatement Requests
When a request is received, WSOS staff will review the information provided within two weeks. During the lifetime of their scholarship, any Scholar, at any time, for any reason can automatically qualify for one term of temporary withdrawal from WSOS. However, for this to take effect, the student must request it either in advance (by submitting a leave of absence request) or retroactively (by submitting a reinstatement request). Therefore, first time requests for one term off will be approved, provided the Scholar can meet eligibility requirements by the conclusion of the LOA or at time of reinstatement.
If a Scholar has already taken a term off from WSOS or is requesting more than one term, the request will be reviewed by the petition committee. Only requests that outline reasonable, extenuating circumstances will be approved. The committee will approve or deny the request in accordance with previous precedent and internal policy. The decisions of the petition committee are final; there is no appeals process.
If Scholars are withdrawn and not approved for reinstatement, they may re-apply if they meet the scholarship criteria during the next application window.