External or private scholarships are those provided by private entities. These
must be sough independently by the student. Students should check with local
businesses, organizations, churches, libraries, and high school counselors for
local private scholarships.
Students may also be "sponsored" by a third-party who pays institutional charges
to the school on behalf of the student. This is another form of scholarship.
Below is information regarding third-parties and scholarship search engines.
- AmeriCorps - Vista Program
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits for Students with Disabilities
- Scholarship Search Engines
Students who participate in AmeriCorps – Vista are able to use their AmeriCorps voucher for a variety of education purposes. For information about the benefits of community service through the AmeriCorps program, visit www.americorps.gov.
Students can request an education payout for expenses for a current term by logging into their My AmeriCorps accounts at my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do. In order to request that a voucher pay toward current education expenses, the student needs to select “Education Award for Education Expenses” from the menu after logging in. Then the student needs to fill out the requested information, such as the school they would like the request sent to as well as the term to which they would like the payment applied. Please be specific in the term (i.e. “Fall 2017” as opposed to just “Fall”). The payment can only be applied to semesters which start after the semester in which the student earned their voucher from AmeriCorps. For example, if the student worked for AmeriCorps in summer, then the voucher can be applied to any term from the consecutive fall term on.
The student may also request forbearance from their loan payments while working for
AmeriCorps, request a payment of interest accrued on loans, or request a payment
directly to loans. However, West Virginia University can only process forbearance,
interest payments, and loan payments for Perkins loans held by the university.
If the student wants to make a payment to a Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized
loan, then the online request must be submitted to the student’s loan servicer.
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
Students with disabilities can contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation Office
for information regarding possible scholarships or sponsorships the agency may
provide. Please note students should also contact the
WVU Office of Accessibility Services to see what services are available to
you at WVU.
Here are a few common rehabilitation agencies which have provided sponsorships to
WVU students who are residents of their state:
- West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
- Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
New York ACCES-VR
- Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Scholarship Search Engines
See our "Tips on Applying" advice on applying for private scholarships.