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Freshman Scholarships for Non-Residents of West Virginia

West Virginia University awards numerous academic scholarships to incoming freshmen.

For consideration, students must complete the admissions process to WVU by the deadlines listed on the scholarships.  This includes submitting a completed undergraduate admission application along with high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores.  Please review all deadlines for the various scholarships carefully.


Top Ten Important Facts

  1. Scholarships are awarded on an ongoing basis beginning approximately October 1.
  2. Scholarships listed may only be utilized at the Morgantown campus.
  3. Grade point average (GPA) is based on information received from your high school transcript. The most recent cumulative GPA on the transcript at the time of application is used when determining initial scholarship eligibility.
  4. In March 2016, the scoring system changed for the SAT.  "Old" SAT requirements refer to tests taken before March 2016.  "New" SAT requirements refer to those taken from March 2016 on.  "Old" SAT totals for scholarship consideration are based on the Critical Reading score plus Math score.  The "new" SAT scores for scholarship consideration are based on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score.
  5. Effective with the incoming freshman class of 2015, WVU uses “Super Scores” for scholarship consideration, so be sure to submit all scores from each section of the ACT or SAT if you take the test more than once. We will calculate your “Super Score” using the highest component/subscore from each section of the tests submitted to us. Please note that scores from the previous, pre-March 2016, version of the SAT and the new version cannot be mixed to obtain a super score.
  6. Amounts listed below under the “Value” section for each scholarship are effective starting from the incoming freshmen class of 2016 and are not retroactive to previous classes.  Students entering WVU prior to the fall 2016 semester may have been awarded different amounts.
  7. If a student’s residency status changes after a scholarship offer has been made, or they are switched from paying non-resident tuition and fees to resident tuition and fees, the original award will no longer be valid. Only students receiving the non-resident University Merit or Scholarship of Distinction Level 1 will be re-evaluated for new scholarship awards. Two common ways for the tuition & fee-paying status to change are due to the Academic Common Market or Tuition Reciprocity programs, though others exist. Students who change back to their original non-resident tuition and fee status after entering WVU are eligible to reclaim the original scholarship they were awarded, provided they have met the renewal criteria for that award.

  8. Scholarship amounts may be affected if students are receiving additional financial aid or assistance.
  9. If a student is eligible for more than one institutional scholarship, the student will be awarded the scholarship with the highest dollar value. Students named as National Merit Finalists may use their WVU-sponsored need-based National Merit award in addition to any other institutional scholarship for which the student qualifies.
  10. In addition to these scholarships, you may also qualify for other financial resources to assist you with educational expenses. For priority consideration, complete the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)  prior to March 1.


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Freshman Scholarships for Non-Residents of West Virginia

The list below provides the basic criteria for each scholarship.  Click on the name of the scholarship for values, criteria for consideration, deadlines, how to apply, and renewal information to maintain the scholarship.

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University Merit Scholarship
Value

$21,000 per year for four undergraduate years (or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first), plus a one-time $3,500 stipend for study abroad/academic enhancement.

Criteria for Consideration
Minimum high school GPA of 3.50.  Awarded to students named National Merit or Achievement Finalists who select WVU as their first choice for undergraduate study with the National Merit Corporation.
How to Apply & Deadlines

Take the PSAT/NMSQT test as a junior in high school and be named a National Merit or Achievement Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Renewal Information

To maintain eligibility, you must have an overall GPA of at least 3.20 after each academic year.  Scholars just also earn at least 30 credit hours each academic year.  Students are notified in writing at the end of the spring semester if these requirements have not been met, and summer school may be used to attempt to make up deficiencies.   Students whose first enrollment is the spring semester or who deferred their scholarship may be on a different review cycle where renewal requirements are measured after the fall semester.

Students must also continue to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid eligibility.

Please note that students entering WVU prior to the fall 2017 semester may have different renewal requirements.  That information can be found here.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 1
Value

$14,000 per year for four undergraduate years (or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first)

Criteria for Consideration
Minimum high school GPA of 3.80 and ACT of 30 or new SAT of 1400 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or old SAT of 1340 (Critical Reading score plus Math score only).  Non-resident students receiving this level of scholarship who are assessed in-state tuition rates through programs such as the Academic Common Market, Ohio Tuition Reciprocity, etc. will have the Scholarship of Distinction replaced with the Distinguished Achievement Scholarship, valued at $3,000 per year.
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to WVU by July 3, 2017.  This includes submitting a completed undergraduate admission application along with high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores.

Renewal Information

To maintain eligibility, you must have an overall GPA of at least 3.20 after each academic year.  Scholars just also earn at least 30 credit hours each academic year.   Students are notified in writing at the end of the spring semester if these requirements have not been met, and summer school may be used to attempt to make up deficiencies.   Students whose first enrollment is the spring semester or who deferred their scholarship may be on a different review cycle where renewal requirements are measured after the fall semester.

Students must also continue to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid eligibility.

Please note that students entering WVU prior to the fall 2017 semester may have different renewal requirements.  That information can be found here.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 2
Value

$8,000 per year for four undergraduate years (or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first)

Criteria for Consideration
Minimum high school GPA of 3.50 and ACT of 27 or new SAT of 1290 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or old SAT of 1220 (Critical Reading score plus Math score only).  Non-resident students receiving this level of scholarship who are assessed in-state tuition rates through programs such as the Academic Common Market, Ohio Tuition Reciprocity, etc. will have this scholarship removed from their financial aid award.
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to WVU by July 3, 2017.  This includes submitting a completed undergraduate admission application along with high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores.

Renewal Information

To maintain eligibility, you must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 after each academic year.  Scholars just also earn at least 30 credit hours each academic year.   Students are notified in writing at the end of the spring semester if these requirements have not been met, and summer school may be used to attempt to make up deficiencies.   Students whose first enrollment is the spring semester or who deferred their scholarship may be on a different review cycle where renewal requirements are measured after the fall semester.

Students must also continue to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid eligibility.

Please note that students entering WVU prior to the fall 2017 semester may have different renewal requirements.  That information can be found here.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 3
Value

$6,000 per year for four undergraduate years (or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first)

Criteria for Consideration
Minimum high school GPA of 3.00 and ACT of 22 or new SAT of 1110 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or old SAT of 1030 (Critical Reading score plus Math score only).  Non-resident students receiving this level of scholarship who are assessed in-state tuition rates through programs such as the Academic Common Market, Ohio Tuition Reciprocity, etc. will have this scholarship removed from their financial aid award.
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to WVU by July 3, 2017.  This includes submitting a completed undergraduate admission application along with high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores.

Renewal Information

To maintain eligibility, you must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 after each academic year.  Scholars just also earn at least 30 credit hours each academic year.   Students are notified in writing at the end of the spring semester if these requirements have not been met, and summer school may be used to attempt to make up deficiencies.   Students whose first enrollment is the spring semester or who deferred their scholarship may be on a different review cycle where renewal requirements are measured after the fall semester.

Students must also continue to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid eligibility.

Please note that students entering WVU prior to the fall 2017 semester may have different renewal requirements.  That information can be found here.

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