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Diversity Scholarship

THE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR IS NOW AVAILABLE!

West Virginia University strives to advocate for an inclusive, diverse, and accepting community. In addition to our current scholarship programs, we are pleased to offer incoming freshmen to the Morgantown campus the opportunity to apply for our Diversity Scholarship. This program is designed to award exceptional and talented students who have been traditionally underrepresented on college campuses, and who are culturally, ethnically, or racially diverse.


Program Requirements and Application

For consideration, students must:

  1. Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.00 and an ACT super score of 21 or a new SAT of 1070 (Evidence-based reading score and Math score only)
  2. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  3. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to WVU by March 1 during their senior year of high school
  4. Be admitted to WVU's Morgantown campus as a first-time freshman by May 1 for the upcoming academic year
  5. Submit the WVU Diversity Scholarship Application by May 1 for the upcoming academic year

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Scholarship Awards

Residents of West Virginia

  • $1,500 per year for up to four undergraduate years, or a bachelor's degree (whichever comes first). A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and at least 30 earned credit hours each academic year are required to renew the scholarship. See our Renewal Requirements page for additional important information such as how repeated coursework can impact renewal. Students must submit a FAFSA to WVU by March 1 each academic year for renewal for the following year.

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Not Residents of West Virginia

  • $2,500 per year for up to four undergraduate years, or a bachelor's degree (whichever comes first). A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 and at least 30 earned credit hours each academic year are required to renew the scholarship. See our Renewal Requirements page for additional important information such as how repeated coursework can impact renewal. Students must submit a FAFSA to WVU by March 1 each academic year for renewal for the following year.

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Additional Information

  • Applications are reviewed by a selection committee. Diversity scholarships are limited. Not all students meeting the listed criteria will be offered the scholarship.
  • Students will be notified of the status or result of their application through their MIX email (via their WVU Portal) within 5 to 7 business days of their submission after the committee has had time to review.
  • Students missing any of the above-listed deadlines will not be reviewed.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time and attend the Morgantown campus to receive this scholarship.
  • Diversity scholarships may not be used for summer school.
  • Diversity scholarships may only be used at the Morgantown campus.
  • Diversity scholarships usually may be used in addition to other WVU-offered scholarships.
  • Students who are not residents of West Virginia who have their tuition adjusted to pay in-state rates by changing to resident status or receiving in-state tuition rates through certain programs may have their Diversity Scholarship adjusted accordingly.

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