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Scholarship FAQs

Applying for Scholarships

PROMISE Scholarship for Residents of WV

See our PROMISE FAQs page.

Receiving Scholarships

Maintaining Scholarships

See our Renewal Requirements for information on maintaining scholarships from one aid year to the next, including enrollment requirements for disbursement, minimum earned credit hour and GPA requirements, deferment, leave of absence, impact of repeated coursework or withdrawing, and appeal options.

Other Financial Aid and Institutional Scholarships

Summer School


Applying for Scholarships

What Scholarships Are Available?

There are multiple scholarship opportunities for students - from WVU (institutional), departments from within the University (departmental), and from sources outside the University. See our Scholarships page for a full breakdown of scholarships. Some scholarships students are automatically reviewed for after they are admitted, and other scholarships may require students to submit an application. Incoming, first-time students can use our Scholarship Estimator to estimate scholarships they may be offered.

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How Do I Apply for WVU Scholarships?

Applying for scholarships depends on the type. For most institutional scholarships, no separate application is required. Students are automatically considered for eligibility if they are admitted by the required deadlines listed for the scholarship. Incoming, first-time students can use our Scholarship Estimator to estimate scholarships they may be offered. Please note that for scholarships that list GPA and test score requirements, both criteria must be met.

Some scholarships - such as departmental, Leadership, Diversity, and Dependent Employee - do require additional information.

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How Do I Submit My GPA for Institutional Scholarships?

Incoming First-Time Freshmen

  • Your high school grade point average (GPA) for determination for scholarships is based on information received from your high school transcript. Please note that if you submit your high school GPA on the Common Application (for admission), that GPA may determine your scholarship eligibility until your high school transcript is received. If your high school transcript shows a GPA that is more or less than what you reported on the Common Application, that may impact your scholarship eligibility.
  • The most recent overall/cumulative GPA on your transcript at the time of application is used when determining initial scholarship eligibility. WVU will not make modifications to the GPA provided by your high school, either to weight a GPA or to add additional grading periods. If both a weighted and non-weighted GPA are listed on the transcript, the highest will be used. International high school transcripts are evaluated by WVU Undergraduate Admissions and converted to a 4.0 scale.
  • Updated high school transcripts may be sent to WVU Undergraduate Admissions. If there is an updated GPA, that may be considered for scholarship consideration or reconsideration.

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Incoming First-Time Transfer Undergraduate

  • Your grade point average (GPA) for transfer scholarship consideration is determined by the transferable credits and transfer GPA as determined by WVU Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Transfer scholarships may be adjusted or canceled as additional transcripts arrive and are evaluated by WVU Undergraduate Admissions, based on the number of transferable credits and updated transfer GPA. See the Transfer Scholarships page for full details.

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What Test Scores Determine My Eligibility for Institutional Scholarships?

Effective for incoming fall 2021 first-time freshmen, not all institutional scholarships require test scores. For those that still require test scores, WVU looks at your ACT and/or SAT scores for institutional scholarship consideration, in addition to your GPA. Please note that for scholarships that list GPA and test score requirements, both criteria must be met.

The SAT scores are based on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score (out of 1600 possible).

WVU also “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 super scores are obtained from multiple submissions of the ACT or multiple submissions of the SAT - not a crossover of ACT and SAT.

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Will I Be Considered for a Scholarship or Increase to My Scholarship if I have an Increased GPA or Test Scores?

Students who have an increased GPA or ACT/SAT score may submit that information to WVU Undergraduate Admissions by the listed deadline dates for each institutional scholarship. Students can see updates to their scholarship amounts online through the Financial Aid Information on their portal.wvu.edu after the new information is processed by Admissions.

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What Are the Deadlines?

Admission deadlines and deadlines to submit updated information for institutional scholarship consideration vary. Deadlines for scholarships that require an application also vary. For institutional scholarships, please pay careful attention when reviewing the information for each scholarship on our website. For other scholarships, check with the department or scholarship provider.

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Is My Institutional Scholarship Offer Guaranteed?

Most institutional scholarships are offered to incoming students automatically upon admission. However, the offer is estimated and not guaranteed. The offer could change as more information becomes available. Examples of changes that could affect your scholarships include, but are not limited to:

  • Submitting an updated high school transcript that reflects a different GPA than originally reported
  • Submitting test scores after being admitted under a test-optional admissions application
  • Changing into a different degree program or academic major

For continuing students, renewal of this scholarship is contingent upon meeting renewal requirements each year. Check out our Renewal Requirements page for more information.

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How Do I Write a Thank You Note for My Institutional Scholarship?

Scholarships are made possible by generous donors. You may provide a statement of thanks to the donor who made your scholarship possible. The process is fast and easy to do on the WVU Foundation Thank You website.

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Will I Receive Scholarships if I am in an Online Program of Study?

WVU has programs that allow students to get their degree completely online. Incoming students for fall 2021 majoring in online programs of study are not eligible for institutional scholarships. Students beginning in on-campus majors in fall 2021 will lose their institutional scholarship eligibility if they switch to an online program of study at any point.

Students who are in traditional, on-campus programs who are taking one or more classes online are not in an online program of study. This refers only to students in a degree program offered by WVU Online.

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Am I Eligible for a Transfer Scholarship?

For initial consideration, students must be transferring into a WVU campus from another, outside institution. Current WVU students who change campus within the WVU System cannot gain a Transfer Scholarship. However, current students already receiving a Transfer Scholarship can continue to receive the scholarship while attending Morgantown, Keyser, or Beckley. Scholarship values differ depending on campus and will be adjusted as students change campuses within the WVU System. To receive a Transfer Scholarship, students must meet the minimum requirements and deadlines found on our Transfer Scholarships page.

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For international students receiving full sponsorship from a government, corporation, or any other agency, scholarships will not disburse to you. Instead, we bill your sponsor a discounted tuition amount, if applicable.

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PROMISE Scholarship for Residents of WV

See our PROMISE FAQs page.


Receiving Scholarships

Can WVU Scholarships be Used in Addition to Other Scholarships?

Please remember that financial aid cannot be more than the student's cost of attendance for financial aid purposes. If students have need-based financial aid (such as grants or a subsidized loan), those may be impacted by other "free money" such as scholarships. External scholarships can be used in addition to institutional scholarships as long as it doesn't put the student over their cost of attendance or impact their eligibility for need-based aid. The institution will defer to whatever will provide the best financial aid available to the student while following regulatory requirements. For example, if a student could be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship if a $2,000 grant is canceled - and there are rules preventing the student from receiving both - the grant will be canceled so the student can have as much free funding as allowable.

See below for information on "stacking" institutional, college, and/or PROMISE scholarships.

Institutional Scholarships

The following University scholarships may not be combined with each other:

  • Foundation Scholarship
  • Bucklew Scholarship
  • University Merit Scholarship
  • Scholarship of Distinction
  • Distinguished Achievement Scholarship
  • Go First Scholarship
  • Building Toward Success Scholarship
  • G. Belmont Berry Scholarship
  • Berry Honor Scholarship
  • Governor’s Honors Academy Scholarship
  • Transfer Scholarship
  • International Scholarship

If a student is eligible for more than one of these scholarships, or more than one level of a scholarship, the student will be offered the one scholarship with the highest dollar value. If the value of the Scholarship of Distinction and the Go First Scholarship is the same, the student will receive the Scholarship of Distinction. Students named as National Merit Finalists may use their WVU-sponsored National Merit Scholarship in addition to any other institutional scholarship for which the student qualifies.

Dean’s and Excellence Scholarships

WVU has agreed to partner with certain colleges on the Morgantown campus to offer additional scholarships within their academic programs. These are offered to students automatically based on their admissions application and include:

  • B&E Dean’s Scholarship
  • College of Media Dean’s Scholarship
  • Davis Dean’s Scholarship
  • Engineering Excellence Scholarship

These scholarships may not be combined with each other, but are in addition to other institutional scholarships. Dean’s and Excellence scholarships are offered based on a student’s primary major only. If a student is eligible for more than one level of a Dean’s or Excellence scholarship, they will be offered the one scholarship with the highest dollar value.

Departmental or College Scholarships

Students may also apply for departmental/college scholarships through their program of study. Students may find information about these scholarships by visiting our Departmental or College Scholarships page.

PROMISE Scholarship for WV Residents

For using institutional scholarships in combination with the WV PROMISE Scholarship, see our PROMISE FAQs page.

Note: If you have aid that applies directly to a charge, you cannot have financial aid that exceeds that. For example, if you have aid programs - such as PROMISE and the HSTA Waiver - that must be paid directly to tuition and fees, the combined total of the two cannot exceed your tuition and fee charges.

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How do I receive the RaiseMe Money I Earned During High School?

The Building Toward Success Scholarship is offered to incoming freshmen based on their accomplishments reported through the RaiseMe program. More information about RaiseMe may be found on the WVU Undergraduate Admissions RaiseMe website.

The Building Toward Success Scholarship will be upgraded to the Scholarship of Distinction or the Go First Scholarship if students improve their high school GPA and/or test scores to meet those requirements. You will not be offered the Building Towards Success Scholarship in addition to the Scholarship of Distinction or the Go First Scholarship.

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When Do Institutional Scholarship Offers Begin?

Institutional scholarship offers for incoming students (first-time freshmen, transfer, and international) usually begin by December for the following academic year.

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What if I am Eligible for the Same Amounts for the Go First Scholarship and the Scholarship of Distinction?

If upon initial review of scholarship eligibility, the student is eligible for the same amount in the Go First Scholarship and the Scholarship of Distinction, Scholarship of Distinction will be offered. If new test scores or GPA information is received, the student's scholarship offer will only be adjusted if the new information makes them eligible for an increased award. That adjustment could include changing the offered scholarship from the Go First Scholarship to the Scholarship of Distinction or vice versa.

When and What Steps Do I Take to Accept Offers?

After you receive your aid and/or scholarship offer, you will need to accept or decline your aid. Accepting aid is not a commitment to attend WVU, and you can always decline previously accepted aid later! See our Accept or Decline Aid page for instructions.

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Is my Institutional Scholarship Offer for the Full Year?

Your scholarship offer is for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. This means that your disbursement of money will occur in increments of 50% for the fall semester and 50% for the spring semester.

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Does Accepting a Scholarship Mean I've Committed to Attend WVU?

Accepting aid is not a commitment to attend WVU, and you can always decline previously accepted aid later! See our Accept or Decline Aid page for instructions.

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What Happens to my Scholarship if I Change Campuses within the WVU System?

Morgantown, Beckley, and Keyser each have their own scholarship values that differ based on the campus. For scholarships that are portable to the other WVU campuses, the amounts will be adjusted based on the amounts for that campus.

Portable scholarships include:

  • Scholarship of Distinction
  • Go First Scholarship
  • Transfer Scholarship
  • Leadership Scholarship
  • Building Toward Success Scholarship

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What if I Have a Dean’s Scholarship and I Change my Major?

WVU has agreed to partner with certain colleges on the Morgantown campus to offer additional scholarships within their academic programs. Dean’s scholarships require you to remain within a major offered by that college. Dean’s scholarship colleges include:

  • Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resource and Design
  • Chambers College of Business and Economics
  • Reed College of Media

For students who entered in the Fall 2018 semester or later, if you change your major to another college listed above, you may be awarded a similar scholarship in that college. If you change your major to a college not listed above, the Dean’s scholarship will be canceled.

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What if I Have an Engineering Excellence Scholarship and I Change my Major?

The Engineering Excellence Scholarship requires you to remain in an academic major offered by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources on the Morgantown campus. If you change your major to something outside of the Statler College, your Engineering Excellence Scholarship will be canceled.

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What Happens to My Institutional Scholarship if I am a Non-Resident but Then I Receive In-State Tuition Rates?

If you qualify for residency reclassification after a scholarship offer has been made - or you are switched from paying non-resident to resident tuition and fees - the original aid offer will no longer be valid. The change in tuition and fees is a big reduction in your educational costs. You will be re-evaluated to determine aid eligibility.

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Maintaining Scholarships

See our Renewal Requirements for information on maintaining scholarships from one aid year to the next, including enrollment requirements for disbursement, minimum earned credit hour and GPA requirements, deferment, leave of absence, impact of repeated coursework or withdrawing, and appeal options.

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Other Financial Aid and Institutional Scholarships

I've Been Offered Scholarships. Do I Still Need to Submit a FAFSA?

The short answer is that you probably should. You never know what else you may be eligible to receive! Also, some state, institutional, and/or external scholarships or grants may require a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Submit your FAFSA via the myStudentAid app or on the Federal Student Aid website.

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Can Other Financial Aid Impact my Institutional Scholarship?

Maybe! Please remember that financial aid cannot be more than the student's cost of attendance for financial aid purposes. If students have need-based financial aid (such as grants or a subsidized loan), those may be impacted by other "free money" such as scholarships. External scholarships can be used in addition to institutional scholarships as long as it doesn't put the student over their cost of attendance or impact their eligibility for need-based aid.

The institution will defer to whatever will provide the best financial aid available to the student while following regulatory requirements. For example, if a student could be eligible for a $3,000 scholarship if a $2,000 grant is canceled - and there are rules preventing the student from receiving both - the grant will be canceled so the student can have as much free funding as allowable.

See Can WVU scholarships be used in addition to other scholarships? above for information on "stacking" institutional and college scholarships.

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Are There Other Scholarships Available Outside of Institutional Scholarships?

Yes! There are multiple scholarships - from your department, external resources, for dependents of employees, and more. See our Scholarships page for options.

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Summer School

Can I Use my Institutional Scholarship or PROMISE for Summer School?

In most cases, merit awards offered by the institution are not available for summer sessions - although there are a few exceptions.

  • Students who are graduating early may request to use their scholarships in the summer if they are graduating in the current summer or upcoming fall semester and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
  • Students in majors that are structured as 3-year bachelor’s degree programs may request to use their scholarships in summers they will be enrolled full-time. This does not include students attempting to graduate early by optionally taking summer classes.
  • Students meeting these criteria who wish to utilize a semester of their scholarship in summer must submit the "Institutional Scholarship Exception Request Form" available under the Forms section of our website for review at least three weeks prior to the start of the summer session. Requests are reviewed on an individual basis, and approval is not guaranteed.

PROMISE scholars may be able to use PROMISE for summer if renewal requirements have been met as of the end of the spring semester. Visit our Summer PROMISE page for more information.

For more on overall summer financial aid, visit the Summer Financial Aid section of our website.

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