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Freshman Scholarships for Residents of West Virginia

Current scholarship information pertains to incoming freshmen for fall 2019. It may not be applicable to prior or future freshmen classes.


West Virginia University awards numerous academic scholarships to incoming freshmen. West Virginia students may also be eligible for the PROMISE Scholarship, which is awarded by the State of West Virginia. Around 1,400 students in the current freshman class are PROMISE Scholars. More than 2,500 PROMISE scholars are also returning for their sophomore, junior, and senior years.

For consideration, students must complete the admissions process to WVU and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by the deadlines listed on the scholarships below.  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.

Amounts listed below for scholarships are effective starting from the incoming freshman class starting fall of 2019 and are not retroactive to previous classes or currently enrolled students.  Students entering WVU prior to the fall 2019 semester may have been awarded different amounts.  Please read the "Top Ten Important Facts" for other important clarifications.


Top Ten Important Facts 

  1. Scholarships are awarded on an ongoing basis beginning approximately November 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.  WVU will make no modifications to the cumulative GPA provided by the high school, either to weight a GPA or to add additional grading periods.  If both a weighted and non-weighted GPA are listed on a transcript, the highest will be used.  Updated official high school transcripts may be sent to the Office of Admissions, but must include a new cumulative GPA for scholarship consideration.
  4. The SAT scores for scholarship consideration are based on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score (out of 1600 possible).  This is the format used by SAT starting in March 2016.
  5. 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 for the incoming freshman class starting fall 2019 and are not retroactive to previous classes or currently enrolled students.  Students entering WVU prior to the fall 2019 semester may have been awarded different scholarships and/or different amounts.
  7. Scholarship amounts may be affected if students are receiving additional financial aid or assistance.
  8. The following University scholarships may not be combined with each other:  Foundation, Bucklew, University Merit, all levels of the Scholarship of Distinction.   If a student is eligible for more than one of these scholarships, the student will be awarded the one 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.

    The following College scholarships may not be combined with each other: College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholarships, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Dean’s Scholarships, Engineering Excellence Scholarships, and Reed College of Media Dean’s Scholarships.  College scholarships are awarded based on a student’s primary major only.  If a student is eligible for more than one level of a College scholarship, they will be awarded the one scholarship with the highest dollar value.
  9. If you qualify for the West Virginia PROMISE scholarship, in most cases your institutional scholarship (except for the Foundation Scholarship) will be awarded in addition to PROMISE as long as your cost of attendance allows.
  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.  To receive a complete financial aid and scholarship offer from WVU as quickly as possible, we encourage students to file the FAFSA when it becomes available on October 1st.


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Freshman Scholarships for 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. Please note that no separate application is needed for most of these scholarships (unless otherwise noted in the scholarship information). 

Information used with the calculator.
ACT Composite SAT EBRW and Math
Name GPA Minimum Maximum Minimum Maximum
Bucklew Scholarship 3.80 31 - 1390 -
College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholarship Level 1 See scholarship chart for criteria.
College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholarship Level 2 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Dean’s Scholarship Level 1 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Dean’s Scholarship Level 2 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Engineering Excellence Level 1 Scholarship See scholarship chart for criteria.
Engineering Excellence Level 2 Scholarship See scholarship chart for criteria.
Foundation Scholarship 3.80 31 - 1390 -
PROMISE Scholarship 3.00 22 - 1100 -
Reed College of Media Dean’s Scholarship Level 1 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Reed College of Media Dean’s Scholarship Level 2 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Scholarship of Distinction Level 1 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Scholarship of Distinction Level 2 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Scholarship of Distinction Level 3 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Scholarship of Distinction Level 4 See scholarship chart for criteria.
Scholarship of Distinction Level 5 See scholarship chart for criteria.
University Merit Scholarship 3.50 - - - -
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Bucklew Scholarship
Value

$10,000 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor’s degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Minimum high school GPA of 3.80 along with an ACT test score of 31 or an SAT test score of 1390. Chosen by Scholarship Selection Committee. Selected students must graduate from a West Virginia high school or have been home-schooled for at least their senior year in West Virginia.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Have all application materials, including your high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores, in at the Office of Admissions by January 16, 2019. Students eligible to apply will receive additional materials for completion after receiving their Scholarship of Distinction Award letters. The postmark and email deadline to submit the Bucklew and Foundation Scholarship Application is February 10, 2019. Twenty students are awarded annually.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholarship Level 1
Value

$2,000 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the College of Business and Economics. See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

Students initially awarded this scholarship for Fall 2018 or later may be eligible for a similar scholarship should they change their major into the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design or the Reed College of Media.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholarship Level 2
Value

$1,500 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the College of Business and Economics. See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

Students initially awarded this scholarship for Fall 2018 or later may be eligible for a similar scholarship should they change their major into the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design or the Reed College of Media.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Dean’s Scholarship Level 1
Value

$2,000 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

Students initially awarded this scholarship for Fall 2018 or later may be eligible for a similar scholarship should they change their major into the College of Business and Economics or the Reed College of Media.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Dean’s Scholarship Level 2
Value

$1,500 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

Students initially awarded this scholarship for Fall 2018 or later may be eligible for a similar scholarship should they change their major into the College of Business and Economics or the Reed College of Media.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Engineering Excellence Level 1 Scholarship
Value

$2,500 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria. A minimum ACT Math: 32 or SAT Math: 720 is also required.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Engineering Excellence Level 2 Scholarship
Value

$2,000 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria. A minimum ACT Math: 29 or SAT Math: 680 is also required.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Foundation Scholarship
Value

Covers cost of attendance as determined by the Office of Financial Aid for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first, plus a one-time $4,500 stipend for study abroad or academic enhancement. Students receiving the State PROMISE Scholarship will receive the Foundation Scholarship less the PROMISE Scholarship amount.

Criteria for Consideration

Minimum high school GPA of 3.80 along with an ACT test score of 31 or an SAT test score of 1390. Chosen by Scholarship Selection Committee. Selected students must graduate from a West Virginia high school or have been home-schooled for at least their senior year in West Virginia.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Have all application materials, including your high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores, in at the Office of Admissions by January 16, 2019. Students eligible to apply will receive additional materials for completion after receiving their Scholarship of Distinction Award letters. The postmark and email deadline to submit the Bucklew and Foundation Scholarship Application is February 10, 2019. Five students are awarded annually.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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PROMISE Scholarship
Value

$4,750 per year for four undergraduate years.

Criteria for Consideration

Please review the PROMISE website for scholarship criteria.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Please review the PROMISE website for how to apply for the scholarship.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Reed College of Media Dean’s Scholarship Level 1
Value

$2,000 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Reed College of Media. See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

Students initially awarded this scholarship for Fall 2018 or later may be eligible for a similar scholarship should they change their major into the College of Business and Economics or the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Reed College of Media Dean’s Scholarship Level 2
Value

$1,500 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Reed College of Media. See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

Students initially awarded this scholarship for Fall 2018 or later may be eligible for a similar scholarship should they change their major into the College of Business and Economics or the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 1
Value

$4,000 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 2
Value

$3,500 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 3
Value

$2,500 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 4
Value

$1,500 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 5
Value

$1,250 per year for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first.

Criteria for Consideration

See scholarship chart for GPA and test score criteria.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2019.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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University Merit Scholarship
Value

This scholarship is valued at university tuition for four undergraduate years or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first, plus a one-time $3,500 stipend for study abroad or 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

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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