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Freshman Scholarships for Residents of West Virginia

Current scholarship information and values pertain to incoming freshmen for fall 2020 and is not retroactive to previous classes or currently enrolled students. Students entering WVU prior to the fall 2020 semester may have been offered different scholarships and/or amounts. Future students may also have different criteria or values.

For consideration, students must be admitted by the deadlines listed for each scholarship. Please review all deadlines carefully.

West Virginia University awards numerous academic scholarships to incoming freshmen. Please note that West Virginia students may also be eligible for the PROMISE Scholarship, which is offered 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.

Automatic Consideration Based on Admission

Separate Application Required


Top Facts

  1. Scholarships offers are made on an ongoing basis beginning approximately by December for the upcoming academic year.
  2. Scholarship amounts may be affected if students are receiving additional financial aid or assistance. See our  Scholarship FAQs page for information on receiving multiple scholarships and/or aid.
  3. You may also qualify for other financial resources to assist 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 1.

See our Scholarship FAQs for information on applying for scholarships, scholarship offers, summer, and more. See our Renewal Requirements page for information that institutional scholarship/grant recipients need to know about maintaining their scholarship for future academic years as well as deferral and leave of absence information.

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Scholarship of Distinction

Scholarship of Distinction Level 1

Value of Scholarship

Students initially offered this scholarship for Fall 2020 or later may receive this scholarship while attending WVU at Morgantown, Keyser, or Beckley. Scholarship values differ depending on the campus and will be adjusted accordingly as students change campuses within the WVU system.

The following amounts are per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

  • Morgantown: $4,000
  • Beckley: $3,500
  • Keyser: $3,000

The following amounts are per year for up to two undergraduate years or completion of an associate degree – whichever comes first.

  • Keyser: $2,000

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to WVU by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 2

Value of Scholarship

Students initially offered this scholarship for Fall 2020 or later may receive this scholarship while attending WVU at Morgantown, Keyser, or Beckley. Scholarship values differ depending on the campus and will be adjusted accordingly as students change campuses within the WVU system.

The following amounts are per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

  • Morgantown: $3,500
  • Beckley: $3,000
  • Keyser: $2,000

The following amounts are per year for up to two undergraduate years or completion of an associate degree – whichever comes first.

  • Keyser: $1,750

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to WVU by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 3

Value of Scholarship

Students initially offered this scholarship for Fall 2020 or later may receive this scholarship while attending WVU at Morgantown, Keyser, or Beckley. Scholarship values differ depending on the campus and will be adjusted accordingly as students change campuses within the WVU system.

The following amounts are per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

  • Morgantown: $2,500
  • Beckley: $2,000
  • Keyser: $1,500

The following amounts are per year for up to two undergraduate years or completion of an associate degree – whichever comes first.

  • Keyser: $1,000

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to WVU by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 4

Value of Scholarship

Students initially offered this scholarship for Fall 2020 or later may receive this scholarship while attending WVU at Morgantown, Keyser, or Beckley. Scholarship values differ depending on the campus and will be adjusted accordingly as students change campuses within the WVU system.

The following amounts are per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

  • Morgantown: $1,500
  • Beckley: $1,200
  • Keyser: $1,000

The following amounts are per year for up to two undergraduate years or completion of an associate degree – whichever comes first.

  • Keyser: $750

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to WVU by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 5

Value of Scholarship

Students initially offered this scholarship for Fall 2020 or later may receive this scholarship while attending WVU at Morgantown, Keyser, or Beckley. Scholarship values differ depending on the campus and will be adjusted accordingly as students change campuses within the WVU system.

The following amounts are per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

  • Morgantown: $1,250
  • Beckley: $1,000
  • Keyser: $750

The following amounts are per year for up to two undergraduate years or completion of an associate degree – whichever comes first.

  • Keyser: $500

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to WVU by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Dean and Excellence Scholarships for Morgantown

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

Value of Scholarship

$2,000 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

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.

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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

Value of Scholarship

$1,500 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

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.

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Engineering Excellence Level 1 Scholarship

Value of Scholarship

$2,500 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Engineering Excellence Level 2 Scholarship

Value of Scholarship

$2,000 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

John Chambers College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholarship Level 1

Value of Scholarship

$2,000 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the College of Business and Economics.

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.

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

John Chambers College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholarship Level 2

Value of Scholarship

$1,500 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the College of Business and Economics.

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.

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Reed College of Media Dean’s Scholarship Level 1

Value of Scholarship

$2,000 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Reed College of Media.

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.

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Reed College of Media Dean’s Scholarship Level 2

Value of Scholarship

$1,500 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by March 1, 2020.

Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by July 15, 2020.

Eligibility

Students must stay within an academic major offered by the Reed College of Media.

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.

Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate scholarship eligibility.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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Separate Application Required for Morgantown

Bucklew Scholarship

Value of Scholarship

$10,000 per year for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by January 16, 2020.

Students eligible to apply will receive additional materials for completion starting in December 2019. The postmark and email deadline to submit the Bucklew and Foundation Scholarship Application is February 10, 2020. Twenty first-time freshmen are offered the scholarship annually.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for this scholarship students must:

  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.80
  • Have a minimum ACT test score of 31 or an SAT test score of 1390
  • Graduate from a West Virginia high school or have been home-schooled for at least their senior year in West Virginia
  • Be chosen by scholarship selection committee

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

Foundation Scholarship

Value of Scholarship

Covers cost of attendance as determined by Student Financial Support and Services for up to four undergraduate years or completion of a bachelor’s degree – whichever comes first, plus a one-time $4,500 stipend for study abroad or academic enhancement. Students receiving the PROMISE Scholarship will receive the Foundation Scholarship less the PROMISE Scholarship amount.

How to Apply & Deadlines

Must be admitted to the Morgantown campus by January 16, 2020.

Students eligible to apply will receive additional materials for completion starting in December 2019. The postmark and email deadline to submit the Bucklew and Foundation Scholarship Application is February 10, 2019. Five first-time freshmen are offered the scholarship annually.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for this scholarship students must:

  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.80
  • Have a minimum ACT test score of 31 or an SAT test score of 1390.
  • Graduate from a West Virginia high school or have been home-schooled for at least their senior year in West Virginia.
  • Be chosen by scholarship selection committee

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

PROMISE Scholarship

Value of Scholarship

Up to $4,750 per year for up to four undergraduate years. PROMISE cannot exceed the cost of tuition and fees not covered by other tuition-specific aid.

How to Apply & Deadlines

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

Eligibility

Please review the PROMISE website for scholarship criteria.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

University Merit Scholarship

Value of Scholarship

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.

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. To receive the scholarship at WVU, finalists must select WVU as their first choice.

Eligibility

Minimum high school GPA of 3.50. Awarded to students named National Merit or Achievement Finalists.

Renewal Information

Review renewal requirements for all scholarships.

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