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Freshman Scholarships for Residents of West Virginia

Current scholarship information pertains to incoming freshmen for fall 2018. 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 2018 and are not retroactive to previous classes or currently enrolled students.  Students entering WVU prior to the fall 2018 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.
  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 freshman class starting fall 2018 and are not retroactive to previous classes or currently enrolled students.  Students entering WVU prior to the fall 2018 semester may have been awarded different amounts.
  7. Scholarship amounts may be affected if students are receiving additional financial aid or assistance.
  8. 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.
  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.


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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).

  • Foundation Scholarship
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.80 and
    • Test Score:
      • 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)
  • Bucklew Scholarship
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.80 and
    • Test Score:
      • 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)
  • University Merit Scholarship
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.50 and
    • Student must be named a National Merit or Achievement Finalist
  • Scholarship of Distinction Level 1
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.80 and
    • Test Score:
      • 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)
  • Scholarship of Distinction Level 2
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.50 and
    • Test Score:
      • ACT of 26 or  
      • new SAT of 1260  (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or 
      • old SAT of 1190  (Critical Reading score plus Math score only)
  • Scholarship of Distinction Level 3
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.25 and
    • Test Score
      • ACT of 24 or  
      • new SAT of 1180  (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or 
      • old SAT of 1110  (Critical Reading score plus Math score only)
  • Scholarship of Distinction Level 4
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.00 and
    • Test Score:
      • 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)
  • Other Scholarships of Distinction
    • Based on various criteria, including, but not limited to, performance in specific academic areas, high school curriculum, and other academic success factors.
  • Governor's Honors Academy Scholarship
    • Must have attended the Governor's Honors Academy and
    • Must not be receiving another scholarship of less, equal or higher value from WVU
  • G. Belmont Berry Scholarship
    • Minimum high school GPA of 3.00 and
    • Test Score:
      • ACT of 20 or 21 or  
      • new SAT ranging from 1030 to 1100  (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or 
      • old SAT ranging from 950 to 1020  (Critical Reading score plus Math score only)

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Foundation Scholarship
Value

Covers cost of attendance as determined by Student Financial Support and Services, less any other gift aid the student is receiving from the University or other outside agencies (including private, State, and Federal programs).  The scholarship is renewable for up to four undergraduate years (or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first).  Students also receive a one-time $4,500 stipend for study abroad or an academic enrichment program, which must be approved by the Dean of the University Honors College.

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). Chosen by Scholarship Selection Committee. Selected from students receiving the Bucklew Scholarship who graduate from a West Virginia high school or who 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 to the Office of Admissions and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by January 16, 2018. Students eligible to apply will receive additional materials for completion around one week after receiving their Scholarship of Distinction Level 1 award letters. The postmark and email deadline to submit the Bucklew & Foundation Scholarship Application is February 10, 2018.  Five students are awarded annually.

Renewal Information

To maintain eligibility, you must have an overall GPA of at least 3.20 after each academic year.  Scholars must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

This scholarship also requires 20 hours of approved University Service per 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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our Renewal Requirements page.

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Bucklew Scholarship (Neil S. 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 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).  Chosen by Scholarship Selection Committee. Selected from students receiving a Scholarship of Distinction Level 1 who graduate from a West Virginia high school or who 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 to the Office of Admissions and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by January 16, 2018 . Students eligible to apply will receive additional materials for completion around one week after receiving their Scholarship of Distinction Level 1 award letters. The postmark and email deadline to submit the Bucklew & Foundation Scholarship Application is February 10, 2018. Twenty students are awarded annually.
Renewal Information

To maintain eligibility, you must have an overall GPA of at least 3.20 after each academic year. Scholars must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

This scholarship also requires 20 hours of approved University Service per 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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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University Merit Scholarship
Value

University tuition (estimated $7,656 for 2018-19) 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. Note: The scholarship does not cover School or College-specific tuition or University fees.

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. Students must select WVU as their first college of choice by National Merit's deadline of May 1. Students who indicate to National Merit that they are undecided on or before May 1 have until May 31 to select their first choice. More information can be found on the National Merit website.

Renewal Information

To maintain eligibility, you must have an overall GPA of at least 3.20 after each academic year.  Scholars must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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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
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).
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by July 1, 2018.  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 must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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Scholarship of Distinction Level 2
Value

$3,000 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 26 or new SAT of 1260 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or old SAT of 1190 (Critical Reading score plus Math score only).
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by July 1, 2018. 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 must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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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
Minimum high school GPA of 3.25 and ACT of 24 or new SAT of 1180 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or old SAT of 1110 (Critical Reading score plus Math score only).
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by July 1, 2018. 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 must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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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
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).
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by July 1, 2018. 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 must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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Other Scholarships of Distinction
Value

Amounts vary and are awarded for the year (fall and spring semesters) for four undergraduate years (or a bachelor's degree - whichever comes first)

Criteria for Consideration
Other Scholarships of Distinction are offered based on various criteria.  Performance in specific academic areas, high school curriculum, and other academic success factors are considered in the review.
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by July 1, 2018. 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 must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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Governor's Honors Academy Scholarship
Value

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

Criteria for Consideration
Must have attended the Governor's Honors Academy and not be receiving another scholarship of equal or higher value from WVU.
How to Apply & Deadlines

Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by May 1, 2018. 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 must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year.  Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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G. Belmont Berry Scholarship
Value

$1,500 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 20 or 21 or new SAT ranging from 1030 to 1100 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score plus Math score only)  or old SAT ranging from 950 to 1020 (Critical Reading score plus Math score only).  Must graduate from a West Virginia high school or have been home-schooled for at least the senior year in West Virginia.
How to Apply & Deadlines
Must complete the admissions process and be admitted to the Morgantown campus by February 1, 2018. Submit the G. Belmont Berry Scholarship Application, which is mailed to students who meet the listed criteria for consideration. Fifteen students are awarded annually.
Renewal Information

To maintain eligibility, you must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 after each academic year.  Scholars must 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 have deferred their scholarship for one semester - may be reviewed against a 15 earned credit hour requirement for that academic year. Starting with the next academic year, they will return to the normal requirement of 30 credit hours listed above.

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.  Renewal requirements can be found under our  Renewal Requirements page.

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