Scholarships for Non-Residents

WVU awards numerous academic scholarships to incoming freshmen. Please refer to the chart below for the specific requirements. No separate application is required to be considered for any of these scholarships. To receive priority consideration, please complete the admissions process to WVU by February 1 of your senior year. This includes submitting your completed undergraduate admission application along with your high school transcript and your ACT/SAT scores. If funding is available, students applying after the priority deadline may receive scholarship consideration. Please carefully review all deadlines for the various scholarships. Amounts listed below under the “Value” column are effective for the incoming freshmen class of 2016 and are not retroactive to previous classes. Students entering WVU prior to the fall 2016 semester may have been awarded different amounts than shown below.

If students subsequently become eligible for in-state tuition rates, their scholarship offer will either be removed or adjusted accordingly.

Please refer to the “How to Apply” section for each scholarship below to get additional information.

*Note that SAT scores have been adjusted to reflect test results from the new SAT, first given in March, 2016. New SAT test score requirements are indicated after the old SAT requirements listed below.*

University Merit

Value

$21,000/yr. for four undergraduate years, plus a one-time $3,500 stipend for study abroad/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

Take the PSAT/NMSQT test as a junior in high school and be named a National Merit or Achievement Semi-Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 1

Value

$14,000/yr. for four undergraduate years.

Criteria for Consideration

Minimum high school GPA of 3.80, and an ACT of 30, or SAT of 1340*/New SAT of 1400. Non-Resident students receiving this level of scholarship who are assessed in-state tuition rates through programs such as the Academic Common Market and Ohio Tuition Reciprocity program will have the Scholarship of Distinction replaced with the Distinguished Achievement Scholarship, valued at $3,000 per year.

How to Apply

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2017.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 2

Value

$8,000/yr. for four undergraduate years.

Criteria for Consideration

Minimum high school GPA of 3.50, and an ACT of 27, or SAT of 1220**/New SAT of 1290. Non-Resident students receiving this level of scholarship who are assessed in-state tuition rates through programs such as the Academic Common Market and Ohio Tuition Reciprocity program will have this scholarship removed from their financial aid award.

How to Apply

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2017.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 3

Value

$6,000/yr. for four undergraduate years.

Criteria for Consideration

Minimum high school GPA of 3.00, and an ACT of 22, or SAT of 1030**/New SAT of 1110. Non-Resident students receiving this level of scholarship who are assessed in-state tuition rates through programs such as the Academic Common Market and Ohio Tuition Reciprocity program will have this scholarship removed from their financial aid award.

How to Apply

Complete admissions process by February 1, 2017.

**The old version of the SAT totals are based on the Critical Reading score plus Math score. The new version of the SAT totals are based on the Evidence-based Reading & Writing score plus Math score

  • Scholarships are awarded on an ongoing basis beginning approximately October 1.
  • Scholarships listed may be used only at WVU-Morgantown.
  • Grade point average (GPA) is based on information received from a student’s high school transcript. The most recent cumulative GPA on the transcript at the time of application is used when determining admissions to the University and scholarship eligibility. Neither the Office of Admissions nor the Undergraduate Scholarship Office recalculates GPAs for scholarship consideration after the initial application for admission.
  • Effective with the incoming freshman class of 2015, WVU uses “Super Scores” for scholarship awarding, 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 from all test information available to us. Please note scores from the previous version of the SAT and the new version, first given in March 2016. will not be mixed to obtain a super score..
  • Non-Resident students who are assessed in-state tuition and fee rates will have their original scholarship offer removed. Only those students who have been offered the Scholarship of Distinction Level 1 will be eligible for additional scholarship review. Two common ways for the tuition and fee rates to change are due to the Academic Common Market and Tuition Reciprocity programs, though others may exist. Students who leave the Academic Common Market or Tuition Reciprocity programs are eligible to reclaim their original scholarship they were awarded, provided they have met the renewal criteria for that award.
  • Scholarship amounts may be affected if students are receiving need-based aid from State or Federal programs.
  • Please note: If a student is eligible for more than one scholarship from the WVU Scholars Program, 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 WVU scholarship for which the student qualifies.
  • In addition to these scholarships, you may also qualify for other financial resources to assist you with your college expenses. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1, 2017 will assure you of consideration for theses resources. The FAFSA may not be filed until October 1, 2016, but you can visit our Net Price Calculator at financialaid.wvu.edu to obtain a quick assessment of your financial aid eligibility.