Scholarships for West Virginia 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, except the G. Belmont Berry, Bucklew, and Foundation. To receive priority consideration, please complete the admissions process to WVU by February 1 of your senior year in high school. This includes submitting your completed undergraduate admission application along with your high school transcript and your ACT/SAT test scores. If funding is available, students applying after the priority deadline may receive scholarship consideration. Please review all deadlines for the various scholarships carefully.

Please note that the scholarship deadline has been extended for most scholarships listed on this web site. Students now must be ADMITTED to WVU by Friday, April 21, 2017, in order to be reviewed for merit scholarship consideration. Students wishing to apply for the Bucklew & Foundation Scholarships have earlier deadline dates which are not flexible.

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.

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 test, first given in March 2016. New SAT test score requirements are indicated after the old SAT requirements listed below.

Foundation Scholarship

Value

Covers cost of attendance as determined by the Office of Financial Aid for four undergraduate years, plus a one-time $4,500 stipend for study abroad/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 and an ACT of 30, or SAT of 1340/New SAT of 1400. 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

Have all application materials, including your high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores, in at the Office of Admissions by Friday, January 6, 2017. 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 6, 2017. 5 students are awarded annually.

Bucklew Scholarship

Value

$8,000/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. 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

Have all application materials, including your high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores, in at the Office of Admissions by Friday, January 6, 2017. 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 6, 2017. 20 students are awarded annually

University Merit Scholarship

Value

$7,000/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 Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 1

Value

$4,000/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.

How to Apply

Must be admitted to WVU by April 21, 2017.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 2

Value

$3,000/yr. for four undergraduate years.

Criteria for Consideration

Minimum high school GPA of 3.50 and an ACT of 26, or SAT of 1190*/New SAT of 1260.

How to Apply

Must be Admitted to WVU by Friday, April 21, 2017.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 3

Value

$2,500/yr. for four undergraduate years.

Criteria for Consideration

Minimum high school GPA of 3.25 and an ACT of 24 or SAT of 1110*/New SAT of 1180.

How to Apply

Must be admitted to WVU by Friday, April 21, 2017.

Scholarship of Distinction Level 4

Value

$1,500/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.

How to Apply

Must be Admitted to WVU by Friday, April 21, 2017.

Governor’s Honors Academy Scholarship

Value

$1,500/yr. for four undergraduate years.

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

Must be admitted to WVU by Friday, April 21, 2017.

G. Belmont Berry Scholarship

Value

$1,500/yr. for four undergraduate years.

Criteria for Consideration

Minimum high school GPA of 3.25 and an ACT of 20 or 21, or SAT ranging from 950 to 1020/New SAT from 1030 to 1100. 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

Must be admitted to WVU by February 1, 2017. Submit the G. Belmont Berry Scholarship Application, which is mailed to students meeting listed criteria. Fifteen students are awarded annually.

*The older, pre-March 2016, 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 initial scholarship eligibility.
  • 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/subscore from all test information available to us. Please note that scores from the previous, pre-March 2016, version of the SAT and the new version will not be mixed to obtain a super score.
  • 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 these 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.
  • To retain renewable scholarships for subsequent years, all scholars are required to maintain specific cumulative grade point averages and to complete a minimum number of credits each year. View renewal requirements.
  • If you qualify for the West Virginia PROMISE scholarship, in most cases your WVU scholarship (except the Foundation Scholarship) will be awarded in addition to PROMISE.