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West Virginia State University Scholarships

West Virginia State University offers scholarships on the basis of academic merit, financial need, leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, or any combination of these items. To learn more about institutional scholarship opportunities, as well as external scholarship opportunities, please read below.
 

Announcements:

May 13, 2021 - The WVSU Foundation Scholarship application is open for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Once applications are submitted they will be reviewed for eligibility.

 


Beginning Fall 2020, West Virginia State University now offers the WVSU 1890 Scholarship. This Scholarship is for students majoring in the university's four agriculture-related degree programs: B.S. in Biology - Option in Plant and Soil Science; B.S. in Chemistry - Option in Applied Chemistry; B.S. in Business Administration - Concentration in Agribusiness; and B.A. in Economics - Concentration in Agricultural Economics.  More information regarding the degrees that qualify for the WVSU 1890 Scholarship can be found on the 1890 Scholarship webpage.

To apply, interested student can download ad complete the 1890 Scholarship Program Student Application.

Individuals who are providing recommendations for potential scholarship recipients should download and complete the 1890 Scholarship Program Application - Recommendation Packet. This document can be returned to the student to submit along with their application or can be sent separately to the addresses below.

Send completed application materials to 1890scholarship@wvstateu.edu or mail hard copies to:
 

West Virginia State University
Attn: 1890 Scholarship Committee
203 Dr. Hazo W. Carter Jr. IREB
P.O. Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112-1000

Email: 1890scholarship@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304) 204-4356

NOTE: This scholarship opportunity differs from the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program. See the "External Scholarships" tab on this page for more information about that opportunity.

WVSU Presidential Scholarship Guidelines
 
The Presidential Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship designed to recognize outstanding high school graduates.

This premier scholarship will be added to the student’s federal and state grants to cover full tuition, fees, and room and board.  The Presidential Scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years provided students maintain good standing with WVSU and meet the eligibility requirements.

The Presidential Scholarship Committee will consider applications and make recommendations to the President. The President will make final selections.

WVSU Presidential Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
  • Minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (4.0 scale)
  • Submit Presidential Scholarship Application with one letter of recommendation submitted by March 31
  • Complete and submit FAFSA form by March 31
  • Demonstrated involvement in co-curricular and service activities in high school and/or in the community
  • Enrollment in an academic degree program in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) or Healthcare Field preferred
WVSU Presidential Scholars Program Requirements
  • Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at the end of each semester.
  • Live on-campus in a university residence hall.
  • Assist with on-campus student recruitment initiatives.
  • Participate in an undergraduate research experience or other type of experiential learning activity each academic year.
  • Participate in at least one co-curricular activity on campus each semester such as student government, a student organization, an intercollegiate or club sport team, or a performing group.
  • Participate in a leadership and character development program event hosted by the President.
 
The on-line application is available at:
https://www.wvstateu.edu/forms/presidential-scholarship-application.aspx

Scholarships available through the West Virginia State University Foundation vary in amount and eligibility requirements. Individual scholarship opportunity descriptions and eligibility requirements can be viewed in the Scholarship Portal.

West Virginia State University Foundation Scholarship applicants must first meet the following eligibility requirements:
 
  • FAFSA must be completed and submitted
  • financial aid must be packaged
  • cannot be registered as an only-online student
  • must be a full-time student (i.e., must take at least 12 credit hours each semester)

Applying for West Virginia State University Foundation Scholarships is easy. Applicants need only go to the scholarship portal and log in with the first portion of their West Virginia State University email address (i.e., everything prior to @wvstateu.edu) and password. There is only one application to fill out. A completed application will be matched with pertinent scholarship opportunities.
 
YELLOW JACKET
Scholarship Limits and Eligibility
  1. To be eligible for institutional aid, students must meet enrollment, academic, and all criteria specified in the scholarship requirements. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, must be accepted, and confirm intent to enroll. Students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree granting program and in satisfactory academic standing.
  2. All institutional scholarships are subject to available funding. It is possible for a student to not receive an institutional scholarship, that they would have otherwise been eligible to receive, simply because the funding is unavailable. To retain the scholarship, students must meet semester academic requirements and maintain continued enrollment at full-time status.
  3. Institutional aid may cover tuition, room and board charges. The institutional scholarship will not cover the cost of textbooks, general fees, deferred payment plan fees, health services fees, academic support fees, graduation fees, applied music fees, etc.
  4. Institutional aid funds will not be issued as refund checks for students receiving only institutional aid or any other tuition, room, and board fee specific funds. Institutional aid will be reduced, as needed, to make sure overpayment/refund checks are not issued.
Award Criteria for the Yellow Jacket Scholarship
 In- State on Campus High School GPA ACT or SAT Score Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 20-24 or 1020-1199 $2200
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 25-27 or 1200-1699 $3300
Tier 3          3.8-4.0 28+ or 1700+ $5000
*Transfer students eligible for Tier 1 only. All Transfer Students must transfer in with 30 credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA.
 
Out of State on Campus
And
International
High School GPA ACT or SAT Score Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 20-24 or 1020-1199
TOEFL:80-89
$3000
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 25-27 or 1200-1699
TOEFL:90-99
$4500
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 28+ or 1700+
TOEFL:100+
$6000
*Transfer students eligible for Tier 1 only. All Transfer Students must transfer in with 30 credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
 
In- State off Campus High School GPA ACT or SAT Score Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 20-24 or 1020-1199 $1100
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 25-27 or 1200-1699 $2200
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 28+ or 1700+ $3000
*Transfer students eligible for Tier 1 only. All Transfer Students must transfer in with 30 credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
 
Out of State off Campus
And
International
High School GPA ACT or SAT Score Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 20-24 or 1020-1199
TOEFL:80-89
$2000
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 25-27 or 1200-1699
TOEFL:90-99
$3000
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 28+ or 1700+
TOEFL:100+
$4000
*Transfer students eligible for Tier 1 only. All Transfer Students must transfer in with 30 credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
 
 In- State on Campus High School GPA ACT or SAT Score Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 20-24 or 1020-1199 $2200
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 25-27 or 1200-1699 $3300
Tier 3          3.8-4.0 28+ or 1700+ $5000
*Transfer students eligible for Tier 1 only. All Transfer Students must transfer in with 30 credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
 
Out of State on Campus
And
International
High School GPA ACT or SAT Score Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 20-24 or 1020-1199
TOEFL:80-89
$3000
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 25-27 or 1200-1699
TOEFL:90-99
$4500
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 28+ or 1700+
TOEFL:100+
$6000
*Transfer students eligible for Tier 1 only. All Transfer Students must transfer in with 30 credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
 
In- State off Campus High School GPA ACT or SAT Score Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 20-24 or 1020-1199 $1100
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 25-27 or 1200-1699 $2200
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 28+ or 1700+ $3000
*Transfer students eligible for Tier 1 only. All Transfer Students must transfer in with 30 credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
 
Out of State off Campus
And
International
High School GPA ACT or SAT Score Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 20-24 or 1020-1199
TOEFL:80-89
$2000
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 25-27 or 1200-1699
TOEFL:90-99
$3000
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 28+ or 1700+
TOEFL:100+
$4000
*Transfer students eligible for Tier 1 only. All Transfer Students must transfer in with 30 credit hours and 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
 
Renewal Requirements
The scholarship is awarded for 8 consecutive semesters, and an annual review will be done by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Students must successfully complete 24 credit hours during fall/spring semesters; however, hours completed in the summer may be included towards the total completed hours if needed. Students are required to maintain an institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher. No Appeals will be granted to students who do not maintain the GPA or course completion requirements. Semester breaks from enrollment will result in a loss of scholarship eligibility.

 

Here you will find an ever-evolving list of links to scholarship-awarding organizations, scholarship finders and databases, individual scholarship opportunities, and scholarship and financial aid advice. Please note that these third-party sites are not maintained by West Virginia State University.


Scholarship-Awarding Organizations

Beckley Area Foundation
College Foundation of West Virginia
Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation
Hinton Area Foundation
Mensa Foundation
Mollohan Foundation
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
UNCF
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA 1890 National Scholars Program - This program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor's degree. Contact WVSU's USDA Liaison Allison Johnson at allison.johnson@usda.gov or (202) 302-7255 to learn more.

 

Scholarship Finders and Databases

CareerOneStop
CollegeScholarships
FastWeb
Free-4U.com
TFS Scholarships
UNIGO

 

Individual Scholarships

Benjy Grinberg Scholarship
Bridge of Hope Scholarship
Hazel Ruby McQuain Graduate Scholarship
Nextiva 
PROMISE Scholarship
 

Scholarship and Financial Aid Advice

Chamber of Commerce
College Foundation of West Virginia
CollegeBoard
Study.com's Becas Universitarias para Estudiantes Hispanos y Latinos
Study.com's College Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
Study.com's College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
Study.com's College Scholarships for Minority Students
Study.com's 2021 College Scholarships for Women
Study.com's Guide to College Scholarships & Financial Aid for Black Students
Study.com's Guide to Financial Aid and Scholarships for Veterans
Study.com's 2021 Guide to Teaching and Education Scholarships
Study.com's Scholarship Guide for Nursing Students
Study.com's Ultimate Guide to Financial Aid and FAFSA for College Students

Contact information:
scholarships@wvstateu.edu
(304) 204-4369
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