Many West Virginia students contemplate whether they can afford to attend college. Given the rising costs of education, there are many West Virginia scholarships that are available to help students fund their college degree. Some of these awards are open exclusively to residents to WV while others are available to students who come from another state to study at a WV institution. Check out the list below to see some ideas of WV scholarships:
West Virginia University’s University Merit Scholarship: This award is open to non-resident students who hold at least a 3.5 high school grade point average. The award covers $21,000 over a four-year period and also provides an enhancement award worth $3,500 to enable students to study abroad. Students must have been names a National Merit winner or finalist in order to receive the award. Additional information and application instructions can be found here: http://undergradscholarships.wvu.edu/freshman/non-resident.
Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program: this award is geared towards WV residents who plan to become teachers. The award provides up to $5,000 each year to help aspiring teachers pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree. In order to receive the award, recipients must agree to serve at a public school (pre-school though high school levels) in WV. For every year of award money that is accepted, students incur a two year teaching requirement. Students who fail to complete their service, must repay the scholarship with interest. Additional information about the application process can be found here: https://www.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/Scholarships_and_Grants/Underwood_Smith_Teacher_Scholarship_Program.aspx.
Higher Education Adult Part-Time Student Grant Program: this scholarship was created to support financially needy students in their quest to complete a college degree. In order to be eligible, students must be residents of both WV and the U.S. The student must demonstrate financial need, which is determined from their FAFSA application. Students may not have an arrest record and must hold a high school diploma. This award is open to students pursing a degree at a junior or four-year year college. The exact amount of the award varies by individual student and is influenced by a number of factors, such as the availability of funds, the amount of tuition charged by the student’s institution, and the student’s financial situation. Additional information about the criteria and application process for this scholarship can be found at the following website: https://www.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/Scholarships_and_Grants/WV_HEAPS_Grant.aspx.
West Virginia Higher Education Grant: This award is geared towards students from WV who demonstrate high levels of financial need. In order to be considered for this award students must be residents of both WV and the U.S. Students must show financial need as demonstrated through their FAFSA application and must not have previously earned a B.A. degree. Students are required to hold a high school diploma and to attend one of the eligible universities in PA or WV. The exact amount of the award varies, but it is currently capped at $2,600 per year. Additional information about the award can be found at this link: https://www.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/Scholarships_and_Grants/West_Virginia_Higher_Education_Grant.aspx.