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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.


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 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

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:

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 and password. There is only one application to fill out. A completed application will be matched with pertinent scholarship opportunities.
Beginning in Fall 2021, the Yellow Jacket Scholarship may be offered to incoming students who meet the following criteria:
  • are full-time students (i.e., taking at least 12 credit hours a semester)
  • are degree seeking
  • have at least a 3.0 high school GPA

Award Tier  High School GPA Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 $2,200
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 $3,300
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 $5,000
 Award Tier   High School GPA Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 $1,100
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 $2,200
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 $3,000
 Award Tier   High School GPA Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 $3,000
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 $4,500
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 $6,000
 Award Tier   High School GPA Award Amount
Tier 1 3.0-3.4 $2,000
Tier 2 3.5-3.7 $3,000
Tier 3 3.8-4.0 $4,000
Transfer students are eligible only for Tier 1.

The deadline to complete the Scholarship Acceptance form is June 1st.

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
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 or (202) 302-7255 to learn more.


Scholarship Finders and Databases

TFS Scholarships


Individual Scholarships

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

Scholarship and Financial Aid Advice

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

Contact information:
(304) 204-4369
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