Scholarships

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*NEW* Deadline for acceptance to WLU for scholarship consideration is now June 15. 

A student must be accepted by June 15 (transfers and first-time freshman) to be eligible for an academic scholarship for the fall semester.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic competence and/or special abilities. Many of our scholarships are awarded by the Director of Financial Aid to incoming freshmen on the basis of the ACT or SAT scores and high school grade point averages. Additionally, some scholarships are awarded by various college departments on the basis of student’s majors and/or special abilities. More detailed information on each of the following scholarships may be obtained through the contact person listed.

The scholarship amounts listed are the "minimum" amounts.

WEST LIBERTY UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The West Liberty University Scholars Program was established to attract top academic students. Students entering as a first-time freshman may qualify for one of three designations within the Scholars Program. In addition to receiving a four-year academic scholarship, students receive other benefits under this program.

  • Elbin Scholars

    Elbin Scholars who have a 4.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and 30 ACT composite score (1330 SAT combined critical reading/math) will be awarded a full scholarship equivalent to tuition, most fees and room & board.   For WV residents, the full scholarship amount would include the WV PROMISE Scholarship.

     

    Students accepted for admission with at least a 3.75 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and at least an ACT composite score of 27 (1220 SAT combined critical reading/math) are designated as Elbin Scholars. The Elbin Scholar designation is the highest scholar designation, and is named in honor of Dr. Paul N. Elbin, who was President of the College for 35 years. Students admitted as Elbin Scholars receive:

     

    A minimum four-year academic scholarship offer of $4,000 per year (in addition to the PROMISE scholarship, which covers full tuition and fees) for West Virginia residents and $12,000 for non-residents.

     

    Students with a 4.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale) and 30 ACT composite score (1330 SAT CR/Math score) will receive a full scholarship equivalent to tuition & most fees and room & board.  For WV residents, the full scholarship would include:

     

    · The WV PROMISE Scholarship

    · General studies credit based on ACT sub scores of 27 (610) or higher

    · Priority scheduling

    · Opportunity to join the Honors College as a freshman

    · Transcript designation as an Elbin Scholar

    · Recognition at graduation as an Elbin Scholar

     

    To maintain participation in the program, an Elbin Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.50 cumulative grade point average.  Scholarships Renewal requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 as well as continued full time enrollment. A deficit cannot be made up by enrolling in summer courses.

  • Presidential Scholars

    Students accepted for admission with at least a 3.75 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score between 24-26 (1090-1210 SAT combined critical reading/math) are designated as Presidential Scholars. Students submitted as Presidential Scholars receive:

     

    · A minimum four-year academic scholarship offer of $3,000 per year

    · General studies credit based on ACT sub scores of 27 (610 SAT) or higher

    · Transcript designation as a Presidential Scholar

    · Recognition at graduation as a Presidential Scholar

     

    To maintain participation in the program, a Presidential Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.50 cumulative grade point average.  Scholarship renewal requires a  minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 as well as continued full time enrollment. A deficit cannot be made up by enrolling in summer courses.

  • Foundation Scholars

    Students accepted for admission with at least a 3.75 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite of 22-23 (1020-1080 SAT combined critical reading/math) are designated as FoundationScholars. Students admitted as Foundation Scholars receive:

     

    · A minimum four-year academic scholarship offer of $2,000 per year

    · General studies credit based on ACT sub scores of 27 (610 SAT) or higher

    · Transcript designation as a Foundation Scholar

    · Recognition at graduation as a Foundation Scholar

     

    To maintain participation in the program, a Foundation Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.50 cumulative grade point average.  Scholarship renewal requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 as well as continued full time enrollment. A deficit cannot be made up by enrolling in summer courses.

  • Promise Plus Scholarships

    Offered to any student enrolling as a first-time freshman at West Liberty, beginning with the Fall 2009 semester, who has been awarded the WV PROMISE Scholarship.  In addition to the PROMISE Scholarship, the student will receive a guaranteed $1000 a year for four years.  (If a student receives another institutional scholarship of at least $1000 for four years, he/she would not be eligible for the  PROMISE Plus Scholarship).

  • University Scholarship

    Offered to first-time transfer students (previous West Liberty Students not eligible) who have completed a minimum of 24 semester credit hours with a minimum grade point average of a 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale).  The scholarship will be $2000 per year renewable for up to three years, beginning with the Fall 2011 semester.

  • Black and Gold Scholarship

    Offered to any student enrolling as a first-time freshman at West Liberty beginning with the Fall 2009 semester.  $1000 renewable for four years. The Black and Gold Scholarship is guaranteed to entering first-time freshman with a minimum 3.5-3.74 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum ACT score of 22. 

First Time, Freshman Scholarships

Elbin - Full Ride

  • GPA (Based on 4.0 Scale): 4.00
  • Minimum ACT Score: 30 +
  • Minimum SAT Score: 1330 +
  • Yearly Amount: Full Tuition, Fees, Room and Board

Elbin

  • GPA (Based on 4.0 Scale): 3.75
  • Minimum ACT Score: 27 +
  • Minimum SAT Score: 1220 +
  • Yearly Amount: $4,000 In-state, $12,000 Out-of-State

Presidential Scholars

  • GPA (Based on 4.0 Scale): 3.75

  • Minimum ACT Score: 24 - 26
  • Minimum SAT Score: 1090 - 1210
  • Yearly Amount: $3,000

Foundation Scholars

  • GPA (Based on 4.0 Scale): 3.75

  • Minimum ACT Score: 22 - 23
  • Minimum SAT Score: 1020 - 1080
  • Yearly Amount: $2,000

All Institutional Scholarships

If you are receiving an Undergraduate Scholarship, it can only be applied towards tuition and fees.  It cannot be applied to any other charges.   It may be canceled or reduced if you receive any other tuition based award.

Academic Scholarships
  • Andrew and Linda Pasden College of Business Scholarship

    Four-year, $1,250 per year, scholarship awarded to one incoming freshman. Must be entering with a declared specialization within the College of Business Administration. Must have strong work ethic as indicated by work on a family farm or business, other extensive involvement with family commitments or by holding outside employment while in high school.  Selected by the Dean of the College of Business Administration.

  • Barnes and Noble Honors Academic Scholarship

    Four-year scholarship given to incoming freshmen with high academic abilities.  Typically awarded to a member of the Scholars Program. 

  • Fred D. Roth Accounting Scholarship

    One-year, $500 scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman with a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum composite score of 22 on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT. Must be entering with a declared major in Accounting. Residents of the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Belmont County, Ohio will be given preference for selection.  Selected by the Dean of the College of Business. 

  • Horne Family Honors Scholarship

    Four-year, $750 per year, scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman with a minimum high school grade point average of a 3.5 and who will graduate from Wheeling Park High School. Scholarship will be awarded every four years.  Selected by the Dean of the College of Business.   

  • Jeraldine Dailey Mathematics Scholarship

    One-year, non-renewable $500 scholarship given to one incoming freshman with high academic ability majoring in Mathematics or Mathematics Education.   Selected by the Department of Mathematics. 

  • John C. Shaw Scholarship

    Incoming freshman with high academic ability, four year $200 per year scholarship. West Virginia residents only. Typically awarded to a member of the Scholars Program.

  • Kenneth Harris Scholarship

    Four-year scholarship awarded to one incoming freshman with a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum composite score of 22 on the ACT or 1030 on the SAT. Student must be entering with a declared major in Science, Mathematics, Science Education or Math Education and preferably participate on at least one intercollegiate athletic team. Must be a WV resident. Scholarship will be awarded every four years.  Selected by the Department of Athletics and the Director of Financial Aid. 

  • Maria Cigalle-Sontag Endowed Scholarship

    Scholarship awarded to an incoming female freshman, who has a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum composite score of 20 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT. Student must be a full-time student majoring in Physical Education, Exercise Physiology or Health Education.  Selected by the Chair of the Physical Education Department. 

  • Mary K. Ahrens Scholarship

    Four-year honors scholarship awarded to one incoming freshman each year with high academic ability.  Typically awarded to member of the Scholars Program. 

  • McCarroll Family Trust Scholarship

    Applicant must have a college GPA no higher than 3.0, be pursuing a bachelor of science degree, not be receiving any other scholarship, and be actively involved in some non-academic program on campus.

  • Schnitzler/Hartenstein Scholarship

    Two, four-year, $2,000 per year, scholarships awarded each year to incoming freshmen with high academic abilities.  Typically awarded to a member of the Scholars Program.

  • Thais Blatnik Scholarship

    Incoming freshman. Selection criteria are determined by the family.

The following scholarships are awarded through the department listed. Please contact the person or department named.

Art
  • Art Scholarship Competition

    Four-year scholarship for an incoming freshman, who wishes to major in Art.  Students must submit a portfolio of at least six pieces of original work. Contact Chairperson, Department of Arts and Communications. (304) 336-8006

Athletics
  • Eugene Crutchfield Scholarship

    Men’ basketball scholarships. Contact head coach (304) 336-8232.

  • Joseph E. Davis Athletic Scholarship

    Incoming freshman athlete with at least 3.0 grade point average and ACT of 21 or SAT of 1000. Preference given to those with a declared major in Business Administration. Applicants who are Florida residents will be given additional consideration. Contact specific sport head coach (304) 336-8046.

  • Elmer F. Dietz Football Scholarship

    Football Scholarships. Contact football coach (304) 336-8220.

  • Robert L. Loew Memorial Scholarship

    For students who have been active in American Legion Post #1 baseball. Contact American Legion Post #1.

  • Jack Schuetz State Farm Student Athlete Scholarship

    Football scholarships. Contact football coach (304) 336-8220.

Education
  • Underwood Smith Scholarship

    A scholarship for education majors for WV residents only. Recipients must agree to teach in state public schools for two years for each year of scholarship assistance. For more information contact the Higher Education Policy Commission at 304-558-4618 or click here.

General
  • Chi Nu Scholarship

    Incoming son or daughter of Chi Nu alumni. Contact Jack Hattman, Professor of English – (304) 336-8190.

  • Project Best Scholarship

    Student with high academic ability who is an employee, spouse, or child of an employee of a participating upper Ohio Valley contractor or participating construction trade union. Contact Project Best, 21 Armory Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003. 

Music
Nursing
  • Eastern Star Nursing Scholarship

    Contact Chairperson, Department of Health Services – (304) 336-8108.

  • Nursing Achievement Scholarship

    Incoming freshman with high academic ability majoring in Nursing. Contact Chairperson, Department of Health Services – (304) 336-8108.

Science & Mathematics
  • NASA / WLU Space Grant

    Incoming freshman with high academic ability majoring in Mathematics, Science, or Math/Science Teacher Education. Must be WV resident. Contact Dean, College of Sciences – (304) 336-8062.

Other
  • Promise Scholarship

     The West Virginia PROMISE (Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-state Student Excellence) Scholarship Program, approved by the Legislature in 1999, offers each West Virginia high school graduate who completes school in West Virginia with a 3.0 grade point average in the core and overall coursework as well as a composite ACT score of at least 22 with minimum subject scores of 20 in each of the four areas, math, science, English, and reading, or a combined SAT score of 1020 with a minimum score of 490 in critical reading and 480 in math.

    For more information call:

    1-877-WV-PROMISE

    or visit their website at: http://www.cfwv.com

  • Undergraduate Scholarships for Siblings

    Two Undergraduate Scholarships in the amount of $1500 per year are available for entering first-time freshman for the fall 2013semester. The waivers will be awarded to first-time freshman who will also have a brother or sister enrolled at West Liberty during the fall 2013 semester. Must be a legal resident of West Virginia to apply. For additional information or to request an application click the link below or contact the Financial Aid Office. Application Deadline: June 1, 2013.

    2014-2015 Undergraduate Scholarship for Siblings Application

  • Undergraduate Waivers for WLU Employees, Dependents and Spouses

    For the 2013-14 academic year employees, their dependents and spouses are eligible for a 100% waiver of undergraduate tuition (does not include special fees such as course fees, capital fees, roads/walkways fee, etc.).     If you wish to apply, please complete a form for each applicant and return to the Human Resources Office with required documentation.

    Employee Tuition Waiver Application

    Note: Employees with eligible dependents/spouses for undergraduate scholarships may have these scholarships reduced or canceled if the dependent/spouse receives any other tuition specific award. Other tuition specific awards would include, but are not limited to, undergraduate scholarships awarded through academic, athletics or performing arts, and any other external tuition specific award.