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First-time Freshman Scholarships at WVU

Hard work pays off. Literally.

It’s easy to qualify for our merit based scholarships. Just submit your application to WVU and we’ll review for our central awards. And, test optional applicants may qualify for merit, too! 

Use our charts below to determine your eligibility for the Scholarship of Distinction for score senders, or the Go First Scholarship for test optional applicants. You can also use our scholarship calculator.

Our admissions application and merit awarding both include a no-harm policy – students will not be penalized whether applying with scores or test optional. To be considered for WVU scholarships, students must be admitted by June 1, 2022. Students admitted prior to this date have until June 1, 2022 to submit updated official transcripts or test scores. Test scores are automatically processed when sent to WVU. However, for GPA changes, students must work with their WVU Admissions Counselor.

And don’t forget to file the FAFSA form, which opens October 1 for the 2022-2023 academic cycle. You may qualify for additional need-based aid and institutional awards. Our priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 1, 2022. Residents of West Virginia applying for the PROMISE Scholarship must submit the FAFSA and PROMISE application by March 1, 2022.

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Scholarship of Distinction

The Scholarship of Distinction is for score senders. Students cannot receive both the Scholarship of Distinction and Go First Scholarship.

Chart showing Scholarship of Distinction amounts by GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Use our calculator linked previously to determine your scholarship amounts.

Go First Scholarship

The Go First Scholarship is for test optional applicants. Students cannot receive both the Scholarship of Distinction and Go First Scholarship.
Table showing Go First Scholarship listing. Use our calculator linked previously to determine your scholarship amounts.     

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