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Prospective Students Scholarships

New Horizon Scholarship

The purpose of the New Horizon Scholarship at Virginia International University is to provide tuition assistance to students who are living in areas of the world where there have been recent natural disasters or civil unrest. Virginia International University believes that all students deserve the opportunity to attain their educational goals, regardless of the constraints that such situation would put on accomplishing these goals. The application for this scholarship is open three times a year.

Amount: $1,000 up to full tuition – per academic year

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be living in areas where there has been either a recent natural disaster or civil unrest (VIU reserves the sole right and responsibility to determine whether a country qualifies for the New Horizon Scholarship).

Application Documents: Completed applications must include the following:

  1. Online application form (applicant portal or student portal)
  2. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words describing how the situation in your country has affected you. This should be in the form of an essay, not a list of facts.
  3. A print out of a news article giving details of the situation in your home country. This news article may come from a local, national, or international newspaper or news magazine or the websites associated with the newspaper or news magazine. Blogs will not be accepted.

Regional scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide and maintain awareness of the value that Virginia International University places on ethnic diversity and multiculturalism within the community. The scholarships will be awarded to prospective students from 7 regions around the world.  There are 18 scholarships available for each region.

Amount: $500 – up to full tuition per academic year.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a first-time applicant for any of VIU’s academic program.
  • Must apply for one of VIU’s undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student.

Regions:

  1. North America and the Caribbean: 17 countries

    Canada, The United States, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Haiti, Honduras, Belize.

  2. Central and South America: 18 countries

    Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.

  3. Sub-Saharan Africa: 52 Countries

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Congo Democratic Republic, Cote D’Ivore, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan St. Helena, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yogo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

  4. East Asia And The Pacific: 25 Countries

    Australia, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Mainland China, Federated States of Fiji, Hong Kong and Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua Nova Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vietnam.

  5. Europe And Eurasia: 45 Countries

    Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

  6. Middle East And North Africa: 19 Countries

    Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen.

  7. South And Central Asia: 13 Countries

    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Types of Regional Scholarships

Regional Scholarships Number of scholarships Amount Required GPA English Proficiency Score
(on a 4.0scale) TOEFL (iBT/pBT) IELTS PTE
The Best of [REGION] 1 Full tuition 3.5 90/577 6.5  64
Faces of [REGION] 2 Half tuition 3.0 79/550 6.5 59
Step Up 5 $1,000 3.0 75/540 6.0 56
Welcome 10 $500 2.75 70/525 6.0 53

Application Documents Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Online application form (applicant portal or student portal)
  2. Secondary or higher education transcript*
  3. Letter of recommendation from faculty (academic) or supervisor (professional)
  4. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words describing your background, future goals, education, influential experiences, and career objectives in the form of an essay; not a list of facts
  5. Evidence of English proficiency

    Option 1: Test scores (see table above for minimum requirement).
    Option 2: Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduate level) or 12 credit hours (undergraduate level) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution (not VIU) at which the language of instruction was English. The GPA for those credits must not be lower than C-level.
    Option 3: Provide a high school diploma from a recognized institution within the United States.
    *If you earned your bachelor’s degree in its entirety in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Anglophone Canada, you are exempt from the evidence of English proficiency requirement.

Special Achievement Scholarship

Learning occurs not only inside the classroom but outside as well. This scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated superior talent and experiences outside the classroom. This should include, but is not limited to, experience in the fields of athletics, music, and art. Candidates' professional experiences are also valued.

Amount: $700 – $3,000 - per academic year for academic programs

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be able to show significant excellence and experience related to a demonstrated talent, achievement and/or career field.
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

Application Documents: Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Online application form (applicant portal or student portal)
  2. Most recent secondary or higher education transcript (VIU students may submit unofficial transcripts available for printing in the student portal).
  3. Personal statement of at least 500 words detailing talent and achievements in essay format. The talent and experiences must be measurable achievements and not just recreational in nature.
  4. Official proof of awards, certificates of achievement, licenses, etc. must be provided (without official proof of awards, the application cannot be considered).

Transfer-In Scholarship

The Transfer-In Scholarship is awarded to students who are transferring to Virginia International University for the first time from another college or university in the United States. This scholarship assists students who are looking for a fresh start at our university and to those who have committed to educational success throughout their lifetime. This scholarship is awarded to first time, first semester transfer-in students only.

Amount: $500 per academic year ($250 per semester)

Eligibility 
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have been enrolled and studied as a full-time student at an accredited university in the U.S. for at least one semester.
  • Must be in good academic standing and must meet a minimum 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

Application Documents: Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Online application form (applicant portal or student portal)
  2. Most recent transcript from the college, or university attended in the United States. Transcript should indicate the completion of a minimum of 9 credits (graduate level) or 12 credits (undergraduate level) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution (not VIU) at which the language of instruction was English. The GPA for those credits must not be lower than C-level.
  3. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words describing the student’s background, future goals, education, influential experiences, and career objectives. This should be submitted in the form of an essay, not a list of facts.
  4. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the student’s current college or university.