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Current Students Scholarships

Student Activity Scholarship

The Student Activity Scholarship recognizes a select number of students for their leadership in students’ activities at Virginia International University. Activities may include attendance to events, volunteering, field trips, workshops, etc. Candidates should have contributed to the betterment of both their fellow classmates and the university and have ensured a brighter future for those with whom they have interacted. The Office of Student Affairs will keep track of students’ participation.

Amount: up to $1,000

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

  • Must have achieved the silver or gold level in the VIU Leadership and Mentorship Program.
  • 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. Unofficial Transcript (Unofficial transcripts are available for printing in the student portal).
  3. Personal statement of at least 500 words (250 words for language program students), detailing participation on campus, leadership, and community service experience. This must be in essay format, not a list of facts.
  4. Certificate or letter from the Office of Student Affairs stating the level of achievement in the VIU Leadership and Mentorship program.

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).

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.

Campus Employment Scholarship

Student Support Representatives contribute significantly to both academic and administrative areas of the University. On-campus employment opportunities offer students worthwhile work experience relevant to their career field. Students will be compensated financially and will receive a Campus Employment Scholarship during their eligible semesters of on-campus employment. Students hired as Student Support Representatives will receive the Campus Employment Scholarship (CES) after their second semester of employment on-campus. Students are eligible for either the Campus Employment Scholarship, or Academic Scholarship, but not both.

Semester Graduate Students Undergraduate Students
1st semester eligible $600 $500
2nd semester eligible $1,200 $1,000
3rd (and all future) semester(s) eligible $1,800 $1,500

Eligibility: To be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled as a full time student (3 graduate courses; 4 undergraduate courses).
  • Must be working on VIU campus a minimum of 16 hours a week for at least 8 continuous weeks.
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.
Application Requirements:
  • There is no application for this scholarship.

Dean’s Academic Scholarship

The Dean’s Academic Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated educational excellence inside the classroom at Virginia International University. The selection is based upon academic achievement as well as potential for continued academic and professional success.

Amount: $2,000 per academic year

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

  • Must be enrolled as a full time student (3 graduate courses; 4 undergraduate courses).
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.70 (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. Unofficial Transcript (Unofficial transcripts are available for printing in the student portal).
  3. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words describing your background, future goals, education, influential experiences and career objectives. This should be in the form of an essay, not a list of facts.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members at VIU.
  5. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (any ONE of the following):

    Option 1: Test Scores – TOEFL score of at least 90 (iBT) or 577 (pBT) OR an IELTS score of at least 6.5 OR a PTE Academic score of least 64*
    Option 2: Provide 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 Certificate of Completion from the English as Second Language Program at Virginia International University.
    *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.

Presidential Academic Scholarship

The Presidential Academic Scholarship is the most prestigious merit-based scholarship offered by the university. The selection is based upon exceptional academic achievement, as well as the potential for continued academic and professional success.
Amount: $4,000 up to full tuition per academic year.

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

  • Must be enrolled as a full time student (3 graduate courses; 4 undergraduate courses).
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.90 (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. Unofficial Transcript (Unofficial transcripts are available for printing in the student portal).
  3. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words describing your background, future goals, education, influential experiences and career objectives. This should be in the form of an essay, not a list of facts.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members at VIU.
  5. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (any ONE of the following):

    Option 1: Test Scores – TOEFL score of at least 90 (iBT) or 577 (pBT) OR an IELTS score of at least 6.5 OR a PTE Academic score of least 64*
    Option 2: Provide 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 Certificate of Completion from the English as Second Language Program at Virginia International University.
    *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.