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Virginia International University offers the unique opportunity to acquire an excellent, multi-disciplinary education at a lower cost by offering our students access to scholarships. VIU has been attracting individuals who take their VIU experiences into their own cultures, share their knowledge with future generations, and launch successful careers. Thus, there are several different types of scholarships available based on exemplary personal skills, academic achievement, extracurricular participation, and residency. Prospective and current VIU undergraduate and graduate full-time students are eligible to apply for a scholarship if the requirements are met.

Deadlines

Scholarship application deadlines are listed in the table below. Please consult this page for the deadline specific to the semester in which you plan to apply for a scholarship. All applications and supporting documentation must be received by 12:00 p.m. EST on the day of the application deadline. Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

Note: Scholarships are not offered during summer semesters.

Scholarship Application Deadlines
Semester Application Period
Spring 2015 September 1 – November 1
Fall 2015 May 1 – July 1

How to Apply

Both current and prospective students are welcome to apply for scholarships. You must apply for admission to VIU and be accepted before you are eligible to apply for any scholarship. Applicants who have not yet been accepted to the university will not be considered for a scholarship until an admission decision has been made. Please note that being accepted for admission to the university does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship.

Steps to Apply for a Scholarship

  1. Browse our scholarship opportunities and determine the scholarships for which you qualify.
  2. Review the requirements for the scholarship application.
  3. Apply online by logging into the Student Portal (current students) or the Application Portal (prospective students).
  4. Submit supporting documentation via email (read more below).
  5. Once the application form and all the supporting documents are received, you will receive a confirmation via email from the Scholarship Coordinator.

Supporting Document Submission

Examples of supporting documents include transcripts, diplomas, certificates, and test scores. Submit your supporting documents via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Documents should be sent as PDF files. If possible, please send all of your documents together at the same time.

All submissions must be scanned, color copies of the original document. Photocopies are not considered acceptable documentation. If any of your documents are issued in your native language, please provide both the original document and a translation of the document into English. Translated documents should be notarized. VIU has the right to request original documentation. Submission of fabricated or false documents will result in immediate dismissal of your scholarship application and disqualification from applying for scholarships in the future.

NOTE: All applications and supporting documentation must be received by 12:00 p.m. EST on the day of the application deadline. Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

DISCLAIMER: Original documents submitted for scholarship purposes will not be returned to the applicant.

Rules

  1. Scholarships are awarded as credit toward tuition only. The award amount will be divided into two installments, and the credit will be deducted from the total tuition charged for each semester.
  2. Scholarships are only applied to spring and fall semesters.
  3. All documents must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will automatically be denied.
  4. Students who are awarded a scholarship must reapply each year if they want to be considered for the scholarship for the next year. There is no guarantee that the scholarship will be awarded for the following year.
  5. Scholarships cannot be awarded to applicants who receive other types of outside scholarship funding (e.g., government scholarships, academic collaborations, etc.).
  6. Cumulative GPA can be rounded one decimal place for eligibility requirements.
  7. Students are welcome to apply for up to three types of scholarships per semester, although students are eligible to receive only one scholarship per semester.
  8. Applicants must submit one application form per scholarship for which they wish to be considered.
  9. If a student is awarded a VIU scholarship, he/she is still eligible to receive one additional discount provided by the university.
  10. There is no guarantee that a scholarship award will be made solely because the applicant is qualified. Eligibility and fulfilment of the scholarship criteria do not guarantee the award of a scholarship.
  11. Academic merit holds the highest weight in the review of most scholarship applications. In the case of a tie, the committee will rely on this hierarchy to make their award decision.
  12. Student must maintain the requirements for the scholarship which they were granted for in order to keep receiving the scholarship for the subsequent semester.
  13. Students must be in good standing with the university in order to apply for any scholarship.
  14. Scholarship applicants must sign a Media Release Form authorizing VIU to use their pictures, videos, and/or testimonials for scholarship marketing purposes.
  15. VIU full-time staff are only eligible to apply for the VIU Staff Workforce Development Scholarship.

Selection & Announcement

Selection

The scholarship selection process begins immediately after the application period ends. The process consists of two parts:

  1. Application screening

    All applications are initially  screened by the Scholarship Coordinator to assess completion and qualification. After the application is deemed complete, the application and all related materials are forwarded to the Scholarship Committee to be reviewed and assessed on an individual basis.

  2. Interview

    Applicants who meet the requirements for the scholarship to which they have applied will be invited for an interview with the Scholarship Committee. The interview will be held at VIU's campus. Applicants may bring additional supporting materials to the interview if they wish.

Announcement

Scholarship awards will be determined by the Scholarship Committee prior to the first day of classes for the term to which the student applied. Awardees will be notified by email and post mail if they are selected to receive a scholarship.

FAQs

Below are some of the questions we receive most frequently regarding scholarships. If your question is not answered below, please feel free to email your specific question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


To qualify to apply for a scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at VIU. Applicants must also meet all required criteria for the specific scholarship that they are applying for. As long as an applicant meets these qualifications, they are welcome to apply for the scholarship.


Students who wish to apply for a scholarship are required to submit an online scholarship application form. You will find the application form under each scholarship description.


Yes. Applicants must apply for admission to Virginia International University and be accepted before they can be eligible to apply for any scholarship. Applicants who have not yet been accepted to the university will not be considered for a scholarship until an admission decision has been made.


The scholarship application deadlines are posted on the scholarship website. Applicants are urged to check this page for the specific deadlines in the semester they plan to apply. Scholarships are not offered during summer semesters.


Yes. Students are welcome to apply for up to three scholarships per semester although students are only eligible to receive one scholarship per semester.


No. Scholarship selection is made based on a variety of factors. An objective analysis of all aspects of the application will be made when making award decisions. Just because an applicant is qualified for the scholarship to which they applied, there is no guarantee that they will be awarded the scholarship.


All supporting documents must be scanned and turned in via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Documents sent by mail, or dropped off on campus, will NOT be returned to the applicant or stored by the university.


Yes. The VIU Scholarship Program is an annual tuition scholarship, and the award will expire on its anniversary. Students must reapply for the scholarship if they wish to be considered to receive the scholarship again.


The application process to reapply for a scholarship is exactly the same as the process you completed the first time you applied. Submit a completed application form along with the supporting documentation prior to the application deadline.


The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for a scholarship at VIU is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Please note that each scholarship has its own specific required GPA requirement so applicants are encouraged to verify the requirement prior to applying.


TOEFL and IELTS scores expire 2 years after the test date. However, we are able to consider the test scores for a period of two years after their expiration date.


No. Scholarship awards are given as a credit towards your semester tuition.

Contact Us

Virginia International University
Scholarship Committee
4401 Village Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States of America

Tel: (703) 591-7042 ext. 312
Fax: (703) 591-7048

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Fresh Start Scholarship (Prospective Students)

Effective August 1, 2014

Amount: $500/academic year; $250/semester

The Fresh Start Scholarship is awarded to students who are transferring to Virginia International University for the first time from another college or university. 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.

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 US for at least one semester
  • Must be in good academic standing and must meet a minimum 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

Requirements
Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Scholarship application: Visit the Student Portal (current students) or the Application Portal (prospective students).
  2. Most recent official transcript from colleges or universities attended. This can be obtained from the registrar’s office at these schools.
  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. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your current college or university.
  5. Evidence of English language proficiency (any ONE of the following options):

OPTION 1: Provide any one of the following test scores:

TEST TOEFL
or
IELTS
or
PTE Academic
SCORE 90 (iBT) or 577 (pBT) 6.5 62

OPTION 2: Providing an Official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited United States post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including at least one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for the 12 credits must be no lower than B.

OPTION 3: Submitting an Official degree and transcript(s) from an institution where English was a primary language of instruction, and for which verification is available through the International Handbook of Universities, published and edited by IAU/UNESCO. Additional information may be requested from the applicant’s university registrar’s office to verify that the instruction was conducted in English.

Student Activity Scholarship (Current Students)

Effective August 1, 2014

Amount: $500/academic year; $250/semester

The Student Activity Scholarship recognizes a select number of students for their leadership in student activities at Virginia International University. These students come from diverse national, cultural, and social backgrounds. Candidates 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.

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

  • Must have been an active member in at least one student club at VIU. Participation must have been for at least one full semester.
  • Must be in good academic standing and must meet a minimum 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

Requirements:
Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Scholarship application: Visit the Student Portal (current students) or the Application Portal (prospective students).
  2. Most recent official transcript from colleges or universities attended. This can be obtained from the registrar’s office at these schools (NOTE: Current VIU students do not need to submit VIU transcripts. The Scholarship Committee will collect your unofficial transcript from the Registrar’s Office).
  3. Personal statement of at least 500 words, detailing participation on campus, leadership and community service experience. This must be in essay format, not a list.
  4. One letter of recommendation from the VIU Student Club Advisor

Regional scholarship (Prospective Students)

Effective August 1, 2014

Amount: From $500 up to full tuition/academic year*

The purpose of these scholarships is to provide and maintain awareness of the value that Virginia International University places on ethnic diversity and multiculturalism within the community. These scholarships will be awarded to prospective students from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, and Europe. The regional scholarship intends to highlight students’ success both inside and outside of the classroom. There are four types of scholarships available for each region.

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 programs.
  • Must have lived for the past 5 years in the country which they were born, have become a citizen, or have become a permanent resident.
  • Must be accepted as a full-time student to any of VIU’s on-ground undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • Must fulfil the GPA requirement for one of the types of the regional scholarships.
Regional Scholarships Amount GPA Requirement
(on a 4.0 scale)
The Best of [Name of the country]  $4,000 up to full 3.9
The Face of [Name of the country] $2,000 3.7
Step Up  $1,000 3.6
Welcome $500 3.5

Requirements
Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Scholarship application: Visit the Student Portal (current students) or the Application Portal (prospective students).
  2. Secondary or higher education transcript and diploma or certificate.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from faculty.
  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 (one of the following options):
    • OPTION 1: Submit one of the test scores below (NOTE: Test scores cannot be expired for more than 2 years).
      Regional Scholarships TOEFL OR IELTS OR PTE Academic
      The Best of [Name of the country] 105 iBT/
      620 pBT
      7.5 74
      The Face of [Name of the country] 100 iBT/
      590 pBT
      7.0 70
      Step Up 95iBT/
      589 pBT
      6.5 66
      Welcome 90 iBT/
      577 pBT
      6.0 62
    • OPTION 2: Submit an official degree and transcript(s) from an institution where English was a primary language of instruction, and for which verification is available through the International Handbook of Universities, published and edited by IAU/UNESCO. Additional information may be requested from the applicant's university registrar's office to verify that the instruction was conducted in English.
    • OPTION 3: Submit a VIU placement test score. In choosing this option, applicants will be required to take the VIU placement test after arriving on campus. The score will determine the type of for which scholarship applicants are eligible to apply. It is the Scholarship Committee’s responsibility to determine which scholarship the applicant is eligible to apply for.

*If the applicant has a sponsor who can provide financial support to be used towards scholarship, VIU will match the amount provided by the sponsor.

Special Achievement Scholarship (Prospective & Current Students)

Effective August 1, 2014

Amount: $700 – $2,000/academic year (amount divided into two installments, one per semester)

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.

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

  • Must be able to show significant excellence, talent,  and/or experience related to a demonstrated talent, achievement, and/or career field

Requirements:
Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Scholarship application: Visit the Student Portal (current students) or the Application Portal (prospective students).
  2. Most recent official transcript from all high schools, colleges, or universities attended. This can be obtained from the registrar’s office at these schools (NOTE: Current VIU students do not need to submit VIU transcripts. The Scholarship Committee will collect your unofficial transcript from the Registrar’s Office).
  3. Personal statement of at least 500 words detailing talent and achievements in an 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 this proof, the application cannot be considered.

New Horizon Scholarship (Prospective & Current Students)

Effective August 1, 2014

Amount: $1,000/academic year; $500/semester

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 a situation would put on realizing these goals. 

Eligibility:

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

  • Must be living in areas where there is 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 Requirements:

Completed applications must include the following:

  1. Scholarship application: Visit the Student Portal (current students) or the Application Portal (prospective students).      
  2. Most recent official transcript from colleges or universities attended. This can be obtained from the registrar’s office at these schools (NOTE: Current VIU students do not need to submit VIU transcript. The Scholarship Committee will collect your unofficial transcript from the Registrar’s Office).
  3. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words describing your background, future goals, education, influential experiences, need, and career objectives. This should be in the form of an essay, not a list of facts.
  4. 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. The source must be a scholarly reference. Blogs will not be accepted.

Campus Employment Scholarship (Current Students)

Effective August 1, 2014

Amount: See table below for details

Student employees contribute significantly to both the academic and administrative functions of the university. On-campus employment opportunities offer students worthwhile work experience relevant to their chosen disciplines. Student Support Representatives 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 not receive a Campus Employment Scholarship (CES), during their first semester of employment on-campus. Students are eligible for either the Campus Employment Scholarship or an Academic Scholarship, not both.

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

Eligibility:

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

  • Must have been studying as a full time student and working on-campus an average of 16 hours or more a week at VIU for at least one full semester.
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.
  • Must be in good standing with the Accounting Office.

Requirements:
There is no application for this scholarship.

VIU Staff Workforce Development Scholarship

VIU full-time staff, please refer to the Faculty & Staff Handbook for more information.

Dean's Academic Scholarship (Current Students)

Effective August 1, 2014

Amount: $2,000/academic year; $1,000/semester

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

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

  • Must be a current student
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.70 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

Requirements:
Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Scholarship application: Visit the Student Portal (current students) or the Application Portal (prospective students).
  2. Most recent official transcript from colleges or universities attended. This can be obtained from the registrar’s office at these schools (NOTE: Current VIU students do not need to submit VIU transcripts. The Scholarship Committee will collect your unofficial transcript from the Registrar’s Office).
  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 options):

OPTION 1: Provide any one of the following test scores (cannot be expired for more than 2 years):

TEST TOEFL
or
IELTS
or
PTE Academic
SCORE 100 (iBT) or 590 (pBT) 7.0 70

OPTION 2: Official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited United States post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including at least one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for the 12 credits must be no lower than B.

OPTION 3: Official degree and transcript(s) from an institution where English was a primary language of instruction, and for which verification is available through the International Handbook of Universities, published and edited by IAU/UNESCO. Additional information may be requested from the applicant’s university registrar’s office to verify that the instruction was conducted in English.

Presidential Academic Scholarship (Current Students)

Effective August 1, 2014

Amount: $4,000 up to full tuition/academic year (amount divided into two installments, one per semester)

The Presidential Academic Scholarship is the most prestigious merit-based scholarship offered by Virginia International University. Selection is based upon exceptional academic achievement, as well as the potential for continued success, both at the university and in the outside community.

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

  • Student must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.90 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

Requirements:
Completed applications must include all of the following:

  1. Scholarship application: Visit the Student Portal (current students) or the Application Portal (prospective students).
  2. VIU transcript (NOTE: Current VIU students do not need to submit VIU transcript. The Scholarship Committee will collect your unofficial transcript from the Registrar’s Office
  3. Personal statement 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. One letter of recommendation from a VIU staff member.
  6. Evidence of English language proficiency (any ONE of the following options):
    • OPTION 1: Any one of the following test scores (cannot be expired for more than 2 years):
      TEST TOEFL
      or
      IELTS
      or
      PTE Academic
      SCORE 105 (iBT) or 620 (pBT) 7.5 74
    • OPTION 2: Official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited United States post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including at least one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for the 12 credits must be no lower than B.
    • OPTION 3: Official degree and transcript(s) from an institution where English was a primary language of instruction, and for which verification is available through the International Handbook of Universities, published and edited by IAU/UNESCO. Additional information may be requested from the applicant’s university registrar’s office to verify that the instruction was conducted in English.