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About Scholarships

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. We are able to attract rare individuals who will take their unparalleled VIU experiences into their own cultures, share their knowledge with future generations, and launch successful careers as world leaders. There are several different types of scholarships available based on exemplary academic achievement, extracurricular participation, and residency. Full-time undergraduate and graduate VIU students are eligible to apply for a scholarship if the scholarship requirements are met.

Scholarship programs are available for both prospective and current students. Every scholarship has unique criteria, so review the application carefully to see if you meet the requirements!

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 enroll and/or 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
Fall 2014 May 1 – July 1
Spring 2015 September 1 – November 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.
  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 deducted from the total tuition charged for the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.

  2. Scholarships are offered during the spring and fall semesters.

  3. A scholarship is an annual award that expires on its anniversary. Students who are awarded a scholarship must reapply each year if they want to be considered for the scholarship. There is no guarantee that the scholarship will be awarded for the following year.

  4. Scholarships cannot be awarded to applicants who receive any other type of outside scholarship funding (e.g., government scholarships).

  5. The applicant's cumulative GPA will not be rounded for eligibility requirements.

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

  7. If a student is awarded a VIU scholarship, he or she is still eligible to receive one additional discount provided by the university.

  8. There is no guarantee that a scholarship award will be made solely because the applicant is qualified. Eligibility and fulfillment of the scholarship criteria do not guarantee the award of a scholarship.

  9. Evidence of English language proficiency is required for all applicants.

  10. 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.

  11. Original documents submitted for scholarship purposes will not be stored by the university. Documents will not be returned to the applicant.

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 initial screened by the Scholarship Coordinator to assess completion and qualification. Once 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


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 via the VIU website. 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 one year after the expiration date.


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

Contact Us

Virginia International University
Scholarship Committee
11200 Waples Mill Road, #360
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States of America

Tel: (703) 591-7042
Fax: (703) 591-7048

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Fresh Start Scholarship (Prospective Students)


Effective March 10, 2014

Scholarship amount: $500 (per academic year)

The Fresh Start Scholarship is awarded to students who are transferring to VIU for the first time from another college or university. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who are looking for a fresh start at our university and are committed to educational success throughout their lifetime. This scholarship is awarded to first time, first semester transfer-in students only.

Eligibility

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

  • Must be a prospective student who has received an acceptance letter from the VIU Admissions Office before the scholarship application deadline for the desired semester of enrollment.
  • 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 meet a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Application Requirements

Completed applications will include all of the following:

  • Scholarship application form
  • 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)
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your current college or university
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (any one of the following):
    • Option 1: Submit test scores.
      TEST TOEFL
      or
      IELTS
      or
      PTE Academic
      SCORE 89 (iBT) or 577 (pBT) 7.0 68

    • Option 2: Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited US post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for the 12 credits must be no lower than a B.
    • Option 3: 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.

Student Activity Scholarship (Current Students)

Effective March 10, 2014

Scholarship amount: $500 (per academic year)

The Student Activity Scholarship recognizes a select number of students for their leadership in student activities at VIU. 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 for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a current student.
  • Must have been an active member of at least one student club at VIU. Participation must have been for at least one full semester.
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Application Requirements

Completed applications will include all of the following:

  • Scholarship application form
  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • One letter of recommendation from the VIU staff member responsible for your student club(s)

Campus Employment Scholarship (Current Students)

Effective March 10, 2014

Student employees contribute significantly to both the academic and administrative areas of VIU. On-campus employment opportunities offer students worthwhile work experience relevant to their chosen discipline. Student Support Representatives will be compensated financially, and also will receive a Campus Employment Scholarship during their eligible semester of on-campus employment.

NOTE: Students hired as Student Support Representatives will not receive a Campus Employment Scholarship (CES) during their first semester of on-campus employment. Students are eligible for either the Campus Employment Scholarship or an Academic Scholarship – not both. Campus Employment Scholarships are only awarded in fall and spring semesters.

Scholarship amounts:

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, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must have been studying as a full-time student and working on-campus an average of 16 hours or more per week for at least one full semester
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Must be in good standing with the Accounting Office.
  • Must be willing to sign waiver allowing VIU to use his/her image in university marketing materials.

Application Requirements

There is no application for this scholarship.

Special Achievement Scholarship (Prospective & Current Students)

Effective March 10, 2014

Scholarship amount: $700 - $2,000 (per academic year)

The Special Achievement Scholarship is intended to provide tuition assistance to students with exceptional talents or achievements.

Eligibility

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

  • Must be a current or prospective student. (If you are a prospective student, you must have received an acceptance letter from the VIU Admissions Office before the scholarship application deadline for the desired semester of enrollment.)
  • Must be able to show significant excellence and experience related to a demonstrated talent, achievement, and/or career field.

Application Requirements

Completed applications will include all of the following:

  • Scholarship application form
  • Most recent official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and 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.)
  • 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)
  • Official proof of awards, certificates of achievement, licenses, etc. of achievements (application cannot be considered without this documentation)

New Horizon Scholarship (Prospective & Current Students)

Effective March 10, 2014

Scholarship amount: $1,000 (per academic year)

The New Horizon Scholarship gives 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 such goals.

Eligibility

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

  • Must be a current or prospective student. (If you are a prospective student, you must have received an acceptance letter from the VIU Admissions Office before the scholarship application deadline for the desired semester of enrollment.)
  • Must be from an area which has recently experienced a 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 will include all of the following:

  • Scholarship application form
  • Most recent official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and 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.)
  • 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)
  • News article giving details of the situation in your home country (must be a scholarly reference taken from local, national, or international newspaper or magazine or associated websites; blogs will not be accepted)

Dean's Academic Scholarship (Current Students)

Effective March 10, 2014

Scholarship amount: $2,000 per academic year

The Dean's Academic Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence inside the classroom at VIU. Selection for this scholarship 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 for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a current student.
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Application Requirements
Completed applications will include all of the following:

  • Scholarship application form
  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • Two letters of recommendation from VIU faculty
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (any one of the following):

    • Option 1: Submit test scores.
      TEST TOEFL
      or
      IELTS
      or
      PTE Academic
      SCORE 89 (iBT) or 577 (pBT) 7.0 68
    • Option 2: Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited US post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for the 12 credits must be no lower than a B.
    • Option 3: 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.

Presidential Academic Scholarship (Current Students)

Effective March 10, 2014

Scholarship amount: $4,000 per academic year, or more (up to full tuition)

The Presidential Academic Scholarship is the most prestigious merit-based scholarship offered by the 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 for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a current student.
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.9 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Application Requirements

Completed applications will include all of the following:

  • Scholarship application form
  • 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.)
  • 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)
  • Two letters of recommendation from VIU faculty
  • One letter of recommendation from a VIU staff member
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (any one of the following):
    • Option 1: Submit test scores.
      TEST TOEFL
      or
      IELTS
      or
      PTE Academic
      SCORE 105 (iBT) or 620 (pBT) 8.0 79
    • Option 2: Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited US post-secondary institution at which the language of instruction was English, including one course in English composition, academic writing, or a similar subject. The GPA for the 12 credits must be no lower than a B.
    • Option 3: 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.