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Current Students Scholarships

Amount: $1,000 – up to $3,000 to be divided by two consecutive semesters

Availability: Spring, Summer I, and Fall

Who can apply: Undergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Prospective and current students – on-campus.

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 qualification:

  • Must be enrolled in VIU’s on-campus undergraduate or graduate program
  • Must be enrolled in at least two courses (Graduate program) or three courses (Undergraduate program) per semester
  • 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 cumulative GPA requirement (on a 4.0 scale).

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

  1. Scholarship application form (applicant portal or student portal)
  2. Secondary or higher education transcript.
  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, or link(s) to videos demonstrating applicant’s talent.

Amount: From $1,000 up to full tuition to be divided by two consecutive semesters

Availability: Spring, Summer I, and Fall

Who can apply: Undergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Prospective and current students – on-campus

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.

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

  • Must be enrolled in VIU’s on-campus undergraduate or graduate program
  • Must be enrolled in at least two courses (Graduate program) or three courses (Undergraduate program) per semester
  • Must be able to show significant excellence and experience related to a demonstrated talent, achievement and/or career field.
  • 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 Documents: Complete applications must include all of the following:

  1. Scholarship 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. Describe 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.
  3. Evidence of recent natural disaster or civil unrest in the country/region of origin. At least two news articles in PDF format providing details of the situation. News articles may come from a local, national, or international newspaper, news magazine, or websites associated with the newspaper or news magazine. Blogs will not be accepted.

Amount$500-$4,000

AvailabilitySpring and Fall (current students); Summer I, Summer II (returning students); no application

Who can applyUndergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Current students – on-campus.

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. Returning students are eligible to start receiving the award during their first semester. Students are eligible for either Campus Employment Scholarship, or Academic Scholarship, but not both.

EligibilityTo be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be enrolled in one of VIU’s on-campus undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student.
  • 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.
  • Returning can have their scholarship applied to their first semester upon return. Employees who were terminated are not eligible to apply.

Eligible students will be awarded a scholarship upon enrollment.

For more information about awards, please contact Human Resources at hr@viu.edu  or Scholarship Program at scholarships@viu.edu.

Amount: $2,000 to be divided by 2 consecutive semesters

Availability: Spring, Summer, and Fall

Who can apply: Undergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Returning and current students; on-campus.

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.

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

  • Must be enrolled in VIU’s on-campus undergraduate or graduate program
  • Must be enrolled in at least two courses (Graduate program) or three courses (Undergraduate program) per semester
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

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

  1. Scholarship application form (applicant portal and student portal)
  2. 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.
  3. One letter of recommendation from faculty members at VIU.
  4. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (any ONE of the following):
    Option 1: Test Scores – TOEFL score of at least 79 (iBT) or 550 (pBT); OR an IELTS score of at least 6.0 OR a PTE Academic score of least 58.
    Option 2: Transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduate program) or 12 credit hours (undergraduate program) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution (not VIU) at which the language of instruction was English. Or provide an official transcript indicating you have earned your bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in its entirety in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Anglophone Canada, Nigeria, Singapore, The Philippines, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda.
    Option 3: Certificate of Completion from the Intensive ESL Program at Virginia International University or partner institution.

Amount$3,000 up to full tuition to be divided by 2 consecutive semesters

AvailabilitySpring, Summer, and Fall

Who can applyUndergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Returning and current students – on-campus

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.

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

  • Must be enrolled in VIU’s on-campus undergraduate or graduate program
  • Must be enrolled in at least two courses (Graduate program) or three courses (Undergraduate program) per semester
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

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

  1. Scholarship application form (applicant portal and student portal)
  2. 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.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members at VIU
  4. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (any ONE of the following):
    Option 1: Test Scores – TOEFL score of at least 90 (iBT) or 575 (pBT) OR an IELTS score of at least 6.5 OR a PTE Academic score of least 63.
    Option 2: Provide transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduate program) or 12 credit hours (undergraduate program) from an accredited United States post-secondary institution (not VIU) at which the language of instruction was English. Or provide an official transcript indicating you have earned your bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in its entirety in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Anglophone Canada, Nigeria, Singapore, The Philippines, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda.
    Option 3: Certificate of Completion from the Intensive ESL Program at Virginia International University or partner institution.

Amount: 30% of graduate program tuition fees (to be applied throughout the graduate program as long as requirements are met)

Availability: Spring, Summer I, Summer II, and Fall semesters

Who can apply Current Graduate students (domestic) – on-campus

This Scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to promising current students from the US to help them with a goal of completing a graduate degree program.

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

  • Must be enrolled in at least 2 academic classes for each semester. (exceptions will be made for students who have only one graduate class left to graduate).
  • Maintain 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. The GPA can be rounded one decimal place for eligibility requirements.
  • Hold one of the following statuses: US Citizenship, Permanent Residency (Green Card), Refugee, Asylum, or Jay Treaty status, H, A, O1, and K visas.

Eligible students will be awarded a scholarship upon enrollment.