Current Students Scholarships

Amount: $1,000 (Gold); $750 (Silver); or $500 (Bronze) – to be applied to the next consecutive semester

Availability: Spring and Fall

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

The Student Activity Scholarship recognizes a select number of students for their leadership in students’ activities at Virginia International University. Activities may include attending 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. Students should enroll in the Leadership and Mentorship program directly with the Student Affairs Department at the beginning of the semester which will keep track of students’ participation.

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

  • Must be currently enrolled in one of VIU’s on-campus undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student.
  • Must have achieved the bronze (1,400-2,499 points), silver (2,500-3,499 points) or gold (3,500+ points) 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
Apply for the Leadership and Mentorship Program at Student Affairs Department in the beginning of the semester.

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

Availability: Spring I, Summer I and Fall I

Who can apply: Undergraduate, graduate and ESL students. 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 or apply for one of VIU’s on-campus undergraduate, graduate, or ESL program as a full-time student.
  • 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: 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 (250 words for ESL students) 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 25% tuition discount up to full tuition to be divided by two (on-campus) or four consecutive (online) semesters (academic students). $700 up to full tuition to be divided by four consecutive terms (ESL students).

Availability: All terms (Spring I, Spring II, Summer I, Summer II, Fall I and Fall II)

Who can apply: Open to all who qualify (undergraduate, graduate and ESL). Prospective and current students; on-campus and online.

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 all year around.

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

  • Must be enrolled or must apply for one of VIU’s on-campus or online, undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student. Part-time or full-time ESL students are welcome to apply.
  • 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. Secondary or higher education transcript.
  3. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words (250 words for ESL students) 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.
  4. 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 (See “Table 1: CES amount per semester for current students” and “Table 2: CES amount per semester for returning students”)

AvailabilitySpring I, Summer I, Summer II and Fall; 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.

Semester Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
1st semester eligible $500 $600
2nd semester eligible $1,000 $1,200
3rd (and all future) semester(s) eligible $1,500 $1,800
Table 1: CES amount per semester for current students
Semester Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
1st semester eligible $1500 $1800
2nd semester eligible $2,000 $2,400
3rd (and all future) semester(s) eligible $2,500 $3,000
Semester Undergraduate Students (enroll within 60 days after end of employment) Graduate Students (enroll within 60 days end of employment)
All semesters $3,000 $4,000
Table 2: CES amount per semester for returning students

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.

EligibilityReturning students can have their scholarship applied to their first semester upon return (including summer semester), and students:

  • 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.
  • Must have worked at VIU as full-time staff. Employees who were terminated are not eligible to apply.

Application Documents:

  • No application required.

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

Availability: Spring I, Summer I, and Fall I

Who can apply: Undergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Alumni 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.

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

  • Must be enrolled in or apply for one of VIU’s on-campus or online, undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student.
  • 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 or 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.

Amount$4,000 up to full tuition to be divided by 2 consecutive semesters (on-campus) or by 4 consecutive terms (online);

AvailabilitySpring, Summer, and Fall; late application

Who can applyUndergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Alumni and current students; on-campus and online.

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 or apply for one of VIU’s on-campus or online, undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student.
  • 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 (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: Provide a Certificate of Completion from the Intensive ESL Program at Virginia International University.

AmountUp to $5,000 to be divided by 4 consecutive semesters (online)

AvailabilityAll terms (Spring I, Spring II, Summer I, Summer II, Fall I and Fall II)

Who can applyUndergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Returning, prospective and current students – online.

The VIU Career Online Scholarship is awarded to recipients who come to VIU intending to advance their professional skills sets in pursuit of advancing their role in the global workforce. The selection is based upon both academic and career achievements.

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

  • Must be enrolled in one of VIU’s online undergraduate or graduate program as a part-time or full-time student.
  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.
  • Should have at least 3 years of professional work experience.

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

  1. Online application form (applicant portal or student portal)
  2. Secondary or Higher Education Transcript showing cumulative GPA.
  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. Verification of 3 years of professional work experience (resume, CV, letter of recommendation etc.)