Prospective Students Scholarships

AmountFrom 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 the following:

  1. Scholarship application form (applicant portal or student portal)
  2. 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.
  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 up to full tuition – to be divided by two consecutive semesters

Availability: Spring I, Summer I and Fall I

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

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide and maintain awareness of the value that Virginia International University places on ethnic diversity and multiculturalism within the community. The scholarships will be awarded to prospective students from 7 regions around the world. There are 18 scholarships available for each region.

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

  • Must be Alumni or first-time applicant for any of VIU’s academic programs.
  • Must apply for one of VIU’s on-campus undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student.

Regions:

  1. Region 1: Canada, The United States, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Haiti, Honduras, Belize.
  2. Region 2: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.
  3. Region 3: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Congo Democratic Republic, Cote D’Ivore, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan St. Helena, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Yogo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  4. Region 4: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
  5. Region 5: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen.
  6. Region 6: Australia, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Mainland China, Federated States of Fiji, Hong Kong and Macau, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua Nova Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vietnam, and Nepal.
  7. Region 7: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Types of Regional Scholarships

Regional Scholarships Number of scholarships Amount Required GPA English Proficiency Score
(on a 4.0scale) TOEFL (iBT/pBT) IELTS PTE
The Best of [REGION] 1 Full tuition 3.7 90/575 6.5 62
Faces of [REGION] 2 50% tuition 3.5 85/575 6.0 58
Step Up 5 $1,000 3.0 80/550 6.0 58
Welcome 10 $500 2.75 79/550 6.0 54

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

  1. Scholarship application form (applicant portal)
  2. Secondary or higher education transcript.
  3. 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.
  4. Letter of recommendation from faculty (academic) or supervisor (professional).
  5. Evidence of English proficiency
    Option 1: Test scores (see table above for minimum requirement).
    Option 2: Provide an official transcript indicating completion of a minimum of 9 credit hours (graduate program), 12 credit hours (undergraduate program), or high school diploma from an accredited United States 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.

Amount: $500 – to be applied to the first semester only

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

Who can apply: ESL students (domestic); undergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international inside the US). Prospective students – on-campus and online.

The Transfer-In Scholarship is awarded to students who are transferring to Virginia International University for the first time from another college or university in the United States. 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, transfer-in students only.

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

  • Must apply for one of VIU’s on-campus or online undergraduate, graduate, or ESL program.
  • On-campus students must attend classes full-time.
  • Must have been attended undergraduate, graduate, or ESL program at an accredited university in the U.S. for at least one semester.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate students must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA requirement.

Application Documents: Complete applications must include the following:

  1. Scholarship application form (applicant portal)
  2. Undergraduate and Graduate students: Most recent transcript from the last college, or university attended in the United States. Transcript should indicate the completion of a minimum of 9 credits (graduate level) or 12 credits (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.
    ESL students: Transcript indicating enrollment in ESL program.
  3. Personal statement of success of at least 500 words (250 words for ESL students) 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.

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: Up to $1,000 to be divided by 2 consecutive semesters (on-campus) or by 4 consecutive terms (online);

Availability: Spring, Summer, Summer II and Fall; early and late application

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

The purpose of the Need-Based scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to students who come from low-income families. Virginia International University believes that all students deserve the opportunity to attain their educational goals, regardless of their financial constraints.

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

  • Must apply for any of VIU’s on-campus or online, undergraduate program as a full-time student.
  • Must be U.S. citizens, or permanent residents, living in the US with 0 (zero) EFC.

To maintain the scholarship for the following semester:

  • Must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA.

Application Process:

  1. Apply to Admission at VIU (apply now)
  2. Complete FAFSA
  3. Schedule a meeting with VIU’s financial aid officer

Amount: Up to $2,000 to be divided by 4 consecutive terms (online)

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

Who can apply: Undergraduate and graduate students (domestic and international). Returning and prospective students – online.

VIU Online Scholarship is awarded to students who intend to advance their professional skills sets in pursuit of advancing their role in the global workforce. The selection is based upon academic achievement.

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

  • 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.

Application Documents: Complete applications must include the following:

  1. Online application form (applicant 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. Evidence of English Language Proficiency (any ONE of the following):
    Option 1: Test Scores – TOEFL score of at least 80 (iBT) or 550 (pBT); OR an IELTS score of at least 6.0 OR a PTE Academic score of least 59.
    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.

Amount: Up to $5,000 to be divided by 4 consecutive semesters (online)

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

Who can apply: Undergraduate 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.)