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Prospective Students Scholarships

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

Availability: Spring, Summer I, Summer II 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. 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, undergraduate or graduate program as a full-time student.
  • 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 up to full tuition – to be divided by two consecutive semesters

Availability: Spring, Summer, and Fall

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

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

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 inside the US). Prospective students – on-campus

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 undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Must have attended undergraduate or graduate at an accredited university in the U.S. for at least one semester.

For more information, talk to your admissions advisor.

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

Availability: Spring, Summer I, Summer II 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 or apply for one of VIU’s on-campus undergraduate or graduate 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 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/Fall

Who can apply Undergraduate students (domestic)

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:

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