The West Liberty University Scholars Program was established to attract top academic students. Students entering as a first-time freshman may qualify for one of three designations within the Scholars Program. In addition to receiving a four-year academic scholarship, students receive other benefits under this program. Please note that WLU academic scholarship awarding and renewal information is listed in the next section.
Students accepted for admission with at least a 3.75 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and at least an ACT composite score of 27 (1290 SAT combined ERW/Math) are designated as Elbin Scholars. The Elbin Scholar designation is the highest scholar designation, and is named in honor of Dr. Paul N. Elbin, who was President of the College for 35 years.
Students admitted as Elbin Scholars receive:
To maintain in the Scholars Program, an Elbin Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
Students accepted for admission with at least a 3.75 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score between 24-26 (1160-1280 SAT combined ERW/Math) are designated as Presidential Scholars.
Students submitted as Presidential Scholars receive:
To maintain participation in the program, a Presidential Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
Students accepted for admission with at least a 3.75 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite of 22-23 (1100-1150 SAT combined ERW/Math) are designated as Foundation Scholars.
Students admitted as Foundation Scholars receive:
To maintain participation in the program, a Foundation Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
4.00 GPA* (on 4.00 scale)
ACT Minimum 30
SAT Minimum 1400
Full Tuition, Mandatory Fees,
Base Housing and Food
*Based on Accepted GPA by the WLU Office of Admissions. Cumulative GPA will be based on official transcripts reflecting all A’s.
Minimum 3.75 GPA
ACT Score 27+
SAT Score 1290+
In-state – $4,000
Out-of-state – $12,000
Minimum 3.75 GPA
ACT Score 24-26
SAT Score 1160-1280
In-state – $3,000
Out-of-state – $7,500
Minimum 3.75 GPA
ACT Score 22-23
SAT Score 1100-1150
Minimum 3.50 GPA
ACT Score 22+
SAT Score 1100+
All ACT portions of one ACT testing date are used for the composite score – West Liberty University does not super-score. The SAT scores are based off of the ERW and Math portions only beginning with the March 2016 tests. West Liberty will convert any “old SAT tests scores” that were taking prior to the March 2016 tests. West Liberty University does not calculate the Optional Writing portion of the test.
To maintain a scholarship, a student must earn 30 undergraduate hours in the academic year each year, earn a 3.25 cumulative GPA and meet all SAP requirements. If you are receiving an Undergraduate Scholarship, it can only be applied towards tuition and certain fees. It cannot be applied to any other charges. It may be canceled or reduced if you receive any other tuition based award. If your award contains a “Housing Scholarship,” you can only receive this if you live in a campus owned residence hall. It cannot be applied to any other charges. It may be canceled or reduced if you receive any other housing award.
WLU Academic Scholarships can ONLY be appealed in two specific circumstances. Please contact our office directly for details.
University Scholarship – Transfers
Offered to first-time transfer students (previous West Liberty Students not eligible) with a minimum college grade point average of a 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale). The scholarship will be $2000 per year renewable for up to three years. Student must complete 30 hours in the academic year, maintain a 3.25 GPA and meet all SAP requirements for renewal.
Promise Plus Scholarship
Offered to any student enrolling as a first-time freshman at West Liberty, who has been awarded the WV PROMISE Scholarship. In addition to the PROMISE Scholarship, the student will receive a guaranteed $1000 a year for four years. (If a student receives another institutional scholarship of at least $1000 for four years, he/she would not be eligible for the PROMISE Plus Scholarship).
International Student Housing Grants
Available to international students from select targeted areas. Awards determined by Coordinator of International Student Recruiting. For more information contact Mihaela Szabo at 304-336-8270; toll free 1-866-WESTLIB x8270
Various Foundation Scholarships
WLU Foundation Scholarships were established and funded by individuals or organizations to provide an opportunity to WLU students. The WLU Foundation is pleased to manage over 157 scholarship funds. A list of scholarships can be found at: http://wlufoundation.org/scholarships/
Silver Bears Alumni Scholarship
The Silver Bears Scholarship endowment was established by a group of WLU alumni known as the “Silver Bears.” The group decided that they would contribute to a scholarship fund to financially aid children and grandchildren of WLU Alumni. The amount of yearly scholarship will be $1,500, being awarded at $750 per semester. Download the Scholarship Application. The Scholarship application deadline is June 1, 2023.
George and Dolly Grim Memorial Scholarship
The successful candidate will have a strong community service background and a financial need as determined by FAFSA – preference to Eagle Scouts and Gold Award. This is a one year scholarship, but a student may reapply for continuation. The donor requests that the candidate to make a non-binding promise to “pay it forward” to some point when they are successful. Please complete the application by June 1, 2023.
The following scholarships are awarded through the department listed. Please contact the person or department named.
Art Scholarship Competition
Four-year scholarship for an incoming freshman, who wishes to major in Art. Students must submit a portfolio of at least six pieces of original work. Contact Chairperson, Department of Arts and Communications. (304) 336-8006
Athletic Scholarships are awarded by the Coach of each sport. Please visit the Athletic Homepage for additional information and contact information for each Coach.
Project Best Scholarship
Student with high academic ability who is an employee, spouse, or child of an employee of a participating upper Ohio Valley contractor or participating construction trade union. Contact Project Best, 21 Armory Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Various Music Scholarships
The Music Department has their scholarships listed separately on their website.
The West Virginia PROMISE (Providing Real Opportunities for Maximizing In-state Student Excellence) Scholarship Program, approved by the Legislature in 1999, offers each West Virginia high school graduate funding who completes school in West Virginia with a 3.0 grade point average in the core and overall coursework as well as a composite ACT score of at least 22 with minimum subject scores of 20 in each of the four areas, math, science, English, and reading, or a combined SAT score of 1100 with a minimum score of 530 in evidence reading and writing and 520 in math.
For more information call:
Two Undergraduate Scholarships in the amount of $1500 per year are available for entering first-time freshman for the fall semester. The waivers will be awarded to first-time freshman who will also have a brother or sister enrolled at West Liberty during the fall semester. Students must be a legal resident of West Virginia to apply. For additional information or to request an application click the link below or contact the Financial Aid Office. Application Deadline: June 1.