West Liberty University Scholarships

West Liberty University Scholars Program

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.

Elbin Scholars

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:

  • General studies credit based on ACT sub scores of 27 (630) or higher
  • Priority scheduling
  • Opportunity to join the Honors College as a freshman
  • Transcript designation as an Elbin Scholar Recognition at graduation as an Elbin Scholar

To maintain in the Scholars Program, an Elbin Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Presidential Scholars

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:

  • General studies credit based on ACT sub scores of 27 (630 SAT) or higher
  • Transcript designation as a Presidential Scholar Recognition at graduation as a Presidential Scholar.

To maintain participation in the program, a Presidential Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

Foundation Scholars

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:

  • General studies credit based on ACT sub scores of 27 (630 SAT) or higher
  • Transcript designation as a Foundation Scholar Recognition at graduation as a Foundation Scholar

To maintain participation in the program, a Foundation Scholar must maintain full-time enrollment and a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

Academic Scholarships

Full Ride Elbin Scholarship

4.00 GPA* (on 4.00 scale)
ACT Minimum 30
SAT Minimum 1400

Annual Scholarship
Full Tuition, Mandatory Fees,
Base Room and Board

*Based on Accepted GPA by the WLU Office of Admissions. Cumulative GPA will be based on official transcripts reflecting all A’s in all courses required for high school completion.

Elbin Scholarship

Minimum 3.75 GPA
ACT Score 27+
SAT Score 1290+

Annual Scholarship
In-state – $4,000

Out-of-state – $12,000

Presidential Scholarship

Minimum 3.75 GPA
ACT Score 24-26
SAT Score 1160-1280

Annual Scholarship
In-state – $3,000

Out-of-state – $7,500

Foundation Scholarship

Minimum 3.75 GPA
ACT Score 22-23
SAT Score 1100-1150

Annual Scholarship
$2,000

Black & Gold Scholarship

Minimum 3.50 GPA
ACT Score 22+
SAT Score 1100+

Annual Scholarship
$1,000

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 complete 30 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 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.

Additional Academic Scholarships

University Scholarship – Transfers

Offered to first-time transfer students (previous West Liberty Students not eligible) who have completed a minimum of 24 semester credit hours with a minimum 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. Incoming transfer students must be accepted by June 15th to receive the University Scholarship.

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

Foundation Scholarships

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 120 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 the 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 March 31, 2019.

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 April 1, 2019.

Departmental Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded through the department listed. Please contact the person or department named.

Art

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

Athletics

Athletic Scholarships
Athletic Scholarships are awarded by the Coach of each sport. Please visit the Athletic Homepage for additional information and contact information for each Coach.

General

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. 

Music

Various Music Scholarships
The Music Department has their scholarships listed separately on their website.

Other

Promise Scholarship
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 420 in math.

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Undergraduate Scholarships for Siblings

Two Undergraduate Scholarships in the amount of $1500 per year are available for entering first-time freshman for the fall 2019 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 2019 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, 2019.