If you’re a West Virginia resident, and you are seeking scholarships to help defray the cost of college, consider the WV PROMISE Scholarship. The PROMISE Scholarship is a merit-based funding option that awards up to $4,750 to eligible students to help with the cost of attendance at certain colleges and universities in West Virginia. This state-funded program is renewable for four years if you meet the eligibility requirements.
The PROMISE Scholarship is available to residents of West Virginia to help defray the costs of a college education at certain institutions in the state.
Meet the Requirements
In addition to being a West Virginia resident and completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, you’ll need to submit your application for the PROMISE Scholarship by March 1. Applications are only accepted from high school students who are juniors or seniors. You’ll also need to meet the following academic requirements:
- Maintain and graduate with a “B” GPA
- Submit a final academic transcript
- Complete four credits of English
- Complete four credits of math
- Complete four credits of social sciences
- Complete four credits of natural sciences
- Achieve a 22 on the ACT or 1100 on the SAT
Consider What the PROMISE Scholarship Covers
If you are selected for a PROMISE Scholarship, you’ll receive up to $4,750 per year to cover the tuition and fees. The funding goes directly to the institution. If the cost of tuition is higher or you need assistance with housing and food, you can apply for additional scholarships or loans to be used in conjunction with the PROMISE Scholarship.
Look at the Summer Award Possibilities
If you’re awarded the WV PROMISE Scholarship and wish to take summer courses, you can apply for a summer PROMISE award. You can only receive a PROMISE Scholarship for eight semesters, but you can use summer as one of your eligible terms.
Funding for a summer term is only awarded if there’s money available in the program. You’ll have to apply by May 15 to be considered for a summer PROMISE Scholarship.
Check Out the Renewal Requirements
To be eligible to continue receiving PROMISE Scholarship funding, you’ll have to maintain a 2.75 GPA and complete 30 credit hours during two consecutive semesters of college. Remaining enrolled as a full-time student is an additional requirement of this award. Each year, you’ll need to submit a new application and refile the FAFSA.
Consider Eligible Institutions
The PROMISE Scholarship is a West Virginia scholarship and can only be used at certain institutions in the state. You can’t apply the PROMISE award to institutions in other states. Here is a list of eligible institutions:
- Bluefield State College
- Fairmont State University
- Marshall University
- Shepherd University
- West Virginia State University
- West Virginia University Institute of Technology
- Concord University
- Glenville State College
- Potomac State College of West Virginia University
- West Liberty University
- West Virginia University
- New River Community and Technical College
- Southern West Virginia Community College
- West Virginia University at Parkersburg
- BridgeValley Community College
- Blue Ridge Community College
- Mountwest Community College
- Pierpont Community and Technical College
- West Virginia Northern Community College
- Eastern West Virginia Community College
- Alderson Broaddus University
- Bethany College
- Ohio Valley University
- West Virginia Wesleyan College
- Appalachian Bible College
- Davis and Elkins College
- University of Charleston
- Wheeling Jesuit University
Review the Appeal Policies
If you’re not selected for the PROMISE Scholarship, you can file an appeal with the director of State Financial Aid Programs. The appeal must be submitted within 15 days of being notified that you didn’t receive the scholarship.
If this appeal is denied, you can e_scalate your case_ to the review committee assigned by the Policy Commission. You may be asked to submit additional supplementary documents to support your appeal package.
- College Foundation of West Virginia: PROMISE Scholarship Appeal Policies
- College Foundation of West Virginia: PROMISE Scholarship Program Eligibility Requirements
- College Foundation of West Virginia: PROMISE Scholarship Program Renewal Requirements
- College Foundation of West Virginia: PROMISE Scholarship Eligible Institutions
Dr. Kelly Meier earned her doctorate from Minnesota State Mankato in Educational Leadership. She is the author and co-author of 12 books and serves as a consultant in K-12 and higher education. Dr. Meier is is a regular contributor for The Equity Network and has worked in education for more than 30 years.