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Think you’ve more than made the grade? Apply for one of VCU’s many scholarships.

Scholarships

Each fall, the University Undergraduate Scholarship Program grants financial awards to outstanding students entering VCU. Recipients are selected based on merit in the area of academic achievement. Leadership, community service and artistic talent (when applicable) also may be considered. To be eligible for scholarship renewal, students must complete at least 28 credit hours on a full-time basis over the fall and spring semesters and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or better.

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Scholarships are awarded to fall semester applicants only. The majority of scholarships are awarded to freshman applicants, though a limited number of scholarships are awarded to Virginia Community College System transfer applicants who have earned a minimum of 45 semester credit hours. We also encourage all applicants seeking scholarship consideration to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

How to apply

Freshman applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships must submit the Common Application to VCU by the Dec. 1 scholarship deadline; essay topics will be provided in the application.

Transfer applicants must submit VCU’s online electronic application by April 1. While an essay is not required, transfer students may wish to submit an optional one- to two-page essay on one of the following topics:

  1. Compose Page 87 of your autobiography. In this essay, you should be creative, considering where your life story would be at this point.
  2. Describe the most challenging obstacle you’ve faced and what you did to overcome it. What did you learn from the experience?

VCU requires no other scholarship application, with the exception of the Sica Scholarship PDF, which requires additional application materials.

Types of scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are awarded only during the fall semester and cover in-state costs only. Some of these awards are four-year scholarships, renewable for up to three consecutive years provided the appropriate GPA is maintained. Students who apply by the scholarship application deadline will be notified by the beginning of April if they are to receive a scholarship offer. Each fall, all outstanding freshmen applicants as well as a limited number of Virginia community college transfer student applicants who have earned a minimum of 45 semester credit hours are considered for scholarship awards.

In addition to these scholarships, individual schools and departments at VCU offer scholarships to incoming freshmen. Visit the VCU Office of Financial Aid’s Scholarships page for more information about these types of scholarships, as well as information about outside sources of scholarship aid. Contact the VCU school to which you are applying or into which you have been admitted for more specific scholarship application information.

University undergraduate scholarships

Presidential 1

This four-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to $13,000 per year (maximum amount of $6,500 per semester) as well as room and board. The estimated total value of this four-year award is approximately $98,000.

Provost

This four-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to $13,000 per year (maximum amount of $6,500 per semester). The estimated total value of this four-year award is approximately $52,000

Deans’

This four-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to $6,500 per year (maximum amount of $3,250 per semester). The estimated total value of this four-year award is approximately $26,000.

Dianne Nunnally Hoppes Scholarship Fund 2

Is equal to the cost of in-state tuition, fees, room, board and books (awarded every four years to one student).

Alcoa Foundation Community Scholarship 3

Is equal to the cost of in-state tuition and fees.

VCCS Transfer Scholarship 4

Is equal to the cost of one-half in-state tuition and fees.

Sica Scholarship 5

$1,500 – Download information PDF

1Room and board allowance: room is equivalent to the cost of a room in the Honors College Residence Hall and board is equivalent to the 250 Block plus $175 Dining Dollars meal plan.
2 Room and board allowance: room is equivalent to the cost of a room in West Grace Street Student Housing and board is equivalent to the 200 Block Plus $300 Dining Dollars meal plan. The award for books is $1,000 per semester.
3 Freshmen from Richmond and the surrounding counties majoring in business, engineering and technology areas of study are eligible to be considered for this scholarship.
4 Applicants with a minimum of 45 credit hours at a Virginia community college who transfer to VCU are eligible to be considered for this scholarship. A limited number of these scholarships are available. Students who have attended institutions other than Virginia community colleges are not eligible to be considered for this award.
5 Freshmen entering from Richmond Public Schools who are single mothers are eligible to be considered for this scholarship. One award is made annually. Additional application materials are required. Download the PDF application PDF.

Typical scores of merit scholarship recipients –
Fall 2013

Presidential scholarships

High school GPA

Category GPA
Average for freshmen awarded Presidential scholarships 4.61
Middle 50 percent of freshmen awarded Presidential scholarships 4.43-4.80

SAT-I*

Category SAT score
Average for freshmen awarded Presidential scholarships 1475
Middle 50 percent of freshmen awarded Presidential scholarships 1430-1540

* SAT scores based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings.

Provost scholarships

High school GPA

Category GPA
Average for freshmen awarded Provost scholarships 4.41
Middle 50 percent of freshmen awarded Provost scholarships 4.25-4.60

SAT-I*

Category SAT Score
Average for freshmen awarded Provost scholarships 1391
Middle 50 percent of freshmen awarded Provost scholarships 1340-1460

* SAT scores based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings.

Deans’ scholarships

High school GPA

Category GPA
Average for freshmen awarded Deans’ scholarships 4.25
Middle 50 percent of freshmen awarded Deans’ scholarships 4.10-4.40

SAT-I*

Category SAT Score
Average for freshmen awarded Deans’ scholarships 1306
Middle 50 percent of freshmen awarded Deans’ scholarships 1240-1380

* SAT scores based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings.

Athletic scholarships

Scholarship aid is available for each of VCU’s intercollegiate athletic teams. If you’re interested in obtaining information about athletic scholarships, write to the athletic department or have your current coach contact VCU on your behalf.

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