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Scholarships

All outstanding freshman applicants are automatically considered for university-level scholarships if they apply for the fall semester by Nov. 15 — no separate application needed.

What’s our criteria?

Recipients are selected based on academic merit; leadership, community service and artistic talent (when applicable) also may be considered.

A limited number of scholarships are also awarded to transfer applicants from the Virginia Community College System who have earned a minimum of 45 semester credit hours.

When will you find out?

Students who apply by Nov. 15 will be notified by the beginning of April of any scholarship offers. All applicants seeking scholarship consideration are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Freshman applicants

For scholarship consideration, applicants must submit the Common Application to Virginia Commonwealth University by Nov. 15 and must also submit their test scores. Essay topics are provided in the application.

Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who apply to VCU by Nov. 15 and notify the National Merit Scholarship Corp. by May 31 that VCU is their first choice are eligible for a VCU Presidential Scholarship. Finalists with questions can contact Lindsay Coleman at colemanlw2@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1760.

Transfer applicants

Transfer applicants must submit VCU’s online electronic application by April 1. An optional two-page essay may be submitted on one of these topics:

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

Types of scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are only awarded during the fall semester and cover in-state costs only.

Four-year scholarships are renewable for up to three consecutive years if recipients complete at least 28 credit hours on a full-time basis over the fall and spring semesters and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better.

Additional scholarship awards may be offered by the Office of Admissions to students in recognition of academic achievements, leadership or other personal attributes.

University undergraduate scholarships

Presidential

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.

Average GPA: 4.63
Middle 50 percent: 4.53-4.78

Average SAT-I* score: 1501
Middle 50 percent: 1460-1550
*SAT scores based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings

*Room allowance is equal to the cost of a room in the Honors College residence hall; board is equivalent to the 250 Block plus $175 Dining Dollars meal plan.

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) for an estimated total value of $52,000.

Average GPA: 4.49
Middle 50 percent: 4.36-4.65

Average SAT-I score: 1406
Middle 50 percent: 1365-1460
*SAT scores based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings

Deans’ scholarships

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.

Average GPA: 4.35
Middle 50 percent: 4.20-4.49

Average SAT-I* score: 1357
Middle 50 percent: 1305-1420
*SAT scores based on the best critical reading and math scores from separate testings

Dianne Nunnally Hoppes Scholarship Fund 2

This scholarship is awarded every four years to one student. It equals the cost of in-state tuition, fees, room, board and books.

Room allowance is equal to the cost of a room in West Grace Street student housing; board is equivalent to the 200 Block Plus $300 Dining Dollars meal plan. The book award is $1,000 per semester.

Alcoa Foundation Community Scholarship

This scholarship is equal to the cost of in-state tuition and fees. Freshmen from Richmond and the surrounding counties majoring in business, engineering and technology areas of study are eligible to be considered for this scholarship.

VCCS Transfer Scholarship

This scholarship is equal to the cost of one-half of in-state tuition and fees. 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.

Sica Family Single Mother Scholarship

This $1,500 scholarship is open to freshmen entering from Richmond Public Schools who are single mothers. One award is made annually. See the Sica Family Single Mother Scholarship Application.

School and department scholarships

Individual schools and departments at VCU manage and offer their own scholarships to incoming freshmen. Visit VCU Financial Aid to learn more.

Athletic scholarships

Scholarship aid is available for each VCU athletic team. Contact the athletic department to learn more.