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State Scholarships

Federal Scholarships

Private Scholarships

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Scholarships for Those Affected by War, Terrorism, Other Disasters

Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities

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Institutional Scholarships

An institutional scholarship is a scholarship that is awarded by Shepherd University to the student.

To be considered for new student scholarships, students must apply and be admitted to Shepherd University by February 1.  Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 for federal student aid is highly recommended. If financial need is required per the donor's criteria for a particular institutional scholarship, a student may be ineligible if a FAFSA is not completed.

New Student Scholarships-awarded by the Office of Admissions. Some scholarships are renewable.

Each scholarship program has different renewal criteria, such as semester or cumulative grade point averages, required number of credit hours earned, major, etc.

National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM Scholarship-The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering at Shepherd University has been recently awarded a $627,010 grant (June 2013-May 2018) by the National Science Foundation which includes scholarship opportunities for STEM majors. Please review and complete the scholarship application, along with the required essay and letters of recommendation ASAP. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Qing Wang at or Professor Zhijun Wang at

Multicultural Leadership Team Scholarships-applications available through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Academic Department Scholarships-Contact the department of your major and request any scholarship application that may be required.

Honors Program Scholarships-Awarded by the Honors Program Office.

Athletic Scholarships-Awarded by the coach.

Scholarships Awarded by the Office of Financial Aid- This is a partial list of scholarships offered. If financial need is required, you must complete a FAFSA by March 1 to be considered. Scholarship Application


State Scholarships

Promise Scholarship-Renewal Criteria

GPA Requirement:   PROMISE recipients must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA throughout their collegiate career. However, first year students can retain the scholarship if they receive a cumulative 2.75, but every year thereafter students must meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement.  For example: 

If a student earns a 2.75 cumulative GPA in the first year, he/she will need to earn at least a 3.25 GPA in his/her second year in order to have the required cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Credit Hour Requirement: PROMISE recipients must complete and earn 30 credit hours per academic year

and maintain full-time status (12 credit hours) each semester.  Any college credit, as well as the GPA for those credits, earned prior to the actual enrollment in college does not count toward the student's renewal eligibility for the scholarship. Only those credits and grades earned beginning with the first semester of college enrollment after high school graduation will count for purposes of determining renewal eligibility.  For example:  if a student received college credit while still in high school those credits will not be used in determining renewal eligibility.

If a student falls short of either the GPA or credit hour requirements, he/she can attend summer school in order to meet those renewal criteria.  However, PROMISE will not pay for summer school if the

student is attending in order to meet renewal criteriaThe credits earned during summer school will then be reviewed to determine the student's eligibility to renew PROMISE.

Additional Renewal Information: Each student is responsible for keeping track of his/her academic

progress and eligibility status.  PROMISE will not notify a student who is in jeopardy of losing his/her scholarship.

Promise Scholarship Summer Provision:
To be eligible for a summer award, a student must be academically eligible for scholarship continuation at the end of the spring semester preceding the summer that assistance is requested.  Any summer award under this provision is dependent upon the availability of funds.  Priority for summer awards will be based on class rank with the highest priority given to students closest to graduation.  Students, other than those graduating at the end of the summer term of enrollment, must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.  Students graduating at the end of the summer term of enrollment are only required to enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours.  A summer award counts as a semester of utilization toward the maximum number of available semesters.

For more detailed information regarding the PROMISE Scholarship, please visit the Promise website.

Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program

The Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is a state funded student aid program designed to

enable and encourage students to pursue teaching careers at the pre-school, elementary, middle, or secondary school level.  Undergraduate and graduate scholarships, not to exceed $5,000 per academic year, are awarded on the basis of academic qualifications and interest in teaching. The objective is for a recipient to obtain a teaching certificate and to commit to the pursuit of a teaching career in West Virginia Public Schools.

Each interested student must properly complete an application for the scholarship on or before March 1.  Recipients will be required to sign an agreement acknowledging an understanding of the program's requirements and their willingness to repay the award if appropriate teaching service is not rendered.  The application deadline is March 1 for the upcoming academic year.

Additional information on the Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program may be found at, or requested by calling (304) 558-4618, or by writing to:

Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Suite 700

Charleston, West Virginia  25301

Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship

West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program is a student financial aid program designed to enable and encourage academically talented individuals to pursue careers in the fields of engineering, science and technology.  Scholarships, not to exceed $3,000 per academic year, are awarded on the basis of academic qualifications and interest in the fields of engineering, science and technology. 

To qualify for this scholarship, a student must agree to work full-time in an engineering, science or technology field in West Virginia for one year for each year the scholarship was received, or begin an approved program of community service related to engineering, science or technology.

The student must  be willing to repay the scholarship received plus interest and any required collection fees if he/she fails to fulfill the work requirement.

Additional information on the Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship may be found at

Federal Scholarships

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
This scholarship is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is named after Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, who died in Iraq in 2006 while disarming an explosive. Eligible applicants are children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty after September, 10, 2001.

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships are awarded by other agencies, such as businesses, churches, foundations, etc.

The following websites are useful in applying online. Notify the Office of Financial Aid of any scholarship that you receive from a private source.

AES Engineering Solutions Scholarship

AES Engineering offers scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.

Students do not have to be taking engineering classes to be eligible. Scholarship is hosting the Internet and Education Scholarship for $1,000. To enter, students must submit an essay in 500 or less words. For information on the essay subject and deadlines, please visit the website at

B. Davis Scholarship

The creators of the "Student Award Search Aid" website are offering a $1000 scholarship to students currently registered in a post-secondary institution, as well as to all high school juniors & seniors. Applicants must submit a 1000 word essay by the deadline posted on their website at Please visit the website for information about the essay topic and application procedures.

BigSun Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is dedicated to providing an opportunity for young athletes to learn and to excel, and offers an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of the sport in which they participate. . Please visit their website at for application procedures and deadlines.

The Point Foundation LGBT Scholars 

Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. For the online application and instructions, please visit their website at

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants

Abbot and Fenner provides scholarship to high school juniors and seniors, as well as those currently attending a post-secondary institution, who have the desire and ambition to succeed. For deadlines and application procedures, please visit their website at
Frontier Communications is offering a $1,000 scholarship for one student. To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please go to

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education. To apply or learn more about the program, visit the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship website at

The HotelsCheap Scholarship Program

In addition to being a cheap lodging provider, HotelsCheap is offering college scholarships for students aspiring to achieve a college education. For current scholarship opportunities and deadlines, please visit their website at

Robert H. Mollohan Family Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Mollohan Foundation provides opportunities for WV students through various scholarships and student programs. The goal of all of the programs is to give students an opportunity to further their education and an opportunity to understand the range of opportunities that are available within their home state. The scholarships offered through the Mollohan Foundation vary on amounts, eligibility criteria and application requirements. For details on the various scholarships and application procedures, please go to and click on Scholarships.

Campus Explorer Exclusive Scholarship
The Campus Explorer Exclusive Scholarship is a monthly $1,000 giveaway, designed to help students pay for their higher education expenses. Every month, Campus Explorer will announce a new scholarship. A winner will be randomly selected from the entrants. Additional information can be found at

John D. Lowe Scholarship
This $500 scholarship is awarded annually by the Shepherdstown High School Alumni Association to a Secondary Education major who will be enrolled in the fall semester. The recipient must be a United States citizen, and must be closely related to a Shepherdstown High School attendee or a graduate of Shepherdstown Junior/Middle School who graduated from a Jefferson County High School. Additional information can be found on the scholarship application. Deadline to apply is April 15.

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program
The Thermo Scientific pierce Scholarship Program for the Spring 2013 semester includes two $10,000 scholarships and four $5,000 scholarships to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. Students may apply for the scholarship through the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Website at

Your Local Security Scholarship is offering a $1000 Scholarship to an incoming freshman or a full-time undergraduate student. Please visit their website at for scholarship requirements and deadlines.

WyzAnt Tutoring sponsors an annual scholarship contest featuring $15,000 in total awards. To apply, you must write a short essay and promote it using email and social media to get votes. Finalists will be determined by popular vote. For essay topic, deadlines, and additional information, please go to

DOMO Scholarship for Business Management
Two $2500 scholarships for college students who are studying business management and who show an interest in analytics. Please visit for application procedures.

LifeShield Smart Home Scholarship Program
A prospective or current college student will be selected each year to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending school. For information about LifeShield, please visit their home page at Scholarship information can be found at


Scholarships for Veterans

The Veteran's United Foundation Scholarship Program
This program's primary goal is to assist military service members and their families by awarding five bi-annual $2000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books. Applicants must display financial need and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA. For information on how to apply, please visit the website at

U.S. Army Women's Foundation Legacy Scholarships
The Legacy Scholarship program offers financial support toward undergraduate degrees to Army women and their lineal descendants. Scholarships are based on merit, academic potential, community service and need. For eligibility requirements and application, please go to

Robert and Linda Carpenter Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by the Shepherd University Office of Financial Aid to two (2) undergraduate students on a year-to-year basis. Preference is to veterans or family members of a veteran of the U.S. armed services who demonstrate a financial need. To apply, please complete the undergraduate scholarship application.

Captain Joseph G. Kime Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded by the Shepherd University Office of Financial Aid to on a year-to-year basis. Preference is to a Jefferson County resident who is a veteran or a child of a Jefferson County veteran. To apply, please complete the undergraduate scholarship application.

Purple Heart and Medal of Honor Recipients
West Virginia residents receiving the Medal of Honor or Purple Heart may receive a tuition waiver for tuition and fees not covered by other state and federal aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.

Children and Spouses of Armed Forces Members Killed in Action
Shepherd University will provide tuition waivers to children and spouses of members of U.S. Armed Forces killed in action or who die afterwards from disease or disability resulting from war service. Applicants must be 16 to 25 years of age. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.


Scholarships for Those Affected by War, Terrorism, Other Disasters

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund

Provides need-based scholarships for dependent children, spouses, and domestic partners of 9/11 victims, including airplane crew and passengers, World Trade Center and Pentagon workers and visitors, and relief workers, including firefighters, emergency personnel, and law enforcement personnel that were involved in the rescue efforts. For eligibility guidelines and application procedures, please visit their website at

The Aon Memorial Education Fund

Provides post-secondary educational financial assistance to the dependent children of the Aon employees who were killed in the World Trade Center attacks. To apply for assistance, please visit the website at

The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation

Provides grants to enable children of firefighters and other victims of the September 11 attacks, as well as fires and other disasters, to afford higher education. For application form and deadlines, please visit the website at

Children's Fund of America

The Higher Educational Assistance Program provides education and welfare relief to American children who suffer due to tragedies of national significance, such as natural disasters and acts of terrorism. Please visit their website at for application procedures.

The CFA Institute September 11 Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship for undergraduate study in finance, economics, accounting, or business ethics. Available to dependent children, spouses, or domestic partners of those persons who died or were permanently disabled as a direct result of the September 11 attacks. For guidelines and application procedures, please visit their website at

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for dependent children of a U.S. Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Guardsman, or Marine who have become disabled, killed in action, or classified as a prisoner of war. To learn more, please visit the website at

New Jersey World Trade Center Scholarship

The New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority offers aid (for in-state or out-of-state colleges) to dependent children and surviving spouses of New Jersey residents who were killed or who died as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. Eligibility requirements and application can be found at


Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities

Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award
This $1000 award recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. It will be awarded to a student 19 or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field. Please visit the website at for guidelines and application procedures.

Shire ADHD Scholarship Program
This scholarship is intended for US citizens who are attending an approved college or university as an undergraduate student who has been diagnosed with ADHD and is under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD. For additional information, please visit the website at


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