Federal and State Grants and Scholarships
- *Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (Need Based) $200 - $1,000 is based upon need; application is the FAFSA form.
- *Federal Pell Grant (Need Based) $555- $5,550; application is the FAFSA form.
- *An Academic Competitiveness Grant will provide up to $750 for the freshman year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the sophomore year of undergraduate study to students enrolled at least half-time who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and who had successfully completed a rigorous high school program, as determined by the state or local education agency and recognized by the Secretary of Education. Sophomore year students must also have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 at the end of their freshman year. The program will be available for the first time for the 2006-07 school year for first year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2006 and for second year students who graduated from high school after January 1, 2005. The Academic Competitiveness Grant award is in addition to the student's Pell Grant award.
- *A National SMART Grant will provide up to $4,000 for each of the junior and senior years of undergraduate study to students enrolled at least half-time who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and who are majoring in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics, or natural science. The student must also have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major. The National SMART Grant award is in addition to the student's Pell Grant award.
- *A Teach Grant is a new program that began July 1, 2008. Students are eligible for up to $4,000 per academic year and up to $16,000 for the first undergraduate degree. The award is prorated for students who are less than full-time. Students must have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average. The student must teach full-time for at least four years within eight years of completing program as a
--highly qualified teacher;
--at a Title I school;
--in a specified subject area (mathematics, science, a foreign language, bilingual education, special education, as a reading specialist, and other “high-need" fields).
If service is not met, the grant must be repaid as an Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan, with interest from the date(s) of original disbursement.
- State Scholarships and Grants
- *Pennsylvania PHEAA Grant up to $600; student must file their FAFSA by May 1.
- *West Virginia Higher Education Grant $1,500-$2,100; returning students must complete 24 credit hours in the fall/spring semester, maintain a 2.0 grade point average, and file the FAFSA by March 1. The Higher Education Grant is based upon Expected Family Contribution and is renewable up to 8 semesters.
- *West Virginia Promise Scholarship for 2010-2011 $4,916 for students awarded before January 1, 2010; $4,750 for students awarded the first time after January 1, 2010. The Scholarship will automatically be renewed by the college if the student has at least an overall 2.75 GPA at the end of the first twelve-month period on college work attempted. Thereafter a 3.00 cumulative GPA is required. A student must complete thirty credit hours over a twelve-month period, beginning with a student’s first year on a college campus. The Promise Scholarship is renewable up to 8 semesters.
- *West Virginia Underwood Smith Teacher Scholarship - 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. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 after successfully completing 2 years of course work at an approved institution; the application deadline is March 1.
- *The West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship Program Program is a state funded student 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. The objective is for a recipient to obtain a degree or certificate in engineering, science or technology and to commit to the pursuit of a career in West Virginia. The application deadline is March 1.