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The Reed College of Media and College of Creative Arts will merge to form the new WVU College of Creative Arts and Media as of July 1, 2024. Get details.


At West Virginia University, we want the best and brightest students — not just the high scorers. Hard work, determination and grit are just as important to us as tests and GPAs.

It’s easy for first-time freshmen to qualify for our merit based scholarships. Just submit your application to WVU and we’ll review it for our central awards.

Use our charts below to determine your eligibility for the Climb Higher Scholarship and the Innovators Scholarship, which includes a stackable College of Media award. 

Our admissions application and merit awarding both include a no-harm policy – students will not be penalized whether applying with or without scores. We also welcome changes to your test scores and admitted students may submit updated scores through June 1 if electing to qualify for Level 1 of the Climb Higher Scholarship.

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 Are you entering WVU in Fall 2023, Spring 2024 or Summer 2024View the 2023-2024 scholarship charts.

Right arrow for climb higher Climb Higher Scholarship

In-State Amount

Out-of-State Amount

Level 1 (3.8+ GPA and ACT ≥30 or SAT ≥1360) $5,000
Level 2 (3.8+ GPA) $3,500
Level 3 (3.5-3.79 GPA) $2,500
Level 4 (3.0-3.49 GPA) $1,500

Innovators Scholarship

Have a 3.8 GPA or above? Our Innovators Scholarship is stackable with our Climb Higher Scholarship and provides an additional $1,000 for in-state students and $2,000 for out-of-state students to first-time freshmen admitted to the following colleges:

  • Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
  • Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
  • John Chambers College of Business and Economics
  • Reed College of Media

Note: We use a weighted GPA if provided on the high school transcript or self-reported by the student. WVU rounds high school GPAs to the second decimal point (e.g., 4.195 is rounded up to 4.2 while 4.19 stays at 4.19). Applies to WVU Morgantown. Self-reported GPAs may be adjusted based on the official transcript. Learn more at

M.S. Marketing Communications Scholarships

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media offers a competitive scholarship specifically for students enrolled in the College’s Integrated, Data and Digital Marketing Communications graduate programs. Admitted and current students can apply during the spring and scholarships are awarded each fall. You will receive information via email and in the student dashboard. This is the first and only scholarship dedicated to online graduate students in the College of Media.