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Global Affairs Merit Awards

International students with exemplary academic merit may qualify for supplemental scholarship support from the Office of Global Affairs.


  • Must be directly admitted into West Virginia University, without condition
  • Must be a full-time, degree-seeking student on an F-1 or J-1 student visa
  • Eligible only to undergraduate, first-time freshmen
  • Must qualify for a WVU Climb Higher Scholarship.
  • Must maintain a 2.75 GPA and earn 30 credit hours per academic year for renewal (a maximum of four years)
  • Scholarship can only be used for tuition and fees -- if a surplus of aid is present, a refund of unused funds will not be issued.



  • Level 1: $8,000 per year (two awards per year)
  • Level 2: $6,000 per year (four awards per year)
  • Level 3: $4,000 per year (seven awards per year)

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The Global Affairs International Merit Scholarship aims to provide funding for international students in an effort to increase the profile and diversity of WVU’s student body. A qualitative assessment of applicants will aim to provide funding for students of:

  • Exceptional academic merit, to improve the academic profile of the University
  • Underrepresented areas, where there does not exist a substantial population of current WVU students
  • Diverse populations, in order to further build the diversity of the University