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Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

Prospective Freshmen Scholarships

 All first-time students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will be considered for the Virginia Tech Scholars Scholarship program. No application is necessary. Students who are accepted to the Honors College can learn about additional funding here.

These are scholarships awarded to students based on the criteria provided by our donors. Some General Scholarships only require the FAFSA and some require an application.

Presidential Campus Enrichment Grant is a competitive scholarship program that is awarded based on an essay question related to your personal values, beliefs and activities regarding multiculturalism and diversity. Complete the general scholarship application and FAFSA by the priority deadline. This award is renewable for eight semesters.

Presidential Scholarship Initiative (PSI) is a competitive scholarship program designed to offset the costs of college for in-state Virginia high school students with significant financial need. This scholarship ensures that full tuition, fees, and room and board are covered. Please note: No application or recommendation letter is necessary for the PSI, but the FAFSA must be completed by the priority deadline.

Applicants to the university are automatically considered for the Honors College and any available scholarships based on their undergraduate admissions application; there is no separate Honors College application. For more information, please visit the Honors College website or call 540-231-4591.

Athletic scholarships are offered by the head coaches of Virginia Tech’s collegiate teams as well as noncompetitive participation (i.e. videographers, trainers) and are awarded on the basis of athletic ability and academic eligibility. 

Students interested in military scholarships may be required to complete a FAFSA as part of the application process.

Prospective Transfer Scholarships

Some of the college and/or department scholarships opportunities are available for transfer students and may require to file the FAFSA by the priority deadline.

These are scholarships that are awarded to students based on the criteria provided by our donors. Some General Scholarships only require the FAFSA and some require an application.

VT VCCS Lifeline Scholarship is awarded to select VCCS graduates continuing their education at Virginia Tech. One full tuition and fee scholarship and five half tuition and fees will be awarded to each Fall terms’ entering cohort. No application or recommendation letter is necessary.

The Two-Year College Transfer Grant is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to provide financial assistance to students who receive an associate's degree at a Virginia 2-year public institution.

Continuing Students Scholarships

Application Details

  • Students must complete and submit the CLAHS – Conditional Application in addition to the General Application to be considered for CLAHS scholarships.
  • Students may apply for as many college scholarships as they want — as long as they meet the requirements of each scholarship for which they apply.
  • Student may receive no more than two college scholarships in any one round of awards.

The Division of Student Affairs administers a number of scholarships to currently enrolled undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding leadership. These scholarship awards typically range from $1,000 to $4,000. A committee of Virginia Tech alumni will select the recipients of each scholarship.

Henry Dekker Student Leadership Award  

Edward F.D. and Norrine Bailey Spencer Leadership Scholarship

Robert Edward Nance ’50 Memorial Scholarship

Benedetti Student Leader Scholarship

Robert C. and Emily S. Jones Family Scholarship (Preference will be given to a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences)

Stulb-Heffner Motivation Matters Scholarship

Ellen and Ben Ames Leadership Scholarship

Adam Ward ’11 Memorial Scholarship

Student Government Association Leader Scholarship

Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

The Graduate School serves as the coordinating office for fellowships and scholarships awarded outside the university, such as Graduate Consortium for Minorities in Engineering and Science, National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship, Packard Foundation, Ford Fellowships, Fulbright Scholarships, and many others. 

The Graduate School accepts department nominations for several fellowships for outstanding students: the Powell Fellowship, the Cunningham Fellowship, and the Congressional Fellowship. Fellowship students are expected to be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours each for the Fall and Spring semesters. Virginia Tech does not require fellowship students to be enrolled during the summer terms, though this may be a requirement of the funding agency. The Graduate School also posts information about current funding opportunities. The Virginia Tech Research Division publishes a weekly Opportunity Update, that includes notices of selected graduate and postdoctoral research opportunities and fellowships that are funded outside of the university. The Opportunity Update can be sent to you by email. Students can also conduct their own comprehensive search with COS Alert Service and have results emailed to them each week. Many other alert services, such as Grants Net, are also available. 

Graduate School Scholarships and Fellowships

Work-life grants

Department Nominations for Several Fellowships:

Cunningham Doctoral Assistantships

Dean's Diversity Assistantships

Ellen E. Wade Graduate Studies Fellowship

George E. and Hester B. Aker Fellowship

McNair Assistantship

Powell Fellowship

Joseph Frank Hunkler Memorial Scholarship (Nomination by March 1)

The MAOP Graduate Scholars Program 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (VTech Guide) 

Graduate Student Guide to Financial Aid

Foreign Fulbright Program 

The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program