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WVU Potomac State College rewards your hard work with a variety of scholarships to qualified students, including academic and athletic awards.

Scholarships at WVU Potomac State College

It’s easy to qualify for our merit-based Climb Higher scholarships. Just submit your application for admission and we automatically consider you for merit scholarships. The Climb Higher Scholarship is offered based on high school grade point average (GPA) — and only for the highest level, GPA plus ACT or SAT scores.

Climb Higher Scholarships

Scholarship amounts vary based on the degree you are pursuing (associate or bachelor's) and whether you are a West Virginia resident (in-state), non-resident (out-of-state) or a non-resident living in one of the designated Metro counties.

Metro fees are available to residents of:

  • Maryland: Allegany and Garrett Counties
  • Pennsylvania: Bedford, Fayette and Somerset Counties
  • Virginia: Frederick County and City of Winchester

Associate Degree

 Climb Higher Scholarship Resident Non-Resident Metro
Level 1 (3.8+ and ACT ≥30 or SAT≥1360) $2,500 $7,500 $4,000
Level 2 (3.8+) $1,750 $6,000 $3,000
Level 3 (3.5-3.79) $1,200 $5,000 $2,000
Level 4 (3.0-3.49) $750 $3,500 $1,200

Bachelor's Degree

Climb Higher Scholarship Resident Non-Resident Metro
Level 1 (3.8+ and ACT ≥30 or SAT≥1360) $3,000 $8,500 $5,000
Level 2 (3.8+) $2,000 $7,000 $3,500
Level 3 (3.5-3.79) $1,500 $5,500 $2,500
Level 4 (3.0-3.49) $1,000 $4,000 $1,500

Our admissions application and merit awarding both include a no-harm policy – students will not be penalized whether applying with scores or not. To be considered for WVU scholarships, students must be admitted by June 1. Students who meet the admission deadline will be considered for scholarships (or increases to scholarships, if applicable) based on submission of new high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores if the information is updated on their WVU student record by June 1.

And don’t forget to file the FAFSA form for the 2024-2025 academic cycle. You may qualify for additional need-based aid and institutional awards. 

If you change campuses to WVU Morgantown or WVU Beckley when you leave Potomac State, your scholarship will go with you as long as you’ve met renewal criteria.

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Please be aware that incoming students majoring in online programs of study are not eligible for institutional scholarships. Students beginning in on-campus majors will lose their institutional scholarship eligibility if they switch to an online program of study at any point. 


Non-resident students receiving this level of scholarship who change to in-state tuition rates through programs such as Ohio Tuition Reciprocity or National Guard assessment (or who change to in-state tuition rates through any other program) will have this scholarship removed from their financial aid offer. Students will not be awarded a replacement scholarship. If a student changes back to non-resident tuition rates, the Climb Higher will not be reinstated. 

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Awards based on academic merit, financial need and academic ability

West Virginia Residents Scholarships 

Are you a resident of West Virginia? These scholarships – which are stacked on top of the WV PROMISE Scholarship are for you.

WV Resident Scholarships

Metro Residents

If you live in one of the following counties, we have you covered. Maryland: Allegany; Pennsylvania: Bedford, Fayette and Somerset; Virginia: Frederick.

Metro Resident Scholarships 

Out-of- State/International Residents

If you live outside WV and our metro counties, these scholarships are for you. That includes international students too.

Out-of-State/International Resident Scholarships

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Diversity Scholarships

A scholarship opportunity for exceptional and talented students who have been traditionally underrepresented on college campuses, and who are culturally, ethnically, or racially diverse.

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Transfer Student Scholarships

Are you transferring from another institution to Potomac State College? See how we can help you today. 

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Leadership Scholarships 

Have you achieved the highest level of honor at a nationally acclaimed organization? WVU Potomac State College may have scholarship opportunities just for you.

View Leadership Scholarships


PASS is a scholarship program funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for academically promising students majoring in Biology at WVU Potomac State College with demonstrated unmet financial need.

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Scholarships requiring a separate application:

  • Moore-Church Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to graduates of Keyser High School, Fairmont High School and East Fairmont High School.  
  • Chessie Federal Credit Union Scholarship: Recipient must be a member in good standing of the Chessie Federal Credit Union or have a family member who is a member in good standing 
  • Hot Stove Baseball Scholarship: First Preference to Hot Stove Baseball League participants in the tri-state area, (WV, MD, PA) 
Additional information and applications may be obtained from the Office of Enrollment Services.

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