Scholarships can be applied for and awarded for a variety of reasons. Some scholarships recognize merit-based factors such as academic achievement, service and talent, while others are awarded for particular groups of people such as graduate students. Scholarships do not need to be repaid.
For incoming students
All outstanding freshman applicants are automatically considered for university-level scholarships if they apply for the fall semester by Nov. 1 — no separate application needed. A limited number of scholarships are also awarded to transfer applicants from the Virginia Community College System who have earned a minimum of 45 semester credit hours. Learn more about scholarships for new incoming students.
The following list of scholarship resources is provided as a reference only. Scholarship availability, application procedures and award amounts are subject to change. Check with schools or departments for additional opportunities.
The Rams Scholarship Hub is a centralized, searchable database where students can view the many scholarship opportunities available to them and offered through various VCU colleges, schools and departments. The application process on the Rams Scholarship Hub is streamlined so that currently enrolled students can apply for several scholarships using a single application, supplemented by answering additional award-specific questions.
On March 23, 2018, the President authorized the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act for students eligible for a Pell grant whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty as a public safety officer. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC and be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death. For more specific eligibility criteria, definitions and information about this scholarship, see the U.S. Department of Education's announcement on the Federal Student Aid site. If you feel you may be eligible, please fill out and submit the Children of Fallen Heroes application to the VCU Office of Financial Aid.
Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program
The Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program was established in accordance with § 30-231.8 of the Code of Virginia for the purpose of providing a public education to persons who were denied an education in the public schools of Virginia between 1954 and 1964, in jurisdictions in which the public schools were closed to avoid desegregation.