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Scholarships & Financial Aid

College of Media Scholarships

The West Virginia University Office of Financial Aid offers financial support to eligible undergraduate students in a variety of forms, including loans, grants, scholarship and work-study opportunities.

In addition, the generosity of WVU Reed College of Media alumni and friends helps to provide financial support for our undergraduate students, as well as professional development opportunities for both students and faculty.

Because of this generosity, the College of Media is able to award its own undergraduate student scholarships and enhancement funds each year.

First-Time Freshmen

Fall 2018 Incoming Freshmen are eligible for scholarships from the College of Media based on their high school grade point average and standardized test scores. While these scholarships can be in addition to institutional awards, please review these Top Ten Important Facts for additional information.

  • Level 1 (Dean’s Merit Scholarship): 3.5, 27 ACT, 1290 SAT
    $2000 Residents, $4000 Non-Residents
  • Level 2 (Dean’s Honors Scholarship): 3.5, 24 ACT, 1180 SAT
    $1500 Residents, $3000 Non-Residents

RENEWAL: Beginning with the Fall 2018 freshmen class, College of Media Dean’s Scholarships are renewable for maximum of 8 undergraduate semesters, or until graduation, whichever comes first.  Renewal of the scholarship is contingent upon earning a minimum of 30 credit hours each academic year, attainment of a minimum overall GPA (Level 1: 3.25, Level 2: 3.00), and continued enrollment in the Reed College of Media. 

Students initially awarded this scholarship for Fall 2018 or later may be eligible for a similar scholarship should they change their major into the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design, or the College of Business and Economics. Please contact the Mountaineer Hub for more information about the Dean’s Scholarship Program.

College of Media Scholars Program

Students who are admitted to the WVU Honors College are also eligible for the College of Media Scholars Program.

Continuing Undergraduate Students

The application for continuing student scholarships will be available February 1, 2018.

Continuing undergraduate students can apply by submitting a College of Media Scholarship Application during the spring semester. Students are notified via WVU Reed College of Media eNews about the application process, criteria and deadlines.

College of Media scholarships are awarded in the late spring and cover the upcoming academic year.

The College also offers a limited number of Student Enhancement Awards, cash awards to students who have secured major-market journalism internships or have been accepted in a journalism study-abroad programs. Awards typically range from $500 to $1,000. Complete details, deadlines and application materials are available in the application packet.

Graduate Students

Graduate students also are eligible to apply for financial aid through West Virginia University, typically in the form of loans. In addition, the College offers a limited number of merit-based graduate assistantships to students enrolled in the Master of Science in Journalism program. For more information, please contact the College’s Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Steve Urbanski at 304.293.6797 or