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Scholarships and grants are forms of aid rewarded to students based on merit or need in order to make the Southern Virginia experience more affordable. This page includes aid offered through Southern Virginia University. Students can receive aid from countless other sources and should seek it out in order to graduate with as little debt as possible.

Learn more about external financial aid.

Scholarships are awarded to full-time students and are applied to tuition. Most Southern Virginia University scholarships are awarded for an academic year unless otherwise stipulated. Students attending only one semester will have their award adjusted to accommodate the one semester of attendance.

Students who drop below full-time status (12 credit hours) will lose their scholarships for that semester. Part-time students may receive additional funds from federal, state, and private sources other than the university.

The amount of institutional scholarships is contingent upon availability of funds.

{expander}Academic Scholarship · Up to $2,500

Based on academic performance and test scores prior to attending Southern Virginia University.

Amount:
  • Freshmen (less than 24 attempted college credits): Amount determined by high school GPA and ACT composite score or three-part SAT score
  • Transfer Students (24 or more attempted college credits): Amount determined by college GPA
Eligibility:
  • Incoming freshman or transfer student
  • Attend Southern Virginia full-time
  • Good academic standing
Application:

Automatically considered as students complete their application to Southern Virginia.
Contact Admissions: 540-261-8401 or admissions@svu.edu

Renewal:

Annual award, does not need to be renewed; scholarship eligibility is evaluated after the summer term to ensure that the student meets certain minimum academic performance criteria. These criteria are subject to change at any time.

Retention of academic scholarships will be based on the following scale:

Yearly Amount of Scholarship Cumulative GPA Needed to Retain Scholarship
$1,000 or less 2.00 Southern Virginia GPA
$1,500 - $2,000 2.75 Southern Virginia GPA
$2,500 or more 3.00 Southern Virginia GPA

{expander}Marrriot Scholarship · $10,000

Recognizes excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership and service.

About:

The Marriott Scholar program is the most prestigious scholarship offered at Southern Virginia University, recognizing incoming freshmen and transfer students who have excelled in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership and service. This award emphasizes the attributes of the "leader-servant" as exemplified by Richard E. Marriott and the Marriott Family in whose honor the scholarship is named.

Amount:

The maximum annual scholarship amount Southern Virginia awards to any student is $10,000. The Marriott scholarship is calculated and added to other Southern Virginia scholarships to bring your total Southern Virginia scholarship amount up to $10,000.

Eligibility:

Freshmen:

  • 3.80+ (unweighted) GPA on 4.0 scale
  • 1860 combined score on SAT or 28 composite score on ACT
    • OR
  • 3.60+ (unweighted) GPA on 4.0 scale
  • 1980 combined score on SAT or 30 composite score on ACT

Transfer students:

  • 3.80+ (unweighted) GPA on 4.0 scale, minimum 24 attempted credit hours
  • Students may also be asked to provide high school information

Students with GED, homeschooled and/or without accredited high school transcript:

  • Contact an admissions director for eligibility requirements
Application:
  1. Complete the Marriott Scholarship Application:
  2. Submit a Letter of Recommendation
    • Download and print the Letter of Recommendation Form
    • Complete the "To the Applicant" portion
    • Give the entire Letter of Recommendation Form and an addressed and stamped envelope to the recommender. Address the envelope to:
      Southern Virginia University Admissions
      One University Hill Drive
      Buena Vista, Virginia 24416
    • Ask the recommender to mail the completed form and letter
Deadline:

Marriott Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis beginning as early as January for Fall semester and September for Spring semester. Qualified candidates should submit their applications as early as possible. Marriott Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis until funding for the scholarship is exhausted.

Renewal:

Annual award, does not need to be renewed; however, scholarship eligibility is evaluated after the summer term to ensure that the student meets certain minimum academic performance criteria. Currently, Marriott Scholars must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. These criteria are subject to change at any time.

{expander}Returned Missionary and Humanitarian Service Scholarship · $1500

Awarded to students who have honorably completed a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or other comparable full-time missionary or humanitarian service.

About:

The Returned Missionary & Humanitarian Service Grant is intended to attract and retain quality students who demonstrate maturity, spirituality, leadership and dedication to service.

Amount:

$1,500

Eligibility:
  • Honorably complete a full-time LDS mission or other comparable full-time missionary or humanitarian service
  • Comparable full-time missionary or humanitarian service requires at least 18 months of service.
  • Attend Southern Virginia full-time
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at Southern Virginia
  • Comply with the Southern Virginia Code of Honor
Application:

Automatically considered for all returned missionaries who complete a Southern Virginia Financial Aid Application and verified by an appropriately completed and signed Ecclesiastical Endorsement. Students who wish to be considered for this grant based on other forms of service, such as non-LDS missionary work or other humanitarian service, may need to submit a description of their service and official verification from the organization through which the service was performed. To apply or to request more information, contact the Office of Admissions

Renewal:

Annual award, does not need to be renewed

{expander} Talent Scholarship

Awarded to students with exceptional ability in the fine and performing arts and/or leadership or service areas.

Amount:

 Dependent upon talent assessment and financial need

Eligibility:
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA at Southern Virginia
  • Comply with the Southern Virginia Code of Honor
  • Significantly participate in the fine and performing arts and/or leadership or service activity.
  •  learn more about Talent Grants

Application:
  1. Contact the appropriate faculty member who will provide the specific grant application material required for consideration
  2. Mail, email (student.finances@svu.edu), fax (540-261-2757) or manually submit grant application materials to the Admissions Office (may include artwork, a portfolio and/or a CD/DVD or tape in addition to narratives and recommendation letters)*

*An audition or tryout can be arranged in lieu of submitting the grant application recordings.

Renewal:

Awardee does not have to apply each year. Once awarded, student will retain the grant if they continue to make a significant contribution to fine/performing art activities or student government.

{expander} Missionary Companion Scholarship $1000

The Missionary Companion Grant is awarded to returned missionaries who served a mission and were the reason another missionary from his or her mission attends Southern Virginia University. The returned missionary must submit the name of the other missionary to Student Financial Services. Student Financial Services will confirm that the "companion" is currently not a prospective SVU student or had not attended SVU previously. Returned missionaries cannot submit their relatives for this grant. Once the proposed "companion" matriculates, the grant will be awarded. 

{expander}Donna Hadley Scholarship · Up to $1,250

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:

The Donna Hadley Scholarship program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

Amount:

Up to $1,250 (annually)

Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Donna Hadley Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

{expander} Gardner H. Russell Entrepreneurial Scholarship · Up to $1,500

Awarded to a student exhibiting the best entrepreneurial plan for an existing or new concern.

About:

The Gardner H. Russell Entrepreneurial Scholarship is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University student who have excelled in their business and educational pursuits.

Amount:

Up to $1,500

Eligibility:
  • Be in good academic standing demonstrated by maintaining a 2.5 GPA or better
  • Have already earned at least 24 Southern Virginia credits
  • Commit to graduate from Southern Virginia University
  • Be willing to abide by the Southern Virginia University code of honor
  • Be someone who has demonstrated some level of interest and/or performance in the area of starting and having their own business. This could be someone who has owned or operated their own business or has expressed a strong desire to do so.
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years

{expander}J. Thomas Smith Scholarship · $500-$2000

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:

The J. Thomas Smith scholarship is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life, such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service. The award emphasizes the concept of the leader-servant as epitomized by the benefactors of the award, J. Thomas and Anne Smith.

Amount:

$500-$2,000 (annually)

Eligibility:
  • Be an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Complete 30 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain cumulative 2.7 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of the leader-servant
  • Complete at least one Institute class during the year
Deadline:

March 1

Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years

{expander}JL Racey Scholarship · Up to $1,000

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:

The JL Racey Scholarship program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

Amount:

Up to $1,000 (annually)

Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the JL Racey Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

{expander}Margaret Durham Robey Scholarship - Up to $1,250

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:

The Margaret Durham Robey Scholarship program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

Amount:

Up to $1,250 (annually)

Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Pauline Mittle Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

{expander}Nadine Teerlink Deserving Student/New Parent Scholarship · $1,000

Established in January 2016 through the generosity of Wilford and Nadine Teerlink. Scholarship is awarded to students who have/will become new parents recently/soon. The award will help pay for tuition for the enrolled student or spouse for the coming semester.

Amount:

$1,000 (annually)

Eligibility:
  • Full-time student (taking at least 12 credits each semester)
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Enrolled in Institute
  • Earned at least 12 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Abides by the Southern Virginia Code of Honor
  • Student or spouse will have borne a child during the last school year or be with child yet to be borne. Student or spouse must be enrolled as a full-time student and must continue full-time enrollment at the child’s birth.
Deadline:

March 20

Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years

{expander}Pauline Mittle Scholarship · Up to $1,250

Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:

The Pauline Mittle Scholarship program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

Amount:

Up to $1,250 (annually)

Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Pauline Mittle Scholarship are encouraged to apply
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years.

{expander}Teerlink Scholarship · $1,000

Established in February 2007 through the generosity of Wilford and Nadine Teerlink. Scholarship is preferably awarded, but not limited, to students interested in the fine arts (music preferred), science or the posterity of Wilford and Nadine Teerlink.

Amount:

$1,000 (annually)

Eligibility:
  • Full-time student (taking at least 12 credits each semester)
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Enrolled in Institute
  • Earned at least 12 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Abides by the Southern Virginia Code of Honor
Deadline:

March 20

Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years

{expander}Virginia Collegium Scholarship · Up to $1,500

Recognizes Virginia residents who excel in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service. Recognizes excellence in academics, student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service.

About:

The Virginia Collegium program is established to recognize continuing Southern Virginia University students who have excelled both academically and in other aspects of life such as student government and leadership, community service, fine arts, or church service. This award is made possible through the tireless efforts of the Virginia College Fund, an independent organization serving the needs of the private colleges throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Amount:

Up to $1,500 (annually)

Eligibility:
  • Complete 26 credit hours at Southern Virginia
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA
  • Demonstrate active involvement in service and extracurricular activities that emphasize the concept of a leader-servant
  • All students who meet qualifications and criteria for the Virginia Collegium Scholarship are encouraged to apply
  • Must be a Virginia resident to apply
Deadline:
  • March 1
Renewal:

Awardees must reapply to be considered for subsequent years

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