Grants & Scholarships

Our Promise to You

We are dedicated to helping you meet the cost of your college education.

Bluefield University believes in supporting our students. This is why more than 90% of our degree-seeking students are offered financial assistance in some form. BU is pleased to offer scholarships and grants to degree-seeking students based on their good grades (merit-based criteria) and financial need (FAFSA-based criteria). We can also help you find other sources of financial assistance, such as loan programs and federally funded work-study jobs to help pay your college costs.

We recognize that earning a college degree is a significant expense for most families and individuals. But we believe a four-year degree is a priceless experience that helps you grow and shape your future. This is why we do everything we can to help you achieve your dream.

The first step to this future begins with you. We invite you to review the full range of financial assistance options available to qualified students. Remember: Once you receive your award letter, you will have 45 days to accept it, thereby “locking in” your financial aid. To accept the award, just follow the requested steps in your award letter. Our Financial Aid Process page outlines the entire process and includes helpful links for financial assistance.

Federal Student Aid

The first step every student should take is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your eligibility for financial assistance is based on the outcome of the data you submit on your FAFSA. Pell-eligible students may receive up to $3,248 per semester. Based on income and need, students may be eligible for the following financial aid from these federal programs:

 

Grants & Scholarships

On-Campus (Undergraduate)

Federal Grant Programs

The Federal Pell Grant is available to low-income students. Your eligibility is based on the outcome of your FAFSA and is FREE money granted to you by the Federal Government based on your need. This award ranges from $325 – $3,248 per semester. Some students may be affected by the Lifetime Eligibility Used requirements for the Federal Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a limited campus-based federal grant available to Pell Grant eligible students with high financial need.

Virginia State Grant Programs

Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) is a state grant for residents of Virginia. The annual award amount for on-ground students will be $4,000 for the 2021-22 academic year. To be eligible, students must be a domiciled Virginia resident, complete the 2021-22 VTAG application by July 31, must not have moved to Virginia for purpose of attending a post-secondary school, and on-ground traditional students pursuing undergraduate studies. Students who have previously received VTAG in a prior award year do not need to complete the application.

Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant

The Virginia Two Year College Transfer Grant (CTG) has a standard award of $1,000 and up to an additional $1,000 for certain majors (science, teaching, mathematics, and nursing). To be eligible, students must complete a FAFSA, be an undergraduate in-state student (first time entering freshman no earlier than Fall 2007), be a Virginia domiciled resident, must not have moved to Virginia for the purposes of attending a post-secondary school, must meet the selective service requirements, have an EFC of $12,000 (or less depending on the year it was first awarded), must have earned an Associate’s degree at a Virginia two-year public institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for the Associate’s degree, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Bluefield University, and be enrolled full-time by fall semester following completion of the Associate’s degree (limited to 3 years). Applications must be submitted to be considered.

Almost every state education agency has at least one grant or scholarship available to residents, and many have a long list of student aid programs. Eligibility is usually restricted to state residents attending a college in-state, but that’s not always the case. There are annual deadlines for most programs (if you miss a deadline, be sure to try again next year). Click your state on this map from NASFAA to find out what financial aid programs may be available to you through your state education agency. Also, check out state and regional tuition exchanges and keep in mind that other state-sponsored aid may be available through non-profit organizations in your area.

The application is located under Forms and Resources.

Institutional Programs

Academic Scholarships

Bluefield University awards academic scholarships, which range from $3,000 to $13,000, to degree-seeking students who meet the academic performance criteria for a specific scholarship. The number of scholarships offered is limited, so students have only 45 days to accept their award to ensure they receive it. That’s why we encourage students to apply for admittance and financial aid early.

Academic scholarships are renewable for four years if you are enrolled full time and you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. For the 2021/2022 academic year, your GPA will be used to determine the amount of the scholarship; in the future, award criteria may include such things as test scores. Available awards include the Alumni, Achievement, Deans’, Harman, Lansdell, Opportunity, and Trustees scholarships.

Presidential Scholarship

Each year, Bluefield University awards two full-tuition scholarships, available for only two (2) new freshmen. Potential recipients will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation, come to campus for an interview, and to write an essay that will be reviewed by select faculty members. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Students must meet the following: full-time enrollment, maintain Bluefield University cumulative GPA of 3.5 (reviewed at the end of each spring semester), continual enrollment (excluding summers), and 45 hours of tutoring per semester during Junior and Senior years.

Spire Scholarship

Each year, Bluefield University awards ten freshmen an additional $2,000 in academic scholarships. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 and a minimum 1200 SAT (a combination of math and verbal scores) or 26 ACT (composite score) in order to compete. Potential recipients will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation, come to campus for an interview, and to write an essay that will be reviewed by select faculty members. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Students must meet the following: full-time enrollment, maintain Bluefield University cumulative GPA of 3.0 (reviewed at the end of each spring semester), continual enrollment (excluding summers), and 30 hours of tutoring per semester during Junior and Senior years.

Honors Scholarship

Incoming students have the opportunity to apply to the Honors Program. To qualify for the Honors Program, students must have a minimum of 25 ACT (composite score), 1140 SAT (a combination of math and verbal scores), or be eligible for the Presidential Scholarship. Students can apply and submit essays online. Students who are admitted into the program may qualify for up to $1,000 scholarships that are renewable each year of participation. For more information, email Dr. Rob Merritt.

Ambassadors Scholarship

Ambassadors work as the front-line within the Admissions office. These students meet with families and give tours while sharing information about BU. Ambassadors are required to go through training and assist with enrollment events. Awarded based on an application process. The amount varies annually per student. Students must work with admissions on renewable awards each year. Only available to students who continue to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Email Jordan Dillon in the Admissions office to inquire and apply.

Athletic Scholarships

Awarded by our coaching staff, this scholarship is renewable based on the criteria of the coach and the standards of NAIA.

Fine Arts Scholarships

Awarded to students who have demonstrated talent in the areas of visual and performing arts, these scholarships are determined by audition before the faculty of the Fine Arts Department.

Marching Band Scholarships

Awarded to students who have demonstrated talent in marching band, these scholarships are determined by audition before the music department. Award amount varies per student. This scholarship is renewable based on criteria established by the music department along with criteria set in our Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Worship Band Scholarships

Awarded to students who have demonstrated talent in a worship team, these scholarships are determined by audition before the Student Development Department. Award amount varies per student annually. This scholarship is renewable for all four years of full-time enrollment provided the student meets the criteria established by Student Development and maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Go Bluefield Scholarship

$2,000 per year scholarship awarded to students who attend and matriculate to Bluefield University directly from high school within a specified articulation agreement. This scholarship is renewable for all four years of full-time enrollment provided the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Current school(s) in this agreement include Oak Hill Academy. Contact your admissions counselor to determine if you qualify!

International Scholarship

May be awarded to international students who are not receiving an athletic or performing arts scholarship. The amount varies per student and may be renewable for all four years of full-time enrollment provided the student maintains Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Missionary Kids Of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Scholarship (MK OF CBF)

Bluefield University offers two full-tuition scholarships to children of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Missionaries, available for only two full-time students. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years. Students must meet the following: full-time enrollment, continual enrollment (excluding summers), and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Potential recipients will be required to complete the application and provide a letter from CBF certifying the parent’s missionary status. Documentation is to be submitted to the Admissions Office. Applicants are selected by an Admissions Committee. One scholarship may extend to the child of an International Mission Board Missionary.

Sage Tuition Rewards

SAGE Tuition Rewards is a unique, private college savings program. Tuition Rewards are discounts off tuition at participating colleges that represent the minimum scholarship that an eligible student will receive if attending a member college. Students receive Tuition Rewards from multiple “sponsors” (for example, parents and grandparents). A sponsor designates the tuition rewards to students when they begin their senior year of high school. If the students do not use the tuition rewards, they are rolled back into the sponsor’s account for use by other students. Bluefield University includes Tuition Rewards as part of the normal institutional and merit scholarships. For more information on SAGE Tuition Rewards please visit their website. Bluefield University must receive confirmation from SAGE of your Tuition Rewards within 10 days of applying to our institution.

Rampage Editor’s Scholarship 

Founded in 1987, the Rampage is Bluefield University’s student-produced newspaper. Under the supervision of the Department of Communication, the Rampage is designed to showcase student talents, keep students informed of relevant news and events, and give a voice to the student body. Existing for years as a traditional print newspaper, the Rampage launched an online news site (www.bcrampage.com) and a more modern magazine-style print version in the fall of 2018.

As part of its support of the Rampage and in an effort to reward exceptional contributions to the publication, the Department of Communication presents a $3,000 annual scholarship to two outstanding students who work with the Rampage. Recipients are expected to commit to at least a full year (two semesters) with the Rampage. The scholarship is also renewable from year to year as long as the student continues to meet the requirements of the award. If circumstances prohibit a full year’s commitment (e.g. class scheduling conflict), the scholarship can be awarded per semester.

To be eligible for a Rampage Scholarship, students must be enrolled or actively involved in at least one communication class, possess significant experience or strong skills in areas related to a print newspaper, be in good academic standing with a preferred GPA of 3.0, including a 3.0 GPA in communication course, along with maintaining an active interest and role in the publication. It is expected the recipient will work well with others, take a leadership role, contribute ideas, and work independently with little supervision.

For more information or to apply for the Rampage Editor’s Scholarship, contact the Department of Communication.

Bluefield University Private Scholarships

The following scholarship applications are available for download from Forms and Resources. In order to be considered, completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by July 1st or by the specified deadline.

Barbara Price Memorial Scholarship

Barbara Price of Bluefield, West Virginia, was a tremendous asset to Bluefield University and the founder of the Bluefield University Art Club. She was talented in both painting and ceramics and had a strong desire to help the art program at Bluefield University. Due to her love of art and desire to help Bluefield University, this scholarship is named in her memory. The applicant must be an art, art education, or graphic communication major at Bluefield University. If there are no qualifying students in these majors in a given year, the pool of acceptable majors may be expanded to include any majors which would be considered those within the broad field of Fine Arts. Preference shall be given to students with a demonstrated financial need.

Billy G. Moore Scholarship

Billy G. Moore had a life-long appreciation for learning and higher education. This scholarship is established in his name and his request prior to his death was that this endowed scholarship be used to financially assist future students entering the fields of education or ministry at Bluefield University. The recipients of The B.G. Moore Endowed Scholarship are to be full-time students that plan to either obtain teacher licensure or have a sensed call to full-time Christian service, including youth, music, Christian education, or full-time pastorate ministries. The recipients must have and maintain at least a 3.0-grade point average to qualify for this scholarship. Preference shall also be given to students with a demonstrated financial need. The recipient will be eligible to receive this scholarship for up to four years, providing that he/she maintains a minimum of a 3.0-grade point average and is in compliance with the University’s accountability.

C. Ray & Jane Wingrove Scholarship

Preference is to be given to rising juniors who plan a career of teaching/research in education, including those whose goal is college or university teaching and research. Recipients must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and also be in good standing with Bluefield University in order to qualify for the scholarship. Preference shall also be given to students with a demonstrated financial need.

Clarence H. & Phyllis L. Vance Scholarship

Recipients of the Clarence H. and Phyllis L. Vance Scholarship for Ministry and Missions are to be full-time students who have a sensed call to serve in the area of drama or full-time pastorate ministries. First preference shall be given to students from the Virginia counties of Tazewell, Buchanan, and Russell. If necessary, the field may be broadened to include any student from Southwest Virginia. Preference shall be given to students with a demonstrated financial need.

Cleta Francis Scholarship

The Maggie Francis Scholarship Fund is established by Mrs. Cleta Francis in appreciation for the role Bluefield University has played in her formal education. Mrs. Francis, fondly known as Maggie, received her four-year degree in May 2001 at the age of 78. The funds, rewarded annually, will be maintained for the support of said scholarship. The scholarship will be rewarded to undergraduate students at Bluefield University who meet the criterion established by the donor. Scholarships shall be awarded based on financial need with preference given to a student majoring in art, art education, or graphic communication. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic performance in accordance with the academic progress statement of the University catalog.

Dorothea Van Deusen Opdyke Scholarship

The Dorothea Van Deusen Opdyke scholarship is designed for “the education of mountain people”. Recipients must be Baptist and must be native of a mountain area of the United States. First consideration will be given to students with unmet need. The scholarship amount for the year is estimated to be $1,000. Please submit the completed application to the BU financial aid office by the final deadline of July 1st.

Eliz Shelton Fine Arts Scholarship

Scholarships shall be awarded to current or incoming students of Bluefield University who are recognized by the committee as possessing outstanding musical abilities.

Fugate Scholarship

The scholarship recipient must be a resident of Tazewell, Buchanan, or Dickenson counties in Virginia. The recipient must be a member of a Southern Baptist Church and should be majoring in the environmental sciences or mathematics. Students must do well academically and should be of good moral character.

Glory Days Scholarship

The Glory Days Endowed Scholarship (Glory Days Scholarship) was established in 2020 thanks to the generosity of classmates, teammates, and coaches from the late 1980s and early 1990s of Bluefield University. Initiated by former baseball and basketball coach, Mark Blevins, The Glory Days Endowed Scholarship is meant to honor the student-athletes of the 1980s and early-1990s who coined their time at Bluefield University as the “Glory Days” due to significant athletic achievements, lasting friendships, and comradery. The glory days were some of the most successful in the history of Bluefield University athletics, specifically on the basketball court and the baseball field. In fact, many of the student-athletes from that era, as well as coach Mark Blevins, are listed in Bluefield University’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The founders of the Glory Days Scholarship wish to honor the life-long friendships, lasting memories, athletic achievements, and perseverance of the student-athletes from the glory days at Bluefield University. Further, they challenge the student-athletes of today and tomorrow to make and cherish their own glory days.

James C. Ramey, Sr. Endowed Scholarship

Mr. James C. Ramey Sr. was an entrepreneur and a benevolent resident of Tazewell County, VA. He believed in people and their potential. He has worked tirelessly and has given generously to projects to improve youth sports facilities and support young athletes in our communities. This scholarship is for high school graduates within Tazewell County, Virginia, or in Mercer County, West Virginia. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and should exemplify honesty, integrity, initiative, and hard work. Applicant must submit a letter of recommendation along with a personal letter with the application.

Jason D. Elswick Scholarship

Jason David Elswick was a 2002 graduate of Tazewell High School and had the ambition to become a math teacher. Unfortunately, his life was cut short on October 14, 2005, at the young age of 21. He had such a desire to help local students receive an education that his family and friends established the Jason David Elswick Memorial Scholarship. Recipients of The Jason David Elswick Scholarship are to be graduates of Tazewell High School in Tazewell, Virginia. In the event that no students from Tazewell High qualify, students from any high school located in Tazewell County may qualify as recipients. Qualifying students should be seeking a teacher licensure in mathematics and must have and maintain at least a 2.5-grade point average to qualify or to continue to qualify for this scholarship. In the event that there are no students seeking teacher licensure in math, students who are going into any teaching field may apply. Students should exemplify strong Christian character, as expressed in an essay to be submitted during the application process to Bluefield University. A letter of recommendation, written by a teacher, is also requested. Preference shall be given to students who demonstrate a financial need.

Joe Burton Scholarship

Pastor Joe Burton was a man who praised God and showed his love of Christ. Due to his great character and the impact he left, his church members of First Baptist Church made a contribution to Bluefield University in Pastor Burton’s honor. The recipient of this scholarship is to be a student in preparation of Denominational Services. In the event that the scholarship is not distributed in the above fashion, it can be given to any student in a hardship situation.

JP Jardine Music Scholarship

The JP Jardine Scholarship is established in memory of JP Jardine, a long-time music professor at Bluefield University. Mr. Jardine taught voice, music theory, and music history, and directed the choir at Bluefield University from 1972 to 1992. During these years, he blessed the lives of countless students. Students eligible for awards from this scholarship shall be deserving students in the Bluefield University music program with preference given to upperclassmen who have demonstrated unique dedication and accomplishments in their work as music majors. Recipients shall be full-time students and receive the awards each academic year, until graduation, by maintaining a 3.0-grade point average and by remaining in good standing with the University.

Kathryn Hoback Education Scholarship

Kathryn Hoback was a blessing to all who knew her. She was a teacher at heart and taught in public schools, Sunday Schools, and numerous ladies’ Bible School classes. She was a devoted wife and mother who dearly loved her family and was active in the community, serving in leadership positions with numerous local organizations. She passed away at the age of eighty-one and her husband, G. Harold Hoback, established a scholarship in her memory. This scholarship is intended to benefit students seeking teacher licensure.

Longworth Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship are to be current or upcoming students who are majoring in Criminal Justice. Recipients should have good qualities of character and a need for this scholarship.

Louise & Dennis Leary Scholarship

Louise Thomas was born in Halifax County, Virginia. She later became a school teacher in Richlands, Virginia, while living in Tazewell County. This is where she met Dennis, her husband; they lived in Beckley, West Virginia, for many years. Recipients of the Louise Thomas & Dennis Leary Scholarship are to be full-time students and residents from Halifax, Campbell, Tazewell, or Allegheny, VA (including Covington); or Raleigh, WV. Qualifying students must be majoring in one of the following fields of study: Education or Christian Studies. Preference shall be given to students with a demonstrated financial need. It is the founder’s desire that the scholarship would follow a student through each of his or her college years at Bluefield University, providing that the recipient maintains at least a 3.0-grade point average and does not receive any disciplinary sanctions.

Martha Louse Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Martha Louise Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor Martha Louise Martin, who served Eastland Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, as a pianist for 20 years from 1957 to 1977 and organist for 13 years from 1977 to 1990. Miss Martin was also a public school teacher and librarian. The scholarship will provide a $1,000 award each year to a Bluefield University student planning a career in church music. Recipients of the scholarship are to be full-time students who are “dedicated Christ-followers, members of a Baptist church, and avid participants in a church music program.” Candidates must also be “talented instrumentalists” as well as “above-average achievers” in their studies, including high school. In addition, they must be individuals involved in community activities, engaged in missions, and committed to spreading the Gospel through their future employment.

McDougle Scholarship

First preference is to be given to students who plan to obtain teacher licensure in elementary education. Preference shall also be given to students with a demonstrated financial need. It is the founder’s desire that the scholarship follow a student through each of his or her college years. No particular major is required, but the student should be a Christian who is active in his/her church.

Nelson T. & Ethel Barker Scholarship

Reverend and Mrs. Nelson T. Barker spent many years in Tazewell County ministering to its residents. Nelson T. Barker was a graduate of King College in Bristol, Tennessee, and Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Around 1940, he became the pastor of First Baptist Church in Richlands, Virginia, and remained there for over twenty years. Ethel Raines Barker was a graduate of Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia, and attended the Carver School of Missions and Southern Seminary. She was also active in the missions, organizations, and activities of First Baptist Church during the same years. Recipients of the Nelson T. and Ethel R. Barker Memorial Scholarship are to be from Southwest Virginia, with preference given to residents of Tazewell and Buchanan counties. In the event that no students from this region qualify, students from anywhere in Virginia may qualify as recipients. Students with a demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Bluefield University Financial Aid Office, shall be given preferential treatment in the awarding process. Qualifying students should have a sensed call to full-time Christian service, including youth, music, Christian education, or full-time pastorate ministries. Recipients must have and maintain at least a 2.5-grade point average to qualify or continue to qualify for this scholarship.

Will Gordon Scholarship for Business

Recipients are to be full-time students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher and be in good standing with Bluefield University. Preference is given to students from Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, and Fauquier Counties in Virginia. Preference will also be given to students that are affiliated to Ruritan National by being a member, an associate member, or having a parent or grandparent as a Ruritan member. Scholarship consideration will be given based on financial need. To apply, complete the application before or by April 1st.

Rev. David L. Bailey Scholarship

Rev. David L. Bailey, Sr. attended Bluefield University during the early 1920s and was called to enter the Christian ministry and attended Southern Seminary. This scholarship is established in honor of him and his wife, Katheryne Chocklett Bailey. This is for non-traditional students who are not high school graduates and who are going into Christian ministry.

Shirley Chapman-Meador Scholarship

Ms. Shirley Chapman-Meador, a native of Saltville, Virginia, attended Bluefield University in the early 1970s. She received her degree in 1973 and went on to earn additional degrees from East Tennessee State and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She has made teaching her life’s work. Because of the struggles Shirley faced as a young woman wanting to attend college and her love for teaching, she has chosen to help others through the establishment of this scholarship. Recipients of the Chapman-Meador Scholarship for Education are to be students who plan to become teachers. In the event that Bluefield University ever ceases to offer training for teacher education, the criteria may be enlarged to include other fields of study which most closely match the original intent. Candidates for the scholarship must have at least a “C” average or its equivalent in high school.

Stafford L. Compton Scholarship

Recipients of the Stafford L. Compton Scholarship for Ministry and Missions are to be students who plan to serve in the field of Christian ministry and missions. First preference shall be given to students from the Virginia counties of Tazewell, Buchanan, and Russell. If necessary, the field may be broadened to include any student from Southwest Virginia.

W. James Lowder Min. Scholarship

An annual award is to be made to a student(s) from Southwest Virginia or Southern West Virginia that plan to pursue a career in the ministry. In the event that no students from this geographic region apply, then any Baptist student who is pursuing the ministry may be considered. All scholarship recipients should maintain a cumulative college grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Beneficiaries of the fund shall be students representing and possessing qualities of Christian character whose conduct, character, and qualities shall be representative of the principles of Christianity. This is a need-based scholarship.

William D. Evans Scholarship

William D. Evans is a native of Clarksburg, West Virginia. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Clemson University in 1970. He continued his education at Virginia Tech and graduated with an M.B.A. degree in 1974. Bill was chosen to help future students at Bluefield University through the establishment of this scholarship. He understands the importance of a college education and more importantly, the positive impact that school teachers have in the classroom. Preference is to be given to rising juniors who plan a career in business. Recipients must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and also be in good standing with Bluefield University in order to qualify for this scholarship. Preference shall also be given to students with a demonstrated financial need.

The Commonwealth Scholarship

The commonwealth scholarship is to be made to a student(s) from Virginia enrolled in a program whose primary purpose is not to provide religious training or theological education. All scholarship recipients must have and should maintain a cumulative college grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Beneficiaries of the fund must be at least a sophomore, demonstrate financial need, and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application deadline is July 1st.

The Walls-Farmer Endowed Scholarship

Open to traditional on-campus and online students seeking a degree and career in criminal justice. Must have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative college grade point average and not receive any disciplinary sanctions. Applicants need to demonstrate financial aid need. Application and short essay due by March 1st.

The Daniel G Bowman “Dean Dan” Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Daniel G Bowman Memorial Endowed Scholarship was given in memory of Daniel Gene Bowman (1971-2014). For full-time students who have been directly impacted by cancer or whose immediate family have been directly impacted by cancer. Applicants should submit an application along with an essay that details how the student, and/or the student’s family, have been directly impacted. This scholarship will follow the recipient through each of his or her college years at Bluefield University, providing that the recipient maintains at least a 3.0-grade point average and has not received any disciplinary sanctions. The financial aid committee will review the applications and essays to determine a winner after July 1st of each year.

The Barbara Louise “Bobbie” Vinson Memorial Scholarship

The Barbara Louise “Bobbie” Vinson Memorial Scholarship at Bluefield University was established by Steve Vinson (’64) in honor and memory of his late wife, Bobbie Vinson (’63), who went to be with the Lord on January 22, 2020. For full-time students with a preference given to a Student who attends Angels Rest Baptist Fellowship. Students must demonstrate financial need and be in good moral and ethical standing among his/her University professors and peers. The financial aid committee will review the applications to determine a winner after July 1st of each year.

Trey McPherson Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2008 to honor the memory of a talented young man with a gentle soul and passion for excelling in knowledge. His enthusiasm for mathematics, business, and computer science and his enthusiasm for striving towards excellence shall continue through this scholarship. Recipients are to be full-time students who fulfill three major components. Firstly, they will be a rising junior or senior and have an academic performance greater than a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Secondly, their major must be Business, Computer Science, or Mathematics. And lastly, the student must have five hours of community service. Application due November 1st.

Drs. Generoso & Janelle Duremedes Endowed Scholarship

Drs. Generoso and Janelle Duremdes have been faithful supporters of Bluefield University. Because of their appreciation of higher education and their desire to help students receive an education, this scholarship was established. Open to students who are residents of Mercer County, West Virginia. They should exemplify the characteristics of honesty, integrity, initiative, and hard work. An incoming freshman or a current student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and must maintain the average in order to remain eligible. The applicant must provide two letters of recommendation from teachers, ministers, guidance counselors, employers, etc. attesting to his/her character. The applicant must also write a personal letter describing his or her goals and aspirations as well as the reason he or she should be chosen as a scholarship recipient in addition to completing an application. The financial aid committee in conjunction with the donors will review the applications and essays to determine a winner after June 1st of each year.

W.W. & Robbie Stephens Endowed Scholarship

Recipients are to be full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good standing with Bluefield University. To apply, must submit a 2-3-page essay explaining how their Christian values, education, and characteristics will make them community leaders. Preference is given to students with financial need. Must apply by August 1st.

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Federal Grant Programs

The Federal Pell Grant is available to low-income students. Your eligibility is based on the outcome of your FAFSA and is FREE money granted to you by the Federal Government based on your need. This award ranges from $325 – $3,248 per semester. Some students may be affected by the Lifetime Eligibility Used requirements for the Federal Pell Grant.

Virginia State Grant Programs

Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) is a state grant for residents of Virginia. The annual award amount for online students will be $2,000 for the 2021-22 academic year. To be eligible, students must be a domiciled Virginia resident, complete the 2021-22 VTAG application by July 31, must not have moved to Virginia for purpose of attending a post-secondary school, and pursuing undergraduate studies online or the online Masters of Nursing graduate program. Students who have previously received VTAG in a prior award year do not need to complete the application.

Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant

The Virginia Two Year College Transfer Grant (CTG) has a standard award of $1,000 and up to an additional $1,000 for certain majors (science, teaching, mathematics, and nursing). To be eligible, students must complete a FAFSA, be an undergraduate in-state student (first time entering freshman no earlier than Fall 2007), be a Virginia domiciled resident, must not have moved to Virginia for the purposes of attending a post-secondary school, must meet the selective service requirements, have an EFC of $12,000 (or less depending on the year it was first awarded), must have earned an Associate’s degree at a Virginia two-year public institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for the Associate’s degree, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Bluefield University, and be enrolled full-time by fall semester following completion of the Associate’s degree (limited to 3 years). Applications must be submitted to be considered.

Almost every state education agency has at least one grant or scholarship available to residents, and many have a long list of student aid programs. Eligibility is usually restricted to state residents attending a college in-state, but that’s not always the case. There are annual deadlines for most programs (if you miss a deadline, be sure to try again next year). Click your state on this map from NASFAA to find out what financial aid programs may be available to you through your state education agency. Also, check out state and regional tuition exchanges and keep in mind that other state-sponsored aid may be available through non-profit organizations in your area.

The application is located under Forms and Resources.

Institutional Programs

Athletic Scholarships

Awarded by our coaching staff, this scholarship is renewable based on the criteria of the coach and the standards of NAIA. Limited awards are available.

The following scholarship applications are available for download from Forms and Resources. In order to be considered, completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by the specified deadline.

Bluefield (VA) Rotary Club Scholarship For Online Learners

Four $500.00 scholarships shall be awarded to current or incoming students pursuing their education through the online format. Recipients of this scholarship must (1) be currently enrolled or plan on enrolling in the online program; (2) be full-time; (3) have and maintain a 2.0 GPA; and (4) meet the November 1st application deadline.

Catherine Corte Payne Scholarship For Adult Learning

Recipients of this scholarship must (1) be currently enrolled or plan on enrolling in the online program; (2) be full-time; (3) have and maintain a 2.0 GPA; and (4) meet the November 1st application deadline.

The Walls-Farmer Endowed Scholarship

Open to traditional on-campus and online students seeking a degree and career in criminal justice. Must have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative college grade point average and not receive any disciplinary sanctions. Applicants need to demonstrate financial aid need. Application and short essay due by March 1st.

Outside Financial Resources

We encourage students to seek aid from every possible source, such as Veteran’s Affairs, Rehabilitative Services, SCHEV, employer reimbursement, employer pay, community and civic organizations, churches, and local scholarship programs. Students should also check out www.fastweb.com and www.finaid.org.

Students should notify us if they are receiving an outside award, so that the expected award may be included in the award package. This will help determine your balance due at the start of the school year in advance of receiving these funds. It is also important that we include these awards in your financial aid package to avoid any federal over-payment conditions, which could affect your future eligibility for aid.

The Financial Aid Office maintains an outside scholarship newsletter listing some known local, regional, and national scholarship resources.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231