Scholarships

Notice
Applications are not always reviewed on a rolling basis. Generally, applications for awards are reviewed AFTER the posted deadline and applicants are informed within 1-2 weeks following that date. We now have a combined application for named scholar awards in the college for incoming, first-year students. The Yeager Scholarship continues to have its own, separate application for the program.

The Honors College is known for challenging students to develop their full academic and personal potential. We are also committed to supporting Marshall students in their quest to identify, plan for, and win scholarships, fellowships, and other forms of assistance that will help them in their research and creative endeavors as students, to study abroad, pursue graduate school, or aid them in their professional development. Through the links below, students will find a variety of opportunities for scholarships and other forms of support. National scholarships are merit-based and competitive.

National Scholarships

The Office of National Scholarships (ONS) at Marshall University is housed in the Honors College. The office has had demonstrable success helping both current Marshall students (both Honors and non-honors) from across the campus to navigate and ultimately win highly competitive national scholarships, fellowships, and grants. These include the Fulbright, Boren, and Gates Cambridge, which all have demanding application processes. The ONS helps all students nationally competitive programs that are a good fit with them and their professional goals. They will assist students to stay up to date with deadlines and guide them throughout the application process.

Marshall University Scholarships

Incoming, First Year Students – High school students admitted to Marshall

Students who are eligible to join the Honors College through the “Admission by Invitation” pathway are also eligible to be offered a number of different merit-based scholarships which will vary based on residency (state, metro, or out of state). For in-state, resident students there are the West Virginia Promise Scholarship ($4750/year) through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission as well as (at least) the Board of Governors Scholarship ($4000/year) and Honors College Scholarship ($500/year) through Marshall University. If able to maintain eligibility requirements, students may receive each of these scholarships for four academic years. For details, see the Office of Student Financial Assistance information section on Merit-Based Aid.
Students who are eligible to join the Honors College through the “Admission by Holistic Review” pathway will be eligible for Level 3 scholarship amounts (with a high school GPA of 3.5 or better) in the MU “Getting Started” scholarships. If able to maintain eligibility requirements, students may receive each of these scholarships for four academic years. For details, see the Office of Student Financial Assistance information section on Merit-Based Aid.
Diversity Living and Learning CommunityMarshall University recognizes that each student’s educational experience is richer when it occurs in an environment that celebrates diversity. The Honors College joins the initiative to invite students interested in learning more about the benefits of diversity and inclusion, with an emphasis on providing leadership to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in the community, to apply to live in our first diversity themed living/learning community (DLLC) at Marshall University. Successful applicants will receive total annual Marshall University funded scholarships stackable up to $5,000 (WV residents); $8,500 (Metro residents); $11,000 (Non-Residents)–differences in amounts that reflect different costs of attendance based on residency status. The DLLC scholarship is renewable each year, for up to four years. Students do not need to be in the Honors College. Renewal criteria include obtaining a cumulative Marshall GPA of at least 2.5 and fulfilling all requirements of DLLC participation. For the second year and beyond, students may choose to live in residence halls of their choice (i.e., will not be required to live together in the DLLC), but they must continue to engage in specified activities as a Diversity Learning Community (DLC) participant. Additionally, as they progress at Marshall, they will have the opportunity to mentor first-year students who live in the DLLC.

Current (Continuing) Students – College students at Marshall

This award funds students to work on a creative or research-based project under the guidance of a full-time faculty member. Fall and spring term awardees can receive a $750 stipend and up to $1000 for travel and/or necessary materials. Summer awards include a $4000 stipend. As a member of the Honors College, you qualify to apply for the Undergraduate Creative Discovery and Research Scholar Award Program through the Honors College. There are distinct benefits to applying through the Honors College—often, applications are considered within a smaller pool, increasing chances for an award. For more details and eligibility criteria, visit https://www.marshall.edu/murc/undergraduate-creative-discovery-and-research-scholar-awards/.
There are many scholarships at Marshall for current students across a wide range of departments and programs that support different students in a variety of ways. The Office of Student Financial Assistance is the best resource for these opportunities..

Honors College Scholarships

Unless otherwise stated, all scholarships, awards, and grants listed require that students be admitted to the Honors College and follow the curricular requirements of the college. Note that not all Honors students will be eligible for every award based on criteria laid out in the donor agreements for the funds that provide these scholarships.

Incoming, First-Year Students – High school students admitted to Marshall

These scholarships are only available to incoming, first-year students who accept admission to the Honors College at Marshall University as well as accept the terms of the particular scholarship offering. Typically, these students are applying as high school students. Student who are considered “current,” in that they have already matriculated at Marshall, i.e., started their degree program at the university, are NOT eligible for these scholarships. There are scholarships for current students below. In addition, they are intended for students in a four-year undergraduate program.

No Separate (scholarship) Application Required

The Honors College Scholarship is awarded upon admission to the college.

In addition to one of several incoming, first-year merit-based scholarships administered by the university’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (SFA), students admitted to Marshall University who are also admitted to the Honors College (either by the invitation or holistic review pathways) qualify to receive the annual Honors Scholarship. The Honors Scholarship does not require a separate application for students admitted to the Honors College.

Academic Eligibility Academic Year Award Acceptance Due Date
Admittance to the Honors College* $500, renewable up to four years 15 May 2024

The Honors College Scholarship is awarded for eight semesters (fall and spring) as long as the student is full-time, has not earned their first baccalaureate degree, and remains in good academic standing with the Honors College. Honors College students must also meet the following award renewal criteria:

  • Successfully complete at least 30 credit hours each academic year
  • Earn at least a 3.3 GPA at the end of each semester

*Students pursuing the Holistic Review admissions pathway, can receive this scholarship, but they need to submit an application for admission to the college. IF admitted, they will be offered the scholarship. Students admitted through the Invitation admissions pathway do not need to apply for admission. For more information on admission, visit the Honors College website.

Separate (scholarship) Application to the Honors College Required

The scholarships in this section are for incoming, first-year students only–not current/continuing students at Marshall. These scholarships all require applications that include: Basic background information on the applicant (contact, demographics, high school information); Current 12th grade coursework (including any/all AP and Dual Credit courses); College and career plans; Important roles played in the communities of which the applicant is a part (e.g., those that demonstrate engagement, leadership, and a willingness to serve); Employment information (optional); Forms of public recognition (e.g., awards, scholarships, and honors) received; Information about particular circumstances that may affect the applicant (optional); Essay prompts (2-3) that request reflection on the mission of honors education, the applicant’s unique traits, and what the applicant wants out of their experience in the college. Generally, two (2) letters of recommendation are required from people in positions that allow them to speak directly to the applicant’s academic and other achievement and potential. Letters are due by the same date listed for the application. Most applications open on 01 October, annually.

Note
The Hedrick and Hodges Scholarships share a single application. If eligible for both scholarships (per the stated criteria below), a student may submit an application for both scholarships simultaneously. Students are considered for each individual and may be awarded only one of the two scholarships. The Yeager Scholarship is a separate application.

The Society of Yeager Scholars seeks exceptional applicants for an eight semester full scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship will be known as Yeager Scholars and are students in the Honors College who are provided with full tuition and fees, room and board, stipend for textbooks, a personal computer, and support for study abroad experience or (with permission) an approved internship or undergraduate research. The Yeager Curriculum includes four interdisciplinary seminars, foreign language proficiency, and study abroad at the University of Oxford in England. An application and interview process is required. Yeager Scholars must follow an specialized curriculum particular to the Yeager Program in addition to their required major program(s) and are members of the Honors College.

The qualities for admission into the Society are:

  • A recommended minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT or a minimum of 1360 total on the SAT from a single test date
  • A minimum 3.5 high school cumulative, unweighted GPA
  • An excellent record of academic achievement in high school
  • A record of notable and dynamic contributions in extracurricular activities at your school and/or in your community
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and actions in and outside the classroom
  • Ambition, maturity and self-discipline
  • Wide breadth of creative and intellectual strengths
Academic Eligibility at Admission to MU Award Application Due Date
HS GPA >=3.5 & Recommended ACT >=30 or SAT>=1360 A “full ride” to Marshall 15 December 2023

APPLICATION COMING IN OCTOBER

Recipients of the scholarship will be known as Hedrick Scholars and will be required to complete the curriculum of the Honors College in addition to their major requirements and be active participants in the college’s community of learners. The amount of the scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year will be up to $12,500. This amount can be applied to academic costs, beyond any other awards received, including tuition, fees, and books.* The Hedrick Scholarship may also be used to pay residence hall and meal plan costs at Marshall University. In order to continue receiving the award, the Hedrick Scholarship requires that students maintain a 3.5 overall GPA and remain in good standing with the Honors College.

Applicants for the Hedrick Scholarship must be West Virginia residents with first priority given to graduates of high schools in Cabell, Logan, Putnam and Wayne counties. In addition, applicants must have received a 28 ACT or 1310 SAT composite score and have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 or better. As many as three awards will be made annually. Applicants must be at least provisionally admitted as students at Marshall University and complete the Charles B. and Mary Jo Locke Hedrick Scholarship application on the Honors College website before the posted deadline. Official high school transcripts and test scores will need to be on file at Marshall in order for an award to be offered.

Academic Eligibility at Admission to MU Academic Year Award Application Due Date
HS GPA >=3.5 & ACT >=28 or SAT>=1310 Up to $12500, renewable up to four years 15 March 2024

*Students who are eligible to apply for the Hedrick Scholarship are also eligible to be offered the West Virginia Promise Scholarship ($4750/year) through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission as well as both the John Laidley Scholarship ($4500/year) and Honors College Scholarship ($500/year) through Marshall University. If able to maintain eligibility requirements, students may receive each of these scholarships for four academic years.

Submit Hedrick Application
Recipients of the Virgil and Irene Hodges Memorial Scholarship shall be known as Hodges Scholars and will be required to complete the curriculum of the Honors College in addition to their major requirements and be active participants in the college’s community of learners. The Hodges Scholar who remains in good standing will enjoy all the privileges and opportunities associated with membership in the college. Hodges Scholars may renew their award for up 4 years (8 semesters) if full-time status and good standing as student in the Honors College are maintained.

Academic Eligibility at Admission to MU Academic Year Award Application Due Date
HS GPA >=3.5 & ACT >=26 or SAT>=1230 Up to $2000, renewable up to four years 15 March 2024

The Hodges Scholar must receive the Promise Scholarship and be a West Virginia resident with demonstrated financial need. The total grants and scholarships awarded, including the Virgil and Irene Hodges Memorial Scholarship, cannot exceed actual full-time semester enrollment costs, including: tuition/fees, room and board, and a book allowance. Applicants must be at least provisionally admitted as students at Marshall University and complete the Virgil E. Hodges and Irene 0. Hazelett Hodges Memorial Scholarship application on the Honors College website before the posted deadline. Official high school transcripts and test scores will need to be on file at Marshall in order for an award to be offered.

Submit Hodges Application

Current (Continuing) Students – College students at Marshall

The scholarships in this section are for students who have matriculated at Marshall, i.e., they are currently enrolled in a degree program at the university. In addition to awards available to current/continuing Honors students by renewing one of the awards (listed above) through maintaining eligibility, applications through the Office of National Scholarships, or as may be available through Marshall University’s Student Financial Assistance office (both as noted above), the scholarships, awards, and grants below are available to current/continuing students through the Honors College who accept the terms of the particular offering. These are only for students who are currently enrolled full-time in courses at Marshall.

The recipient of the Jean McAlister Albarran Scholarship shall be a full-time undergraduate student who is a member in good standing of the Honors College. First preference to West Virginia natives and students majoring in the College of Science. Second preference to students majoring in the College of Education and Professional Development.

Academic Eligibility Academic Year Awards Application Due Date
Good standing in the Honors College One-time award up to $1000 each 15 October 2023 (Fall Award)

To apply for the scholarship, students must submit documented evidence of outstanding achievement in their area of study. All honors students may apply, but as stated in the fund agreement, first preference in each review cycle will be given to students majoring in the College of Science or the College of Education and Professional Development.

Submit Albarran Application
Students in good standing in the Honors College may apply to the college for funds to support research, creative work, community engagement activities, and travel (including, for example, to present a paper at a conference or study abroad). Applications will be reviewed by the Honors College Curriculum and Policy Committee once in each of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Grant requests should be approximately $500 but, in exceptional and fully justified cases, may be as much (but not exceed) $1000. The amount and number of awards is contingent on available funds. Honors students are encouraged to apply for the Undergraduate Creative Discovery and Research Award, which they can do through the Honors College, and to contact the Office of National Scholarships for other opportunities.

Academic Eligibility Academic Year Awards Application Due Date
Good standing in the Honors College One-time award up to $1000 each 15 October 2023 (Fall Award)

Honors Council Grants funding is intended to help meet these kinds of costs:

  • Equipment, supplies, or services for research, scholarship, or creative activities
  • Travel to collect data and/or conduct research or creative activity, including study abroad (for academic credit accepted at Marshall)
  • Certain internships, service-learning projects, or professional development activities

Application Requirements:

  • Students must be in good academic standing in the Honors College and their major program/s and be making progress toward graduating with University Honors through the Honors College.
  • Discuss and review your proposal with a Faculty Mentor prior to submitting an application.
  • Application elements:
    • A project title;
    • Detailed project description written for non-experts;
    • A budget for expenses to be covered by the grant with persuasive justifications and details about other funding sources being applied to that includes how costs will be covered if additional funds are not obtained.
    • A letter of support from a Faculty Mentor at Marshall University that clearly indicates the level of involvement of the faculty member in the project;
    • If your project involves working with human subjects or animals, you must show that you have obtained appropriate IRB approval.
  • Strong applications will detail how experiences enabled by this project will serve your academic and/or professional interests and will also describe how the work supported by a grant aligns with the college’s mission.

Details:

  • Submit completed applications through the online form accessible through the button below.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 30 days in advance of anticipated project spending. Students applying for travel funds should apply as much in advance of the planned travel as possible–generally not less than 45 days before travel.
  • Award decisions will be based on a combination of demonstrated need, merit, and a student’s level of engagement in the community of the Honors College.
  • It is expected that students awarded support through the Honors Council Fund Grant will provide the Honors College with a deliverable of some sort (e.g., short statements, reports, pictures, and/or social media entries). This could entail sharing your story of discovery upon completion to encourage other Honors students to seek to do great things.
  • Award notifications will be sent to students via their MU email account.
Note
If you have any questions about the process or, for example, if there would be any doubt about whether or not your proposed project would be eligible for a grant, please contact the honors college at honorscollege@marshall.edu before working on the application.
Submit Honors Grant Application
The recipient of this one-year award shall be a West Virginia resident and a full-time student in their junior year (a student’s 3rd year at Marshall, not based on credit-hours) in a four-year program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better during the semester in which they receive the award. The recipient must have demonstrated leadership during their college career in a significant way. The following are examples: holding office in an organization, student government, and/or civil government; being in a leadership position in athletics ( e.g., team captain) or other extracurricular activities; being involved in the community in a meaningful way and/or showing initiative in community activities. The application will OPEN on 15 January 2024.

Academic Eligibility Academic Year Award Application Due Date
Overall GPA >=2.75 One-time award, up to $650 31 March 2024

Students must apply at the end of their second year at Marshall (typically during the Spring semester) for awarding during their third (i.e., Junior) year at Marshall. The award will be used to support student curricular or co-curricular activities that support further development in the area of leadership under the guidance of a Faculty Mentor, who will be required to write a letter of support/recommendation for the application (sent separately). Students do not need to be members of the Honors College to apply.
Submit Mayer Application

The A. Mervin Tyson Honors Award is presented to a student in an upper-division, interdisciplinary Honors seminar (HON 480) who best demonstrates the qualities of intellectual curiosity and clarity of expression. The recipient of the award shall be selected by the Dean of the Honors College through nomination by faculty participating in the upper division seminars in each of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Academic Eligibility Academic Year Award Nomination Due Date
Good Standing in the Honors College. One-time award, up to $325 End of 12th week of semester

Students will be nominated by seminar faculty. There is no application for students. Students may request that their HON 480 faculty nominate them. Faculty nominations will need to be accompanied by a statement providing details of the nominee’s participation in the seminar that significantly demonstrates the qualities noted above. Faculty nominations are requested by the college toward the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, no later than the 12th week.

Affiliated Organizational Scholarships

The Honors College is affiliated, institutionally, with different non-profit organizations that support honors education. Students in the college may be eligible for awards through these organizations.

The Honors College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. Founded in 1966, the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) is a unique educational organization designed to support and promote undergraduate honors education. NCHC has nearly 900 member institutions and several hundred individual members, impacting over 330,000 honors students. NCHC provides its members with resources, training opportunities and collaborative events to build and sustain honors programs and their curriculum.
Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship

Portz Fellowships support innovative cross-disciplinary research endeavors from individuals or interdisciplinary teams of two. Receive funding for up to 18 months of research with this prestigious award! Up to three $5,000 awards and up to three $1,500 awards are available. Deadline: For 2024, TBA

Honors students also have access to other honors scholarships and exclusive events through NCHC and its members. They can also become members for free! You may also want to explore their comprehensive list of National Scholarships and then you can follow-up with our own Program Manager of the Office of National Scholarships here in the Honors College.

The nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society initiates more than 30,000 members a year on 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Admission is invitation-only and requires nomination approval by the Marshall University chapter. Phi Kappa Phi offers awards and grants for a variety of scholarly endeavors that are open to all students, regardless of membership in the organization..
Note
The total amount a student is awarded in financial aid through the university, e.g., scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study, cannot exceed the cost of a Marshall University education. In some instances, when Title IV (certain federal financial aid programs) and certain WV Higher Education programs are awarded, students are limited to receive grants and scholarships up to the student’s demonstrated financial need. For extensive details regarding the award of aid at Marshall University see the Office of Financial Assistance as well as information from this office on combining forms of assistance.