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Grants & Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships are "free money" or awards that do not have to be repaid. 

A student's eligiblity for grant funds is most frequently based on need based on your EFC which is calculated when you complete the FAFSA.  In order to be considered for all grant programs you must complete your FAFSA and all application review by the priority deadline.

Scholarships are most commonly merit based awards that do not require repayment.  The admissions office invites outstanding applicants to apply for merit based scholarships each year.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant
Entitlement grant provided by the federal government.  The Pell Grants is need based and is awarded based on the family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA.  Pell grants are awarded to undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor's degree and will vary based on the student's EFC and the number of credit hours a student is enrolled each semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal grant program awarded to students with exceptional need.  Students must be Pell eligible to be considered for SEOG and must meet the application priority deadline date.

Federal TEACH Grant
A federal grant program for student's who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low income families in a high need teach field.  The grant is awarded to students who apply and meet the defined program requirements.  If you are awarded a TEACH Grant and switch majors or do not complete the service requirements the grant will become a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and subject to all standard repayment obligations.

State Grants

College Scholarship Assistance Program (CSAP)
A state funded grant program that is award to undergraduate Virginia residents who have financial need.  Students must meet the application priority deadline date to be considered for the award.  Students must be working on their first bachelor's degree and maintain satisfactory academic progress standards.

Commonwealth Award
A state funded grant program that is awarded to undergraduate Virginia residents who have financial need.  Students must meet the application priority deadline date to be considered for the award.  Students must be working on their first bachelor's degree and maintain satisfactory academic progress standards.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)
A state funded grant program that is awarded to dependent Virginia residents who graduate from a Virginia high school with a 2.5 GPA, have financial need, and enroll full time.  Students must meet the application priority deadline date to be considered for the award.

VGAP may be renewed for up three years if the student meets the renewal criteria.

  • In State Residency
  • Dependent Student
  • Exceptional Financial Need
  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Full time enrollment
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Meet priority deadline each year

Virginia Transfer Grant (VTG)
A state funded grant program that is awarded to Virginia residents who have financial need, earned an Associates degree and have transferred to a four-year nonprofit college or university.  Students must have been enrolled as a first-time freshman in the two-year program, completed the associate degree program and enroll full time in a Virginia four-year non profit college or university by the fall semester after completing the associate degree program.

Institutional Grants

Highlander Grant
An institution funded grant program that began in Fall 2004 is awarded to students who have an exceptional financial need and meet the application priority deadline date.

Outside Grants

Whitehead Grants
The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation sponors this grant program for females who have a financial need, are residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia, and is admitted to the nursing program or the communication sciences and disorders program.

Institutional Scholarships
  
New Freshman Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships
This prestigious scholarship competition is for students who have excelled during their high school career.  Both in-state and out-of-state applicants are eligible to receive Presidential Scholarships.  All students who wish to be considered for Presidential scholarships should have their completed applications submitted to the admissions office by Dec. 1.  All applications meeting the deadline will be reviewed and invitations to apply for the scholarship program will be sent by the admissions office.

Academic Excellence Scholarships
The office of admissions will review all new freshman applications to determine if they are eligible for an Academic Excellence Scholarship.  Students who demonstrate continued academic excellence will be invited to apply for these awards.  To be considered for the Academic Excellence Scholarship, your completed admissions application must be received by Dec. 1.

Dean's Scholarship
This scholarship is designated for out-of-state students.  Out-of-state applicants who demonstrate academic success are invited to apply for this scholarship program.  To be considered for the Dean's Scholarship, your completed admissions application must be received by Dec. 1.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer Excellence Scholarship
Transfer students that have maintained excellent academic standards on all attempted college courses will be considered for the Transfer Excellence Scholarship.  Applicants must have completed at least 30 hours of college level work.  To be considered for the Transfer Excellence Scholarship, all completed application materials must be received by admissions office by March 1.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa and have maintained high academic success during their college work will be considered for this scholarship.  Applicants must have completed at least 30 hours of college level work.  To be considered for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, all completed application materials must be received by admissions office by March 1.

Foundation Scholarships

The Radford University Foundation has numerous partial scholarships that are awarded each academic year.  These scholarships are based on factors such as hometown location, major, and merit.  Upper class students are invited to apply for these scholarships during the spring semester and will be notified of awards in June for the upcoming academic year.  A complete listing of scholarship opportunities can be found online at https://radford.academicworks.com or in our Foundation Scholarship Booklet.  

For detailed instructions on completing the general application please use the following guide.  How to Apply for Foundation Scholarships

Outside/Private Scholarships

Many organizations provide scholarships for students, students should inquire with organizations such as The Lion's Club, Kiwana's Club, Rotary Clubs, Fraternal Organizations, etc.

Scholarship Resources