Scholarship Information

VMI offers a variety of privately endowed scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office.   In most cases, students do not need to complete a separate application form, but are  considered automatically when they complete the VMI Financial Aid Application and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

Additional scholarship opportunities include: 

Merit Scholarships - Institute Scholars Program

Institute Scholars Program

Since its founding in 1839, the Virginia Military Institute has recognized and rewarded outstanding academic achievement. Today, approximately 108 cadets attend the Institute with all or partial academic scholarships awarded in recognition of their accomplishments. If you are an academically talented and intellectually curious student with a well-balanced high school record that includes leadership roles and a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities, you may be eligible to join this elite group of scholar-cadets. Financial need is not a criterion for selection.

Institute Scholars may receive awards from $5,000 per academic year, up to and including the full cost of tuition and fees.  In some cases, the total scholarship package includes other forms of financial aid (e.g., ROTC, Athletic, or other scholarship sources).

Institute Scholarship Application

For consideration, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • 1300 (combined) SAT (or) 29 ACT
  • High school GPA 3.7
  • High school rank top 10%
  • Complete both the VMI application and the Institute Scholar (IS) Application
  • Submit the IS Application along with a resume and the two essays 

Award Renewal: To renew an award, an Institute Scholar must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, membership in the Institute Honors Program, and a satisfactory conduct record at VMI.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Institute Scholarship Program the following materials must be received by the VMI Admissions Office no later than February 1st (With permission of Col. Rob McDonald, exceptions to the deadline will be accepted for late appointments. Contact Candidates are advised to complete the scholarship application package and have their materials submitted as early as possible.

Interviewing: The selection committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. Outstanding candidates will be invited to make arrangements for an on-Post interview. Interviews are conducted during Open House weekends.

Alternate dates for on-Post interviews may be arranged in some circumstances. Contact Col. Rob McDonald, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, for more information. 

Contact the Admissions Office with questions at: or (540) 464-7211.


Merit scholarship donors

ROTC Scholarships

 ROTC Scholarships and Other Service-specific Programs

Can be applied to through their respective branches. Not offered directly through VMI Financial Aid.

US Navy Collegiate Programs

 U.S. Navy Collegiate Scholarships

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships for civil engineering, nuclear power and health professions (medical, dental, optometry) with commissioning upon graduation.

U.S. Air Force Graduate Scholarships

U.S. Air Force Graduate Scholarships

Health Profession Scholarship Program information.  Select the "Money for School" link.  Commissioning upon graduation.

Regional Scholarships
Regional Scholarships

Cameron Scholarships - North Carolina residents; the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County & surrounding communities

Sansberry - Indiana residents

Roy W. Piper Charitable Trust Educational Scholarship - Pennsylvania residents of Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties are given preference, followed by other residents of Pennsylvania, and, finally, non-PA residents.
National Scholarships
National Scholarships

General Electric - Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program - To apply or learn more about the program, visit the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship website. Applications are due no later than February 17, 2012.
VDOT Civil Engineering Scholarship Program
VDOT Civil Engineering Scholarship

To apply or learn more about the program, visit  Applicants for this scholarship must be a Virginia state resident and attend a Virginia college or university.
Virginia Scholarships
Virginia Scholarships

The J.T. – Minnie Maude Charitable Trust (“Trust”) was founded to provide financial assistance for the pursuit of higher education to deserving U.S. citizens who currently reside in and who have resided in the Virginia counties of Halifax, Henry, Pittsylvania and the North Carolina counties of Caswell and Rockingham (including all towns or cities located within these 5 counties), for a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months at the time of application.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and promise, financial need, and other related selection criteria. Award amounts will vary, up to and including a possible full scholarship.

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Scholarships

The Granville P. Meade Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who have achieved academically, but who are financially unable to attend college. The Granville P. Meade fund provides scholarship awards to worthy and needy Virginia high school seniors to attend one of Virginia's public or private colleges or universities.

Lee-Jackson Scholarships are given by the Lee-Jackson Foundation (outside resource) of Charlottesville, Virginia, for outstanding essays which demonstrate an appreciation of the exemplary character and soldierly virtues of Generals Lee and Jackson. One $10,000, eight $2,000, and eighteen $1,000 college scholarships are available to Virginia high school juniors and seniors.

Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships provide financial assistance to students who have achieved academically and show promise of continued outstanding academic achievement. Graduating seniors of public and private secondary schools, and those who have the equivalent of a high school diploma, are eligible for the Byrd Honors Scholarship Program. The applicants must have demonstrated and show promise of continued outstanding academic achievement.