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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 mcdonaldrl@vmi.edu). 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, mcdonaldrl@vmi.edu for more information. 

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