The Cameron Scholarship is a merit based scholarship for young men and women from the city of Wilmington NC, New Hanover County NC, and surrounding communities who wish to pursue their college education in a demanding academic and extracurricular environment. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, individual character, and demonstrated leadership potential.
The Virginia Military Institute was established in 1839 as the nation’s first state supported military college. All 1300 students at the college are members of the cadet corps and participate in a rigorous program of academics and extracurricular pursuits. VMI offers the baccalaureate in 13 majors, 3 in engineering, 4 in sciences, and 6 in liberal arts. There is a detachment of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps on the campus, and all cadets participate in the ROTC branch of their choice. Although participation in ROTC is mandatory commissioning is not mandatory; approximately 40% of a graduating class receives a commission in the armed services. The additional 60% enter into a variety of professional careers or continue further academic pursuits at the graduate level.
The Cameron Scholarship has been established at VMI through the generosity of Bruce B. Cameron Jr. ,VMI Class of 1938, and Daniel D. Cameron, VMI Class of 1942.
Students interested in applying must submit a complete application for admission to VMI in addition to the scholarship application. To receive full consideration both applications must be submitted to the VMI Office of Admissions prior to 1 February.
A committee that consists of, but may not be limited to, members of the VMI admissions staff, faculty, coaches, and selected alumni will review applications for scholarship awards.
Cameron Scholarships are awarded in various financial amounts depending on the competitiveness of the candidate’s academic and extracurricular qualifications.
Scholarships are renewable each year for four years subject to satisfactory academic and military performance by the cadet. Scholars are expected to maintain high academic and personal standards while striving to attain leadership positions in the Corps of Cadets.