PROMISE Scholarship application opens Nov. 2

Charleston Gazette-Mail

by Samuel Speciale

Applications for West Virginia’s Promise Scholarship will be available starting Monday.

The merit-based financial aid program, which covers up to $4,750 in tuition and fees, is awarded to eligible high school graduates. The application is available until March 1, the same day students must turn in their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA.

While receiving the scholarship requires meeting academic benchmarks, one higher education official said eligibility should not keep a student from applying.

“Basically, if you are a high school student in West Virginia, apply,” said Brian Weingart, director of financial aide for the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

To receive the scholarship, students must complete core classes and graduate from a public or private school in West Virginia with at least a 3.0 grade point average, or whatever their county school board considers a “B.”

They must also earn a 22 composite score on the American College Test (ACT) with a minimum of 20 in English, math, science and reading. Should they choose to take the SAT, students must earn a combined score of 1020 with minimum scores of 480 and 490 in math and critical reading, respectively. Read the full story >>