Carl W. Smith Bicentennial Scholarship Programs

Wise Scholars

The Wise Scholars Program will provide financial support to college students from primarily Central and Southwest Virginia (as hereinafter defined), with a priority to first-generation college students, defined as students whose parents have not earned a four-year degree.  Awards may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition and fees, on-campus housing, on-campus meals, and books and supplies.   A limited one-time award may also be made to support approved research, internships, or study abroad experiences.  The following guidelines will be used to evaluate applicants and maintain the scholarship status as Wise Scholars, with the understanding that specific criteria may be adjusted with future changed circumstances.
Students from the following counties/cities in the map below are eligible for consideration:

 

Albemarle City of Bristol City of Waynesboro Halifax Prince Edward
Alleghany City of Buena Vista City of Winchester Henry Pulaski
Amelia City of Charlottesville Clarke Highland Rappahannock
Amherst City of Covington Craig King William Roanoke
Appomattox City of Danville Culpeper Lee Rockbridge
Augusta City of Emporia Cumberland Louisa Rockingham
Bath City of Franklin Dickenson Lunenburg Russell
Bedford City of Galax Dinwiddie Madison Scott
Bland City of Harrisonburg Floyd Mecklenburg Shenandoah
Botetourt City of Lexington Fluvanna Montgomery Smyth
Brunswick City of Lynchburg Franklin Nelson Southampton
Buchanan City of Martinsville Frederick Nottoway Sussex
Buckingham City of Norton Giles Orange Tazewell
Campbell City of Radford Goochland Page Warren
Carroll City of Roanoke Grayson Patrick Washington
Charlotte City of Salem Greene Pittsylvania Wise
City of Bedford City of Staunton Greensville Powhatan Wythe

 

For consideration students must:

      • Be a resident of Virginia and must be a United States Citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
      • Be admitted to UVa-Wise and reside in an eligible county/city
      • Submit a 250 word essay that demonstrates a commitment to community service
      • Demonstrate as 3.0 grade point average or higher
      • Demonstrate a composite SAT score of 1000 or higher or an ACT score of 19 or higher

Awards are renewable if the following criteria are met:

      • Recipients must earn 24 semester hours in the first year of receipt and 30 hours each year thereafter.
      • Recipients must earn at least a 2.25 grade point average in the first year of receipt and at least a 2.75 grade point average each year thereafter.
      • Recipients must remain in good academic and social standing
      • Evidence at least 20 hours of community service through classroom or residential group experiences. Staff in academic and student affairs will work with faculty and students to identify community service opportunities.

For consideration, please submit a 250 word essay to admissions@uvawise.edu  with the subject line “Carl W. Smith Wise Scholars Applicant’

For questions, please contact the office of admissions at 888.282.9324 or admissions@uvawise.edu

Chancellor's Scholars

The Chancellor’s Scholars Program will provide financial support to college students from Virginia, for STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health Science) students who participate in undergraduate research and study abroad projects and are selected based on merit.  Awards may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition and fees, on-campus housing, on-campus meals, and books and supplies.   A limited one-time award may also be made to support approved research, internships, or study abroad experiences.  The following guidelines will be used to evaluate applicants and maintain the scholarship status as Chancellor’s Scholars, with the understanding that specific criteria may be adjusted with future changed circumstances

For consideration students must:

  • Be a resident of Virginia and must be a United States Citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be a high school senior or transfer student attending a Virginia Community College – homeschool students and students at a United States Armed services school are eligible.
  • Be admitted to UVa-Wise
  • Be nominated by the student’s admissions counselor
  • Submit a 250 word essay regarding leadership, service, and that demonstrates a commitment to community service
  • Submit a co-curricular resume
  • Demonstrate as 3.5 grade point average or higher
  • Demonstrate strong SAT or ACT scores.

Awards are renewable if the following criteria are met:

  • Recipients must earn 30 semester hours in the first year of receipt and 30 hours each year thereafter.
  • Recipients must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average in the first year of receipt and at least a 3.0 grade point average each year thereafter.
  • Recipients must remain in good academic and social standing
  • Evidence at least 20 hours of community service through classroom or residential group experiences. Staff in academic and student affairs will work with faculty and students to identify community service opportunities.
  • Students must apply to participate in undergraduate research and/or study abroad opportunities.

For consideration, please submit a resume and 250 word essay to admissions@uvawise.edu  with the subject line “Carl W. Smith Chancellor’s Applicant’

For questions, please contact the office of admissions at 888.282.9324 or admissions@uvawise.edu