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Award Information

Award Information


  1. Applicants must be from a racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in faculty ranks within academia nationally. Typically this would include: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Americans. Priority will be given to West Virginia residents and U.S. citizens.         
  2. Applicants must hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and be admitted to a doctoral degree program at West Virginia University. If admission procedures are incomplete at time of application, the Dean of the college must provide a statement explaining the application status of the candidate.
  3. All applicants must meet the minimum standards for regular admission to West Virginia University and to the desired doctoral program.  Selection will be based on academic merit and potential for success in doctoral study.
  4. In addition to academic merit and potential for success in doctoral study, students beginning their programs of study are given priority to students who are currently enrolled.

Application Procedure

  1. All applicants for the Chancellor’s Scholars Program must complete the standard application form.  
  2. Transcripts of all previous college work and GRE test scores will be obtained from graduate students’ applications as part of the scholarship application process. 
  3. Application must be accompanied by all requested supporting materials and submitted by application deadline of July 15th. Supporting materials include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. List the names and addresses of three persons who are able to evaluate your academic and professional experience and ability and who are expected to submit a reference on your behalf. At least two should be persons with whom you have worked in your major field.
    2. Attach a statement (750 words or less) of your long-range professional and personal goals and how obtaining a doctoral degree and being in the Chancellor’s Scholars Program will assist you in meeting these goals.
    3. Provide proof of acceptance into degree program or current academic standing (if the applicant has already begun their doctoral studies).

Selection Procedure

  1. A Selection Committee will review and evaluate all applications based on the application letter, academic merit, standardized test scores, references, and the overall quality of the application.    
  2. The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will announce award selections to applicants and departments.

Scholarship Renewal

This competitive scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four (4) years. Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, 20 hours of service to the WVU and/or West Virginia communities, and serve as a Student Ambassador (please see the terms and conditions). 

  1. Chancellor’s Scholars must request renewal of their scholarship each year by submitting a renewal application.
  2. The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will send renewal application forms to scholars by March 1st.  The student and the student advisor must complete this form.  Additionally, scholars and advisors must complete a doctoral progress report that must accompany the renewal application.
  3. The deadline for receipt of renewal is March 15th. 
  4. A Selection Committee comprised of faculty will review and evaluate all renewal applications based on academic progress, advisor evaluation, and research. 

Conditions of CSP

  1. All CSP students are required to be full-time, resident students (completing a minimum of 9 credit-hours each semester) during the academic year.  Students are encouraged to make maximum progress toward their degrees by enrolling for 12 credit hours.
  2. This competitive scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four (4) years.  As with all University scholarships, scholars are held to a higher academic and social standard.  Therefore, scholars are required to maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA, complete 20 hours of service to the WVU and/or the Morgantown community, and serve as Graduate Student Ambassador. 
  3. CSP students are expected to devote full time to their studies. Any employment must have the prior written approval of the Program Director.  If, in addition to their service obligation, the assignment of teaching or research responsibilities would be beneficial to a student’s academic development, students may be permitted to supplement their stipends with a partial graduate teaching or research assistantship in special cases.
  4. Failure to meet any of the conditions of the scholarship program may result in discontinuance of the award.