Scholarships

VMI offers need and merit-based scholarships for qualified students.

As part of VMI's application process, applicants are automatically considered for need-based scholarships and grants when you apply for financial aid.  Merit-based scholarships for exceptional academic achievement require separate applications. 

Institute Scholars Program

Since its founding in 1839, Virginia Military Institute has recognized and rewarded outstanding academic achievement. Today, approximately 100 cadets attend the Institute on full and 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. 

Full and partial scholarships are available to cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to eight semesters of full-time study at VMI. Scholarship funds are often used to supplement ROTC scholarships or other forms of financial aid in order to meet the full cost of attendance at VMI. Financial need is not a criterion for selection.

All Institute Scholars are automatically enrolled in the Institute Honors Program.

Requirements:

  • 1350 (combined) SAT (or) 31 ACT
  • High school GPA 3.7
  • High school rank top 10 percent

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.

Application Process

The following must be received by VMI Admissions no later than Feb. 1.

Interviews

The selection committee reviews applications on a rolling basis. Outstanding candidates will be invited to make arrangements for an on-post interview conducted during an Open House weekend. Alternate dates for on-post interviews may be arranged in some circumstances.

For information:

Col. Rob McDonald
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
540-464-7212 or mcdonaldrl@vmi.edu

Admissions Office
540-464-7211
admissionsoff@vmi.edu

 

State-Based Merit Scholarships

Two additional merit scholarship opportunities for residents of Indiana and Wilmington, North Carolina, are available through a separate application. More information about their criteria and application process are below.  

The James C. Sansberry academic scholarship is a merit scholarship awarded on the basis of academic achievement, individual character, and demonstrated leadership potential. This scholarship is for young men and women from the state of Indiana who wish to pursue their college education at VMI.

The James C. Sansberry fund was established at VMI by the late Thelma C. Sansberry in honor of her late husband, a 1916 graduate of the Institute.

Application Procedures

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 Feb. 1. A committee that consists of, but may not be limited to, members of the VMI admissions staff, faculty, coaches, and alumni will review applications for scholarship awards.

Scholarship Terms

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.

Sansberry Scholarship

The Cameron Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for young men and women from the city of Wilmington, N.C., New Hanover County, N.C., and surrounding communities who wish to pursue their college education at VMI. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, individual character, and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Cameron Scholarship was established at VMI through the generosity of Bruce B. Cameron Jr., VMI Class of 1938, and the late Daniel D. Cameron, VMI Class of 1942.

Application Procedures

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 Feb. 1. 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.

Scholarship Terms

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.

Download Cameron Scholarship Application