Scholarship Notifications

WVU Law’s Enrollment Management Office will notify admitted students of their scholarship status beginning in mid-February.

Scholarship Considerations

There is no separate application required to be considered for a merit scholarship. All admitted students are considered.

Merit scholarships are awarded after a careful review of an admitted student’s application. These scholarships are primarily based on an admitted student’s academic merit as compared with other admitted students in that incoming class. However, other factors are considered as well. These factors include leadership skills, community involvement, and other personal or professional accomplishments.

Since merit scholarships are awarded by WVU Law’s Enrollment Management Office according to an admitted student’s application, it is important to keep the Enrollment Management Office informed of any changes or updates to your application. Please submit these changes or updates to wvulaw.admissions@mail.wvu.edu.

Scholarship Retention

Unless notified otherwise, all scholarships offered by WVU Law are automatically renewed for students who remain in good academic standing.

Other Scholarships for Incoming 1Ls

The majority of scholarships awarded to admitted students are general merit scholarships. However, WVU Law does offer other scholarships with more specific requirements. These scholarships are detailed below. Please read the description of each of these scholarships carefully as they may require additional steps, including submitting a separate essay, to be considered.

     1. Bloom Scholarship
         Deadline to Apply to WVU Law: March 15, 2022
         Separate Scholarship Essay Required: No

The Bloom Scholarship is awarded to seven (7) incoming first year law students and covers each recipient’s full tuition and fees for their three (3) years of law school so long as they maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). In order to be consider for this scholarship, you must:


  • Have a minimum LSAT score of 160
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Apply to WVU Law by the application deadline of March 15, 2022

     2. W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship
         Deadline to Apply to WVU Law: January 17, 2022
        Separate Fellowship Essay Required: No

The W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $19,000, waiver of University tuition, a College of Law tuition scholarship, payment of University fees, and graduate student health insurance coverage. To be considered for this fellowship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Identify as African American/Black.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Apply to WVU Law by January 17, 2022.
  • Give permission for the University’s Fellowship Committee to review your application.

     3. West Virginia State Bar Public Interest Scholarship
         Deadline to Apply to WVU Law: March 15, 2022
         Separate Scholarship Essay Required: Yes

The West Virginia State Bar Public Interest Scholarship (PDF) is awarded to one (1) incoming first year law student who demonstrates a strong commitment to providing civil legal services or criminal defense to those who cannot otherwise afford legal representation and who pledges to pursue such work in West Virginia for at least three (3) years. The scholarship covers the recipient’s full tuition and fees for their three (3) years of law school, as well as provides mentorships with faculty and practicing attorneys and participation in the College of Law’s vibrant public interest organization, the Public Interest Advocates (PIA). To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Apply to WVU Law by March 15, 2022.
  • Submit a typed essay of no more than 750 words addressing your academic record, leadership record, history of involvement in public interest work, level of commitment to a public interest career, and financial need.
  • Give permission for the Selection Committee to review your application.

If applying for this scholarship, please submit your separate essay to wvulaw.admissions@mail.wvu.edu.

External Scholarships

A great source of additional financing is available through national and regional scholarship awards offered by philanthropic organizations throughout the United States. These awards are usually limited to particular populations of students based on geography, class year, area of interest in law, or ethnic background. Associate Director of Admissions and Scholarship, Elissa Momen, will notify students when our Office is made aware of any external scholarship opportunities. However, we encourage students to also review the below scholarship databases for other opportunities: