BUCKHANNON, WEST VIRGINIA – Today, West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia MetroNews launched the 15th annual West Virginia Scholar Program to award a full, four-year scholarship including tuition, room and board and fees at WVWC to one current Mountain State junior.  First and second runner-ups will also receive scholarship awards to WVWC.

Applications for West Virginia high school juniors who plan to graduate from high school in 2023 and pursue higher education, are open online through April 30. Students may apply for the WV Scholar Program online at wvscholar.com. Finalists will be announced later this spring.


“The West Virginia Scholar Program is a hallmark scholarship that creates great impact for a young West Virginian aspiring to start their future at West Virginia Wesleyan,” said John Waltz ‘01, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Financial Aid at WVWC. “We are grateful to MetroNews for their partnership and to our generous donors, Drs. Marvin and Elaine Culpepper, who make this scholarship possible.”


As part of the application process, applicants answer an essay question that explains how the student plans to use their education to improve the state of West Virginia or make an impact here from their education.

In addition to WVWC and WV MetroNews, the West Virginia Scholar Program is sponsored by Greer Industries,  Yeager Airport, Friends of Coal, West Virginia Hospital Association,  the West Virginia Farm Bureau and  ZMM Architects & Engineers.

West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2022 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.