L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs




Offering awards to full-time students

We offer Wilder School scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students.

‌‌The Wilder School offers multiple scholarships each year to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Each application requires:

  • A completed application
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Your resume/CV
  • One 500-word essay per scholarship describing why you deserve that specific scholarship
  • One reference letter from VCU teaching faculty emailed to wsscholarship@vcu.edu (the student’s name must be in the subject line)
  • Additional Requirements may vary per scholarship

A complete list of scholarship guidelines and submission instructions are included on the applications. All applicants must have at least one semester completed of coursework as a VCU Wilder School student.

Please note: Scholarship recipients are awarded funds in the fall semester following the application and selection process.  Funds are deposited to the recipient's VCU Student Accounting account.
All application materials are to be completed and uploaded online.  
Additional VCU and third-party scholarships


Graduate and Undergraduate Scholarship listing


VCU National Scholarship Office

The National Scholarship Office (NSO) assists students with applying to national and international fellowship/scholarship opportunities related to their academic and professional goals. They research and offer suggestions on scholarships/fellowships that best suit students' aspirations, provide advice on how students can produce competitive applications, and connect students with vital resources to improve their materials.

Please note that they only support services for students seeking external funding outside of VCU, thus excluding scholarships awarded by VCU colleges and departments.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with either NSO Director, Jeff Wing, or NSO Graduate Assistant, Haley Clouser, by following this link or emailing natlscholar@vcu.edu.

Scholarship database

List of Scholarships for International student