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

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.


  • 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.


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

Admissions Office


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.

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.

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.

Sansberry Scholarship Application

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.

Cameron Scholarship Application

The Dominion Energy Citizen-Soldier Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for young men and women, who are residents of the state of Virginia, and who are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.  Candidates must have been graduated from his/her high school with a minimum 3.7-grade point average and achieved a 1350 SAT score (combined), or 31 ACT.  This award will provide a full four-year scholarship, to include tuition and fees.

Dominion Energy Citizen-Soldier Scholarship Application