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Scholarship and Financial Aid Programs Provide Access for Wesleyan Students

December 4, 2007
Affordability and accessibility are two of the more common buzz words in higher education today. Increases in tuition and other indirect costs have created anxiety for college-bound students and their families, as well as for politicians and journalists.

West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, a private residential college, is one of many colleges and universities that strive to provide quality academic programs and student services with access and affordability. Thanks to endowed scholarship funds, state scholarships and grants, and college-financed scholarships, the United Methodist-related school is committed to provide opportunities for students to remain in the price range for the great majority of families from West Virginia and surrounding states.

Wesleyan offers scholarships that recognize student achievement in academics, the arts, athletics, community service and leadership. The awards for the institution, which has a total direct cost of $27,990, typically range from $9,000 to $27,990. In fact, an academically talented West Virginia student who qualifies for the PROMISE Scholarship can receive over $18,000 a year before need-based financial aid or outside scholarship awards are considered. A PROMISE student who excels in the arts and in academics can have a combined scholarship package as high as $22,000 per year.

At the same time, Wesleyan offers a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, a distinguished teaching faculty, over 40 majors of study and a wide range of extracurricular activities. In the area that matters greatly to students and their families, the college also boasts of 100 percent placement in medical and engineering schools, 100 percent job placement for nursing and accounting graduates and a high job and graduate school placement rate in other fields.

The ability to gain access to a high-quality private school is greatly appreciated by Wesleyan students.

“I worried about financial aid the moment my college search began,” said Jill Okes, a PROMISE junior from Parkersburg. She had a strong grade point average, enjoyed singing and believed in her ability to write. “I sought every possible scholarship opportunity.” In the end, Wesleyan was the college that offered the most aid. “I am having a great experience without the burden of accumulating loan debt,” she said.

“The plethora of scholarship opportunities available at Wesleyan made attending a private prestigious liberal arts institution very affordable,” said Lucy Swecker, a freshman from Mill Creek. “My years of hard work were rewarded through the educational opportunities provided by these scholarships. I am especially thankful that individuals recognize the significance of assisting those who are interested in furthering their education at the post secondary level.”

“During my senior year of high school, I knew Wesleyan was the right college for me,” said Zach Brady, a senior from Elizabeth. “I had enough scholarship assistance to attend any public school, but could not settle on any of those institutions. I learned of the McKelvey Program, a special scholarship for first generation and entrepreneurial students in selected rural West Virginia counties. I applied, interviewed and was fortunate to win that scholarship as well as other Wesleyan awards. Without these scholarships, I would have never become a Bobcat.”

Wesleyan’s endowed scholarships include those for specific majors, geographic areas, members of the United Methodist Church, as well as need-based awards. The college annually spends nearly $15 million on financial aid.

“It is our mission to provide high quality education to West Virginia and surrounding states at an affordable price,” said Dr. Pamela Balch, president of Wesleyan. “We have been fortunate to have a number of alumni and friends who have established scholarships for students. The great majority of our families are surprised at their bottom line after scholarships and financial aid is applied.”

To learn more about Wesleyan’s scholarship and financial aid program, go to or call the Office of Admission at 800-722-9933.



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