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Frequently Asked Questions

As a Batten Fellow, students are guaranteed full tuition for all 4 years at Virginia Wesleyan , provided they maintain good academic standing.

As a Shumadine Scholar, students are guaranteed two-thirds of tuition for all 4 years at Virginia Wesleyan, provided they maintain good academic standing.

For both scholarships, the cost of Room and Board, and any Fees are not covered by the scholarship and therefore are the responsibility of the student.

Yes! Students are eligible for need-based financial aid based on their family’s income. To apply for financial aid you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid also known as the FAFSA. For more information and the application, go to If you are admitted into the Batten Honors College, you will receive a financial aid package that will incorporate your honors college scholarship.

Yes, you can use your Virginia529 plan at Virginia Wesleyan. To understand how to best use your plan, please speak to Teresa Rhyne, Director of Financial Aid. She can be reached at 757-455-5733 or

No. Batten Fellowships and Shumadine Scholarships have a fixed value, as noted above. Since we commit to renewing your scholarship for a total of eight semesters, we do not re-evaluate scholarships once you have enrolled. The scholarship is renewable until graduation requirements are met, not to exceed four consecutive years, assuming full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

Yes. The Batten Honors College Admission Committee will review applications to determine which applicants will be invited to campus to compete for a seat in the Honors College. Students will be invited to come to campus for a multi-day event that will include a one-on-one interview with a professor, a group interview with the admission committee, and a teamwork activity. The dates of the competitions are November 8-10, 2018 and February 7-9, 2019. If a student is invited to compete, he/she will be given the choice to attend either date. For more information about the application process click here.

Each student in the Batten Honors College will receive a scholarship to cover the course fee for their first Honors study away course, which will typically be during the summer session before or the winter session during their sophomore year. Students are responsible for covering the cost of obtaining a passport, the registration fee for the course, and spending money while traveling. Students may select from those courses being offered that year, which in 2018-2019 included courses involving travel to Barcelona, Iceland, and Mexico.  Students may choose to participate in additional study-away experiences, but the student will be responsible for the course fee for subsequent courses beyond the first.