MBU Scholarships

Scholarships Awarded to Mary Baldwin University Students

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$1,000 scholarship, renewable annually with GPA of 2.5 or above, for students in the Appalachian region of Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Available to women and men entering the Mary Baldwin College for Women or University College as first-time freshmen or transfer students.

$70 per-credit-hour tuition discount for working educators helps bring the dream of earning an advanced degree within reach for teachers and school administrators who are vital to our communities. Available to women and men who are currently employed as educators and are entering or currently enrolled in Mary Baldwin’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure program or graduate programs in Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education.

$1,500 scholarship, renewable annually with GPA of 2.5 or above for students in the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, as well as Augusta, Nelson, and Rockingham counties. Available to women and men entering the Mary Baldwin College for Women or University College as first-time freshmen or transfer students; commuter students included.

One-time, $500 award for prospective new freshmen or transfer students who are entering the Mary Baldwin College for Women or University College. Prospective students must be recommended by a verified member of Mary Baldwin’s Alumni (of any program).

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Mary Baldwin’s rich scholarship program is one of the biggest ways that the university brings a private education within reach for hundreds of students every year. From funds endowed by generous donors who have ties to Mary Baldwin, to awards from national foundations, to aid for specific activities such as study abroad, MBU will match you with scholarships that meet your needs.

Merit Scholarships for Mary Baldwin College for Women/University College Students
Merit scholarships are awarded upon admission to Mary Baldwin University and are based off of academic achievement in high school (in order to determine an estimate of your scholarship, please visit our net price calculator.
  • President’s Scholarship ($22,000)
  • Dean’s Scholarship ($20,000)
  • Baldwin Scholarship ($18,000)
  • Founder’s Scholarship ($16,000)
  • Opportunity Grant ($14,000)
Local and Regional Scholarships:
Scholarships offered to students meeting the qualifications listed below are eligible for these scholarships ranging in amount from $1,000 to $1,500.  No separate application is required, and students who receive these scholarships will be notified.
  • Shen-Rock Regional ScholarshipEligible students reside in Staunton City, Waynesboro City, Rockingham County, Nelson County, and Augusta County. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the student maintains good academic standing.
  • Appalachian Opportunity Scholarship:  Eligible students live in the Appalachian Region. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the student remains in good academic standing
  • Alumni Best and Brightest Scholarship: One-time scholarship awarded to students who have been recommended to the Office of Admissions by an alumnus.
Program Scholarships
Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership Band Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to students who audition and are accepted into the VWIL marching band. Students do not have to be a member of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership in order to audition. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information
Special Tuition Rates
  • Educator’s Choice: This tuition rate is available to students who are currently employed educators in the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure,  the Master of Arts in Teaching or the Master of Education programs.  The tuition is discounted from $495/credit hour to $425/credit hour – a 14% discount.  Students will need to provide proof of employment in order to demonstrate eligibility.
  • Summer Scholarship Offer:  Students enrolled full-time for the fall and the spring of the preceding year are eligible for a $500 scholarship if they register for at least 3 credit hours during the summer session. Students enrolled at least half-time for the fall and the spring of the preceding year are eligible for a $250 scholarship if they register for at least 3 credit hours during the summer session.
Academic Departmental Scholarships
These scholarships are determined by the individual academic departments. Please contact the academic departments for more information.
  • Carpenter Health Care Administration Scholarship
  • Carpenter Ministry Scholarship
  • Carpenter MLitt/MFA Scholarship
  • Green-Jones Masters of Arts in Teaching Scholarship
Academic Achievement Scholarships:
  • Hill-House Scholarship: The Hill-House Scholarship is awarded to the top academic student in each class. The student receiving the scholarship will be notified by their academic dean as there is no application required.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: Students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa as a Virginia community college student are eligible for $1,500 merit scholarship. Please contact the Office of Admissions regarding this award.
Virginia Grants and Scholarships:
The Commonwealth of Virginia has additional grant and scholarship programs for Virginia residents. Please see the corresponding websites for more information regarding these grants and scholarships.
Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) Scholarships:
The VFIC provides to Mary Baldwin University yearly scholarship funds.  The names and amounts of these scholarships can vary from year to year.  These funds are matched with institutional funds within the recipient’s financial aid award package. No application is required. Students chosen to receive these scholarships will be notified by the financial aid office. Scholarships that MBU has received in the past from VFIC include:
  • AEP/Appalachian Power #1
  • AEP/Appalachian Power #2
  • Anonymous
  • Bank of America
  • BB&T Charitable Foundation #1
  • BB&T Charitable Foundation #2
  • Booth, A. Lea #1
  • Booth, A. Lea #2
  • Brock, Macon and Joan #1
  • Brock, Macon and Joan #2
  • Brock, Macon and Joan #3
  • Dollar Tree
  • Dominion Resources
  • Excelencia Initiative Scholarship #1
  • Excelencia Initiative Scholarship #2
  • Excelencia Initiative Scholarship #3
  • Excelencia Initiative Scholarship #3
  • Excelencia Initiative Scholarship #4
  • Excelencia Initiative Scholarship #5
  • Ferguson
  • HRH Charitable Fund
  • Hunter Trust #1
  • Hunter Trust #2
  • Landmark Foundation
  • Luck Companies
  • Mars Foundation
  • Media General
  • Norfolk Southern #1
  • Norfolk Southern #2
  • SunTrust Foundation Scholars
  • Union Bank & Trust
  • Universal Corporation #1
  • Universal Corporation #2
Endowed Scholarships:
Mary Baldwin is fortunate to have over 250 endowed scholarships funded by our generous alumni and other private donors. Each scholarship has specific criteria and eligibility requirements. You are automatically considered for our endowed scholarship program after you are admitted to Mary Baldwin and have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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