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FAIRMONT -

Top high school seniors around the state have the chance to compete for Fairmont State University's premier academic scholarship, the Dr. Charles McClain Presidential Scholarship.

In addition, all of the state's PROMISE Scholars are eligible for the PROMISE Beyond Scholarship.

"Fairmont State University provides high-achieving students with the tools they need to channel their motivation into successful lives," said Amie Fazalare, Director of Admissions and Recruitment. "We're excited to be able to reward students for their hard work in high school."

FSU will award the PROMISE Beyond Scholarship to the top three students in the state.

The scholarship is extremely competitive due to the fact that it covers tuition and fees, room and board, and textbooks.

Fairmont State University has extended the application deadline to March 1.

"We build on the PROMISE scholarship. Now the PROMISE was capped at $4,750 but tuition has gone up in all of the state schools," said Michael Ross, FSU's Senior Admissions Councilor. "So for us, we have what is called the PROMISE beyond which covers the gap."

To compete for the scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  •  Be a high school senior.
  •  Live in West Virginia.
  •  Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5.
  •  Have an ACT composite score of 26 or SAT composite score of 1190 (excluding writing score).
  •  Be a PROMISE Scholarship recipient.
  •  Submit a Charles J. McClain Presidential Scholarship application (including a 450-word essay about how the scholarship would help the student achieve his or her educational goal).
  •  Complete an FSU admissions file (general application, high school transcript, test scores) by March 1.
  •  Participate in an on-campus interview March 3-14. These are by invitation only.

All PROMISE Scholars are eligible for the PROMISE Beyond Scholarship, which aims to cover the full cost of tuition at Fairmont State.

"PROMISE scholars have identified themselves as top academic achievers, and Fairmont State has a campus prepared to help them meet their educational goals," Fazalare said. "Through PROMISE Beyond we hope to ease the financial burden and allow students to focus on their college experience."

In a press release, Fairmont State said: All PROMISE Scholars also are eligible to participate in the Honors Program, which provides students with the opportunity to deepen their academic experience through smaller classes taught by some of the University's finest faculty, field trips in the United States and abroad and extracurricular activities on and off campus.

"Honors students find that studying and socializing with other like-minded students helps them to make the most of their university experience," said Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director of the Honors Program.

For more information, about the scholarship, click here.