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UC Scholarship Days

President's Circle Scholarship Day

Students accepted to the University of Charleston are invited to attend the President's Circle Scholarship Competition. Prospective students will have the opportunity to compete for a variety of scholarships - including the Presidential Scholarship valued at over $100,000 over four years! Other awards include Welch Colleague, Student Ambassador, and Merit, valued between $500 and $5,000 per year. Except Presidential, all scholarships are in addition to academic scholarships awarded at acceptance. Students who compete will write an essay and participate in team building and interview sessions. Additional info sessions include a welcome from UC President Edwin Welch, admissions, financial aid, and student life - as well as interactive academic program presentations and campus tours. Prospective student athletes should discuss their attendance with the respective UC coach.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the UC Office of Admissions at 1-800-995-4682 (GO UC).

Experience UC Day

(For High School Seniors and College Transfers Only)

What Are UC Scholarship Days?

UC Scholarship Days are special University of Charleston Scholarship Days/Open House programs where students can receive additional scholarship money. You are invited to attend ONE of these programs. You must be accepted to the University of Charleston to participate. 

Compete for thousands of $$$$ in scholarships — more than $1,000,000 was given away last year! Students have the opportunity to compete for the scholarships below depending on eligibility and availability. UC Scholarship Days represent the only opportunities that accepted students can compete for these four outstanding scholarships. Each student will receive only one award as a result of the competition. Award amounts depend on on-campus residential status.

The competition is fun, engaging and interesting for both students and parents. You will participate in some group problem-solving activities, interview with faculty and staff, submit a short writing sample and learn a lot about the University and yourself. 

The Welch Colleague Scholarship

The Welch Colleague Program at the University of Charleston exists to develop students into thoughtful, passionate, and competent leaders. Students become change agents who integrate personal strengths into their academic, civic, and professional lives. Welch Colleagues have the opportunity to take specialized classes, attend workshops and build mentoring relationships with community leaders and UC staff and faculty. Success in the Welch Colleague program means you will graduate with a minor in Applied Leadership Studies. Students learn to think about leadership within the context of their academic discipline and anticipated vocation. The Welch Colleague Scholarship may not be combined with other University of Charleston scholarships, and students must live on campus to receive the award and participate in the program.

The Leadership & Involvement Scholarship

Leadership & Involvement scholarships are awarded to students who show promise and potential as leaders on campus, whether directly as executives of campus organizations or indirectly as outstanding participants in numerous student groups and activities. Students participating in athletics, band, chorus, or other student life programs may be eligible for this award.  The Leadership & Involvement Scholarship will be added to the current scholarships and awards a student may have already received.

Welch Colleague Scholarship  Leadership & Involvement Scholarship 
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Community service and leadership involvement
  • Submission of a resume or list of extracurricular and co-curricular involvement
  • 2.5 GPA or higher


Each scholarship has minimum requirements for maintaining the full scholarship during University of Charleston enrollment. For more information, see the Scholarships section above.

What else should I expect at a UC Scholarship Day?

  • You and your parents/guardians will be involved in engaging activities and informational sessions.
  • You will have the opportunity to learn more about financial aid opportunities.
  • You will be able to meet and interact with professors and current students in your intended major.
  • You will learn much more about the scholarship programs and involvement and leadership opportunities at UC.
  • You will see why UC is known for Learning Your Way.