New Students

2023-24 School Year

The 2023-24 application window closed May 15, 2023. Students who were ineligible to apply during the application window but who have become newly eligible for the program under the 45-day rule are eligible to apply at any time during the year. In addition, the Hope Scholarship Board may accept late applications from eligible students who missed the application deadline on a case-by-case basis. Students wishing to apply outside of the application window under either scenario must submit the online Hope Scholarship Application Request form by no later than April 15, 2024. Please do not apply directly in the EMA system until being contacted by Hope Scholarship Board staff regarding your application request.

2024-25 School Year

The application window for new applicants for 2024-25 will be open from March 1, 2024 to May 15, 2024. Renewal applications will be available for existing Hope Scholarship recipients on January 15, 2024.


To qualify for the Hope Scholarship for the 23-24 academic year as a NEW applicant, a student must be a West Virginia resident and be one of the following:

  • Eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year
  • Enrolled full-time in a West Virginia public elementary or secondary school for the entire instructional term of the academic year preceding the academic year for which the student is applying to participate in the Hope Scholarship Program.
  • Enrolled full-time and attending a public elementary or secondary school in West Virginia for at least 45 consecutive calendar days during the current instructional term at the time of application. The student must remain enrolled and attending the public-school program until a decision is reached on the Hope Scholarship application.

If you are a current Hope Scholarship recipient, you must renew your application annually. Click here for more information.