CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The deadline to apply for the West Virginia PROMISE scholarship has been extended because of the statewide teacher strike.

March 1 was the original deadline. Students now have until March 30 to apply for the scholarship, according to an announcement made Tuesday by the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

“We don’t want to have anyone denied of the scholarship due to the work stoppage, so we’ll take care of that,” said Matt Turner, vice chancellor of administration for the HEPC.

The scholarships are for the Fall 2018 semester. Turner said he understands some students have been unable to meet with their guidance counselors because of school closures.

“We have a lot of resources. Certainly the school counselors are one of those resources that students turn to for help when applying for scholarships, along with their parents and with the Policy Commission. We provide assistance and workshops across the state, so this is just something that we do not want students to be concerned about,” he said.

Schools in West Virginia have been closed since Feb. 21.

Turner said students do not need to worry if they submitted an application after March 1.

“If anyone has already submitted one and it was past the deadline and their concern was due to the work stoppage that they were unable to complete them, then we will certainly look at that and I don’t think that will be a problem,” he said.

To complete the PROMISE scholarship application, CLICK HERE.

Students who have questions about the application are told to call the HEPC Office of Financial Aid and Outreach Services at (877)-987-7664 or by emailing

Additional information about all financial aid programs available to students may be found on the College Foundation of West Virginia website.

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