WV colleges to offer ACT for students seeking Promise Scholarship

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

June 25, 2020

Students who still have not qualified for the $4,750-per-year Promise Scholarship for the upcoming academic year will be able to take the ACT at many West Virginia colleges through the end of September.

The state Higher Education Policy Commission, which oversees the scholarship for both four- and two-year in-state colleges, announced the move Wednesday. Spokesperson Jessica Tice said the College Board didn’t offer a similar option for its college-entrance exam, the SAT.

This new chance to qualify for the Promise for the upcoming academic year is available only to those who applied before March 1.


Despite the pandemic ending in-person high school classes during seniors’ final semester and forcing the cancellation of some ACT and SAT testing dates, the Higher Education Policy Commission has kept the college entrance exam score requirement for the scholarship.