Educational Foundation :: Scholarship Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of scholarships are available?

Virginia Western Educational Foundation scholarships are established by the generous donors who have made these scholarships possible and awarded by the Educational Foundation Scholarship & Grants Committee.

Who should apply for an Educational Foundation scholarship?

Any student currently enrolled or who will enroll in a minimum of 6 credits for the upcoming academic semester at Virginia Western Community College with a minimum 2.0 GPA should apply. It is important to note that some scholarships do require full-time enrollment and if you are awarded one of these scholarships you will need to be enrolled full-time to receive the scholarship.

I don't qualify for financial aid, should I still apply?

Absolutely! Scholarships are available for academic excellence and/or financial need. The Virginia Western Educational Foundation awards scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need, but may or may not qualify for financial aid. Educational Foundation scholarships are funded by many individuals, community groups, corporations and others and are awarded on a competitive basis.

How do I know which scholarships I should apply for?

When you fill out the general scholarship application, the system will notify you of any specific scholarships you may qualify to apply for.

What are the conditions regarding the use of scholarship awards?

Scholarship funds may be used only for tuition, books, and supplies required for courses taken at Virginia Western Community College as stated in the Scholarship Agreement Form.

How do I apply for an Educational Foundation scholarship?

Visit https://www.virginiawestern.edu/scholarships/ to apply.

Educational Foundation scholarships are processed in the Foundation office. Do not submit any required information to the Financial Aid Office.

When is the Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline?

The deadline for applying for scholarships varies depending on the semester. Students should apply when they first begin to see information on the scholarship process. All parts of the scholarship application (a completed application, taxes, statements of recommendation, and transcript) must be uploaded as part of the application process by the scholarship application deadline to be considered.

Who should complete my recommendation forms?

Recommendations are an important part of the scholarship award process. One recommendation should come from a Virginia Western instructor and one from an individual outside of Virginia Western. If you have never attended Virginia Western, you may ask former teachers, employers, or work colleagues to provide recommendations. Please note, recommendation letters by relatives/family members are not acceptable.

How are recipients selected and notified?

Scholarship recipients are selected by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation Scholarship & Grants Committee using a competitive award process. Recipients of the scholarships will be notified of their award by the Educational Foundation. Students who apply for but do not receive a scholarship may still be eligible for loans, grants, or scholarships from federal, state and other sources. Please contact the Virginia Western Financial Aid Office for more information regarding loans and/or grants.

If I receive an Educational Foundation scholarship, how will the funds be disbursed?

Once a student has been awarded a scholarship, that amount will be credited to his/her student account here at Virginia Western.

What expenses will be covered by an educational foundation scholarship?

Scholarship funds are most commonly used to cover tuition and fees, but funds may also be used to cover books or other allowable expenses as stated in your Scholarship Agreement.

Who can I contact if I have a question about the scholarship process?

For more information you can contact the Educational Foundation CCAP & Scholarship Program Coordinator.

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