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Educational Foundation Scholarships

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The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation supports more than 85 scholarships for credit and noncredit courses. Students are eligible to apply each semester for awards that range from $500 to $2,000.

The Spring 2016 Scholarship application is closed. The Fall 2016 Scholarship application opens in March 2016.

Contact Scholarship Coordinator Carolyn Payne at or 540-857-6371 with any questions.

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How to Apply

The Educational Foundation is using an online application process and ONLY online applications will be accepted.

Before beginning the online application process, assemble the required information below.

  • Know your current cumulative high school or Virginia Western grade point average, and the number of Virginia Western credits you have earned, if applicable.
  • Copy of your most recent academic transcript
  • Have a copy of your signed tax return, or your parents' signed tax return if you are a dependent.
  • Prepare a 250-word essay that addresses one of the following topics. Consult the Scholarship Essay Writing Tips (PDF) for assistance in completing your essay. If you have received a Foundation scholarship in previous years, you must address a different topic on your Fall 2015 application.
    • What is a societal problem you believe needs to be addressed? Explain why and how.
    • Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that makes you unique.
    • Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why? Do not include an immediate family member.
    • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
    • Choose a book or books that have affected you deeply and explain why.
  • Please review the online application in its entirety before completing.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for any Educational Foundation scholarship, you must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  • Enroll in a minimum of six (6) credits, unless the scholarship you are applying for requires you to enroll in more. Full-time enrollment is defined as being enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
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