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Educational Foundation

Scholarship Opportunities

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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 Fall 2018 Scholarship application will be available March 19 – May 20, 2018.

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

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How to Apply

Assemble the following items before beginning the application:

  • Know your current cumulative high school or Virginia Western grade point average (GPA), and the number of Virginia Western credits you have earned, if applicable.
  • Copy of your most recent academic transcript (may be unofficial)
  • Copy of your signed tax return if self-supporting, your parents' signed tax return if dependent, or the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 FAFSA Student Aid Report.
  • Prepare a 250-word essay in Microsoft Word 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 the essay for the current 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.
    • Pick a controversial topic on college campuses and suggest a solution.
    • Choose a book or books that have affected you deeply and explain why.
  • Please review the online application in its entirety before completing.

Click on "How to Apply Step by Step" (PDF) to see all steps to submit a complete application.

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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Roanoke, VA 24015


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