Scholarships

Blankenship/Justice Scholarship -- Student must be "a child or dependant of a coal miner,...a person seeking a degree in a field reasonable (sic) related to the promotion of coal mine safety and health."  Applications are in the Guidance Office and are due by May 15.
 
Leo Ferrell Memorial Rotary Scholarship -- "This $2500 scholarship seeks to identify and reward a member of a Southwest Virginia high school golf team who examplifies leadership, academic excellence, sprotsmanship, and community service."  More information is in the Guidance Office.  Deadline is April 21.
 
Emergency Medical Services -- An award of $1000 will go to a senior who is a member of a licensed Emergency Medical Services.  Contact Maggie King at (276) 628-4151 or on the Council's website: www.southwest.vaems.org. Deadline is May 31.
 
 
Washington County Farm Bureau -- "All applicants must have either been a 4-H member for at least one year or have desplayed activity in the agricultural industry.  The recipient will be determined by their involvement i the community, their devotion towards agriculture, and their effort in the classroom."  Contact Mindy McCroskey (mmcroskey@wcs.k12.va.us) if you have questions.  Application is in the Guidance Office.
 
Justin Foundation Scholarship (www.justinfoundation.com) - Student must demonstrate Financial Need, Have documented Community Service, Possess a 2.25 or above GPA.  Send a completed application (available in the Guidance Office or online), FAFSA form showing EFC, and letter of recommendation.
 
Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM) --lqmitcham@swvam.org, contact) This is for seniors who wish to pursue post-secondary educationin a manufacturing related field.  Deadline is March 31.  More info is in the Guidance Office.
 
STEM Essay Contest-February 20
Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women have announced the 6th Annual STEM essay Contest. The Council will award five scholarships to a female junior or senior who will be pursuing a STEM education at an institution of higher education. See Superintendent's Memo 009-17 for the application and additional information. 

 

Recurring Annual Business and Finance Scholarship ($1000 award)
Submission Deadline: January, 29th.
Award Notification: March, 15th.

Scholarship Application Link
Awarding Company: The Mortgage Reports

 

USFCU (United Southeast Federal Credit Union) -- Five $1000 Scholarships will go to "a high school senior (member of USFCU) who has been accepted for enrollment in an accredited college, university. or seminary as a full time student.  The student should show financial need, have a 2.5 GPA or better, have service to community, school and church."  More information is in the Guidance Office.

Musser Educational Scholarship (sponsored by Green Springs Presbysterian Church) - The scholarship ($1000) is offered to a senior "who has been active in his or her church, and has shown faithfulness during early school years." The application is in the Guidance Office.

 

Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Educational Foundation, Inc. (contact Mandy Fletcher, mandyf.hrswcd@gmail.com)- Application is in the Guidance Office.  March 1 deadline.

 

Pamplin Leadership Award (www.honorscollege.vt.edu/current.html) -   One student will be selected by the school as the nominee.  Student must have 3.8 and submit the application to the Guidance Office.

 

BTVAR (Bristol Tn/VA Association of REALTORS) - Write an essay (worth $500) on "What Home Ownership Means to Me" and submit with application (in the Guidance Office).  Deadline is March 22

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DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution - Write an essay that includes your involvement in community activities with evidence of leadership shown, have two reference letters, and application form (in Guidance

Office).  Deadline is February 14. This is worth $1000!

Healthcare Leaders Scholarship - Sponsored by Nurse.org
To be eligible for the $1000 award, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, be pursuing a degree related to healthcare, and submit a 600-1000 word essay by January 29th. Scholarship is offered once a year and award is paid directly to the student.

Visit the Nurse.org scholarship page for full scholarship details and online application.

Wayne C. Henderson Music (www.waynehenderson.org) -- Individual Music Scholarships (traditional acoustic instruments only) and Grants to Non-Profit Traditional Appalachian Music Programs.  See website or the Guidance office for more details.

 

The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia History Essay Contest - Write an essay on the topic "The Virginia Act of Cession" limited to 1,500 words, excluding citations, typed, double-spaced.  There are four scholarships of $3000 each.  Two copies should be mailed with the completed application by March 17, 2017.  More details are in the Guidance Office.

 

Virginia Junior Chamber International Senate - Application and requirements may be found at http://www.usjcisenate.org/index.php/programs/scholarship.  "Form may be filled out on-line but applicatns MUST print, sign and mail a copy to Sabitha Venkatesh, 515 Brisa Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322."

 

John R Lillard Aviation Scholarship (www.doav.virginia.gov) - Rewards range from $1000 to $3000;  March 10, 2017 deadline. Must have a 3.0-3.5 GPA, write an essay (interest in aviation), rec letters.

Willard G. Plentle Aviation Scholarship - see above

Virginia Aviation Business Association (VABA) Scholarship - see above

 

Virginia Tech Pamplin Leadership Award (www.honorscollege.vt.edu/current.html) -- This award is a "one-year, merit-based $5000 VT tuition scholarship.)  Nominee (from the school) must have at least a 3.8 GPA and be reanked in the top ten percent of the class. Please let the Guidance Office know by December 20 if you are appying to VT and are interested in the Honors College and the Pamplin Award. 

 

BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship Award (www.bbb.org/western-virginia) -- Application, essay and letter of recommendation are due now through January 27.  It is designed to recognize "graduating high school seniors who personify all of the best aspecxts of strong character in their personal choices and actions."  Each scholarship is $1000.  Applications are in the Guidance Office and online.

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, in Hanover, NH offers scholarships to students who are from one of eight counties in southwest Virginia.  Washington County is one of the eight. Come to the Guidance Office for more info.

 

SUBJECT: Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program

The 2016-2017 Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is now available for Virginia students.  The objective of the program is to acquaint young people with the historical legacy of two of Virginia's most outstanding military figures, General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Eighteen scholarships will be awarded to Virginia high school juniors and seniors submitting outstanding original, analytical essays on any aspect positive or negative of the career, character, or legacy of General Robert E. Lee and/or General "Stonewall" Jackson.  Scholarship funding is available as follows:

  • $2,000 for the first place essay, and $1,000 for the second place essay, submitted in each of the state's eight public high school regions.
  • $2,000 for the first place essay, and $1,000 for the second place essay, submitted by private and/or home-schooled students.  Participating private and home-schooled students will be judged together as a ninth region for the purpose of making scholarship awards.
  • An additional award of $8,000 will go to the single essay that is judged to be the most outstanding in the state.  Therefore, the winning essay will be awarded a total of $10,000.
  • A $1,000 award will be given to a school in each of the nine judging regions in the name of the high school teacher or advisor who sponsors the most participating students in that region.  Advisors must sponsor a minimum of 50 participating students to be eligible for this award.

The application and reporting forms are located on the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Web site at http://www.lee-jackson.org/This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.  The deadline for students to submit applications and essays to their high school principals is February 3, 2017.  Each high school principal will submit all students' applications and essays to the division superintendent.  Each superintendent will select the five best essays and forward the applications, essays, and the completed Division Superintendent Summary Form to the designated chair of the regional screening committee listed on page 11 of the application.  The application processing cycle and deadlines are listed in the application packet.  Winners will be announced May 15, 2017.  The VDOE does not administer this scholarship; therefore, no information should be returned to the Department.

Principals of all public and nonpublic high schools are requested to assist in making students aware of this scholarship opportunity.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stephanie Leech, Scholarship Program Coordinator for the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation, atLeejacksonfoundation@yahoo.com, or the chair of your regional screening committee.

 

Greetings from the University of Virginia! I am so excited that I will be in your area during College Application week( November 14th-18th) and looking forward to helping your students apply to college. During that week, I will be happy to sit down with you to talk about the application process and UVA, met with students or aid students in completing their applications. Students who finish and submit an application to the University during this week (November 14th-18th) will have their application fee ($70) waived. Please let me know how I can best assist you and your students during College Application week. I will be in your high school’s area on November 15th.

As a former College Adviser myself, I know how important this week is for the students. I look forward to hearing back from you soon as to how I can help.

Christina Mattaliano

Admission Counselor

Office of Undergraduate Admission

University of Virginia

434-982-3200

www.admission.virginia.edu

 

Scholarships (as of October 12, 2016)

Radford University School of Dance & Theatre (www.radford.edu) -- Pridemore Scholarship requires minimum GPA of 3.3 and SAT of 11 or ACT of 24, "demonstrate an outstanding level of achievement in theatre through the presentation of an audition or portfolio and interview.  GeorgAnne Voland Buck Scholarship requires a completed application to Radford by January 23, 2017.  "Applicants will be sent a scholarship packet requesting essays, letters of recommendations, and a listing of extracurricular activities, community service, honors, and awards.

Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Charitable Trust (www.bellscholarship.org) -- For students who will attend the University of Michigan.

 

Scholarships (as of October 1, 2016)

Lee-Jackson (www.lee-jackson.org) –“The objective of the program is to acquaint young people with the historical legacy of … General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.” Applicant must submit an “outstanding original, analytical essay on any aspect positive or negative of the career, character, or legacy of Lee and/or Jackson.  Submit to principal by February 3, 2017.

SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes  (www.suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes) – Winners will be chosen at random. 

Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship (www.wendysheisman.com) – Students who show excellence in academics and athletics. 

National CO-OP Scholarship Program (www.waceinc.org) – Ten institutions of higher learning are participants.  Apply online by February 15, 2017.

American Legion High School Oratorical Contest (www.legion.org) – View contest rules online.  Competition runs from local to district to regional to state to national.

Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award (www.byrdleadershipaward.org) – The school may nominate “one graduating senior whose application will be reviewed by the Award Selection Committee.  The ideal nominee may not necessarily be a student with one of the highest GPAs.” It recognizes a student who exemplifies “excellence, leadership, character, duty.”  Deadline is November 11, 2017.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program (http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit) – This is for students who are outstanding volunteers in their community.  Deadline is Nov. 8, 2016.

Every college has local scholarships.  Visit the web page and look under Financial Aid.

 

Websites to search for scholarships:

Fastweb.com

Studentscholarships.org

Scholarships.com

Unigo.com