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Alleghany Highlands Scholarships

These scholarships are administered by Foundation for Roanoke Valley. There are two deadlines:
1. FEBRUARY 24, 2017 - This is the deadline to submit your application online.
2. MARCH 3, 2017 - This is the deadline for any third parties to submit transcripts and letters of recommendation. Instructions on this can be found in the online scholarship application. If your school does not permit the release of transcripts online, transcripts would need to be mailed and received by the deadline. NOT A POSTMARKED DEADLINE.

Helen F. Dickson Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $2,000

Fund provides higher education scholarship support.
• Be a graduating high school senior from Alleghany High School or Covington High School.
• Enroll full-time in a two- or four-year college or university.
• Demonstrate academic achievement (standing in the top 25% of the student’s class).
• Demonstrate good citizenship.
• Participate in student activities.
• Demonstrate financial need.
• ESSAY TOPIC: How have you demonstrated good citizenship and how have you given your time to make your high school a better place? (Maximum of 2 pages)

Joseph Waskey Gilbert Memorial Fund
Typical Grant $740

Fund will provide higher education financial assistance to deserving students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for life and broad participation in a variety of activities in church, school, and community.
• Be a graduating senior who will be attending some form of higher education as a full-time student.
• Be an active member and participant of Falling Springs Presbyterian Church (“FSPC”) for at least one year prior to graduation as certified by the minister on the application.
• Be an active member of the FSPC Youth Fellowship for one year prior to graduation with a 50% attendance record as certified by the adult youth leader on the application.
• Be an active member of his/her FSPC Sunday school class for one year prior to graduation with a 50% attendance record as certified by the Sunday school teacher on the application.
• Certify via his/her signature on the application that all of the above requirements have been fulfilled.
• NOTE: Applications must be obtained from Falling Springs Presbyterian Church. The FRV scholarship application will not be accepted for this scholarship.

Gilbert-Thompson Memorial Award Fund
Typical Grant $500

Fund provides educational assistance to a deserving student.
• Be a graduating senior from Alleghany County High School.
• Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education.
• Be active in his/her church, school, and community.
• Demonstrate a zest for life and be a friend to all.
• While not a requirement, preference will be given to students who have obtained the rank of Eagle Scout or Gold Award.
• Immediate family members of the Fund Advisory Committee will not be eligible.

Margaret Jones Irvin Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree.
• Be a Virginia resident.
• Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
• Must submit your Student Aid Report (SAR) to be eligible.

Carol Lee McGuire-Bishop Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides college scholarships to graduating seniors at Alleghany High School who are pursuing a degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
• Be a graduating senior at Alleghany High School.
• Enroll at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
• Demonstrate scholastic achievement.
• Demonstrate leadership and community involvement.

Walter M. Otey, III Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $2,000

Fund provides scholarships to talented and needy young men and women to obtain a college education. The Fund perpetuates Mr. Otey’s interest in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Roanoke College’s programs.

• ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ROANOKE COLLEGE APPLICANTS:
• Be a Virginia Resident.
• Be a graduating high school senior.
• Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
• Enroll on a full-time basis at Roanoke College and either be a music major or perform in one or more of Roanoke College’s recognized choral or instrumental ensembles.
• Demonstrate financial need.
• ESSAY TOPIC: (CHOOSE ONE) What are your reasons for seeking a college education and why are scholarship funds important? Why is it important for young people to volunteer their time helping others in the community? What are the two most serious challenges facing young people today and how would you address these challenges? (Maximum of three typed pages.)

• ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR VIRGINIA TECH APPLICANTS:
• Be a Virginia resident.
• Be a graduating high school senior.
• Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
• Enroll on a full-time basis in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech).
• Demonstrate financial need.
• ESSAY TOPIC: (CHOOSE ONE) What are your reasons for seeking a college education and why are scholarship funds important? Why is it important for young people to volunteer their time helping others in the community? What are the two most serious challenges facing young people today and how would you address these challenges? (Maximum of three typed pages.)
• Students must have already submitted a FAFSA form and received a Student Aid Report (SAR) which reports your “Expected Family Contribution”.

Phillip Charles "Flip" Reid Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $500

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to graduating seniors at Alleghany High School
• Be a graduating senior from Alleghany High School.
• Attend a four-year college or university.
• Have participated in little league baseball and have been on the Alleghany High School baseball team.
• Complete Athletic Participation Form on application.

Frances Parker Rupert Memorial Fund for Music and the Performing Arts
Typical Grant $1,100

Fund provides college scholarships to gifted students. Applicants will be considered based on their potential to develop an existing talent in music and/or the performing arts and their desire to enhance that ability. Evidence of usage of the applicant’s music and/or performing arts abilities and financial need will also be considered.
• Be a graduating senior from a high school in Alleghany County, Bath County, Covington, or Clifton Forge.
• Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
• Pursue a degree in music or the performing arts.
• ESSAY TOPIC: Explain how the grant will help you achieve your goals in music and/or the performing arts. (Maximum two double-spaced pages.)
• If selected as a finalist, the applicant may be required to attend a personal interview and a possible audition with the scholarship committee.

Eddie Simpson Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,400

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to very deserving young men and women pursuing an undergraduate degree.
• Be a graduating senior from a high school in the Foundation’s service area.
• Enroll full-time in a two- or four-year college or university.
• Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a college-level curriculum.
• Demonstrate financial need.

Kenneth D. Twitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund - (Deadline: May 19, 2017)
Typical Grant $2,300

Fund provides educational scholarships and charitable financial aid.
• Be a child of an hourly employee of Branch & Associates, Inc.
• The parent of the applicant must have worked full-time for the company for at least one year as of the date of the application for a scholarship.
• Demonstrate financial need.

NOTE: Family members of Kenneth Twitchell or of the company founders or executives are not eligible.

The Dianne E. H. Wilcox Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree.
• Be a Virginia resident.
• Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.