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Craig County 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.

Sue Blackwell Scholarship Fund (Deadline: May 19, 2017)
Typical Grant $2,000

Fund provides undergraduate higher education scholarships to those students who will make the best use of the scholarship funds in pursuing their educational goals.
• Be a graduating high school senior.
• Be a participating member for the 2017 swim season of the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association (RVAA). Member pools are as follows: Ashley Plantation, Castle Rock, Elks Lodge, Forest Hills, Hidden Valley, Hunting Hills, Lancerlot, Limestone Park, North Lakes, Our Lady of Nazareth, Olympic Park, Roanoke Country Club, Read Mountain, Stonegate, and Spring Run.
• Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher learning.
• Demonstrate academic ability to successfully complete a college-level curriculum.
• Demonstrate financial need.
• Resume must be submitted with application.
• ESSAY TOPIC: Why service to others is important to me. (Maximum 500 word paper)

Scholarship Fund for Craig County High School Students
Typical Grant $TBD

Fund will provide higher education scholarships. The Donors’ intent is to provide financial incentive and support to those students who are most needy and deserving of help and who will make the best use of the scholarship funds in pursuing their educational goals.
• Be or have been a graduating senior from Craig County High School.
• Enroll or be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning.
• Demonstrate financial need.

Joycelyn “Fudgie” Lee Farrelly Music Education Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $TBD

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to deserving students who intend to pursue a degree in music or music education.
• Be a graduating senior from a Roanoke Valley high school, or
• Be a Roanoke Valley resident beginning, resuming, or pursuing his/her higher education.
• Demonstrate the capacity to be successful in higher education studies as evidenced by prior academic performance.
• Indicate his or her intentions to pursue a career in music or music education.
• Enroll full-time in, or be currently enrolled in, an accredited two- or four-year college or university.

Michael Dean Guilliams Memorial Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,200

Fund provides scholarship assistance to deserving students who are pursuing further educational studies in a career and technical field.
• Be a graduating senior.
• Demonstrate good academic achievement in his or her career and technical studies.
• Be pursuing a career within this profession.
• Be hardworking and dedicated to his or her profession.
• ESSAY TOPIC: Give your reasons for wanting to enter the career/technical field, the area you plan to pursue, and why you are applying for the scholarship.

Holland Scholar Award
Minimum Grant $10,000 (4 x annual installments of $2,500)

Fund provides scholarship assistance for Roanoke Valley high school graduates who wish to continue their education in a college, university, or vocational field.
• Be a graduating senior from a high school in the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, or the Counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke.
• Enroll full-time in an accredited or four-year institution of higher education or vocational school.
• Demonstrate a capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies.
• ESSAY TOPIC: (Please answer all questions) Why are you deserving of this scholarship? What are your educational goals? Describe a challenge, either in your personal life or in school, and how you overcame this challenge. (400-500 words)
• If selected as finalist, attend personal interviews with Scholarship Committee.

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.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $800

Fund provides higher education scholarships to deserving students attending Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
• Be a resident of the greater Roanoke Valley, which includes the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke, and the cities of Roanoke and Salem, VA.
• Demonstrate the capacity to be successful in higher education studies as evidenced by prior academic performance.
• Demonstrate financial need.
• Enroll in, or currently be enrolled in, Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

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”.

The E. Price Ripley Memorial Foundation Fund
Typical Grant $2,000

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to deserving young people in their chosen field of endeavor.
• Be a graduating senior from the Roanoke Valley (including the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, and the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, and Franklin), or
• Be a Roanoke Valley student enrolled full-time in an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education or specialized training program.
• Demonstrate financial need.
• Demonstrate scholastic achievement.

Jean L. Price Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $TBD

Fund provides financial scholarships to underprivileged students living in the Roanoke Valley.
• Be a graduating senior from the Roanoke Valley (including the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, and Franklin).
• Be a Roanoke Valley student enrolled full-time in an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education.
• Demonstrate financial need.

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 an applicant must have worked full-time for the company for at least one year as of the date of 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.

John W. Wilks, M.D. Excellence in Science Memorial Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,600

Fund provides educational scholarship assistance to needy and deserving students.
• Be a graduating senior from a Roanoke Valley area High School who plans to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university or technical/trade school, with the intention to pursue a career in the medical field; or
• Be an individual seeking to continue his or her medical studies at the graduate level; and
• Demonstrate financial need based on current family circumstances; and
• Show academic or other merit indicating the capability of satisfactorily completing his or her medical studies.