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Montgomery 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)

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.

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 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.