Craig County Scholarships

Scholarship Deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

Sue Blackwell Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $TBD

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 2020 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 $800

 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.

Davis B. and Barbara J. Francis Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $1,000

 Fund provides educational scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the Roanoke Valley.

  • Be a graduating senior from a high school in the Roanoke Valley.
  • Plan to pursue a degree and/or career in technical theatre or performing arts, including television or other types of media productions.
  • Have made recognized and significant contributions to the theatre arts program at their school.
  • Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or career/technical school.
  • While the applicant’s financial need is not a major criterion, it will be given adequate consideration.

Michael Dean Guilliams Memorial Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $1,300

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. Examples of career/technical studies include, but not limited to, Architecture, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Construction, Electronics, Engineering, Graphic Design, Megatronics, Robotics. Liberal Arts and/or Healthcare fields are not included.
  • 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.

The Bettie Nichols Guthrie Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $TBD

 Fund provides educational opportunities that support and encourage students in the pursuit of careers that enhance the quality of life for themselves and their communities.

  • Have graduated from, or be a graduating senior from, a high school in the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, or the Counties of Botetourt, Craig, Halifax, and Roanoke.
  • Have a grade point average among the top ten (10) percent of his/her graduating class.
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university that is classified as a part of the public higher education system of the State of Virginia with an intended major in an accepted field of study.

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.

Jefferson College of Health Sciences Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $800

Fund provides higher education scholarships to deserving students attending Radford University Carilion in Roanoke, VA.

  • 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, Radford University Carilion in Roanoke, VA.

Walter M. Otey, III Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $2,500

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.)

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 $1,450

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

Typical Grant $TBD

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.

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 $2,700

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.

Scholarship Deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

NOTE:  Scholarship Application will open the first week of December – please check back then.

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