Franklin 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)

N.R. Burroughs Educational Award

Typical Grant $1,000-$9,000

 Fund provides scholarship assistance to qualified and deserving young men and women pursuing an undergraduate degree.

  • Be a graduating senior or current college student residing within a 200-mile radius of the Henry County Circuit Court for the entire scholarship period.
  • Enroll part-time or full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have an annual household income of no more than $92,000 if there is one student attending college, or no more than $107,000 if there are two students attending college in the household.

N.R. Burroughs Scholar Award

Typical Grant $10,000

Fund provides scholarship assistance to qualified and deserving young men and women pursuing an undergraduate degree.

  • Be a graduating senior or current college student residing within a 200-mile radius of the Henry County Circuit Court for the entire scholarship period.
  • Enroll part-time or full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • Have a minimum GPA. of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have an annual household income of no more than $92,000 if there is one student attending college, or no more than $107,000 if there are two students attending college in the household.
  • If selected as a finalist, attend personal interviews with Scholarship Committee.

Berkeley and Zelma Cundiff Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $800

Fund provides educational scholarship assistance to needy, deserving individuals.

  • Be a graduating senior from Franklin County High School.
  • Enroll full-time in a two- or four-year career or technical school, college or university.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies.
  • 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.

Franklin County Ed-U-K8or Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides educational scholarship assistance to needy, deserving individuals.

  • Be a graduating senior or a current college student whose parent(s) is/are employed by Franklin County Public Schools, with a preference to those seniors attending FCHS,
  • Demonstrate financial need based on current family circumstances,
  • Show academic/other merit indicating the capability of satisfactorily completing college-level studies,
  • Preference given to students with the highest need and highest merit; and
  • Enroll, or be currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or technical/trade school.

Franklin County High School Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $3,000 (4 x semester installments of $750)

Fund provides educational scholarship assistance to needy, deserving students from Franklin County.

  • Be a graduating senior from Franklin County High School,  or
  • Have graduated from Franklin County High School within the last three years.
  • Demonstrate financial hardship based on current family circumstances.
  • Enroll in a Virginia community college (preferable Virginia Western Community College or Patrick Henry Community College) and pursue an Associates Degree or pursue advanced studies at an accredited career, technical school, college, or university.
  • Be capable of satisfactorily completing college-level studies.
  • To receive future scholarship installments, the student must make satisfactory progress toward completing a degree.

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.

Joel C. and Elizabeth L. Hall Educational Fund

Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides educational scholarships to qualified and needy young men and women.

  • Be a graduating senior, or have graduated from a high school in the City of Martinsville, or the counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick, or Pittsylvania.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Enroll at least part-time in an educational program at an accredited four-year college or university that is associated with the United Methodist Church.
  • While applicants may pursue any course of study, preference will be given to those studying to become a Methodist minister.
  • Have an annual household income of no more than $92,000 if there is one student attending college, or no more than $107,000 if there are two students attending college in the household.

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.

LaPrade Educational Fund

Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides scholarships to further the education of young men and women who appear to be able, deserving, and in real need of financial assistance in his/her post high school education in the fields of technical, vocational, academic, or professional education.

  • Be a graduating high school senior, a high school graduate, or current college student from a high school in the City of Martinsville, or the counties of Franklin, Henry, or Pittsylvania.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies as evidenced by high school and/or college transcripts
  • Demonstrate financial need as evidenced through completion of a FAFSA form.

Lester Educational Fund

Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides scholarships to help students obtain an education in a profession or vocation.

  • Be a graduating high school senior, a high school graduate, or current college student from a high school in the City of Martinsville, or the counties of Franklin or Henry.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies as evidenced by high school and/or college transcripts.
  • Financial need is not a requirement but will be considered.

Member One Federal Credit Union – Henry Lee Memorial Scholarship

Typical Grant $1,500

Fund provides college scholarships to graduating seniors who are members at Member One Federal Credit Union and plan to attend a college or university in Virginia.

  • Be a high school senior.
  • Be a current Member One member in good standing.
  • Have an exceptional history of academic achievement and participation in scholastic activities.
  • Plan to enroll in a Virginia college or university as a four-year student.
  • ESSAY TOPIC (Answer both): Explain why you feel you are the best candidate for this scholarship. Member One is a strong community supporter. How does this impact you as a member? (Must be between 250-500 words, double-spaced).
  • Member One employees or children or relatives of Member One employees are not eligible to apply.

Member One Federal Credit Union – Richard L. “Dick” Williams Memorial Scholarship

Typical Grant $5,000

Fund provides college scholarships to graduating seniors who are members at Member One Federal Credit Union and plan to attend a college or university in Virginia.

  • Be a high school senior.
  • Be a current Member One member in good standing.
  • Have an exceptional history of academic achievement and participation in scholastic activities.
  • Have participated in an athletic varsity sport (as recognized by the Virginia High School League) for at least two semesters in high school.
  • Plan to enroll in a Virginia college or university as a four-year student.
  • ESSAY TOPIC (Answer both): Explain why you feel you are the best candidate for this scholarship. How will your participation in athletics during high school help you in your future academic and professional career? (Must be between 250-500 words, double-spaced).
  • Member One employees or children or relatives of Member One employees are not eligible to apply.

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 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.

Dianne E. H. Wilcox Scholarship Fund

Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, and 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.

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