Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
A: There is no charge to apply.

Q: Can I apply to more than one scholarship?
A: Yes, you can apply to all the funds for which you are eligible and may be selected as a recipient of more than one scholarship.

Q: Do I need to pay scholarship money back?
A: Unlike student loans, these are charitable grants that do not need to be repaid.

Q: If I am awarded a scholarship, do I receive the check?
A: Typically, checks are sent directly to your college or university in your name on or around June 30th.

Q: If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?
A: Not all scholarships are renewable.  If the scholarship you received is renewable, it is your responsibility to contact the Foundation if you plan to re-enroll for the following year.  The Foundation typically requires an unofficial transcript before considering any renewals.  It is important to do this early so that others can receive a scholarship if you do not plan on continuing your studies. 

Q: When will I be notified if I am selected for a scholarship?
A: Scholarship awards are made between May and August depending on the scholarship.  If selected you will receive an email from the Foundation. 

Q: What do scholarship funds typically cover?
A: Typically, scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, fees and other appropriate educational expenses.

Q: If I want to send a thank you note, where do I send it?
A: The Foundation strongly encourages all scholarship recipients to extend their gratitude to donors who generously provide higher education scholarship assistance.  Address a thank you note to “Scholarship Advisory Committee”, name of the scholarship you received, and mail it to:
Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia
P.O. Box 1124
Martinsville, VA  24114

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