Botetourt County Scholarships

The scholarship deadline is Friday, January 14, 2022.

 

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 2021 swim season of the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association (RVAA). 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)

Christi Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $800

Fund provides educational scholarships to deserving young men and women attending Northside High School, Roanoke, Virginia or Lord Botetourt High School, Daleville, Virginia.

  • Be a graduating senior from Northside High School or Lord Botetourt High School.
  • Enroll full-time in a four-year college or university.
  • Demonstrate the ability to satisfactorily complete college-level studies.
  • While not a requirement, financial need information will be considered.
  • NOTE: Family members of the owners or executives of Roanoke Valley Wine Company are not eligible to apply.

Lenna E. Etzler Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $TBD

Fund provides scholarship support.

  • Be a graduating senior from Lord Botetourt High School.
  • Have taken a business curriculum in high school.
  • Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical or trade school which has a business department or a recognized business curriculum and pursue a degree in business.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies.
  • Financial need is not a requirement but will be considered.

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 $1,100

 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 $1,350

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.

Ethel Snidow Holland Memorial Scholarship
Typical Grant $TBA

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 four-year institution of higher education or vocational school.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies.

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.

The Louise and Sam McGhee Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $TBD

Fund provides higher education scholarships. The Donor’s intent is to provide financial incentive and support to those students who are most worthy of help and who will make the best use of the scholarship funds in pursuing their educational goals.

  • Be a graduating senior from James River High School.
  • Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.

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 for at least six months and 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 for at least six months and 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.

Dorothy and Julien Meyer, Sr., M.D. Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $350

Fund provides higher education scholarships. The Donor’s intent is to provide financial incentive and support to those students who are most worthy of help and who will make the best use of the scholarship funds in pursuing their educational goals.

  • Be a graduating senior from any Roanoke Valley high school.
  • Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university to pursue premedical studies.
  • Demonstrate excellence in high school studies.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Clarissa Edwards Noland Memorial Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,900

 Fund provides scholarships to deserving students who intend to pursue a career in teaching or creative writing.

  • Be a graduating senior from a high school located in Botetourt County or Roanoke County or the Cities of Roanoke or Salem, VA.
  • 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 teaching or creative writing.
  • Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • ESSAY TOPIC:  What are your educational plans? What are your reasons for pursuing a career in Creative Writing or Teaching? (Maximum one page)

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, Roanoke College’s Programs and Virginia Western Community College’s Nursing Program.

• 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 one of the following accredited colleges/universities: Roanoke College, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), or the Nursing Program at Virginia Western Community College.
• 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.

Frank W. (Bo) Rogers Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $TBD

Fund provides higher education scholarships.

  • Be a graduating senior from a Roanoke Valley high school.
  • Enroll, or be currently enrolled, in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to volunteer service to benefit the Roanoke Valley community.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Special consideration will be given to an applicant whose parent is an employee of Woods Rogers, PLC and lives within the Foundation’s service area.

Michael David Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund in Honor of the James River High School Class of 2000
Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides scholarship assistance to qualified and deserving students to pursue higher education studies (with first preference for Learning Disabled students); will recognize their accomplishments to date; and will reward them for their demonstrated desire and ability to make the best possible use of this financial support in pursuing their educational/vocational goals.

  • Be a graduating senior from James River High School.
  • Enroll in an institution of higher learning, including trade or technical schools.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • First preference given to Learning Disabled (LD) students.
  • ESSAY TOPIC: Explain what the money will be used for. Why do you feel you should receive this scholarship? Where do you see yourself in ten years?
  • Three references should be presented. If an LD student, one should be from an LD teacher, one from a non-special education teacher and one from an individual who knows the applicant through the community or work.

Eddie Simpson Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,500

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.

Denise L. Sprinkle Memorial Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,000

Established by the family of Denise L. Sprinkle, this Fund provides educational scholarship assistance to needy and deserving students from Lord Botetourt High School and James River High School.

  • Be a graduating senior from either Lord Botetourt High School or James River High School, with a preference to those who attended Central Academy Middle School.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Show academic/other merit indicating the capability of satisfactorily completing college-level studies.
  • Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical/trade school.
  • Pursue a degree/career in Education, with a preference given to those planning to pursue a degree/career in Secondary Education.
  • ESSAY TOPIC: Why do you wish to pursue a career in Secondary Education?

Troutville Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides educational scholarships to high school seniors living in Botetourt County.

  • Be a graduating senior who is a Botetourt County resident.
  • Plan to pursue a degree and/or career as a First Responder (a person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack), Fire Management, Fire Sciences, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Service Leadership, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Criminal Justice, or other related fields.
  • Show academic/other merit indicating the capability of satisfactorily completing college-level studies.
  • Enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university, career, technical/trade school.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service/volunteerism as evidence by a resume.
  • ESSAY TOPIC: How do you plan to implement your chosen degree path into a career of public service?

Kenneth D. Twitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $2,500

Fund provides educational scholarships and charitable financial aid.

  • Be a child of an employee of Branch Builds, 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, 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 $2,500

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.

Melva Dulaney Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $250

Fund provides educational scholarships to deserving young men and women attending Cave Spring High School, employees of Integrated Textile Solutions, Salem, Virginia and children of employees of Integrated Textile Solutions.

  • Be a graduating senior from Cave Spring High School or a graduating senior who is either an employee or son/daughter of an employee of Integrated Textile Solutions.
  • Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • Demonstrate the ability to satisfactorily complete college-level studies.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • While not a requirement, special consideration may be given to applicants from single-family homes.

NOTE: Family members of Melva Dulaney Wright or the Company founders or executives are not eligible to apply.

Dillon Family Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $TBA

This Fund will provide higher education scholarship assistance to deserving students.

  • Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, or the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke.
  • Preference will be given to those graduating seniors from Covington and Alleghany.
  • Enroll part-time or full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university, career, technical/trade school.
  • Demonstrate academic/merit-based potential and capability of completing college-level studies as evidenced by, but not limited to:  
    • Recommendations from at least one high school teacher and one community member/employer who will share insight into the student’s hidden potential by providing information about the student’s: application of learning, accountability, problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration as needed in desired educational or career path.
    • Student typed essay see below for details. 
  • Demonstrate financial need (as evidenced by the Student Aid Report, demographic information provided by the school counselor (if available), and other pertinent information provided in the application.
  • ESSAY TOPIC: (CHOOSE ONE)
    I was extremely proud of myself when…
    My favorite learning environment is _______ and here’s why…
    My superpower is…..
    You have been asked to speak on career day at your high school twenty years from now. What will you say?

 

The scholarship deadline is Friday, January 14, 2022.

NOTE: The scholarship application will open the first week of November – please check back then.

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