Craig 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). 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 $1,100

 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.

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.

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.

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 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 $2,500

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.

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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