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 submit letters of recommendation?
A: If you are an applicant from a school in the Roanoke Valley (also Wythe and Smyth Counties), you MUST submit two letters of recommendation with your application.  There is a section in the application where you will need to request letters from an outside third party.  Please make sure you complete this.  If you submit your application without requesting the letters, your application will not be considered.  If you have any questions about this, please contact Kara Gilley at

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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